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Ballpark Plates, a culinary design competition and the Denver Burger Battle fill the evening with food fun

Twelve, Jeff Osaka's Ballpark neighborhood restaurant, is participating in Ballpark Plates tonight.
Twelve, Jeff Osaka's Ballpark neighborhood restaurant, is participating in Ballpark Plates tonight.

The third annual Ballpark Plates will hit it out of the park from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, when dozens of restaurants in the Ballpark neighborhood will offer food and drink samples. Tickets are $35 at Amerigo Delicatus Restaurant, 2449 Larimer Street, or View House Eatery, Bar & Rooftop, 2015 Market Street, the two starting points for the event. All proceeds go toward Ballpark neighborhood improvement projects; for more information, go to the Ballpark Plates website.

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But the food fun doesn't end there.

Four teams of culinary and design professionals will compete in the Culinary Design Challenge fundraiser at Kitchens at the Denver, 761 Kalamath Street, starting at 6 p.m. Each team will be given the same ingredients and 45 minutes to create a signature dish for local judges.Tickets are $25, and proceeds will benefit We Don't Waste, a nonprofit that collects and distributes food to local organizations providing meals to underserved populations. Call 303-629-0119 for more information.

And the annual Denver Burger Battle will go down from 6 to 9:30 p.m. tonight at Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The charitable competition features twelve restaurants -- Park Burger, Larkburger, Crave, Highland Tap & Burger, Juicy Burgers, Grind (out of Glenwood Springs), TAG Burger Bar, Candlelight, EDGE, Punch Bowl, Jax Fish House and Linger -- all cooking their specialty burgers; the winner will be chosen by the public. Tickets are $69 for general admission and $95 for VIP passes; visit the website for more information.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.



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