Everyone knows that Colorado peaches are among the best in the world -- and it's harvest season! Celebrate at the Lafayette Peach Festival on Saturday. And if peaches aren't your thing, there are dozens of other options on the culinary menu this week. Here's a taste:
Monday, August 16:
Frasca presents its Monday Night Wine Dinner. This week: Rico Thompson presents Sicilian Wines of Palari Winery. The four-course seasonal menu is $45; wine pairings are an additional $30 to $45. Frasca is at 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.
Colorado chefs will prepare an all-Colorado meal to be enjoyed al fresco at Feast in the Field from 6 to 9 p.m. It takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, and admission is $100 to $150. Call 303-973-3705 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.
Tuesday, August 17:
The City of Aurora offers a kids' cooking class, Best Picnic Eats, for ages 7 to 12. It runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $24 for Aurora residents and $31 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8330.
The Wynkoop Walkway Plaza in front of Fado Irish Pub will be the site of the sold-out Denver Burger Battle: Taste ten of the best burgers in Denver; proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $45; visit www.denverburgerbattle.com.
The Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street, hosts the Sustainable Food Film Series. This round's film: Fresh. It runs from 7 to 9 p.m., and admission is a suggested $10 donation. Call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.
TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, presents the Beer vs. Wine Dinner: Great Divide Brewing, master sommelier Doug Krenik and Troy Guard have put together a four-course menu paired with beer and wine. It starts at 7 p.m., and admission is $60. Call 303-996-9985 to make a reservation.
Wednesday, August 18:
Jax Fish House, 928 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents the Hosea Rosenberg Monthly Dinner Series. This month's theme is Hometown Pride: The Southwest. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and costs $100; sign up at 303-444-1811 or www.jaxfishhouseboulder.com.
McCormick's Fish House & Bar, 1659 Wazee Street, presents the Taste of Italy Wine Dinner, including a reception with wine-tasting stations, plus the dinner. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $55; call 303-835-1107 or visit www.mccormicksandschmicks.com.
Jax Fish House, 1539 17th Street, hosts a Pacific Salmon and Oregon Pinot Noir dinner, a northwest salmon bake family-style dinner paired with Penner-Ash wines. It starts at 8 p.m. and costs $49; call 303-292-5767 or visit www.jaxfishhousedenver.com.
Thursday, August 19
The City of Aurora offers a cooking class, Mexican Cooking: Menu 2. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $43 for Aurora residents and $56 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
The Anderson Ranch Arts Center, 5623 Owl Creek Road in Snowmass, hosts an Evening Auctionette, wine and cheese with an art auctionette. It runs from 5 to 6 p.m., and admission is free. Call 970-923-3181 or visit www.andersonranch.org.
The Taste of Douglas County fills up the Douglas County Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, with all of the premiere Douglas County restaurants from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20; visit www.tasteofdouglascounty.com.
Hammond's Candies, 5735 North Washington Street, presents Hammond's Candies Pink Heals Tour, featuring pink fire trucks and firefighters in pink suits to raise awareness of cancer in women. Call 303-333-5588 or visit www.hammondscandies.com.
Beaver Creek Resort hosts the Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival through Saturday, August 21, combining culinary talent and outdoor events and featuring the winners of the San Francisco International Wine Competition and World Spirits Competition. Package prices start at $155 to $370; visit www.beavercreek.com/events-and-activities/wine-and-spirits-festival.aspx.
Friday, August 20:
The Wildlife Experience Museum, 10035 South Peoria Street, presents the Art & Ale Brew Festival: Enjoy local breweries, live music and tantalizing treats. This 21-and-up party runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and costs $35 to $80; call 720-488-3300 or visit www.thewildlifeexperience.com.
Gabby Gourmet will host a Gabby Dinner Night at Randolph's, 1776 Grant Street, with live jazz, four courses paired with wine and more. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $38. Visit www.gabbygourmet.com/dinnernights.htm.
Saturday, August 21:
More than 30,000 pounds of fresh, organic peaches will be available at the Lafayette Peach Festival, plus pies, cobbler and smoothies; live entertainment; art demonstrations; a farmer's market; and arts and food vendors. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free; visit www.lafayettecolorado.com.
Cherry Creek North's Grand Tasting takes place from 5 to 8 p.m., offering opportunities to taste the food and wine of Cherry Creek North restaurants, plus open-bar wine and spirits stations, live chef demonstrations and more. Admission is $40 to $50; visit www.cherryarts.org.
Fresh City Life presents this month's cooking demos, Root Down -- A Journey Into Local Cuisine, four weeks of ethical recipes highlighting Colorado farms and food, with Root Down EcoChef Daniel Asher. It runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon and is free to attend; visit the Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, for the program. Call 720-865-1111 or visit denverlibrary.org/fresh.
Culinary Connectors presents an Aspen tour, visiting Pacifica Seafood & Raw Bar, 307 South Mill Street, plus Montanga and one other location to be announced, between 1 and 4 p.m. Visit www.culinaryconnectors.com.
Andrews Family Farm, 6803 Jay Road in Boulder, hosts the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center's Annual Farm Fest with hay rides, tours, games, a dinner and live music; proceeds benefit Everybody Eats. It runs from 4 to 10 p.m., and tickets are $30 and up; call 303-444-6981.
Costumed chefs compete in a regional cook-off for the state title at the Famous Flamethrowers High Altitude Chili Cookoff in Winter Park through Sunday, August 22. Visit www.skiwinterpark.com/todo/calendar/august/chili_cookoff.htm?itc=wp_hp1_chili-cookoff_081909.
Eat Denver presents Harvest Week through Friday, August 27, a celebration of Colorado's produce and products featuring dozens of participating restaurants offering Colorado-based food and beverages. Visit www.eatdenver.com/harvest-week.
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Fruition, Table 6, Twelve, Masterpiece Deli and the Infinite Monkey Theorem, 931 West Fifth Avenue, host a Summer Seafood Supper from 6 to 8 p.m.; the dinner is $50, and wine pairings are $10 per glass. Visit www.infinitemonkeytheorem.com.
The Margarita, 7350 Pine Creek Road in Colorado Springs, presents Clam Jam II, the annual all-seafood festival including tastings of all the seafood they can get, plus live music, sangria and draft beer. It starts at 2 p.m., and admission is $50; call 719-598-8667.
Casselman's Bar & Venue, 2620 Walnut Street, presents the Rolly Derby Cakes Premiere Viewing Party, a Food Network Challenge Show viewing party starting at 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call 720-242-8923 or visit www.casselmans.com.
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.