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Culinary Calendar: Take a bite out of Colorado and more this week

The inescapable and irresistible turkey legs aren't the only fare worth tasting at Taste of Colorado.
The inescapable and irresistible turkey legs aren't the only fare worth tasting at Taste of Colorado.

The 29th annual Taste of Colorado gets under way at Civic Center Park this Friday and runs through September 3. The end-of-summer festival is known for celebrating unusual foods -- rattlesnake brats, wild-boar sandwiches, curried goat, beet burgers and chocolate-covered bacon, for instance -- but the fair also features dozens of merchant booths, chef demonstrations and six stages of live music.

Here's a taste of what else is on the culinary menu this week:

Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar
Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar

Monday, August 27:

Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, 1512 Curtis Street, is celebrating one year in business with a week-long lunch special: half-off the entire tab from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The deal begins today and runs through Friday, August 31; call 303-534-1155 for more information.

Tuesday, August 28:

Mateo, 1837 Pearl Street in Boulder, is hosting a farm-to-table wine dinner beginning at 6 p.m. this evening. Check out the four-course menu here and call 303-443-7766 to reserve a seat.

Great Divide's tap room
Great Divide's tap room

Tuesday, August 28 (continued):

Great Divide's monthly beer-and-cheese pairing takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight at the brewery's tap room, 2201 Arapahoe Street. The cost is $24 and includes five cheeses from Marczyk Fine Foods matched with five sample-sized beers; you can also tour the brewhouse. E-mail the brewery to grab a spot; only a few are left.

A scene from last year's Taste of Colorado
A scene from last year's Taste of Colorado

Friday, August 31:

The 29th annual Taste of Colorado begins today at Civic Center Park, Colfax and Broadway. The four-day event is free, open to all ages and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. today; 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday; and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday. Visit the website for more information on participating vendors and a full schedule of festivities.

Phat Thai, 2900 E. Second Avenue, is hosting an all-female arm-wrestling event tonight at 9 p.m. Guests can cheer on competitors on while enjoying cocktails and food served by the Denver Roller Dolls. Tickets cost $10 and will benefit Big City Mountaineers, while drinks sales will support the Roller Dolls.

Saturday, September 1:

The third annual Boulder Brew and Music Festival goes down at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street in Boulder, today. There will be two unlimited tasting sessions -- 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. -- featuring over sixty beers to the beat of live music. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door; go to the website for a full lineup of breweries and bands.

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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Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar - Closed

1512 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80202

303-534-1155

www.legranddenver.com

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Great Divide Brewing Co.

2201 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205

303-296-9460

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The Centennial Tavern at Jonesy's

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Broadway and Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80202

303-892-1112

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