We know: You're all wrapped up in planning your GABF
debauchery festivities. Well, we're here to help! Below, find a selection of pre-GABF events, plus a beer-versus-wine dinner, cooking demonstrations and much more. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Monday, September 19:
Vesta Dipping Grill offers its Menu Classic Mondays: Three-course meals for two for only $52.80, based on the Vesta cookbook. The menu will change monthly; call 303-296-1970 or visit www.vestagrill.com.
The Kitchen, 1039 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts the Monday Night Community Dinner, a four-course, family-style dinner; a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Growe Foundation's mission of placing organic gardens in Boulder schools. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $35; reservations are required and must be made by noon the day of the dinner. Call 303-544-5973 or visit www.thekitchencafe.com.
Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West 10th Avenue, presents the Rock 'n' Roll Spelling Bee, where you can eat, drink and win prizes starting at 9 p.m. Call 720-479-8829 or visit www.interstaterestaurant.com.
Mateo, 1837 Pearl Street in Boulder, offers Mussel Mondays all summer: Get one pound of mussels for $6 and frites for an additional $2, half off the regular menu price. Call 303-442-7766 or visit www.mateorestaurant.com.
Tuesday, September 20:
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, hosts the Sustainable Food Film Series, with post-film panel discussions and free sustainable snacks from Chipotle. This month's film: Ingredients. It starts at 7 p.m., and admission is a suggested $10 donation; call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.
Four Seasons Hotel Denver, 1111 14th Street, hosts the Flavors of Denver Culinary Gala; proceeds will benefit the Rocky Mountain chapter of the American Liver Foundation. Call 303-988-4388.
The annual Uptown Sampler will take place in Uptown; enjoy samples from popular neighborhood cafes and gourmet fine dining, plus live entertainment, wine tasting, book signings and more. It starts at 5 p.m, and admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Visit www.uptownonthehill.org.
Denver FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, presents FilmFeast, a new annual film series catering to foodies; each screening includes tastings from local restaurants. This week: Blood Into Wine. It starts at 7 p.m.; call 303-595-3456 or visit www.denverfilm.org.
Mezcal, 3230 East Colfax Avenue, hosts an All-Girls Taco-Eating Contest. Fifteen contestants will compete for a grand prize; registration starts at 5:30 p.m., and the contest is scheduled to begin at 7. Call 303-322-5219 or visit www.mezcalcolorado.com.
Wednesday, September 21:
Seven Cups, 1882 South Pearl Street, hosts "http://www.westword.com/locations/sushi-den-4525/; Robert Edison will share some of his tea bag collection as well as stories about various tea bags. It starts at 7 p.m. and is free; call 303-777-2877 or visit www.sevencupsdenver.com.
Izakaya Den, 1518 South Pearl Street, presents Sliced!, a sushi-making class featuring chefs from Sushi Den, Izakaya Den and Ototo; after class, sit for a meal that includes sushi, miso soup and green tea. Call 303-777-0691 or visit www.izakayaden.net.
Blue Star, 1645 South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs, presents the Dogfish Head Dinner, two beers for each course with five courses. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $90; call 719-632-1086 or visit www.thebluestar.net.
Firenze a Tavola, 4401 Tennyson Street, presents the Frescobaldi Wine Dinner; the multi-course, family-style dinner will be prepared by guest chef Donatella Zampoli. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $55; call 303-561-0234 or visit www.firenzeatavoladenver.com.
Thursday, September 22: Infinity Park Event Center, 4400 East Kentucky Avenue, hosts the annual Saucy Affair featuring chefs from the city's top restaurants competing in a "Saucy Battle." It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $65; visit www.9healthfair.org.
Randolph's, 1776 Grant Street, presents the Beer vs. Wine Dinner, a six-course meal paired with wine from the Infinite Monkey Theorem and beer from Breckenridge Brewery. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $69; call 303-318-7272 or visit www.randolphsdenver.com.
Friday, September 23:
The Kitchen Table, 5375 Landmark Place, Suite 105 in Englewood, presents an American Regional Cuisine: Celebrate John Besh's New Orleans class from 6 to 9 p.m.; admission is $95. Call 303-220-9769 or visit www.kitchentablegv.com.
Saturday, September 24:
The Ritz-Carlton, 1880 Curtis Street, hosts SeptFest 2011, kicking off the Denver Beer Fest with brews paired with food, plus live music. It runs from 3 to 6 p.m., and admission is $45; call 303-312-3800.
Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, hosts the Great COntenders, a pre-GABF showcase of Colorado's beer heavyweights, featuring more than twenty breweries and more than fifty beers. It runs from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and costs $25 to $30; call 303-297-2700 or visit www.wynkoop.com.
Sunday, September 25:
Bloom, 1 West Flatiron Circle in Broomfield, presents a Cooking Demonstration Class including a three-course meal with wine pairings. It starts at 2 p.m. and costs $45; call 720-887-2800 or visit www.foxrc.com/bloom.html.
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Boulder, 637 South Broadway, presents Twenty Years of Culinary Education in Boulder, celebrating two decades with complimentary food samples and drinks, cooking-technique demonstration, ktichen tours and more. It's open to the public and free to attend; events run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jazz@Jack's, 500 16th Street, #320, hosts Gospel Brunch: The History of Gospel Music, featuring a Southern-style all-you-can-eat buffet, plus Linda Styles, De Thomas and special guest performances each Sunday through October 30. It runs at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every week, and admission is $35; call 393-856-7018 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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