Today, the Denver FilmCenter launches FilmFeast, a new annual festival celebrating food and film -- and between Westword's own Dish event and potato, green chile and local-food festivals happening this weekend, we've got you covered with all kinds of culinary events. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Monday, September 6:
Denver Film Center, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, presents FilmFeast, a new annual film series catering to foodies; each screening includes tastings from local restaurants. This week: El Bulli: Cooking in Progress. It starts at 7 p.m.; call 303-595-3456 or visit www.denverfilm.org.
Tuesday, September 7:
Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main Street in Boulder, presents A Night at the Gold Hill Inn, offering up a five-course dinner and fundraiser to commemorate the Fourmile fire last year. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $200; call 303-443-6461 or visit www.goldhillinn.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.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, presents Mexican Fiesta II Cooking Class and Dinner, with shrimp in avocado cups, winter chile, chicken and more. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $47; call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.
Las Delicias, 7610 Conifer Road, hosts Dine Out for CASA; fifteen percent of food sales will be donated to the organization. It runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; call 303-430-0422.
Thursday, September 8:
Lou's Food Bar, 1851 West 38th Avenue, hosts the Hugel & Fils Wine Dinner, featuring four courses paired with wine. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $45, and reservations are required; call 303-458-0336 or visit www.lousfoodbar.com.
The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts -- Boulder, 637 South Broadway, Suite H, presents Oodles of Noodles a two-day workshop running two Thursday nights (the next session is Thursday, September 15) from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is $185; call 303-494-7988 or visit www.escoffier.edu/locations/boulder.
Friday, September 9:
Westword presents its annual Dish event on the Auraria campus, featuring the best in Denver dining and drink, plus the Denver Food & Wine Classic's Art of the Cocktail reception. VIP admission ($75) is from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and general admission ($35) from 7:30 to 11 p.m.; visit http://microapp.westword.com/dish/2011.
The Denver Firefighters Chili Cook-Off is taking place at Larimer Square between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.; local and national fire departments will compete for the title of Best Green Chili, Carne Chili or Hottest Chili. Proceeds will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Visit www.mdausa.org.
Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele Street, hosts Brew at the Zoo, featuring more than 40 Colorado breweries, food samples, music and dancing. It runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and costs $30 to $100; call 303-376-4800 or visit www.denverzoo.org.
Saturday, September 10:
DUG West Washington Park Community Garden, 201 Grant Street, hosts the Ant Farm Fifth Anniversary Harvest with garden tours, works by local artists, live music, libations, fresh produce and more. It runs from 3 to 7 p.m. and is free to attend; call 303-292-9900 or visit www.dug.org.
Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 East Hampden Avenue, is the site of the Metro CareRing Food Drive & Fundraiser; bring food and money donations and enjoy live music and barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit www.metrocarering.org.
Avery Tap Room, 5757 Arapahoe Avenue Unit B1 in Boulder, the inaugural Boulder IPA Festival, the first-ever Boulder festival celebrating IPAs featuring dozens of different examples from several breweries. Admission is $35; call 303-440-4324 or visit www.averybrewing.com.
Belmar in Lakewood presents the annual Festival Italiano, featuring food, wine and artisan vendors selling ceramics, sausage, baked goods, pasta, flowers, herbs, sculpture, produce, antique maps and much more; includes demonstrations, live music and dancing, a grape stomp and more. It starts at 10 a.m. and is free to attend; visit www.belmarcolorado.com.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, presents the Local Foods Festival through Sunday, September 11, a celebration of local food resources, area farmers and local businesses. It runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free; call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.
Sunday, September 11:
The Lowenstein CulturePlex, 2508 East Colfax Avenue, hosts the Local Flavor Festival, with live music, performance art, local food and drink, kids' activities and more from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission is free. Visit www.coloradolocalfirst.com/fest.
Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, 950 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts the Hatch Green Chile Festival, featuring street food, restaurant specials, fresh-roasted chiles, a contest and more. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; call 303-442-7771 or visit www.centrolatinkitchen.com.
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