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EatDenver Harvest Week kickoff party at Balistreri Vineyards

Chef Matt Selby (Vesta/Steuben's) preparing Il Mondo Vecchio Bresaola with Colorado melon and Verde Farms micro basil
Chef Matt Selby (Vesta/Steuben's) preparing Il Mondo Vecchio Bresaola with Colorado melon and Verde Farms micro basil

Denver's third-annual Harvest Week begins Saturday, August 21 and runs through August 27, when nearly forty of Denver's best independent restaurants will be offering special menus. Last night's EatDenver Harvest Week kickoff party at Balistreri Vineyards was a fantastic celebration of local products and harvest flavors, as ten chefs worked with a cornucopia of corn, peaches and melons (and microgreens). Among the crowd favorites: chef Jeff Bolton (Second Home) served up buffalo bratwurst with mustard sauerkraut; chef Chuck James (1515 Restaurant) offered sous vide Colorado lamb loin; and chef Scott Parker (Table 6) featured carrot cake beignets.

A few more food photos from last night:

Black Pearl's Colorado cheese plate
Black Pearl's Colorado cheese plate
The Lobby's Jumping goat cheese cake with a balsamic reduction and berry patch cherry tart
The Lobby's Jumping goat cheese cake with a balsamic reduction and berry patch cherry tart
1515 Restaurant's sous vide Colorado lamb loin with Colorado corn fritters and house-smoked BBQ gastric
1515 Restaurant's sous vide Colorado lamb loin with Colorado corn fritters and house-smoked BBQ gastric
Solera's cold Olathe corn soup with smoked Haystack Mountain goat cheese
Solera's cold Olathe corn soup with smoked Haystack Mountain goat cheese
Steuben's Harvest Punch, concocted by Sean Kenyon
Steuben's Harvest Punch, concocted by Sean Kenyon
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