It's a quintessential Colorado week on the culinary calendar, with lots of local beer and wine, plenty of excuses to chill outside -- and a bike race.
Here's a taste of what's on the event menu:
Monday, August 20:
It's National Lemonade Day! And California Pizza Kitchen is celebrating by donating 100 percent of lemonade sales from its six Colorado locations to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation -- a national nonprofit started by four-year-old Alexandra Scott (1996-2004) that raises funds for cancer research. The namesake chain will host the fundraiser through Friday, August 24; visit Alex's website for more info.
Tuesday, August 21:
Dad and Dudes Breweria, 6730 South Cornerstar Way in Aurora, will allow Great Divide Brewery to take over its taps today at 5 p.m. Look for standard GD selections as well as some seasonal surprises; call 303-400-5699 for details.
Tuesday, August 21 (continued):
LoDo Bites -- a culinary walking tour of lower downtown restaurants-- takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. this evening. Sample small bites from dozens of downtown restaurants (here's the roster) and enjoy drink specials and desserts at select locations. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased on the LoDo Bites website. Call 303-628-5428 for more information, including discounts on group tickets.
Wednesday, August 22:
Lala Wine Bar + Pizzeria, 410 East Seventh Avenue, presents an outdoor screening of Back to the Future at 8 p.m. tonight in the Governor's Park open space across the street from the restaurant. Concessions for the movie (which is free) include a pre-dinner menu and a beer garden but not seating, so plan on bringing your own. Call 303-861-9463 for more information.
Thursday, August 23:
The Four Seasons Hotel Denver, 1111 14th Street, hopes to grant over fifty wishes for the Make-a-Wish Foundation with a Wine & Wishes benefit tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets to the wine-and-food pairing cost $75; learn more and purchase them here.
Friday, August 24:
Jax Fish House teamed up with Jack Rabbit Hill Winery to create special red and white oyster wines, both of which will be released today at Cured, 1825 Pearl Street in Boulder. There will be a tasting of the wines, oysters on the half shell and a discussion on how to pair wine with food -- and $2 of every bottle sold will be donated to the Growe Foundation. The event starts at 4 p.m.; call the shop at 720-389-8096 for more information.
The second annual Truck It! party rolls into Boulder from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Gateway Park Center, 4800 28th Street. In addition to food, there will be live music, games and beer from Avery and Twisted Pine (proceeds from beer sales will benefit Parenting Place). Participating trucks include Tasterie Truck, Crock Spot, Fruta Juice, Comida, Heirloom, Cheese Louise, Top of the Hill, Verde, RollinGreens, Street Eats, Sweet Cow and Sesame Seed -- check the Facebook page for details.
Saturday, August 25:
The third installment of the dinner-and-a-movie series at Ritz-Carlton, 1880 Curtis Street, takes place tonight at 7 p.m. This month's feature will be Vicki Christina Barcelona, paired with Spanish tapas. Dinner costs $75 or $125 with wine pairings; call 303-312-3826 to reserve a seat.
Stage six of the USA Pro Challenge cycles into Boulder today and Flagstaff House, along with Boulder Wine Merchant, is cheering it on with a special viewing party. The event starts at 11 a.m. and includes a reception, followed by a four-course lunch and a front-row view of the race -- which passes by the restaurant. Admission costs $185 ($100 of which will be donated to the Davis Phinney Foundation) and seating is limited; call 303-442-4640 to grab one. Note: streets to Flagstaff House will be closed, so guests will have to walk or cycle to 1138 Flagstaff Road in Boulder in order to attend.
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