Summertime, and the eatin' is easy. This week's culinary events take you to locations as exotic as the Bastille and as eclectic as East Colfax; the menu includes everything from Veuve Cliquot to ginger beer. Keep reading for details on the fifteen tastiest events this week.
Monday, July 13
You can Dine Out for the Arts tonight at more than twenty restaurants along the Front Range. Each participating restaurant will donate 10 percent of its sales for the day to the Future Arts Foundation, to help efforts to promote music and art education in public schools. For a list of participating restaurants and to learn more about the Future Arts Foundation, click here.
Frasca Food and Wine will explore the wines of Marko Primosic at the restaurant's Monday Night Wine Dinner Series. The meal is $50 per person for four courses, not including optional wine pairings that range from $45 to $50 per person. For reservations and more information, call Frasca at 303-442-6966.
Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer will be making the rounds in Denver this week, and several local restaurants will host the company this week with complimentary samples, games, specialty cocktails and more. For starters, Crabbie's will be at Charcoal from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. this evening. For more information, including the schedule for the rest of the week, head over to crabbiesgingerbeer.com.
Tuesday, July 14
Twenty eateries will participate in the seventh annual Tasty Colfax; along with the restaurant and pub crawl, there will be a great lineup of live music and art all along the ten blocks of Colfax in the Bluebird District. The event will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. For more information, click here.
Bistro Vendôme is celebrating Bastille Day with a special dinner menu created by chef de cuisine Adam Branz. The menu will feature an oyster duet, butter-lettuce salad, duck breast and oeufs à la neige. Guests can order the four-course prix fixe menu for $50 or choose à la carte items priced separately. The regular Bistro Vendôme menu will also be served all evening. For more information, visit bistrovendome.com.
Wednesday, July 15
The Kitchen Denver celebrates Natural Wine Week today with a four-course wine dinner paired with natural, organic Kermit Lynch wines. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. and is $80 per person; for reservations, call the Kitchen at 303-623-3127.
The Pairsine Chefs Fine Food & Beer Pairing will take over the Omni Interlocken Resort today from 6 to 9 p.m. The event pairs award-winning craft beers from the 2015 Denver International Beer Competition with creations from ten of Denver's top chefs, who will create twenty unique beer-and-food pairings. Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door; grab yours here.
Duo Restaurant will host Iuli Winery tonight for a four-course dinner paired with the wines of the Italian winery. Dinner is $68; for reservations and more information, contact Duo at 303-477-4141.
Thursday, July 16
Veuve Clicquot is on a cross-country tour and will make a few stops in Denver, the first at Four Seasons Denver for a pool party from 6 to 9:30 p.m. today. The event will feature music from DJD, a Clicquot photo booth, fun giveaways and, of course, Clicquot specials; guests can cool off with Veuve Clicquot Non-Vintage Yellow Label for $25 by the glass and $100 by the bottle.
The Fox and Hound on 120th is holding a benefit for the nonprofit Patriot Anglers from 6 to 9 p.m. today, when guests can enjoy complimentary samplings of Fox & Hound’s signature dishes. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of sales for the entire day to Patriot Anglers and the group's attempts to uplift U.S. military families past and present by providing a unique Rocky Mountain fishing experience. For more information, contact the Fox and Hound at 303-464-7366.
Chef Tyler Wiard, executive chef at Elway's, will lead this month's cooking class to benefit Work Options for Women, focusing on tips, tricks and recipes for grilling. The class will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cafe Options and is $75 per person; you can register for the course and learn more here.
The Denver Botanic Gardens continues its Unwind summer series with an evening themed around elements. Guests can explore the garden grounds as they enjoy food dipped in liquid nitrogen, try the oxygen bar, extract DNA from a strawberry, sample an array of appetizers and sip on specialty cocktails. Appetizers and three drink tickets are included in the $40 ticket price; for tickets and more information, click here.
Friday, July 17
Veuve Clicquot and the Clicquot en Route truck will be at Acorn today, helping to serve up BBQ and bubbles. Guests can enjoy Acorn’s wood-fired BBQ dinner for two with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot for $100, or a BBQ dinner for one with a glass of Veuve Clicquot for $40, while listening to live music from the 6 Million Dollar Band. The truck will be pouring bubbles from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Stephanie Gaudreau, author of The Performance Paleo Cookbook, and Ciarra Hannah, author of The Frugal Paleo Cookbook, will be signing copies of their books at the Tattered Cover Colfax at 7 p.m. today. For more information, visit tatteredcover.com.
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