Denver is gearing up for the Fourth of July weekend — and you can get in practice for the fun and feasts ahead at a series of tasty events this week.
Monday, June 29
Frasca Food and Wine welcomes Eric Demuth at its Monday Night Wine Dinner Series. The meal tonight is $50 for a prix fixe four-course tasting menu; wine pairings are an additional $40 to $50. For reservations and more information, call Frasca at 303-442-6966.
Celebrate summer fruits with S is for Strawberry at the Seasoned Chef Cooking School, which will feature the berry in dishes ranging from drinks to dessert. The class will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and tuition is $65; register here.
Tuesday, June 30
Smashburger is turning eight and to celebrate it the homegrown chain is unveiling a limited edition Birthday Cake Golden Oreo Shake— featuring hand-spun Vanilla Haagen-Dazs ice creas and crushed golden Oreo cookies — and giving guests a buy-one-get-one-free deal on the new shakes today. Head to smashburger.com for more details or just go to a location near you.
Wednesday, July 1
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is continuing its Intermixed: Food/Drink/DJ series this evening with guests Colorado Cider Company and DJs Roger That and John Tyler. The MCA Cafe & Bar holds happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.; music and and food will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. The series is free with museum admission and $5 after 5 p.m. For more information, visit mcadenver.org.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's three-part, Women & Whiskey Tasting Series kicks off at 7 p.m. today as the restaurant pours and explores three whiskeys paired with fruits. Today the team will be pouring Double Diamond, Dancing Pines and Breckenridge Bourbon. Participation is limited to twenty women, so get your $25 tickets fast. And for those who really love their whiskey, all three tastings in the series can be purchased for $65; get all tickets here.
Tamayo is launching its third annual Guacamole Festival starting today and running through September 30. During the festival the restaurant will highlight several regional varieties of guacamole including Baja, Pacifico and Sur, a guac whipped up with grasshoppers. Guacamole plates range from $12 to $16. For more information, call Tamayo at 720-946-1433.
Thursday, July 2
Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese is offering tours and cheese tastings from 2 to 3 p.m. today. Learn about the cheese-making process, tour the grounds, taste cheeses — and then purchase them. Tickets are $10 here.
Friday, July 3
The Cherry Creek Arts Festival will once again take over Cherry Creek North for the weekend. The festival will feature not just art — although 260 artists will be showcasing their work — but live entertainment, a beer garden and tons of food. The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; admission is free. For more information, visit cherrycreekartsfestival.org.
Watch for an expanded weekend culinary calendar here Thursday.
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