Harvest Week is under way at the GrowHaus, the incredibly cool interactive urban farm/marketplace in north Denver. The series, which is organized by Eat Denver, a group of independent restaurateurs, started with a "Praise the Lard" gospel brunch on Sunday; last night, it was "The Hedonist's Guide to Tailgating" that scored, with dishes from Biker Jim's, Pinche Tacos, Jonesy's EatBar, Phat Thai, Vine Street Pub, Marcos Coal Fired Pizza and Red Star Deli.
Up tonight? A Platte River Luau, a Colorado-style party with grass skirts, ukeleles and a Kahlua Pig Roast. The featured restaurants are Row 14, Barolo Grill, Rioja, The Squeaky Bean and Black Pearl; tickets are $65.
Here's the menu, and the creators of the dishes:
Platte River Luau
Wisdom Farms Miso Chicken Liver Mouse on a Pineapple crisp Mango and peach puree, macaroon crumble and coconut foam Black Pearl and Barolo Grill Lomi Lomi Trout Steamed Colorado tilapia luau
Squeaky Bean, Black Pearl and Lala's Chicken galantine with spam and macadamia nuts Pork belly char siu sausage and celeriac remoulade Lamb Spam, loco moco rice, kabayaki Kalbi style yak ribs from Grunniens Ranch
Barolo Grill, Lala's, Rioja and Black Pearl Kahlua Roast Pig Poi and Colorado purple potato puree Roasted Colorado squash and pear, sesame ginger sauce Sweet mac salad, local carrots and onions Rocky Ford melon relish Kimchee puree Kroonenberg Farms apple butter City Harvest Jalapeno Adobo
Row 14, Barolo Grill, Rioja, Squeaky Bean and Lala's Banana tart and burnt meringue Pineapple brown-butter cake with rainbow icing
Squeaky Bean and Rioja
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Harvest Week continues with dinners through Friday; find complete information and make a reservation here.