The weather's not the only thing heating up: Denver's culinary calendar will be sizzling with tasty events all weekend long, including bar crawls, farmers' markets, charity events, cooking demos, anniversaries and more. Keep reading for all the details.
Friday, June 10
Globe Hall will host Saucy: An Evening of Burlesque and Barbecue starting at 7:30 p.m. today. Set to blues, jazz, soul, funk and ’60s rock, Saucy will feature sultry acts by some of Denver's top burlesque stars, as well as a card-throwing demonstration by world-record card-throwing champion Roger Lopez. General-admission tickets are $10, VIP are $25 and include a pre-show barbecue dinner. Get tickets and more information here.
In honor of the year it first opened as a butcher shop (1979), Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is offering a 79-cent Pork Chop Friday lunch to the first 100 people in line today (21+ only). The restaurant opens at 11 a.m.; for more information, contact Perry's at 303-792-2571.
Culinary experts Adrian Miller, Rob Corbari and Shauna Lott will lead a food-focused presentation and tasting during the Making the Mountain program at Lighthouse Writers Workshop from 8 to 9:30 p.m. today. Making the Mountain is a quarterly artist talk that features Colorado creatives speaking about their work; tickets to this round are $10. Get yours and learn more here.
LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) are hosting the Amazing Traveling Silent Auction to benefit the Prom Dress Exchange every Friday through June at a different Denver location. Today it will make a stop at The Good Son from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.
MCA Denver's Lookout Club debuts from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight on the rooftop patio. Every Friday through the summer, the museum will feature a unique mash-up of drinks and DJs with a theme; tonight's is "beer cocktails." Admission is $5 after 5 p.m.; visit mcadenver.org for more information.
The Underwearness: Drop your Drawers and Run Wild, a 3K and obstacle course, will take place at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds from 6:30 to 10 p.m. today. All registered participants will have access to the after-party — complete with drinks, food vendors, live music by Boogie Mammoth, and an underwear toss with special prizes. Registration fees vary; you can register here. For more information, visit underweareness.com.
Carolla Drinks, founded by comedian Adam Carolla, is putting on a Mangria bar crawl in Denver today. From 6 to 9 p.m. you can join hosts Lynette Carolla, Ray Oldhafer and the Carolla Lackeys at a brawl crawl, with three stops and a live performance by Chris Laxamama. The crawl gets under way at 6 p.m. at the Next Door Lounge. Tickets are $30 and include a Mangria toast beverage, transportation throughout the event, and drink and food specials. For tickets and more information, visit corolladrinks.com.
CU South Denver will bring whiskey and Westerns to the big screen today. Guests at Whiskey and a Western: High Noon, will enjoy a screening of High Noon, two drinks, popcorn and more. Tickets are $28 for adults, $23 for CU faculty and staff, and $18 for designated drivers. Get tickets and more information here.
Restaurants and bars around the world have been celebrating Negroni Week all week, but if you haven't had a chance to partake, the event runs through June 12. Many restaurants in Denver will be serving up the gin, Campari and vermouth drink, and donating $1 or more from each sale to charity. For more information, visit negroniweek.com.
This weekend is your last chance to take part in Negroni Week.
Saturday, June 11
The Jefferson Park Farm & Flea pops up again from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The free market features produce and products from many of Denver's urban homesteaders. You can donate produce to area food pantries and receive Bounty Bucks (coupons good for discounts at vendor booths). The markets will continue monthly (usually on the second Saturday) through October 8; get more information at jpfleamarket.com.
YouTube star and viral vegan Laura Miller will give a free cooking demonstration and sign copies of her new book, Raw. Vegan. Not Gross, at the Denver Central Library from 1 to 3 p.m. today. For more information, check out denverlibrary.org.
TheBigWonderful bids farewell to RiNo with its last bash in the neighborhood today. The farewell party will feature food, drinks shopping and music by Timber!, Brothers Gow and Dead Phish Orchestra. As a throwback to its roots, the market will be free from noon to 2 p.m.; after 2, there will be a $5 cover. Find tickets and more info here.
The mountains will be brimming with brews this weekend during the Snowmass Craft Beer Rendezvous. Presented by the Colorado Brewers Guild, the event will feature craft beers from more than fifty breweries from around the state, as well as food and music. Tickets to the rendezvous, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m., are $30 general admission and $50 VIP; get yours here.
The Downtown Aquarium is getting into the swing of summer with Sharkey’s Luau from 6 to 8 p.m. today. You can join the aquarium’s mascot, Sharkey, and sink your teeth into a buffet feast, served alongside hula lessons, Polynesian dancing, a water-balloon toss, a “Best Hawaiian Costume” contest, face painting, crafts, sand-pit search, and more. There will also be special appearances from a few animals and even the famous mermaids. Tickets to the luau are $34.99 for adults, $23.99 for kids ten and under. Purchase tickets and find more information here.
Great Divide Brewing Company will host its 22nd Anniversary Party from 2 to 6 p.m. today at its River North location. The birthday bash will feature unlimited Great Divide beers, live music, outdoor games and food trucks. There will also be Yeti floats to keep you cool, and you can taste the not-yet-released 22nd Anniversary Dark American Sour Ale. Your $40 general-admission ticket includes unlimited beer tastings, a $5 food ticket to any of the food trucks on site, free bike valet provided by Bike Denver, and a commemorative and reusable stainless-steel tasting glass. For $70, you'll get a Brewed Food Experience ticket, which includes a Brewed Food Tasting from chef Jensen Cummings before the party, and a Spiegelau Barrel Aged Beer Collaboration Glass. Find tickets and more information here.
Wings and Whiskey will be heating up at Ace this weekend.
Sunday, June 12
When two great things come together for a great cause, magic can happen. Come feel the magic at Wings & Whiskey, which starts at 4 p.m. today at Ace. The charity event will feature wings from eight of Denver's top chefs, a wing-eating contest, a whiskey-tasting booth, live music and more. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased here; proceeds benefit the Denver Housing Authority's Youth Culinary Academy.
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KOSI 101.1 presents classic films and tasty brunch offerings twice a month at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema; today the theater will screen Hairspray at 11 a.m. Tickets are $40 and include brunch, a cocktail and exclusive shopping deals at Aspen Grove. Get tickets at drafthouse.com.
Garbanzo is freeing the falafel for International Falafel Day. Today the chain will treat you to a complimentary order of hand-made falafel and a side sauce with the purchase of any meal. Garbanzo will also introduce one original new falafel flavor every week for the next three weeks. For more information, visit eatgarbanzo.com.
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