The Five Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Save the ales by drinking a pint this week.
Danielle Lirette
Save the ales by drinking a pint this week.
It's an exciting week on the national food scene: Foodies from coast to coast will be honoring both root beer floats and zucchini. (Thank god National Mulled Cider Day isn't until the end of September — it's just too damn hot right now to entertain the thought of knocking back a steamy beverage). There are a few other events to fill the days in between; here are five of the most interesting happenings, as well as a few to mark on the culinary calendar in the coming months.

Monday, August 6
Hot on the heels of National Oyster Day comes National Root Beer Float Day. While the preponderance of fake food holidays reaches its zenith (nadir?) in August — we're celebrating chop suey (August 29), julienne fries (August 12) and trail mix (August 31) — it's hard to pass up the fizzy, messy, ice-cold dessert you probably last slurped when you were seven years old. On Monday, August 6, Sheraton Denver Downtown, 1550 Court Place, will be scooping and serving floats from noon to 2 p.m. For a $2 donation to Children's Hospital Colorado, you can get your fingers sticky and spike your blood sugar before heading back to the office. Enjoy it while it lasts; you'll soon be preparing for the relative austerity that is National Zucchini Day (August 8).

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Emmerson's kitchen will be stirring things up at Shake it Up.
Mark Antonation
Tuesday, August 7
What do you normally do on Tuesday night? If you're tired of the same old, same old (settling in to watch a demoralizing episode of Bachelor in Paradise, taking out the recycling, business time) do something different at Shake it Up: Cocktails and Cuisine, a fundraiser for the Flatirons Food Film Festival. From 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, the rooftop of Boulder Brands offices, 1600 Pearl Street in Boulder, is hosting bites and beverages from Emmerson, Blackbelly, Bramble and Hare, Oak at Fourteenth and more. Enjoy tart barbecued pork and beans with chili oil and vinegar mellowed by a mezcal, prickly pear and pineapple cocktail — or if that's not your thing, opt for corn, crab and saffron salad with a gin cocktail accented by celery and fennel simple syrup. Find tickets ($75) and a complete menu at Eventbrite.

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Zucchinis are popping up everywhere on Wednesday.
Courtesy Noodles and Company
Wednesday, August 8
We warned you it was coming: National Zucchini Day is upon us. Make it through the long, hard week by treating yourself to the most phallic of vegetables on Wednesday, August 8. Noodles & Company makes the ubiquitous summer vegetable fun with its Zoodles, and today you can get a free upgrade to zucchini noodles in any entree. Perhaps you'd like a meatball gently nestled into a bed of firm, al dente zucchini instead of limp pasta noodles — done! Or maybe you'd like to substitute long, elegant strands of the veggie for short, stubby penne — the world is your oyster! Don't screw around and miss out on the chance to get a bite of the green giant this week.
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Woods Boss Brewing Co. is showing up to Save the Ales on Thursday, August 9.
Danielle Lirette
Thursday, August 9
Conservation Colorado, an advocacy group dedicated to preserving Colorado's natural resources, has found a foolproof way to engage residents in the fight for clean water: draw a direct line between water and beer. Without water, you'll be dehydrated, but not because you've been sipping on delicious suds — you'll be dehydrated and sober, the worst of all possible worlds. Contribute to the cause at Save the Ales, a fundraiser for the organization, on Thursday, August 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. Nearly thirty breweries, including Bruz Beers, Westbound and Down Brewing Co. and Renegade Brewing Co. will converge on Mile High Station, 2027 West Colfax Avenue, to pour unlimited brews for just $35; VIP tickets get you in an hour early and include extra swag. Find a full list of participating breweries and nab your ticket at the event's Facebook page.

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Orange-mezcal sorbet at La Chupaflor, with optional chapulines sprinkled on top.
Friday, August 10
There's always ice cream at a one-year-old's birthday celebration — but on Friday, August 10, you can skip the toddler and head straight for the good stuff at La Chupaflor. The nevería at 11 East Louisiana Avenue is discounting everything in the case by 25 percent all day — every cone, milkshake, malt, sundae, banana split and coffee. Doors open at 11 a.m. and stay open until 10 p.m., so there's plenty of time to visit, enjoy some Mexican ice cream, maybe grab a mezcal next door at Palenque, and then head back over for seconds. And from 4 to 7 p.m., the kids can get in on the fun as balloon artist and face painter Miss Pickles will be on site. That's a birthday party we'll definitely RSVP for. 

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