The Seven Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Courtesy Voodoo Doughnut
Voodoo Doughnut's Cherry Time is back for a limited time.
French food and Fried Green Tomatoes, doughnuts and donations, a booze battle and the return of Slow Food Nations are all on the menu this week in Denver, as the days get hotter and the food gets tastier. Here are seven savory events over the next five days; keep reading for future food and fun, too.

Monday, July 15

You may be so blinded by Voodoo Doughnut's garish pink decor that you've failed to notice that every three months the business selects a nonprofit organization to partner with for its quarterly giving campaign — but now that you know, you may be inclined to cut the Portland pastry purveyor some slack for taking over the space vacated by Famous Pizza at South Broadway and Bayaud Street. Now through September 30, both Denver locations of the shop (98 South Broadway and 1520 East Colfax Avenue) will be giving $0.25 of each $3.25 Cherry Time doughnut purchase to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, an organization run by and for autistic individuals. So the next time you're standing in Voodoo's monumental line pondering what to order, make it easy on yourself and opt for the cherry jelly doughnut with vanilla icing, lemonade powder and yellow sprinkles — for a good cause.

Bistro Vendôme, 1420 Larimer Street, screens a variety of movies on its Monday Movie Nights, but on July 15, it's showing a film that combines three of our favorite things: feisty octogenarians, national treasure Kathy Bates and fried green tomatoes. The 1991 classic Fried Green Tomatoes has Bates picking up a sledgehammer (thankfully — because you'll be watching it over dinner — she puts it to a different use than she did just a year earlier in Misery) and hilariously portraying the rage of the middle-aged woman. A three-course, prix fixe menu will be served during both screenings (5:30 and 8:15 p.m.); no word on whether the title dish will show up on your table. Call the restaurant at 303-825-3232 to reserve your spot for $55, and visit its website for details about the film.

click to enlarge Spangly pants and masks: bad for summer, good for laughs. - SCOTT LENTZ
Spangly pants and masks: bad for summer, good for laughs.
Scott Lentz
Tuesday, July 16
It's brutally hot in Denver this week, so what better way to cool down (or at least keep your mouth occupied so you can't complain about the heat) than keeping it full of beer? Ratio Beerworks has a two-pronged approach to keeping you comfortable and quiet on Tuesday, July 16. At noon, the taproom at 2920 Larimer Street is releasing its seasonal Rooftops Mexican Lager, and at 7 p.m., Luche Libre & Laughs will put on a free show. So you can fill your beerhole with crisp, clean, cold brews all afternoon, then laugh at the luchadores and comics who are putting on the free show. You can also thank Dios you aren't wearing one of those masks in ninety-plus-degree heat. Visit the brewery's Facebook page for more info.

click to enlarge These babies aren't just decorative; they're designed to be scarfed. - COURTESY DOG HAUS
These babies aren't just decorative; they're designed to be scarfed.
Courtesy Dog Haus
Wednesday, July 17
Hot days mean hot dogs, and on Wednesday, July 17, all Dog Haus locations in Denver, Centennial and Colorado Springs are giving away free wieners in honor of National Hot Dog Day. You'll have to download the chain's app, but once you get there, no additional purchase is needed — just flash your phone and prepare to chow down on the over-the-top creations loaded with everything from arugula to pineapple and served on King's Hawaiian rolls.

click to enlarge The tiniest residents of Black Cat Farm eat dinner. - LINNEA COVINGTON
The tiniest residents of Black Cat Farm eat dinner.
Linnea Covington
Thursday, July 18
Do you care about how your meat was raised and how far your carrots had to travel to your plate? Or are you consumed by just one single question: Does it taste good? No matter what kind of restaurant-goer you are, there's a dinner for you on Thursday, July 18. Eric Skokan's organic Black Cat Farm, where he raises sheep, pigs and heritage turkeys and geese as well as all the produce used for his Boulder restaurants Black Cat and Bramble & Hare, is the starting point for a Boulder county tour and farm dinner. Guests will meet at Black Cat Farm, 9889 North 51st Street in Longmont, for drinks at 4 p.m. before touring Skokan's land as well as the nearby McCauley Family Farm. Then it's time to sit down for a four-course meal accompanied by biodynamic wines and a discussion of sustainable farming practices. Tickets for both the tour and dinner are $160 on Eventbrite, or you can opt for just the tour (then head home to cook up your own garden greens for dinner) for just $30.

Less ideologically inclined diners can partake of TAG's Beer vs. Wine dinner as they attempt to answer a much simpler question: What tastes better? Starting at 6:30 p.m., the restaurant at 1441 Larimer Street will be serving five courses (including burrata with peaches, guanciale and chili oil; pork belly with a yuzu-blackberry glaze; and rabbit with fermented Olathe corn and Taleggio cheese), each accompanied by both a beer and a wine pairing. You can drink both and decide which you prefer, but it's also the perfect dinner for pairs whose preferences don't align: Couples can swap drinks so she can enjoy her beer and he can sip wine. Find the full menu and buy tickets ($75) on TAG's website.

click to enlarge The weather may be as hot as the peppers at Slow Food Nations. - LINNEA COVINGTON
The weather may be as hot as the peppers at Slow Food Nations.
Linnea Covington
Friday, July 19
Slow Food Nations appeals to everyone (except, perhaps, unrepentant fast-food aficionados). The international food fest kicks off its third year in town on Friday, July 19, and will run nearly forty chef demos, lectures, workshops, parties and dinners — plus the enormous Taste Marketplace, with over 100 vendors hawking their wares and handing out samples — through Sunday, July 21. About half the events taking place around town (but mainly around Larimer Square at Larimer and 14th streets) are free, but the rest require tickets, which start at $20. Visit the Slow Food Nations website to see the whole weekend's schedule and make sure you nab tickets for your can't-miss events.

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