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Denver Food and Wine Kicks Off Today With Four Days of Tasty Fun

The Colorado Restaurant Association and Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado are teaming up with local restaurants and businesses to present the eleventh annual Denver Food and Wine, a celebration of the culinary arts, wine and spirits in Denver. The four-day event gets under way today with a Sunset Idea House Tour from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring cuisine cooked up by Gabe Kennedy, Hosea Rosenberg and Elise Wiggins, paired with wine and cocktails from by Southern Wine & Spirits. The tour is $125 per person; seating is limited.

Tomorrow's big event is a five-course wine-pairing dinner at Panzano, complete with cocktail reception and celebrity chef guest Rick Tramonto. Panzano chef Elise Wiggins has created a four-course menu inspired by two of Tramonto's cookbooks, Amuse Bouche and Steak With Friends; a signed copy of a Tramonto cookbook is included in the $100 ticket — or pay $125 for a special seat at the chef's counter. For reservations, call 303-296-3525.  

And on Friday, Denver foodies can dig into a Riedel Glass Seminar and the Alice 105 "End of Summer" Cocktail Party.

All this leads up to the Grand Tasting from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Metropolitan State University of Denver, which will highlight fare from more than 35 Denver restaurants, 700 varieties of wine and spirits, celebrity chef Rick Tramanto and more. For tickets and a full schedule of events, visit   

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