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From Beer to Birthdays, the Twelve Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar

The Great American Beer Festival may be over, but Denver continues to roll out the fun..and the food. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar this week.  

Monday, September 28

Frasca Food and Wine welcomes Valter Scarbolo this evening. Monday Night Wine Dinners are $50 per person for four courses, not including the optional wine pairings, which range from $45 to $50 per person. For reservations, call the restaurant at 303-442-6966.

The Seasoned Chef Cooking School is teaching students how to save the last of the fall harvest today. The school's Pickling and Preserving class will lead you through the process of making refrigerator pickles, dill pickles, tomato chutney, peach ginger jam and pear butter. Class runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and tuition is $65; to learn more or register for the course, click here.  

Pearl's will be hosting Andrew Novick's Dessert Ramen Bar for Denver Startup Week at 9 p.m. today The pop-up ramen bar will be serving a salted caramel coffee ramen. The event is free; for more information, visit the event's Facebook page

Charcoal is celebrating the restaurant's four-year anniversary with a party that starts at 6 p.m. today. Guests are invited to join the celebration, where there will be complimentary bubbles and birthday cake. For more information, call the restaurant at 303-454-0000.

Tuesday, September 29 

Acorn will host Winemaker Ehren Jordan, of Failla Winery, at a wine dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $75. Make your reservations by calling Acorn at 720-542-3721.

Arugula chefs Alec Schuler and Sven Hedenas have created a five-course menu that will showcase the wines of the Loire River Valley as well as Colorado's fall bounty; it will be paired with five wines that range from the upper reaches of the river in Sancerre to the Atlantic coast in Fiefs Vendèems. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and is $86 per person. Make reservations at 303-443-5100, and take a look at the full menu here

It's International Coffee Day and businesses all over Denver are celebrating by offering a deals and dishes. For starters, local Dunkin' Donuts outlets are offering guests at all Dunkin' Donuts a free medium hot or iced dark roast coffee today. 

Wednesday, September 30  

Satchel's on 6th is teaming up with Rocky Mountain Fresh Farms for a five-course, farm-to-table dinner today. Tickets are $45 per person; for reservations and more information, call the restaurant at 303-399-2560.  

At Lola, La Cosecha will bring together local farms and chefs for a farm-fresh dinner beginning at 5 p.m. today. Nine chefs and over ten Colorado farms will take part in the feast, which will highlight the fall harvest. There will also be music by Oakhurst and Robby Peoples. For reservations and more information, call 720-570-8686. Click here to see the full list of participating farms and chefs.

Top restaurateurs, chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs, bloggers, cookbook authors and other Jewish food-world stars will gather at The Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort for The Harvest, a first-ever three-day festival of learning, cooking and connecting over Jewish cuisine as the next major global food movement. Three-day tickets are $200; for registration options and more information, click here.

Firenze a Tavola is holding a community-table, four-course wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35; for reservations and more information, call the restaurant at 303-561-0234. 

Thursday, October 1

Denver Botanic Gardens and Chipotle Mexican Grill are presenting the fifth annual Sustainable Food Film Series, which aims to raise awareness of healthy and sustainable approaches to the way we grow, produce and consume food. At 6:30 p.m. tonight, the series will screen Lunch Hour at Denver Botanic Gardens’ Mitchell Hall. Dinner from Chipotle will be served at 6 p.m. and is included in the $5 ticket price. For more information on the series or to register in advance for the event, visit    

Friday, October 2 

Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest will take over the Pepsi Center parking lot starting at 5 p.m. today and running through the weekend. Alongside beers from over fifty breweries in the West, attendees can enjoy traditional German oom-pah bands, live entertainment from local musicians, German fare to pair with a full stein, and the largest cornhole tournament in the Rockies. Teams will be competing for a top prize of $10,000, $5,000 for second place, and other great prizes. There are special events for kids, too. General admission is $15 per day, children under 12 are free. Special packages range from $60 to $200; you can find tickets and all the details here.  

As a part of First Friday in RiNo ,the Chocolate Crisis Center will be throwing a free, Limited Edition Chocolate Release Party today from 5 to 9 p.m. The center will be releasing four new test flavors for you to try — and then vote on which one to keep around. For more information, click here

The Cherry Cricket is turning seventy today and will be celebrating from 2 to 4 p.m. with throwback prices on burgers ($1.90), fries ($.45), and Coors Banquet beers ($.72). Happy hour will run from 4 to 6 p.m., and at 9 p.m.  the restaurant will serve cake and champagne. Call the Cricket at 303-322-7666 for reservations and more details.

The Marczyk Fine Foods fourteenth annual Pig Roast will take place today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The store will be dishing up plenty of slow-roasted Niman Ranch pork with market-made sauces, plus baked beans, coleslaw, Pete’s Mom’s potato salad and freshly baked cornbread. For more information, visit

For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to [email protected] And watch for our full weekend calendar Friday, as well as beer updates all week.