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Twenty-Five Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar June 6-10

Restaurants and bars around the world will be celebrating Negroni Week today through June 12, all to raise money for charitable causes. 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 info on participating spots, check out And once you've caught a good buzz for a good cause, pore over the culinary calendar, which is full of other worthwhile events around town this week.

Monday, June 6

For Negroni Week, The Nickel will not only serve a barrel-aged Nickel Negroni for $12, but will also feature a Negroni-inspired dessert: an orange-juniper sponge cake served in a rocks glass with Campari “styrofoam,” vermouth ice cubes and a freeze-dried tangerine. A buck from the sale of each cocktail and dessert will go directly to the American Cancer Society. For more information, contact the Nickel at 720-889-2128.   

Blue Island Oyster Bar is offering Buck-a-Shuck oysters every Monday from 11 a.m. to close. That means you can get $1 shucker's choice oysters all day long. Contact the restaurant at 303-333-2462 for reservations or more information. 

Starting today from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and continuing every weekday at the same time, Beast + Bottle will be offering Patio Pinks and Patio Plates, a rotating selection of rosé wines or Moscow Mules for $6 a glass, along with a menu of small bites for $3 that will only be available on the restaurant's patio. Guests can order the bites à la carte or buy six bites and get one free. For more information, contact Beast + Bottle at 303-623-3223.

Samuel Adams is bringing its Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room and speed-coaching events back to Denver today. In the Pitch Room, which is intended for small food and beverage business owners, a panel of judges will offer business owners advice on their sales pitches; one winning business will be invited to join competitors from around the country at the Boston finals in December, where they will compete for a $10,000 business grant and a year of extended coaching and mentoring from Samuel Adams. Following the Pitch Room, businesses and entrepreneurs can take part in speed-coaching, with the goal of solving specific problems related to sales and distribution, packaging, finance, e-commerce and more. The Pitch Room will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and speed-coaching will run from 7 to 9:30 p.m., both at Industry Denver. Find more information here

Today from 1 to 4 p.m., you can meet Illy Caffe's Master Barista, Giorgio Milos, who is flying in from Italy. During the meet-and-greet, you can enjoy complimentary coffee beverages. For more information, call Illy at 303-867-8100. 

Frasca Food and Wine welcomes guest Sara Pedrali, who will explore the wines of Bellavista. The Monday Night Wine Dinners are $50 for a four-course tasting menu, with optional wine pairings ranging from $40 to $50. Call Frasca at 303-442-6966 for reservations.

Tuesday, June 7 

The Crimson Room’s June Cocktail Class will focus on all things gin today. The monthly cocktail classes take place on the first Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 7 p.m., when $30 buys admission to the class, two cocktails, tips on mixing up great drinks, recipes to take home to re-create the cocktails, and more. To save your spot, call the Crimson Room at 720-639-6987.

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