Eighteen Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar, August 19-21

Kick the weekend off with a pop-up kitchen called Ash from Basta chef/owner Kelly Whitaker at Infinite Monkey Theorem in RiNo and continue a wine-filled weekend with three dinners sponsored by Veuve Cliquot champagne and the Uncorked festival in Winter Park. If vino's not your thing, we've got plenty of other tasty events to fill you up and quench your thirst.

Friday, August 19
Basta chef/owner Kelly Whitaker and chef Cody Taft bring Ash, their mobile kitchen, to the Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery at 3200 Larimer Street from 5 to 11 p.m. today.  Ash draws inspiration from elemental campfire cooking and will serve a variety of foods that demonstrate the art of wood-fire and charcoal cookery. Think flatbreads made with house-milled grains, produce from local farms and foraged eats. Ash will be at IMT every Friday through August and is also available for catered events, pop-ups and private chef experiences. For a sample menu and more details, see Ash's website.

Chefs Justin Brunson of Old Major and Lon Symensma of ChoLon will be at the the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek today and tomorrow as part of the hotel's rotating summer pop-up restaurant concept. Guests will experience a portable version of the chefs' restaurants with a three- to four-course prix fixe menu. Dinner starts at $55, and reservations are recommended; contact the hotel at 970-748-6200 or on the Ritz-Carlton website.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Greenwood Village is launching a new beer dinner series tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. For the first in the series, guests will be served a special selection of Odell and Ft. Collins beers paired with a menu from executive chef Mario Hernandez. The dinner will be hosted on the patio (weather permitting) with live music. Call the restaurant at 303-796-0100 for reservations, $75. Menu items will include Scotch quail eggs, wagyu burgers and blackberry gelato.

The Skyline Beer Garden will pop up today at 4 p.m., and remain open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, weather permitting, through September 15. Hosted by the Downtown Denver Partnership and Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, the beer garden will pour twelve Colorado craft beers and will also sell snacks, wine and other cocktails in an outdoor tent setting on Arapahoe Street between 16th and 17th streets.

The patio at the Terminal Bar at Union Station will host an evening of Veuve Clicquot from 5 to 10 p.m., complete with a menu designed by chef Lon Symensma, champagne specials and an opportunity to give back to the community. A portion of proceeds for every Veuve Clicquot bottle sold at this event will be donated to the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. This is part of the Veuve Clicquot Journey continuing at several Denver locations this weekend. For more details, see the Journey's website.

Saturday, August 20
Larimer Street between 14th and 15th streets will be blocked off to traffic for Dining Al Fresco on Larimer Square. Twelve participating restaurants will have tables available outdoors with special menus for the event. Reservations are recommended, so contact the restaurant of your choice. For a complete list of those participating, see the Larimer Square website.

The Edfest Craft Beer and Music Festival runs today from 3 to 10 pm. at Vail's Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater,  with beer samples from more than 85 national, regional and local breweries and a performance by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, among others. VIP tickets are sold out, but you can still buy $39 general admission tickets on the Edfest website.

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