Chef/restaurateur Troy Guard (owner of TAG, Los Chingones and Mister Tuna, to name a few) has been a key player in Taste of the NFL for several years, as well as the force behind Taste of the Broncos. Now in its third year, this winning celebration of Denver restaurants will take place on Monday, September 18, at Sports Authority Field, 1701 Bryant Street. You’ll sample bites from thirty restaurants while Broncos cheerleaders, past and current players, and even Miles the Mascot serve as sous-chefs and mingle with the crowd. The event is a benefit for Food Bank of the Rockies, and general admission tickets ($100 each) will get you in the gate at 7 p.m. for food and drink; early-bird admission ($150) will grant you entry at 6:30; and a VIP pass ($300) will open the doors to a pre-event happy hour at 5:30 in the Broncos locker room, followed by access to the main event at 6 p.m. Get your tickets at ticketmaster.com.
Rustle up your best friend and make your way over to Bigsby's Folly Craft Winery, 3563 Wazee Street, on Tuesday, September 19, for Yappy Hour. You'll have to keep your pal on a leash and on the patio, though...oh, did we not mention it's your best friend of the four-legged variety? You can bring your human BFF, too, but from 5 to 7 p.m. Bigsby's is going to the dogs, with 10 percent of the day's proceeds being donated to Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting research to advance veterinary medicine. Human customers will enjoy dog-themed goodie bags and raffle prizes, while canine companions can indulge in (non-alcoholic) dog wine from Apollo Peak and frozen peanut butter yogurt. Prepare for one hairy night.
The RAW (Re-Imagining the Arts Worldwide) Project got its start in Miami in 2014, bringing art awareness and participation to public schools through murals. Now RAW is coming to Denver — and you can help out simply by drinking a beer. On Tuesday, September 19, order a beer at Baere Brewing, 320 Broadway, and 10 percent of the day's profits will be donated to the organization, which is now targeting Denver schools. Stop in for a cold one between 4 and 10 p.m. and chat with the RAW Project organizers.
Get a hell of a deal on Wednesday, September 20, at Zuni Street Brewing Company's Hops for Habitat fundraiser. From 5 to 8 p.m., the brewery at 2355 West 29th Street will be offering a free beer to anyone who makes a donation directly to Habitat for Humanity, donating $1 of every beer sold to the nonprofit and providing a free taco bar courtesy of El Camino. There's no cover for this event (though registration at eventbrite.com is encouraged) — so just think of all that money you can save on food and drink and put directly toward a good cause. Now that's cause for cheers.
You may already know about the Denver Museum of Nature & Science's Science Lounge; the monthly lecture series pairs serious science with delicious drinks, so you can expand your mind while imbibing (instead of obliterating your brain cells). On Thursday, September 21, the topic is the science of beer — specifically, how different yeast strains affect your pint. The museum, at 2001 Colorado Boulevard, will provide a cash bar and expert lecturers from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets ($13 for members, $15 for non-members) are on sale at dmns.org. Prepare to amaze (or bore) your friends with your newfound knowledge.
If, despite your best efforts, your kid is convinced that buffaloes have wings, then the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) deserves some of your money. The organization runs a working farm south of Castle Rock, where people of all ages can go to learn where their food comes from. Luckily, you can support CALF while having fun at the 3rd Annual Cork and Pork on Thursday, September 21. From 7 to 9:30 p.m., Mike Ward Maserati, 1850 Lucent Court in Highlands Ranch, will host live music, beer, wine and unlimited pork small plates for just $50. If you're feeling generous, opt for the VIP ticket ($100), which not only allows 6 p.m. entry, but gives you the unusual opportunity to help deliver whole hogs to chefs prior to the event. Both tickets and more details are at thecalf.org.
Friday, September 22
Hygge is still a thing. And while driving an hour to eat dinner doesn't necessarily meet our definition of cozy simplicity, there's no doubt that the Hygge Dinner at Silver Plume's Bread Bar on Friday, September 22 will be a fun night. The Regional's Kevin Grossi will be cooking, and the $135 price tag includes tax, tip and a slew of extras: In addition to the 7 p.m. meal and wine and cocktail pairings, diners will get a preview of the documentary Finding Hygge, a Q&A with the filmmakers and a tribute to Silver Plume's historic past. The quaint bar is at 1010 Main Street in the mountain town, so if you don't want to drive, you can book a ride from Denver for an additional $25 when you purchase your dinner ticket at hyggelife.com.
Keep reading for more food and drink events in the weeks ahead....