The Seven Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Birthdays, beer, Boulder and Broncos — sounds like a brilliant fall week. Here are seven of the best events on the culinary calendar from September 25 through September 29.

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No. 25, right.
Danielle Lirette
Monday, September 25
We may love the crisp air of fall, but the end of summer isn't so welcome for those who don't have warm clothing for the upcoming months. To remedy this, you can join Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 191 Inverness Drive West in Englewood, and Denver Bronco Chris Harris Jr. for Coats for a Cause, a benefit for Denver Children's Home. On Monday, September 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., you'll get wine, cocktails, apps and the chance to chat with no. 25 himself for just $45. And if you bring new or gently used boots or a winter coat, you'll get 25 percent off select bottles of wine. All of the proceeds for this event will go to buying clothing for kids in need; go to for tickets.

Tuesday, September 26
Budgeting is better with beer. That's the theory at Anythink, which is in the midst of Anythink Startup Month in Adams County. At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, it will put that theory to the test at Budget and Brews at Mother Tucker Brewery, 2360 East 120th Avenue in Thornton. The event is open to anyone 21 and up with a valid state or military ID; participants will get one free beer and endless amounts of information on how to create a budget and manage expenses. It all adds up! Registration is required; go to the online calendar at

This little piggy has tequila — lots of it, and it's all from Casa Noble. On Tuesday, September 26, Cochino Taco, 3495 South Downing Street in Englewood, is offering a limited-seating tequila dinner hosted by David Yan, the global ambassador for the Casa Noble distillery. The four-course pairing at 6 p.m. is quite a deal, as these things go, at only $35 a head. For that price, you'll score a welcome cocktail made with Casa Noble blanco and educational tastings of the the company's reposado, añejo, and extra-añejo with dessert. That's not all, though; you'll also be able to sip Cochino's own Casa Noble Barrel Select Joven. Don't cry wee wee wee all the way home; send an email to [email protected] to save your spot soon, since there are only twenty available.

Wednesday, September 27
It's less than two months until Thanksgiving (yes, really), when you'll be surrounded by cartoonish images of turkeys and cornucopias. But you don't have to wait until then to celebrate food. You can do so right now, while making sure all Coloradans have access to food too, on Wednesday, September 27, at Metro Caring's Cornucopia 2017. The fundraiser at DaVita World Headquarters, 2000 16th Street, benefits the organization's programs providing food access, nutrition and cooking classes, and job training to help end the cycle of poverty and hunger. Food and drink from Humboldt and Blue Island Oyster Bar (among others) will be served from 6 to 8 p.m., as well as impressive downtown views from DaVita's terrace. Get your ticket, $75, at

Boulder's Flatirons Food Film Festival is turning five this year; in its relatively short history, it has built a following based on movies packed with images of cameras slowly panning over gorgeously plated food and earnest chef interviews — in short, food porn. This year's lineup doesn't disappoint: From documentaries about the legendary James Beard to a con man scamming the high-end wine market to foodie classics like Ratatouille and Big Night, the festival has something for everyone. You can even get your little ones involved with a farmers' market tour and cooking demo geared toward kids. The screenings start Wednesday, September 27 and run through Sunday, October 1. Most events are $10, and a pass for the entire festival is a steal at just $65. Check out for details.

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Just one of the many beers Black Shirt has brewed in the last five years.
Kelsey Colt
Thursday, September 28
Black Shirt Brewing, 3719 Walnut Street, has made it through five years of pouring suds in RiNo, and to celebrate, the brewery is throwing an epic five-day bender. Events will run from Wednesday, September 27, through Sunday, October 1, but the one that caught our eye was the release of a pistachio-and-lavender rye pale ale on Thursday, September 28. Why? Because people will either love or hate that unholy mashup of ingredients, and we can't wait to read the comments. Find out what side of the fence you fall on, and tell us all about it. Details on the entire birthday weekend are up at the brewery's Facebook page.

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for a frozen dairy product with 2/3 less fat than ice cream.
Danielle Lirette
Friday, September 29
Is there anything more whimsical than a traveling gelato festival? Probably not, but you'll have the opportunity to judge the level of cuteness firsthand at the Gelato Festival in Boulder on Friday, September 29, from 2 to 8 p.m. The Twenty Ninth Street Mall, 1710 29th Street, will host the Tuscan celebration, which is making its way to just four U.S. cities. Tickets — $10 for kids and $20 for adults ($35 for two adults) — include gelato from seven makers from across the globe, chef demos and classes (savory gelato, anyone?), and entrance in gelato eating and serving contests. You'll also be able to vote for your favorite flavor (oh, the power). Tickets and information — including discussions on the history and qualities of the sweet treat — are at And if you can't make it Friday, don't run out and buy a pint of Ben & Jerry's just yet: The show will still be going strong from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 1.

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