A couple of birthday bashes this weekend

Two of Denver's meal mainstays are celebrating their birthdays this weekend -- and you're invited to join in the festivities.

Here are the invitations:

The second location of Marczyk Fine Foods, the 2012 Best Store on Colfax winner at 5100 East Colfax Avenue, is celebrating a year in business with an old-fashioned New England clam bake: one pound lobster, Massachusetts steamers, an ear of Colorado sweet corn and local potatoes dressed in butter; all wrapped in foil and cooked over an open fire. Dinners are limited and pre-sales end today; call 303-243-3355 to order. There will also be Niman Ranch smoked pork butt, house-made mozzarella, baguettes and chocolate chip cookies available for tasting. The bake-out runs from 1 to 6 p.m.

And Novo Coffee's tenth anniversary party goes down from 4 to 11 p.m. this evening at the company's roasting facility, 3008 Larimer Street. The party includes live music, food, beer, wine and, of course, coffee; with coffee demonstrations, a barista competition and more. "It's going to be a blast," says co-founder Herb Brodsky. "Last year over 500 people showed up -- everyone is welcome!"

All proceeds from the event will benefit The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking and Novo's community aid project in El Salvador; call 303-295-7678 for more information.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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