Save calories and carbs for later in the week, when you can visit Denver's Best Restaurant Neighborhood to sample dishes from forty kitchens, visit the Denver Botanic Gardens for wine and more food, or throw down both doughnuts and locally distilled whiskey in the ultimate throwdown. Dough! Keep reading for a taste of this week's culinary calendar. See also: The Ten Best Restaurants in the Ballpark Neighborhood Monday, August 11 Shark Week is back on the Discovery Channel, with tie-ins at eateries ranging from the massive Dunkin' Donuts chain, which is hosting a selfie contest, to the tiny Katherine's French Bakery, which is offering its sable (French butter) cookies in shark ($2.95 each) and surfboard and life preserver (sold as set of two for $3.25) forms. For more information, call 303-282-5888.
The Havana Exchange Farmers' Market takes place today in the parking lot at the Havana Exchange Shopping Center in Aurora from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- or until all the food is gone. Find out more at the markets website.
Tuesday, August 12
Fado Irish Pub is hosting Network After Work Denver, giving local professionals in all types of industries the chance to eat, drink and socialize. There will be drinks and light appetizers from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit networkafterwork.com.
Wednesday, August 13
Ballpark Plates gives diners a taste of the Ballpark neighborhood, which we named Denver's Best New Restaurant Neighborhood in the Best of Denver 2014. More than forty restaurants will be participating in the event, which runs from 5:30 to 8:30 today. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the event; for tickets and more information, head to ballparkplates.com. Keep reading for more of this week's culinary calendar. Thursday, August 14
At the eighth annual Corks and Forks food and wine event at the Denver Botanic Gardens, guests can enjoy delicious food prepared by distinguished Colorado chefs, wine, live music and a silent auction. The evening benefits the National Sports Center for the Disabled, and runs from 6 to 9 p.m.; tickets are $75 for a couple or $50 for an individual. Learn more and grab your tickets here.
1515 Restaurant is hosting a signature UncorkedDenver.com event featuring Ian Hongell, a winemaker with Peter Lehmann Winery, who'll be offering the best of Barossa with 90+ rated wines from the Peter Lehmann portfolio. Reserve your spot for the tasting for $30.99 by clicking here; the wine will start pouring at 6 p.m. tonight.
Whiskey and donuts: a match made in heaven or somewhere further south? Find out for yourself at Whiskey Throwdown, Donut Showdown, today at Battery 621. Starting at 6 p.m., guests will start rolling in doughnuts, washing them down with locally distilled whiskey. Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 in advance, and will get you all the whiskey and donuts you can handle. For info and tickets, click here.
Friday, August 15
Wine vs. beer? The question could be settled tonight, when Range will hold a five-course wine and beer dinner featuring wine from Infinite Monkey Theorem and beer from Former Future Brewing. The battle begins at 6:30 p.m. tnoght and tickets are $90; call 720-726-4800 to make reservations.
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