Celebrate sustainably raised cows, get down with fellow service-industry folks, and watch The Bachelor get down and dirty -- and that's just tonight. From celebrity chefs to comedian chefs, from a battle of the booze to a Battle of the Bands, this is a wild week for food and fun in Denver. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.
Monday, January 26
Erick Skokan, farmer and chef/owner of Boulder's Black Cat Bistro, is celebrating his first harvest of sustainably-raised, free-range beef from his farm. The beef will be featured in every course of this six-part dinner, and the chef will be on hand to discuss his process. Call 303-444-5500 or visit OpenTable for reservations.
Even bartenders need a night to blow off steam and party amongst their people, and tonight they have one: The Colorado Bartenders' Guild is hosting its annual Holiday Hangover on Monday at Session Kitchen, from 7 to 10 p.m. Now in its third year, the Holiday Hangover has grown to an extravaganza of fun and games including cocktails, food, tasting tables, a photo booth, a fund-raising raffle and the annual Colorado Bartenders' Guild awards ceremony. Get your tickets at cobartendersguild.com.
Tonight on ABC's The Bachelor, the women will go on a very muddy date for charity with the MuckFest MS mud-and-obstacle course with bachelor Chris Soules -- aka Prince Farming. The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society will host a viewing party at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Finley's Pub.
World-renowned chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval will sign his cookbook New Latin Flavors and serve a four-course dinner paired with Concha y Toro wines at Zengo tonight. If you don't have a seat already, you're probably out of luck -- the dinner is sold out. But you can always check to see if anything opens up.
Tuesday, January 27
Engage the senses -- and flex your laughter muscles -- with a cooking demo, three-course meal and comedy provided by Sam Tallent at Le Central. Reservations required; book your seat for Laugh, Cook and Eat by calling 303-863-8094. Keep reading for more events on this week's culinary calendar. Wednesday, January 28
Western artist Duke Beardsley has had a pop-up studio all month in the lobby by EDGE at the Four Seasons; tonight the hotel will present a five-course dinner with ingredients from local farms and a conversation with the artist. Call 303-389-3343 to reserve your place.
The booze battle continues as Boone's suits up for a round of Whiskey Vs. Beer. The event includes a three-course meal and pairings from California's Bear Republic and whiskey from Charbay Distillery. Make your reservation by calling 720-961-0320.
Thursday, January 29
Participants in this fabulously starchy cooking class at Stir Cooking School will learn how to create perfect Italian pasta dishes for those cold winter nights. Sign up for the Warming Winter Pasta Dishes class on the Stir site.
Friday, January 30
To celebrate the release of the new book Lost Restaurants of Denver, one of the city's first Mexican restaurants is throwing a party for the history book. In the former Casa Mayan space on Auraria Campus, authors Kristen and Robert Autobee will discuss their work on the history of Denver dining culture.
The 2015 Northwest Beer Fest promises generous beer and wine samples from local producers, as well as a raucous battle of the bands on the Oriental Theater stage. Purchase your tickets on the theater's website.
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