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The Five Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

The GrowHaus continues its tradition of hosting Harvest Week dinners in 2019.
The GrowHaus continues its tradition of hosting Harvest Week dinners in 2019. Mark Antonation
Plan ahead for Harvest Week, explore African cuisine and culture, and celebrate a birthday this Labor Day weekend. Here are five of the most festive food and drink events from Friday, August 30, through Sunday, September 1, along with fundraisers, food and film fests, and feasts to plan ahead for.

click to enlarge Up top at the new ViewHouse Littleton. - MARK ANTONATION
Up top at the new ViewHouse Littleton.
Mark Antonation
Friday, August 30
Denver's Harvest Week doesn't begin until Sunday, October 6, but if you're interested in sitting down for any of the dinners that run through October 10, you'd better get your tickets immediately (two of the five dinners — October 6 and 9 — are already sold out). You can still get tickets for the rest of the multi-course meals for $85 (including drinks): dinners include a vegetarian meal with chefs from Luca, Urban Farmer, Acreage and the Regional; a zero-waste dinner from Super Mega Bien, Vesta and Bistro Vendôme; plus a straight-up eclectic meal combining the vastly different styles of Mercantile & Provision, Vine Street Pub, Rio Grande and Flagstaff House. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. at the GrowHaus, 4751 York Street; visit Harvest Week's website to nab your seat at the table before they've been gleaned like the fields after harvest time.

ViewHouse wants to turn your Labor Day into a four-day party, with food, drinks and festivities at its Littleton (2680 West Main Street) and Centennial (7101 South Clinton Street) restaurants. Start out at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 30, with viewing parties for the Rocky Mountain Showdown, the annual CU/CSU football game. Go old-school with a retro dance party beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, then dress up in all whites for an all-you-can-eat buffet brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Centennial ViewHouse on Sunday, September 1. Littleton's brunch that day is à la carte and also includes a White Out Work Out beginning at 9 a.m. in the courtyard. And if you're not worn out by then, there's a special à la carte brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, September 2, at both locations. Visit the ViewHouse website for more details.

Red red, a Ghanaian dish of stewed black-eyed peas served with plantains and a steamed cake called moi moi. This version is courtesy of African Grill and Bar. - MARK ANTONATION
Red red, a Ghanaian dish of stewed black-eyed peas served with plantains and a steamed cake called moi moi. This version is courtesy of African Grill and Bar.
Mark Antonation
Saturday, August 31
It's a three-day weekend, so why not start brunching early? Dedicated diners and drinkers know one extra day to recover really just means one extra day to indulge. And on Saturday, August 31, all Snooze locations are luring you in with the power of pork. To celebrate National Bacon Day (sigh), the eatery is launching three special items. There's the Bacon it Easy cocktail (bacon-infused bourbon, peach simple syrup and lemonade), Bacon a Difference Benny (eggs Benedict with bacon-espresso jam, cream cheese Hollandaise and bacon instead of ham) and Sweet Swine O' Mine (flapjacks topped with bacon crumbles, bacon mascarpone and black pepper maple syrup); order any of the three items and 100 percent of sales will go to Cooking Matters Colorado, a nonprofit working with low-income families to help them learn to shop better and prepare healthier meals. We recommend you get to your local Snooze when the doors open; even after thirteen years in Colorado, the chain still draws massive morning crowds. But if you sleep in, well....don't come (s)whining to us about it.

You can get bacon at every bistro and barbecue in town, but what about sadza, fufu, dibi, poulet yassa, sega dinich or thieboudiene? These African dishes are scarce in Denver, but on Saturday, August 31, you can get a mouthful (and earful and eyeful) of African culture at the second Colorado Taste of Africa. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Utah Park, at 1800 South Peoria Street in Aurora, will host a gathering of Colorado's African diaspora, with food from Ethiopian Konjo Catering and West African Pikine Grill, African beer and wine, Ethiopian coffee, herbal tinctures, kids' drumming and dance lessons (moves courtesy of Cleo Parker Robinson), and vendors selling African crafts and fashion. Admission to the fest is free, and you're sure to find some new (or old!) favorite dishes at this celebration of the continent. Find out more on the event's Facebook page.

click to enlarge Colorado Sake Co. is celebrating a year in business this weekend. - COURTESY COLORADO SAKE CO.
Colorado Sake Co. is celebrating a year in business this weekend.
Courtesy Colorado Sake Co.
Sunday, September 1
Colorado's only sake tasting room has been open for just over a year now, and Colorado Sake Co., 3559 Larimer Street, is celebrating with sushi and sake on Sunday, September 1, from noon to 9 p.m. The taproom will release a batch of shochu, a distilled beverage, typically with a higher ABV than sake, made in collaboration with the Block Distilling Co., and mix sake Bloody Marys in addition to its usual suspects (including horchata-, pineapple chile-, lemongrass- and beet-flavored options) on tap. And because it's a special occasion, a sushi chef from Uchi will be turning out bites from 2 to 6 p.m. (that's quite an advanced palate for a toddler!). Find out more about the birthday bash on the taproom's Facebook page.

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