Birthday bashes, a taste of Colfax and more on this week's calendar

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"It's going to be a blast," says Herb Brodsky, who co-founded Novo Coffee ten years ago, and is hosting a birthday party at the roasting facility this Saturday. "Last year over 500 people showed up -- everyone is welcome!" he says.

And there's much more on the culinary menu this week. Here's a taste:

Tuesday, July 31:

The fourth annual Tasty Colfax -- a walking tour and tasting at eateries along East Colfax between Columbine and Monroe streets -- goes down tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets costs $25 and include food from fourteen restaurants, live music and access to after-parties. View the full lineup of participating restaurants and bands here.

Highlands Garden Cafe, 3927 West 32nd Avenue, will host the first in a series of dinners focusing on gardening and locally-sourced food tonight at 6 p.m. Jenny Redmond of Table Mountain Farms will be the featured speaker. Dinner will buffet style and complimentary, but the cafe asks that attendees bring their own dishes and recipes to share. Seating is limited to twenty; call 303-458-5920 to reserve a spot.

Mezcal, 3230 East Colfax Avenue, presents its annual taco-eating contest this evening at 6 p.m. The $20 entry fee includes margaritas, a t-shirt and a chance to compete in a taco eating contest for a taco trophy and other prizes. Call 303-322-5219 for more information.Wednesday, August 1:

Happy Colorado Day! If you know of any food deals being offered in honor of our fine state, feel free to drop them in the comments section below.

The Steamboat Wine Festival begins today in downtown Steamboat Springs. The festival runs through Sunday, August 5 and features over 100 wineries, food vendors, breweries and distilleries. Visit the website for more information and a full schedule of events.Thursday, August 2:

Resort 2 Kindness -- a nonprofit committed to making a difference through random acts of kindness -- presents Trucks for Pups, a food truck gathering benefiting local dog rescue centers today. The event takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Petco at 8100 West Crestline Avenue in Littleton; go to R2K's website for more information.

Saturday, August 3:

The Big Denver Barbecue Block Party fires up at Skyline Park today. The two-day grill-out features live music and cooking demonstrations (which are free); grub, Breckenridge beer and dessert will all be priced a la carte. The party runs from noon to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow; check the website for more details.Saturday, August 3 (continued):

The second location of Marczyk's Fine Foods, 5100 East Colfax Ave, is celebrating a year in business with an old-fashioned New England clam bake: one pound lobster, Massachusetts steamers, an ear of of Colorado sweet corn, local potatoes dressed in butter; all wrapped in foil and cooked over an open fire. The bake-out starts at 1 p.m. and dinners are limited; call 303-243-3355 to pre-order -- there will also be Niman Ranch smoked pork butt, house-made mozzarella, baguettes and chocolate chip cookies available for tasting.

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 birthday bash includes live music, food, beer, wine and, of course, coffee; with coffee demonstrations, a barista competition and more. 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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