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Cherry Pie and Free Ice Cream: Eleven Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar

Enjoy all the tastes of summer this weekend — ice cream, cold beer, cherry pie and pizza, of course. You can enjoy moveable feasts in parks, across RiNo...or even on the 16th Street Mall. Keep reading for the tastiest events on the culinary calendar this weekend.

Friday, July 17

Baur's Restaurant and Listening Lounge is giving away house-made ice cream today, and you can get a free mini cone at the the restaurant between 2 and 4 p.m. It's part of the eatery's Baur's Day celebration, officially set for July 18 —  designated by then-Mayor John Hickenlooper in 2006 as a day to commemorate the historic building, which first opened as the Baur Confectionery Company in 1891. For more Baur's Day events this weekend, see the restaurant's website.

Veuve Clicquot and the Clicquot en Route truck will be at Acorn today helping to serve up BBQ and bubbles. Guests can enjoy Acorn’s Wood Fire BBQ Dinner for two with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot for $100 or BBQ Dinner for one with a glass of Veuve Clicquot for $40 while listening to live music from 6 Million Dollar Band. The truck will be pouring bubbles from 5:30 to 10 p.m. 

Stephanie Gaudreau, author of The Performance Paleo Cookbook, and Ciarra Hannah, author of The Frugal Paleo Cookbook, will be talking about and signing copies of their books at the Tattered Cover on Colfax at 7 p.m. tonight. For more information, visit

Saturday, July 18

Baur's Restaurant and Listening Lounge will give away more house-made ice cream at two different locations today. Get a free mini cone at the Baur's booth at the Cherry Creek Farmers' Market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or grab a scoop at the restaurant between 2 and 4 p.m. For more Baur's Day events this weekend, see the restaurant's website.

Loveland, once the home of the largest cherry orchard west of the Mississippi, will be the scene of a Cherry Pie Celebration today. The free event will take place in Peters Park next to the Loveland Museum and Gallery, and includes live music, vendor booths, food and drink sales, lots of pie, family-friendly activities and the Art of the Tart Cherry Pie Contest. For more info, call 970-962-2410. 

RiNo-spro, a coffee crawl through the RiNo neighborhood, will be featuring caffeinated cruising from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. You can enjoy sipping and sampling your way through some of the district's best coffee shops while learning the ins and outs of buying, roasting, brewing, cupping and pairing, all while noshing on tasty treats and more. Experience it all while cruising around the neighborhood on an new eTuk. Tickets are $26.40 and can be purchased here

New Louisville Community Park will host the inaugural Rocky Mountain Pizza & Pints Festival, which brings two of the best things in life together at a new event celebrating the art of pizza and the craft of brewing, with awards for the best of both. The awesome-fest will run from 2 to 10 p.m., and you can get unlimited tastings for $35 or get four samples for $15. For all the gooey details click here.  

The Out on the Town brunch series hits the Squeaky Bean today. Enjoy brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Drag Queen Bingo, knowing that 20 percent of your food and beverage tab will be donated to the LGBT Center — specifically the transgender programs and Rainbow Alley (a safe space for LGBT youth from 11 to 21).

Sunday, July 19

The Denver Art Museum will open Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism today, and Palettes is introducing a $34, three-course prix fixe menu ($53 with wine pairings) inspired by the exhibition. Available in addition to the regular menu, the special meal will be available through until October 11. See the menu here.

The Denver Botanic Gardens will be leaving York Street and heading downtown for a special four-course dinner on the Garden block of the 16th Street Mall. For Gather: An Intimate Supper, the DBG will teaming up with Rialto Cafe, Humboldt, Stout Street Social and Ignite Burger Bar to bring guests a unique, collaborative dining experience from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Buy tickets, $85 (which includes wine and beer), here.

If you're hiking in Boulder, stop in at the Chautauqua General Store, which is celebrating National Ice Cream Day with $1 sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches and other frozen treats. If you're more in the mood for a sit-down meal, the same deal applies at the Chautauqua Dining Hall next door. All ice cream — available in seven flavors — is made in-house at the Dining Hall.

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 [email protected].

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Ben Landreth