You know we're getting closer to summer when you can start taking day trips for food-related festivals -- like this week's Colorado BBQ Challenge and Strawberry Days -- or even just lunch trips, such as the Civic Center Eats program. All that and more is on the menu this week:
Monday, June 14:
The Kitchen [Upstairs], 1039 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts a five-course beer dinner with craft beer pioneers Charlie Papazian and Ken Grossman, who will be on hand to celebrate thirty years of Sierra Nevada and the release of the Imperial Helles Lager. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $90. Call 303-544-5973 or visit www.thekitchencafe.com.
The fifth annual celebration of food on Colfax Avenue, Feast on the Fax, runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and costs $20. Visit http://thefaxpartnership.com/FeastonTheFAX/FourthAnnualFeastonTheFAX/tabid/135/Default.aspx.
Zolo Southwestern Grill, 2525 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, is kicking off a series of farm dinners with a farm tour and dinner tonight; there will be two more seasonal dinners in the fall. Meet at Zolo for the farm tour at 4:15 p.m.; admission is $75. Call 303-449-0444 or visit www.zologrill.com.
The City of Aurora presents a teen cooking class, Brain Fr-e-e-ze, for ages 12 to 16. It runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and costs $32 for Aurora residents and $42 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
The City of Aurora offers a kids' cooking camp, Camp Cook-A-Munga, for ages 6 to 12. It runs from 9 a.m. to noon through Friday, June 18, and costs $105 for Aurora residents and $125 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
Tuesday, June 15:
Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake Street, hosts an anniversary party with special beers and complimentary barbeque. The party starts at 5 p.m.; call 303-293-8338 or visit www.fallingrocktaphouse.com.
Morton's, 1710 Wynkoop Street, hosts a Food and Wine Pairing Seminar, an interactive and engaging evening including Morton's signature hors d'ouevre plus instruction by sommelier Sara Fasolino. It runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $49; call 303-825-3353 or visit www.mortons.com.
Head to Civic Center Park for Civic Center Eats, a delicious outdoor lunch with the opportunity to purchase fresh, local produce and goods, listen to live music and connect with the community, every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through August. Admission is free. Call 303-892-1112 or visit www.denvergov.org.
The City of Aurora offers a kids' cooking class, Baby Cakes, for ages 8 to 12. It runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and costs $24 for Aurora residents and $31 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8330.
The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, offers a Culinary Techniques Series: Mile High Baking cooking class. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $60. Call 303-377-3222 or visit www.theseasonedchef.com.
Wednesday, June 16:
The West End Tavern hosts a viewing party for Man v. Food, screening greatest hits and then a double-header season premiere featuring the West End's Wing King Challenge. It starts at 7 p.m. The West End Tavern is at 926 Pearl Street in Boulder; call 303-444-3535 or visit www.thewestendtavern.com.
Elway's, 2500 East First Avenue, presents the Hot Rocks Griller Challenge: A celebrity chef competition featuring some of Denver's best talent, supporting men's health programs at Denver health as well as the kick-off for Elway's summer concert series with Chris Daniels & the Kings. It runs from 6-9 p.m. and costs $75 to $500; call 303-602-2978 or visit www.denverhealthfoundation.org.
Take advantage of this opportunity to earn your Morton's Associate Sommelier certificate at Morton's Master Classes, hosted by certified sommelier Sara Fasolino. The event includes a blind wine tasting seminar, hors d'ouevre and more. Admission is $49 and it runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Morton's, 8480 East Belleview Avenue in Englewood; call 303-409-1177 or visit www.mortons.com.
Thursday, June 17:
The City of Aurora offers a teen cooking class, Trip Through Europe, for ages 12 to 16. It runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and costs $32 for Aurora residents and $42 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
Head to the Sky Hotel, 709 East Durant Avenue in Aspen, for the Hush Aspen Launch featuring 14-year-old chef prodigy Greg Grossman of the Culinaria Group. Visit www.hushdenver.com.
The 17th annual Colorado BBQ Challenge kicks off in Frisco through Saturday, June 19; sample BBQ in pork, beef, exotic or tofu categories and enjoy music and entertainment, games for kids, cooking demos, pig races and more. Visit www.townoffrisco.com/events/bbq-challenge.
Friday, June 18:
The City of Aurora offers a cooking class, Couples Cook: Vinho Verde Portuguese Wine Dinner. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $48 ($96 for couples) for Aurora residents and $56 ($112 for couples) for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8330.
Glenwood Spring hosts Strawberry Days through Sunday, June 20, an artisan fair, live music, free strawberries and ice cream and a parade. Visit www.strawberrydaysfestival.com.
Saturday, June 19:
Regional archaeologist Meg Van Ness discusses edible seeds, berries and roots at Incredible Edibles!, part of the guest lecture series at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, 56th Avenue and Havana Street. It runs from 7 to 8 p.m.; visit www.fws.gov/rockymountainarsenal.
The City of Aurora offers a kids' cooking class, Father's day Brunch, for ages 6 to 12; prepare a special meal for dads, who will return to dine. It runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $24 for Aurora residents and $31 for the general public ($15 extra for each additional child); it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
Transport yourself back in history at the Titanic Dinner at the Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania Street, with a seven-course meal, formal place settings, wine pairings, costumed stewards and a candlelit tour of the venue. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $100. Call 303-832-4092 or visit www.mollybrown.org.
Sunday, June 20:
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Enjoy the culinary delights offered in the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley area at the Tour de Forks, which runs through September 15. Call 970-349-7487 or visit www.crestedbuttearts.org.
Heirloom Gardens presents Backyard Chicken Keeping, a hands-on introduction that includes information on choosing chickens, chick care, housing and fencing, feeding, common challenges, financial considerations, permits and more. It starts at 1 p.m. and costs $30; Heirloom Gardens is at 4460 Winona Court. Call 303-956-7203 or visit www.eatwhereulive.com.
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.