The Ten Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Banh xeo at Lotus Vegetarian ($10.99).
Banh xeo at Lotus Vegetarian ($10.99). Danielle Lirette

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Wednesday, July 12
Spuntino's Wine Corner Wednesday is back on Wednesday, July 12, with a selection of six Corsican wines, three of which are the last bottles of their respective vintages from co-owner Elliot Strathmann's cellar. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. at 2639 West 32nd Avenue, with appetizers from the kitchen included in the $42 admission price. Call 303-433-0949 or e-mail [email protected] to book your spot at the cozy bar.

If you've read anything at all about Boulder restaurants in the past few years, you're familiar with Eric Skokan's Black Cat Bistro and Bramble & Hare. On Wednesday, July 12, Skokan is welcoming diners to Black Cat Farm in Longmont, which supplies the majority of the food to his two restaurants. He'll be giving farm tours (if you're lucky, you'll meet adorable piglets!) and preparing a three-course dinner from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Author Deborah Madison will also be on hand signing copies of her newest vegetarian cookbook (no piglets there). Tickets are $145 per person (including beer and wine) and will benefit the Flatirons Food Film Festival; get yours at

While standing in front of one of the many abstract-expressionist works at the Clyfford Still Museum, the bright yellows, bold reds and limitless blacks conjure comparisons in your mind. Is that a perfectly composed Hollandaise sauce? A smear of tomato gastrique? The remnant tangles of squid-ink pasta on a stark white dinner plate? Contemplation turns to hunger inside the echoing, hard-edged museum; there's no immediate respite, unless you're there on Wednesday, July 12, when the Friends of Clyfford Still presents Local Tastes, an exercise in culinary artistry from a handful of Denver's top chefs. Eleven restaurants, bars and other food-and-drink establishments will present their interpretations of Still's work in edible form from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the museum, located at 1250 Bannock Street. Chat with chefs about their inspiration and enjoy delicious bites, cocktails and art, all for $40 ($30 for members of the Friends of Clyfford Still). Reservations are required; make yours at or by calling the museum at 720-354-4878.

The hipster philosophy extends to Italian winemaking, according to Firenze a Tavola, the community space below Parisi, which is hosting a Cutting Edge Italian Winemakers Wine Dinner with Mario Scanu at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12. Chef Mario Petit will create dishes to match the vintages that their creators will discuss. The dinner is $60 (excluding tax, tip and additional beverages); call 303-561-0234 for reservations.

Thursday, July 13
EatDenver is our city's trade group for independent, locally owned restaurants. Among the many benefits the organization provides to the restaurant community (job boards, food-service training) as well as Denver at large (the Dining Deck discount packs, Harvest Week), the Big Eat is the most delicious. Every year, top Denver eateries gather at the Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex to serve up their best bites. This year, more than sixty EatDenver member restaurants will participate on Thursday, July 13 — and this is the first year that the event will mark the opening of Slow Food Nations, an international celebration of traditional foods and cooking. Tickets are $65 each at EatDenver's website and include unlimited food and beverages from 6 to 9 p.m., live entertainment and a commemorative glass. If you want to eat Denver, this is the place to do it.

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Amy Antonation knows that street tacos are infinitely superior to tacos that come covered in squiggles of crema, and she will stab you with her knitting needles if you try to convince her otherwise.
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