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The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

You can't beat a buck an oyster on August 20 at Tammen's Fish Market.
You can't beat a buck an oyster on August 20 at Tammen's Fish Market. Courtesy Tammen's Fish Market
Looking to shed some pounds this summer? Try the see-food diet (thanks, Dad) — which should be especially easy this week, as a quartet of seafood-centric events are popping up around town. But even if you aren't a fan of catching your dinner from the watery depths, there should be plenty for you to do, with bourbon and bacon also making appearances. Here are the six best events on the culinary calendar this week, plus more tasty happenings to look forward to in the coming weeks, including Westword's next big food date, Feast.

click to enlarge Just a few of the ingredients in Stoic & Genuine's seafood boil going on this week. - COURTESY STOIC & GENUINE
Just a few of the ingredients in Stoic & Genuine's seafood boil going on this week.
Courtesy Stoic & Genuine
Monday, August 19
Mondays are lousy, but yours could be worse. One: You're not one of the whole Maine lobsters being boiled for Stoic & Genuine's patio seafood boil. Two: You can indulge in that lobster — plus mussels, clams, prawns, potatoes and Olathe sweet corn — on Monday, August 19, through Wednesday, August 21. The table on the seafood shack's patio at 1701 Wynkoop Street will be covered in newspaper and oilcloth so the feast can be spread out before you, and then you can get your hands dirty as your peel, crack, shuck and slurp your way to shellfish bliss. Call the restaurant at 303-640-3474 to reserve your spot (there are just 25 available each night) for $95.

click to enlarge Tavernetta's Ian Wortham is trading in making pasta for seafood at Uchi's garden dinner on August 20. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Tavernetta's Ian Wortham is trading in making pasta for seafood at Uchi's garden dinner on August 20.
Danielle Lirette
Tuesday, August 20
On Tuesday, August 20, Tammen's Fish Market, 2669 Larimer Street, is lowering the price of its deliciously fresh oysters to raise some money for Project Angel Heart, a nonprofit providing medically tailored meals to people living with chronic illnesses. Show up between 6 and 7:30 p.m. for shucking lessons, an East Coast versus West Coast tasting, an Oysters 101 class and, tastiest of all, $1 oysters. There's no admission fee to the event, and 20 percent of all food sales will be donated; find details and RSVP on Tammen's Facebook page. Both you and Project Angel Heart's clients will benefit.

Looking for a different kind of seafood experience? Uchi's collaboration with Tavernetta for its third garden dinner this summer promises a wild ride from Japan to Italy and back again without ever leaving the restaurant at 2500 Larimer Street. On Tuesday, August 20, Tavernetta chef Ian Wortham will team up with Uchi's kitchen for a ten-course, family-style meal, with each concept sending out its own creations. Some dishes fall firmly within Uchi's comfort zone (such as plates of nigiri), while Wortham and Co. will tackle a mushroom and peach salad and smoked mussels with tomato risotto. There will also be some swapping as the Japanese restaurant tries its hand at zucchini dumplings with pecorino and chile oil, and Tavernetta takes on seafood (fluke, in this case). Tickets are a splurge at $175, but you'll get five courses each from two of the top restaurants in town (Tavernetta was named our best new restaurant of 2018, and Uchi was in the top ten) — essentially two expertly crafted meals in one. Seatings are available at 6 and 8:30 p.m.; secure a reservation on Eventbrite.

click to enlarge We still don't know what yacht rock is. - MARK ANTONATION
We still don't know what yacht rock is.
Mark Antonation
Wednesday, August 21
It's been two years since Mister Tuna, 3033 Brighton Boulevard, threw its first yacht-rock party — and while we've gotten older since then, we're still none the wiser when it comes to figuring out what yacht rock actually means. Does it have anything to do with Christopher Cross? The Lonely Island? Whatever. It's summer: We're hot and thirsty and would much rather spend our energy on eating and drinking — both of which you can expect to do at the Wednesday, August 21 bash. For $55, you'll get in the door starting at 5:30 p.m., where you can enjoy a welcome cocktail, nautically themed bites (miniature lobster rolls, crab cakes, grilled oysters, caviar deviled eggs) and a full-on crab boil, plus live music. You'll pay for the rest of your drinks separately (much like being on an actual boat, you're over a barrel where booze is involved), though rosé will be on special for $5 per glass all night. Late night bites (after 8:30 p.m.) will also cost you. Get details and tickets on the restaurant's website, then lace up your boat shoes and get ready to slip and slide all over the poop deck.

click to enlarge Fine dining done comfortable. - MARK ANTONATION
Fine dining done comfortable.
Mark Antonation
Thursday, August 22
"Porch pounder" isn't usually a phrase we associate with fine dining, but Beast + Bottle, 719 East 17th Avenue, has always been the kind of restaurant that does a fine job of making you feel like it's your second home. So on Thursday, August 22, the cozy space is serving a three-course porch pounder dinner on its patio for just $55, including wine pairings. Think fried eggplant, octopus carpaccio with potatoes and tarragon, and rigatoni with pancetta and seasonal corn and tomatoes. Because let's face it: When you uncork a bottle of wine on a hot summer evening, you don't want a rare vintage or varietal that demands you take tasting notes. You may not even want to uncork a bottle! (We're great fans of opening a box.) You want a delicious, quaffable, pleasantly cool drink paired with great food — which is exactly what you'll get at your home away from home. Call the restaurant at 303-623-3223 to let them know you'll be inviting yourself over.

click to enlarge Mythology Distillery is taking its beautiful whiskey bottles to Breckenridge for the weekend. - MYTHOLOGY DISTILLERY
Mythology Distillery is taking its beautiful whiskey bottles to Breckenridge for the weekend.
Mythology Distillery
Friday, August 23
Denver temperatures are forecast to start off freaking hot this Friday and escalate to absolutely unbearable by Sunday. We have a solution, though: Head for the hills. Specifically, head to Breckenridge, where it will be practically balmy in the mid-70s, and the Breckenridge Hogfest is going on all weekend. The bacon and bourbon bash kicks off on Friday, August 23, with a bourbon dinner followed by the grand tasting Saturday, and winding down with Sunday brunch. Expect tipples from local distillers Laws Whiskey House, 52eighty, Axe and the Oak, Mythology and Breckenridge Distillery, alongside national brands like Buffalo Trace, Bird Dog Whiskey and Maker's Mark.Tickets for the weekend's events range from $50 to $125 and are still available on Hogfest's website.

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