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The Five Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Look at all that whiskey behind Hearth & Dram's bar.
Look at all that whiskey behind Hearth & Dram's bar. Danielle Lirette
This week is all wine, whiskey, weddings — and a presumably exhausted Carrie Baird, who merits top billing in two of the five best food and drink events from Monday, August 20, through Friday, August 24. Keep reading to find out where to catch her, and for even more food events in the next few months.

Monday, August 20

Meatless Monday this is not — at least if you were planning on hitting Bisto Vendôme for dinner. Monday Movie Nights have returned to the restaurant at 1420 Larimer Street, and August 20 brings two famously meat-centric cuisines to the table with its screening of My Big Fat Greek Wedding; between boeuf bourguignon and lamb, lamb and more lamb, the only vegetarian dish you're likely to encounter is the famous champagne vinaigrette-soaked fries. But that's okay: It leaves more seats for carnivores. Call 303-825-3232 to reserve your spot for the three-course prix fixe menu (served at 5:30 or 8:15 p.m. for $56.10 per person), and visit bistrovendome.com for the season's entire film lineup.

click to enlarge Bar Dough executive chef Carrie Baird is closing out Modern Eater's Summer Dinner Series on Tuesday. - COURTESY OF NBCUNIVERSAL
Bar Dough executive chef Carrie Baird is closing out Modern Eater's Summer Dinner Series on Tuesday.
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Tuesday, August 21
Denver food podcast the Modern Eater is wrapping up its Summer Dinner Series on Tuesday, August 21, by going full circle. Chef Carrie Baird of Bar Dough cooked the first sold-out dinner in the series in July, and eight weeks later, she's returning for some closure. BBQ Supply Co., 2180 South Delaware Street, is hosting the bash, where guests will sip drinks from Rocker Spirits, Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project and Seedstock Brewery alongside five courses from the beloved Top Chef alum. The fun starts at 5:30; nab your ticket, $100, at Eventbrite.

click to enlarge Hearth & Dram's whiskey dinner is not to be missed. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Hearth & Dram's whiskey dinner is not to be missed.
Danielle Lirette
Wednesday, August 22
Wine Wednesday? Passé. Whiskey Wednesday is where it's at, especially if you're having a rough week. Hearth & Dram, 1801 Wewatta Street, has the cure for what ails you during its whiskey-pairing dinner with High West Distillery on Wednesday, August 22. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the kitchen will turn out four courses designed to complement the Utah distiller's products; we're looking forward to the pork loin with black garlic and tater tots paired with rye. Then, of course, there's dessert: foie gras s'mores that are probably worth the price of dinner ($85) alone. Call 303-623-0979 to book your seat in the gorgeous dining room.
 
Thursday, August 23
August is drawing to a close, and hopefully you've been on vacation at least once this summer. If not, it's not too late to make a pilgrimage to the south of France — or at least drink like you're there (which, to be honest, is the main reason for going to Provence, n'est-ce pas?). Wild Standard, 1043 Pearl Street in Boulder, can help you fake your international travel goals at its Taste of Provence wine dinner on Thursday, August 23, when chef Bradford Heap will pair sparkling rosés, whites and reds with an uncharacteristically terrestrial menu: think green garlic panisse with red-pepper coulis; flatiron steak with ratatouille confit; and dacquoise — a concoction consisting of layers of meringue and buttercream — served with candied rose petals. The five-course dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and will run you $75; call the restaurant at 720-638-4800 to reserve your spot.

click to enlarge The shindig happens at Oskar Blues this week. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
The shindig happens at Oskar Blues this week.
Danielle Lirette
Friday, August 24
There's there's tomfoolery, shenanigans, monkey business and hijinks, but nothing holds a candle to a Culinary Hurly Burly. The fundraiser for nonprofit organization Can'd Aid is going down on Friday, August 24, at Denver's Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, 1624 Market Street, at 6:30 p.m. Five chefs (Top Chef contestants Brother Luck, Bruce Kalman and the very busy Carrie Baird; the Food Network's Duff Goldman; and the brewpub's own Jason Rogers) will cook up courses to go with house beers and Infinite Monkey Theorem wines. Tickets are on sale for $100 at candaid.org; don't miss out on this boozy brouhaha.


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