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Dining on the Hoof, More Meals and Deals on this Week's Culinary Calendar

This week's culinary calendar is a cornucopia of events that feature homegrown products, from cantaloupe to cows. But there are also deals that celebrate homegrown organizations, benefiting everything from wildlife to felines to Food Bank of the Rockies. Keep reading for a taste...

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Monday, August 18

Kristin Ohlson, the author of The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet, will be at the Tattered Cover LoDo at 7 p.m. tonight and Boulder Bookstore tomorrow.

All day today the Ginn Mill will donate 100 percent of its proceeds to Rocky Mountain Wild. And between 5 and 10 p.m., the bar will host conversations on the organization's work to protect and restore wildlife and wildlands in the Rockies.

Hoofin It, a collaborative culinary series created by Heroes Like Us, Mile High Business Alliance and Imbibe Denver, features four nights of farm-to-table guided culinary tours through four different Denver neighborhoods: Uptown, LoDo, LoHi and Ballpark. A different hoofed animal will be featured at four restaurant pit-stops each evening. The series began yesterday with bison; today the series continues with sheep in Downtown. Jax Fish House, The Kitchen, 1515 Restaurant and Bad Apple's pop-up restaurant will be serving lamb-inspired treats. The tour leaves in three waves: 5:30 to 8 p.m., 6 to 8:30 p.m., or 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $60; grab yours and learn more by visiting

Tuesday, August 19

Pig is the name of the beast featured in tonight's installment of Hoofin It. Lola, Central Bistro, Highland Tap and Burger and Prost Brewing will each feature pig-centric dishes. The tour leaves in three waves: 5:30 to 8, 6 to 8:30, or 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $60; get them at

From open to close (5 a.m. to 11 p.m.) today the Dunkin' Donuts location in Edgewater will donate 20 percent of its sales to the Tennyson Center for Children. Visit for more information on the charity and their work with Colorado kids.

The Boulder Cantaloupe Creations Cook-off gets cooking today in the parking lot of the Safeway at 3325 28th Street, Boulder from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. This chef's competition will feature dishes and drinks prepared with and inspired by Colorado-grown Rocky Ford cantaloupe.

Wednesday, August 20

Today all Mellow Mushroom locations are celebrating the chain's fortieth anniversary by throwing prices way back to 1974. Way Back Wednesday will feature small cheese pizzas for $2.50, PBR; Michelob and Budweiser for 75 cents; and Coca-Cola products for 30 cents. For more information, visit

Beast+Bottle's "What's In Wednesday" vegetarian dinner program continues; each week the restaurant features a three-course vegetarian meal prepared with seasonal veggies.

Hoofin it closes out its culinary tours of Denver today with cow as the animal in the spotlight in the Ballpark neighborhood, our Best New Restaurant Neighborhood of 2014. Trillium, The Curtis Club, Ignite and The Lobby will round out the stops on this tour, which leaves in three waves: 5:30 to 8, 6 to 8:30 (sold out), or 6:30 to 9:30 p.m (sold out). Tickets are $60; learn more by visiting

Piatti Ristorante & Bar is hosting a feast for felines today. When you make a reservation and mention Cat Care Society, Piatti will donate 20 percent of your lunch or dinner bill to the organization. Find out more here.

Firenze a Tavola is holding a community-table, five-course farm-to-table dinner featuring fresh produce from Agriburbia farm of Golden. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and reservations are $35; make yours here.

Thursday, August 21

The Denver Botanic Gardens will be throwing open the Chefs Pantry today from 6 to 8 p.m. You'll learn how to make herb vinegars and vinaigrettes, concentrated drink syrups, savory fruit chutney, marinated cheeses and olives, spicy salsa, herb butters, classic pesto and more. Recipes and a full meal are included. Tickets are $45, $42 for DBG members; reserve a spot here.

Friday, August 22

Joe & Debbie Sakic Bringing Hope to the Table at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center is a benefit dinner, held in conjunction with the Joe Sakic Celebrity Classic, that benefits the Food Bank of the Rockies and its children's programs. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $250. Learn more and here.

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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