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Dish, Tour de Fat and more on the culinary calendar this week

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On Thursday, September 6, Dish, Westword's eighteenth annual food-and-drink festival, will fill the Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex with great entertainment, great drinks and great food from restaurants and trucks that have been hand-selected by Cafe Society scribes.

But Denver's plate is very full this week, and Dish is just the start of the culinary action:

Wednesday, September 5: The first film in this year's Chipotle-sponsored Sustainable Film Series at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, is screening tonight at 6 p.m. The series will feature movies about food, eats from Chipotle, and thought-provoking panel discussions afterward. Tonight's screening: Truck Farm, the story of how an old pickup truck -- and the garden in the back -- toured the country. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 to help support educational programming at the Gardens. For more information, call 720-865-3500 or visit the website.Thursday, September 6:

Dish goes down from 7:30 to 11 p.m. tonight in the Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Champa Street & Speer Boulevard, with food from Central Bistro, Colt & Gray, Fire on the Mountain, Sexy Pizza, Interstate Kitchen & Bar, Frijoles Colorado Cuban Cafe, Crimson Canary, Thai Monkey Club, Manneken Frites, Corner Office, Juicy Burgers & Dogs, Jonesy's EatBar, El Taco de Mexico, Cafe|Bar, El Chingon Mexican Bistro, Tony's Bistro, Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria, Lucky Pie Pizza, Second Home, Brava! Pizzeria, Cellar Wine Bar, Charlie's Ice Cream Social, City, O' City, Finley's Pub, The Inventing Room, Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, My Favorite Muffin, Polished Tavern, Rooster & Moon, Sexy Pizza, and WaterCourse Foods.

Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs will be there, too, as will trucks from Comida, Crock Spot, Mestizo's, Waffle Brothers, Coaches Scoop, Hey PB&J and Basic Kneads. And the music that night will be just as amazing, with performances by Chain Sta-tion and the Swayback. Purchase tickets -- $40 general admission, $75 VIP -- here.Friday, September 7:

Cured, 1825 Pearl Street in Boulder, welcomes Mindy Kearney of the Lorenza winery for a "happy hour" wine tasting today from 4 to 7 p.m. Kearney -- who grew up in Boulder -- will be samples rose wines paired with cheeses and meats from Cured; call 720-389-8096 for more details.

Saturday, September 8:

New Belgium's annual Tour de Fat parades through City Park, 17th Avenue and York Street, today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festivities kick off with a giant participatory bike parade, followed by goofy cycling contests, live music and plenty of beer -- although, the event is family-friendly otherwise. Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation, and proceeds benefit the Denver Cruisers and Bike Denver. For more information and a full schedule, visit New Belgium's website.

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 cafe@westword.com.

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