Labor Day weekend will be full of food — at festivals along the Front Range, in back yards all over Denver, and at the biggest eating orgy around: Taste of Colorado. Whet your appetite for the holiday ahead at culinary events around town this week. Here are the tasty details on the eight best:
Monday, August 29
Frasca Food and Wine welcomes Wells Guthrie, the winemaker of Healdsburg-based Copain, for the Monday Night Wine dinner. Reservations will start with a 5:30 p.m. slot, and the cost is $50 per person for a four-course prix fixe menu (not including tax and gratuity); optional wine pairings are additional. To make a reservation, call 303-442-6966.
Tuesday, August 30
Rendezvous Cafe at the History Colorado Center introduced History Buffs & Brews, a free event that serves up programs on this state's beery history every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is free, with a (cash) bar; find out more at the History Colorado site.
August may be ending, but Civic Center Eats rolls on! Fair warning, though: After today's food-truck fiesta, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Civic Center Park, the event will take a one-week break for Taste of Colorado setup and cleanup. Civic Center Eats will return on September 7, then continue Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through October 6.
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Wednesday, August 31
Slow Food Denver and Duo Restaurant present 2016 Farm Dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Duo. The three-course meal includes a Farmers' Market Picnic Board to start, followed by duo of lamb and a summer berry clafoutis. This benefit for Slow Food Denver costs $65; sign up here.
Solterra, at 15250 West Evans in Lakewood, hosts Growlers & Grapes, a beer- and wine-tasting event to Benefit HomeAid Colorado, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $60; sign up here.
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Although its Buzz B4 has been canceled, Bee Heroic will still meet at 6 p.m. at the Ginn Mill to get buzzed on bees before tonight's Birds and Bees Denver Cruiser Ride. Find out more at beeheroic.com.
Frasca hosts Paul Wasserman at this Tastemaker Dinner, which offers an insider’s look into the world of wine. The restaurant will be pouring two iconic Loire Valley Chenin Blancs followed by some favorite Burgundy producers from the Wasserman portfolio: Simon Bize and Jean Noel Gagnard. The evening starts at 6 p.m. at Frasca's Caffe Space, and the price is $340 (including menu, wine, tax and gratuities); for reservations, call 303-442-6966.
Thursday, September 1
The Great American Beer Festival is only five weeks away, and for the sixth year, Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen will be priming the pump with a series of intimate craft-beer dinners leading up to the GABF, featuring the best craft beers paired with creative menus from the Euclid Hall culinary team. The lineup starts with Melvin on September 8, then continues with Call to Arms, Prost, Odd 13 and Funkwerks. Each dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $65 per, including tax and gratuity. Purchase tickets by searching for Euclid Hall at brownpapertickets.com. For more information, go to euclidhall.com or call 303-595-4255.