Endless Summer, Cultivate, brew fests and more on the weekend calendar

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Denver's plate is full of culinary events this weekend, including Chipotle's Cultivate Festival, Heroes Against Hunger and multiple beer fests. Tonight, the Endless Summer Beer & Spirits Festival will flow into the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue. The event is a benefit for Water for People, which is focused on water preservation and sanitation around the world. Endless Summer will be serving spirits and cocktails made by eight Colorado distilleries, and summer seasonals from twelve local breweries. There will also be food vendors, live music and lounges. Visit the website for more information.

And keep reading for a taste of what else is on the menu.

See also: - Adrian Miller wrote the book on soul food -- one plate at a time - Chipotle founder Steve Ells discusses the ingredients behind two decades in business - Photos: Cultivate Festival 2012

Friday, August 16:

Mayfair Liquors is hosting a wine-tasting event with more than eighty wines from around the globe at the Wellshire Event Center, 3333 South Colorado Boulevard, this evening at 6:30 p.m. The event will benefit Gateway Battered Women's Services; tickets are $80 and include a dinner and silent auction. For reservations, call 303-343-1856.

Get wild at the Art and Ale Brew Festival that runs from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight at the Wildlife Experience Museum, 10035 South Peoria Street in Parker. Attendees can sample local breweries as well as food from local restaurants while exploring the galleries and exhibits of the museum -- and live music from Flock of Beagles will cap off the night. Check the website to purchase tickets.

Saturday, August 17:

The Chipotle Cultivate Festival goes down in City Park, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. The health-conscious company -- which opened its first store in Denver twenty years ago -- has organized a series of chef demonstrations and learning stations (where you can also pick up a Chipotle coupon for your trouble), and live music from local and national names, including Blitzen Trapper, Air Dubai and Cold War Kids. And it's all free of charge. For a complete schedule and more information, visit the website.

Heroes Against Hunger, in partnership with Share Our Strength, is hosting a Summer Block Party at the University of Denver ampus. Chefs Daniel Asher of Linger, Brandon Foster of Vesta Dipping Grill, Jeff Osaka of Twelve, Matt Selby of Corner House and Tyler Wiard of Elway's will join organizer Jensen Cummings of Slotted Spoon to create and serve their favorite dishes. Admission to the family-friendly event -- which also features live music and local brews -- is free (food, games and drinks will be sold separately); go to the Facebook page for more information.

Note: The first annual Taste of Highland -- a culinary celebration that will go down in Highland Square at 32nd and Osceola today -- has sold out. Visit the Facebook page for updates.

Saturday, August 17 (continued):

Adrian Miller will celebrate the release of his new book -- Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine One Plate at a Time -- with a book-signing and soul food-eating party at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton Street, this evening from 6 to 9.m. The event is free and open to the public (donations recommended). Call 720-865-2401 for more information.

The fourth annual Stapleton Beer Festival runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today on the Green in Stapleton, featuring 25 local breweries, a dozen food trucks and live music from The Young Austin Band and Chris Daniels and the Kings. The concert, which starts at 4 p.m., is free and open to the public, but tickets for the beer fest cost $35.

ESPN Denver is hosting its inaugural ESPN Denver Beerfest today at 3 p.m. at Infinity Park in Glendale, showcasing twenty breweries and cider makers (most of them Colorado craft), local restaurants, food trucks, specialty shops and rugby as the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens Tournament hits the field. The fest is sponsored by American Craft Beer Radio; get tickets and more info on the rugby at vendini.com.

Sunday, August 18:

Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, 1512 Curtis Street, has been celebrating the birthday of Julia Child this week with a three-course, $40 menu. Today is the last day to order it; here's a look at chef John Broening's tribute to the legendary foodie:

Course One: Guest Choice - Vichyssoise or Country Pate

Course Two: Guest Choice - Roasted Rabbit or Bouillabaisse

Course Three: Gateau Paris (Chocolate, almond cake, cherries)

Check the website for more information.

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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