Fifteen Best Food Events This Weekend -- From DISH to Chili Cookoffs to Beer!

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This weekend is overflowing with food events, including Westword's own DISH, a Broncos season kickoff party at Elway's (where else?) and the Denver Food and Wine grand tasting -- among many other dinners and festivals. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.

See also: Whet Your Appetite With Photos of DISH 2013

Friday, September 5

The Chocolate Crisis Center is holding a free cocktail and chocolate tasting for September's First Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Crisis Center. For more information, visit chocolatecrisiscenter.com.

The sixth annual Fall Harvest Brew Fest, benefiting the Animal House Shelter, will fill Lincoln Center in Fort Collins starting at 7 p.m. today. The festival will feature a showcase of beer, micro-distilleries, food and live music. Tickets range from $37.50 to $55; buy yours here.

Saturday, September 6

More than thirty restaurants will take part in Denver Food and Wine's grand tasting from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Auraria Campus (VIP gets in at noon). Find more information here.

Root Down, Cappello's and DRAM Apothecary have teamed up to present a five-course, gluten-free dinner using ingredients from within 250 miles of Silver Plume, including foraged mushrooms, grass-fed meats and products from local artisan producers. Root Down's chef, Daniel Asher, will be preparing the dinner at DRAM Apothecary in Silver Plume. Dinner runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $65; get yours here.

The town of Frisco is holding free Fall Fest today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival will feature food, drinks, art, music and activities for the whole family. For more information click here.

In celebration of all things bubbly, brewed and barbecued, the third annual Lafayette Craft Brew & BBQ Festival will take fill the Atlas Valley Shopping Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the event; click here for more information.

The Mt. Crested Butte Chili & Beer Festival runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the mountain resort. Sample chili prepared by area cook-off contestants, cool off with beers poured by more than 25 microbreweries and savor live music all afternoon. Tickets are $25; get yours here.

The third annual Whiskey and Wings Grill fest, which takes place at Winter Park Resort today from noon to 5 p.m., has expanded to include more dishes. New this year are the dessert booth and prizes for sixteen categories in addition to the usual chicken and whiskey. There will also be live music, grilling demos, competitive eating competitions and more. Admission is free, find out more here.

Growe Foundation's Fish to Farm dinner is a five-course meal prepared by Jax chefs to benefit the Growe Foundation's Garden to Table programs in the Boulder Valley School District. Dinner is at 6 p.m. today at Isabella Farms and tickets are $125; grab yours here.

The Boulder Valley Beer Festival will feature fifteen local breweries and live entertainment. The festival will take place in conjunction with the Town of Superior's annual Chili Fest and will be held at the Superior Community Park today from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate; purchase yours here. Keep reading for Sunday's best events. Sunday, September 7

DISH, Westword's twentieth annual celebration of Denver's dining scene, will fill Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex this afternoon. VIP admission at 11 a.m., general admission from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Read all about the dishes of DISH on Cafe Society; find more information and buy tickets here.

The eighth annual Panerathon 5K/10K to Fight Hunger, benefiting the Food Bank of rhe Rockies, will start at Panera Bread at the Shops at Walnut Creek in Westminster at 8 a.m. The fundraiser will feature both a 5Kand a 10K as well as bagels, pastries and sandwiches from Panera Bread. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and varies from $20 to $40, you can learn more and register for the races here.

Little Man Ice Cream will be hosting "Honor Thy Elders," a celebration that pays tribute to seniors with free brunch, a swing band and reflections presented by local historians and dignitaries. This celebration takes place at the LoHi Community Plazaoutside Little Man from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food will be provided by restaurants including Lola, Jezebel's, Metro Bistro & Bar, Tamales by La Casita, Gaetano's, Lou's Food Bar, Highland Tap & Burger, Tony P's Pizza and, of course, Little Man Ice Cream. For more information visit littlemanicecream.com.

The Boulder County Farmers' Market will host its second "farm-to-neighborhood" dinner in the Mapleton Hill neighborhood of Boulder this evening. Chef Carlos Ruiz of Chiporro Sauce Company will be preparing a meal built around chicken raised by Jodar Farms, fruits and vegetables grown by Toohey & Sons Farm, Red Wagon Organic Farm, Monroe Organic Farms and Ollin Farms, as well as fresh gelato prepared by Fior Di Latte. For more information, visit www.bcfm.org.

Celebrate the Broncos season opener at Elway's today with the restaurant's first-ever tailgate party. Elway's in Cherry Creek will be celebrating the Bronco's first regular season game against the Indianapolis Colts starting at noon; the game will begin at 6:30 p.m. The tailgate party will take place in the restaurant's backyard patio and will feature free live music from The Samples and Elway's brunch menu. For more information or to make reservations, call 303-399-5353 or visit elways.com.

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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