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Five Food Events to Whet Your Appetite for DISH, Denver Food and Wine

After a long holiday weekend, the work week might be starting out slow -- but it's building to quite a culinary finale, with the tenth annual Denver Food and Wine grand tasting on Saturday (with related events starting Wednesday) and Westword's twentieth annual DISH on Sunday. Keep reading for tidbits to tide you over until then...

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Wednesday, September 3

Lower48 Kitchen, our Best New Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2014, and Kim and Jake Rosenbarger of Kim & Jake's Cakes are partnering on a special (and gluten-free) evening of food and drink -- all to raise awareness for Celiac Disease. Tonight's menu format at Lower48 Kitchen will remain the same -- offering "Each," "Small" and "Large" plates -- but every dish will be gluten-free; cocktails, wine and gluten-free beer will be available. Kim & Jake's Cakes will have a market set up in the restaurant, where it will be selling an assortment of gluten-free baked goods, including breads and cookies, and the Denver Celiac Chapter Support Group will have an information table and representative on hand to answer any questions about Celiac Disease. You can call Lower 48 at 303-942-0262 for reservations and more information.

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts is holding a knife skills class from 6 to 9:30 p.m. today that's guaranteed to sharpen your culinary skills. The hands-on course focuses on knife identification, maintenance and tricks to ensure a great cut every time. Tuition for the course is $89; for more information or to register, visit

Thursday, September 4

In celebration of Denver Food and Wine's tenth anniversary, the Colorado Restaurant Association Education Foundation has teamed up with Heroes Like Us to throw a Caribbean-style beach blow-out today. Tiki Tiki Tiki, at RiNo Beach Club at Exdo Event Center, will feature a tropical drink competition with bartenders from across Denver. The party will run from 6 to 9 p.m.; tickets are $50 and you can get them here.

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

The sixth annual Fall Harvest Brew Fest, benefiting the Animal House Shelter, will fill the 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 to the event 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.

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.

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

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Ben Landreth