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Food Challenge winner, dining al fresco, spirits and tea on this weekend's culinary calendar

The weekend is full of delicious opportunities, including an offer by Uber to bring ice cream on demand today. In 144 cities today — including Denver — you can download an Uber app, request the "ice cream" option, and if a vehicle is nearby, it will deliver ice cream and Uber swag within minutes. It's $20 for five pieces of ice cream (additional pieces are $4 each), but if you've never used Uber before, you can sign up with promo code ICECREAMDEN and get $20 off your first ride. Get all the Uber details here, and keep reading for a taste of what else is on the culinary calendar this weekend.

See also: The secret's out on Le Jardin Secret, a farmers' market in Larimer Square

Friday, July 18

The IKEA Centennial culinary team will be at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight, as part of the Summer Nights at the Museum Series. The team will be giving three cooking demonstrations on how to cook with kids. Tickets are $12 for museum members and $15 for nonmembers; grab yours here.

Saturday, July 19

TheBigWonderful has announced the three finalists in its Denver Food Challenge — and you can help cheer on these entrepreneurs at the next installment of the market today in Sustainability Park. Vote for your favorite at the TheBigWonderful; the winner will be announced at the end of thday.

Larimer Square hosts Le Jardin Secret, a farmers' market, every Saturday morning, and today it will also offer one of this summer's Dining Al Fresco evenings, when the block's restaurants extend their patios into the streets for a one-of-a-kind dining experience, complete with happy-hour festivities and live music. Make a reservation through a Larimer Square restaurant.

Summer is a beautiful time at the Denver Botanic Gardens, and this morning you can take in all that growing splendor while sipping tea, enjoying small bites and learning a little about the history of tea. Summertime Tea in the Garden will take place in the Serene Woodland Mosaic Gardens from 9:30 to 11 a.m. today. Margo Seymour, pastry chef, tea sommelier and owner of The Denver Tea Room, will present a traditional British afternoon tea service while discussing tea, etiquette and the cultures that take tea. Tickets for the event are $38 for DBG members, $42 non-members. Learn more and pick up your tickets here.

The Seasoned Chef Cooking School Denver/ Boulder's Best Chefs Series continues with a class from Jim Pittenger, better known as Biker Jim of Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs. He'll lead students through some of his favorite recipes during this pop-up class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Tuition is $80; for more information, visit theseasonedchef.com.

Feisty Spirits is holding a first anniversary party for its Fort Collins tasting room today, with mini-distillery festival in the parking lot of the tasting room where guests can enjoy cocktails from Feisty Spirits, Black Canyon Distillery, Copper Muse Distillery, K J Wood Distillers and Spirits Hound Distillers. Food and drink will be available for purchase; select distillers will offer free tastings. And the music is all free, with performances by The Seers, Lunde Station and Aspen Hourglass.

Sunday, July 20

The Garden Block, sponsored by Denver Botanic Gardens and the Downtown Denver Partnership between Champa and Curtis streets on the 16th Street Mall, will be blocked off from bus traffic all day so that everyone can meet in the middle of the street in the ultimate block party. Rialto Cafe's "Breakfast in Bed" will be served buffet-style from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $17 per person, with signature cocktails, champagne and mimosas offered a la carte. The food fiesta continues with "Street Eats" from 2 to 7 p.m., with tapas-style plates for $5 each. Reservations are encouraged at 303-260-4735 or go to rialtocafe.com.

The second annual Feed the Future Summer Gala will take place at the Teller Street Art Gallery in Wheat Ridge from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight. The event will feature wine, food, live music and a variety of door prizes, all raising funds for Feed the Future Backpack Program, which provides food items to students in eight local elementary schools. Tickets are $35 and you can grab yours here.

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