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Fourteen Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar, May 23-27

Memorial Day weekend is days away, but you can start the celebrations early. This week you can cram your face with Illegal Pete's burritos at the World Burrito Eating Championship, give to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, kick off summer with a rad ’80s party, or visit TheBigWonderful at a new location. And that's just the beginning of the fun.  Keep reading for the fourteen tastiest events on the culinary calendar.

Monday, May 23

Frasca Food and Wine hosts Giampaolo Venica of Venica & Venica at the restaurant's Monday Night Wine Dinner Series this evening.  The Monday night dinners are $50 for a four-course tasting menu, with optional wine pairings ranging from $40 to $50. Call Frasca at 303-442-6966 for reservations.  

Tuesday, May 24 

Illegal Pete's on South Broadway will host a preliminary competition for the World Burrito Eating Competition today at 6 p.m. The winners of each burrito-eating heat will compete in a final contest; the winner will move on to compete against some of the top eaters in the world at the main event on Saturday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. If you think you have what it takes to out-eat the best in the world, register here

The Post Brewing Co. is celebrating the release of its Meathooks Mild Ale and Ol’ Zippy Premium American Ale, both available in cans, with a party at the West End Tavern today at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy limited-edition swag giveaways, BBQ and plenty of Post beer. Learn more at 303-444-3535. 

Keeping food safe is the theme of the annual Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference, today and tomorrow at Johnson & Wales University. The conference brings together professionals from the food industry and the food-safety community, providing a forum for updates, networking and new ideas. Register and learn more here.  

The California Pizza Kitchen in Cherry Creek will hold Pizza With a Purpose, a fundraiser for the Cherry Creek Arts Festival's nonprofit education program, CherryArts Mobile Art Gallery. Twenty percent of all orders today will benefit the nonprofit, but they must be accompanied by a Pizza With a Purpose flier. You can find the flier and more information on the event's Facebook page.    

Keep reading for more events this week.

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