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Free Pizza, Project Angel Heart Benefit: Twelve Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar

The week is starting out strong with a fascinating history of Denver's lost restaurants, free pizza at Pizzeria Locale (if you come with the right receipt) and the annual A Taste of Life benefiting Project Angel Heart, which feeds the body as well as the soul. Keep reading for all the tasty events on the culinary calendar. 

Monday, October 12

Get a tasty lesson in history today as historians Robert and Kristen Autobee take over the Martin Room of the History Colorado Center at 1 p.m. today to talk about their book The Lost Restaurants of Denver. The two will cover the Denver dining scene from mining-camp chow to recently departed local favorites. In the center's Rendezvous Cafe, chef Samir Mohammad will be recreating the late Denver Dry Goods Tea Room's chicken à la king recipe, and the museum will also display a pop-up exhibit, "Food for Thought: Historic Menus From the History Colorado Collection," following the lecture while the Autobees sign copies of their books. The talk is $4 for History Colorado members and $5 for non-members. For more information, visit

As a part of the twelfth annual Indigenous Film and Arts Festival, the Anschutz Medical Campus will host a screening of Finding Gaston at 6 p.m. today.The film covers the culinary career of chef Gaston Acurio and his love of Peruvian food, and the evening includes a welcome by the Consulate General of Peru in Denver and a reception with Peruvian cuisine. The event is free, but there is a $5 suggested donation at the door. For more information, click here

Bring a recent receipt from Chipotle — for a burrito or bowl, salad or order of tacos — to either of Denver's two Pizzeria Locale locations, and you'll get a free pizza. The deal runs Monday nights only in October at 550 Broadway and 3484 West 32nd Avenue; find out more at the Pizzeria Locale website.

Frasca Food and Wine will explore the wines of Winebow with Master Sommelier Jesse Becker at the restaurant's Monday Night Wine Dinner Series. Admission is $50 for a prix fixe four-course tasting menu, not including the optional wine flights, which range from $40 to $50. For reservations and more information, call Frasca at 303-442-6966.
Tuesday, October 13 

Many of Denver’s best restaurants — including Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs, Beast + Bottle and the Squeaky Bean — will come together to celebrate A Taste for Life, an event that raises funds to support Project Angel Heart. Now in its fifteenth year, A Taste for Life supports Project Angel Heart’s efforts to deliver nutritious meals, free of charge, to men, women and children living with life-threatening illnesses in metro Denver. The doors open at 6 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Denver. Tickets are $150; grab yours and learn more about the event at

Wednesday, October 14 

Brad Ritter, owner of Carmine's on Penn, hosts an evening of regional wines and food based on his recent travels in Italy. Ritter will select wines from the Adriatic Coast to feature a dinner that runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Dinner is $75 and seating is limited; call Carmine's at 303-777-6443.

Party for a Cure invites you to fight cancer while enjoying wine from some of Colorado’s finest vineyards and drinking margs courtesy of Colorado’s own Coyote Gold pre-mixed margaritas; there will also be free samples of Izzybelle Chocolate Sauce, and live music courtesy of Ugly Rumor. Tickets are $45 and include a free bottle of Coyote Gold, and the chance to win free prizes. The party will be rockin' from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lodo's Highlands Ranch; find  more info here.

Thursday, October 15   

Baur's Restaurant and Listening Lounge will hold Bubbles & Bliss: An Extravagant Seafood Celebration, today from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The decadent evening will celebrate the opening day of Red King Crab season with Alaskan King Crab, caviar and a variety of oysters from both coasts; guests can also compare and contrast Maine Lobster and Canadian Hardshell Lobster. The food will be paired with a variety of sparkling wines; tickets are $50. Grab yours and learn more here

Wok to the Future today at the Posner Center, which is hosting a fundraiser for Children's Futures featuring Asian cuisine, a live and silent auction, Cambodian dancing, wine, beer and more. Tickets for the event, which kicks off at 6 p.m., are $55 for one or $90 for two. Grab your tickets and get all the details here

Alliance Française de Denver will hold its annual Burgundy vs. Bordeaux tasting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today. The tasting will feature sommelier Ashley Vaughters and cheese expert Devin Lamma from Whole Foods Market, who will take guests through six wines and pairings. Tickets are $40 for members and $5 0 for non-members; purchase yours here.   

The Sie Film Center will hold Mise en Scene from 6 to 11 p.m. today; the film premiere and gala will benefit the Denver FIlm Society and will feature cocktails, the presentation of the Colorado Hall of Fame Award, local fare, the premiere of the movie Rolling Papers, and much more. Tickets for the event are $200, get yours and learn more at      

Friday, October 16

Cheeky Monk on Colfax is holding Feisty Fridays starting at 6 p.m. today; the evening will feature a specialty cocktail made with spirits from Fort Collins Feisty Spirits. 

For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to [email protected] Watch for our weekend calendar on Friday.
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