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French Fry-Eating Contest, and Three More Dining Options Today

Chow down for art! At 4 p.m. today, ArtPlant will host a french-fry-eating contest at the "Articulated Wall" — or is that the French Fry Stack? — in the Denver Design District off South Broadway. The contest will be documented in video and photos as material for Mexican artist Cristóbal Gracia’s exhibition at the Biennial of the Americas this summer. Herbert Bayer's "Articulated Wall" was originally built in Mexico City for the 1986 Olympic Games; the Denver Design District commissioned Bayer to build an exact replica in Denver in 1985. Gracia, one of two Biennial of the Americas arts ambassadors from Mexico, has been studying the sculpture, and learned that some people think it looks like French fries sticking out of a fast-food box. “Part of the project I’m doing with this sculpture will be a french-fry-eating contest,” he says. “Ten people will be able to compete, and we’ll give $200 to the person who can eat the most fries.”

Those are fries from Wendy's, by the way — three pounds of them per contestant, to be eaten in fifteen. Want to give it a try? Only the first ten people to show up and pay $1 will be allowed to enter. See full details at the bottom of this page; keep reading for three more eating options.

Lola is hosting its annual Dos Casas bash that benefits Brent's Place featuring eleven Colorado chefs and six courses. The fun and food starts at 5:30 p.m.; tickets are $186 (which houses the family of a young patients undergoing life-saving treatments) and going fast. Find more details here.

Paolo Librandi, from Calabrian's Librandi Vineyards, will be joining Firenze a Tavola at 6:30 p.m. tonight to present his wines at a Calabria Wine Dinner. Librandi will be pouring four wines, paired with a traditional — and spicy —  Calabrese meal. Reservations are $55 per person; call 303-561-0234 to make yours.

Opus Restaurant will pour a four-course wine dinner tonight starting at 6 p.m. The dinner will pit the wines of the Napa Valley against those of Sonoma. Reservations are $89 per person; call the restaurant at 303-355-5853 to make yours.

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