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From Bacon to Ice Cream, Thirteen Best Events on the Culinary Calendar March 2-6

The culinary calendar is overflowing this week, with the third annual Local Food Summit beginning this morning at Johnson & Wales University. But there are also chances to get free pancakes and ice cream (separate events, sadly) and to hog wild at Cochon 555. Keep reading for a taste of what's happening on the Denver dining scene this week.

Monday, March 2 

Mayor Michael B. Hancock will be the keynote speaker at the Local Food Summit at Johnson & Wales University that kicks off this morning and runs through March 3. Hancock will join other keynote speakers as well as special guest DJ Cavem at the third annual summit, which features movie screenings, panels, product fairs, breakout sessions and more. Tickets for the summit are $50; find out more information at

At Frasca's Food and Wine's first Monday Night Wine Dinner of the month, the restaurant will welcome Art Culinaire co-publisher Lars Ryssdal.  Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and his team will re-create some of the recipes featured in Art Culinaire; wine from Scarpetta, the label of Frasca co-owners Mackinnon-Patterson and Stuckey, will be paired with the dishes. This special dinner is $65 per person (pairings are extra) and will include a signed copy of Art Culinaire to take home. For reservations, call Frasca at 303-442-6966.  

Tuesday, March 3 

Today is National Pancake Day and IHOP is celebrating by serving up free pancakes. Guests at any IHOP location today will receive a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes; it's part of an effort to raise awareness and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children and other charities nationwide. Miss America contestant and state winner Stacey Cook will be flipping flapjacks at the IHOP at 1595 South Colorado Boulevard from 7 to 11 a.m. this morning. The annual event has raised nearly $20 million for charities since it began a decade ago. For more information, click here.  

Chefs Alex Figura of Lower48 Kitchen and Steve Redzikowski (Acorn, Oak at Fourteenth) will hold their own Art Culinaire collaboration dinner at Lower48Kitchen. Seatings run from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and the four-course menu is $64 per person, with a $32 optional wine pairing (excludes tax and tip). For reservations, call 303-942-0262.

Wednesday, March 4

Fat Jack's Supersubs is now carrying Little Man ice cream and will be giving away 1,000 pints of the stuff today in honor of the new partnership. One free pint will be included with the purchase of a sub (one per order) while supplies last. And after that, all locations of the sub shop will have Little Man ice cream available for both in-store and delivery orders.

Living the Dream Brewing Company is hosting a fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight to benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled. The brewery will hold a silent auction with items from Alamo DraftHouse, Starbucks, Rock Wood Fire Kitchen, Murdoch’s and more to bid on, and NSCD athletes and volunteers will be on-hand to share their experiences and accomplishments in NSCD programs. During the event, 20 percent of all drink sales will be donated to the NSCD. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Riff Raff Brewing, based in Pagosa Springs, is releasing two beers today, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stout Street Social.  In addition to the new beers (99 Schilling Scottish Ale and Weapons of Self Destruction Russian Imperial Stout), the evening will include food and giveaways. For more information, visit

Starting today, Burt’s Smokehouse BBQ in Centennial will take on the feel of a good old-fashioned Irish pub to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. The restaurant is bringing in Irish musicians from 5 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday in March and offering specials on traditional Irish spirits. Today you can listen to The Stubby Shillelaghs while sipping $2 Guinness and $3.50 Jameson shots. For more information, visit

Thursday, March 5 

La Biblioteca is welcoming Denver-based Arte Tequila for this month's Meet the Maker series, which is held on the first Thursday of every month. From 6 to 8 p.m. Arte will be offering complimentary tastings and giving guests plenty of tequila knowledge. There will also be a special cocktail featuring the specialty tequila all evening. Find more information head at  

Friday, March 6 

Settembre Cellars Winery at 1501 Lee Hill Drive in Boulder will be displaying Katherine Homes's paintings in its tasting room and pouring $10 flights and $8 glasses of wine for the NoBo Art District's First Friday. Dozens of other studios and galleries in North Boulder will also be participating in the event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Check out Homes' paintings on her website; for more on NoBo's First Friday celebrations, click here.  

Go hog wild with Cochon 555. The pork-centric weekend gets under way with  “A Nickel Bag of Porc,” a seated, five-course dinner paired with beverages at The Nickel and hosted by competing chef Christopher Thompson; The Nickel will also welcome guest chefs Justin Brunson, Paul Reilly, Matt Selby, Theo Adley and Cochon 555 founder Brady Lowe. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $125; purchase them here

The Chocolate Crisis Center will kick off St. Patrick's Day celebrations on First Friday with green cocktails and green chocolate. For more information, click here.  

The Boulder International Film Festival will introduce a new culinary experience from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Event Center at Rembrandt Yard in Boulder. CineCHEF challenges chefs to choose a movie theme and create a film-inspired dish for a light-hearted, friendly competition. Some of Boulder’s top chefs will have tasting stations serving small plates based on their chosen theme; participants will vote on their favorite offerings and the winning chef will be awarded a coveted Vielehr award sculpture and the title Best CineCHEF, BIFF 2015. Tickets are $95 and will benefit the film festival; get them here.

Black Shirt Brewing will host a one-night, pop-up art and music show starting at 7 p.m. tonight. The bash will feature works from Daniel Luke Holton, Melanie Steinway, Daniel Evan Garza & Brandon Finamore. There will also be live music from John Hyde of Two Tone Wolf Pack and plenty of beer. For more information head over to the Facebook event page.  

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 [email protected].

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Ben Landreth