From Beer to James Beard, Eleven Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

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Labor Day's over, but this town's restaurateurs are working hard to fill the culinary calendar with tasty events — including Denver Food and Wine. Keep reading for details. 

Tuesday, September 8

Jim 'n Nick's Bar-B-Q is joining the fight to end childhood hunger this month. Starting today and running through September 30, you can donate to No Kid Hungry at the restaurant — and every guest who donates $5 or more will receive $5 off their next visit to Jim ‘n Nick’s. All donations collected will be given directly to No Kid Hungry; for more information, visit jimnnicks.com.

Starting today and every following Tuesday from 8 to 11 p.m., Brik on York will hold Stripped Brik, an open-mic night featuring a variety of acts that complement the restaurant's menu. For more information, call the restaurant at 303-284-6754.

Wednesday, September 9

The Colorado Restaurant Association and Southern Wine and Spirits of Colorado present the eleventh annual Denver Food and Wine, a celebration of the culinary arts, wine and spirits. The four-day event gets under way today with a Sunset Idea House Tour from 6 to 9 p.m.; a variety of other events lead up to the Grand Tasting on Saturday at Metropolitan State University of Denver, featuring more than 35 Denver restaurants, 700 varieties of wine and spirits, celebrity chef Rick Tramanto and more. For tickets, and more information visit denverfoodandwine.com.   

Thursday, September 10

Food Fight, a battle for a cause, will be making noise at the Builders Appliance Center from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today. The event will bring together some of Denver’s top chefs for a chance to battle it out in three categories: appetizers, main course and desserts. Mark Koebrich of 9News will be the emcee for the evening, and attendees will be able to wine, dine and bid on dream getaways and more during a live and silent auction. The event is being held to raise support and awareness for the Scleroderma Foundation- Rocky Mountain Chapter. Tickets are $95 for general admission and $150 for VIP; pick yours up here.  

Today at La Biblioteca's Tapas and Tequila, guests can indulge in a four-course tasting meal with Maestro Dobel tequila pairings and taste their way through the different profiles of the blanco, reposado and anejo, paired with chef's specialties. The tasting menu is $25 per person, and the tasting starts at 7 p.m. For reservations, call the restaurant at 720-904-0965.

Help Clayton Early Learning by indulging in an evening of caring and culinary treats at the Moonbeam Harvest. Over a dozen local chefs will whip up delicious, seasonal dishes that highlight the fruits and vegetables grown in the Clayton's one-acre gardens. Tickets are $135 for young professionals and $150 for general admission; you can purchase them here.  

The Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust is throwing its first annual Fall Harvest Dinner at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. The event will feature music, cocktails and appetizers followed by a family-style dinner. The meal runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.tonight, and tickets are $85 per person, with children ten and under free. Proceeds from the event will go toward conservation of Colorado's agricultural lands. To purchase, tickets click here

Set sail with entertainer and Scottish-trained bagpiper Scott Beach during this Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting at Cherokee Ranch Castle. Tickets are $80 per person and include a castle mini-tour, appetizer buffet, cash bar and dessert and coffee reception with Scott Beach. For more information or to register for the event, click here

Friday, September 11

Infinite Monkey Theorem will host ten of the country's best chefs for the James Beard Celebrity Chef Dinner tonight. The ten chefs, including several from Denver, will be collaborating on the dinner hosted by winemaker Ben Parsons. Tickets are $155 and can be purchased here.  

The Post Brewing Company will be celebrating the release of its canned beers with a series of Can Release Parties, the first of which will take place at Centro Latin Kitchen today from 4 to 6 p.m.  The Can Release Parties will feature $1 Post cans in addition to each restaurant's respective happy-hour menu. There will be live music, swag giveaways, free beer samples, and Post can merchandise for sale. Can release week will also kick off a social media contest in which the winner will receive free six-packs of Post can beer every month for a year. For more details, check out postbrewing.com

Breckenridge is throwing the town's 21st annual Oktoberfest this weekend. The September street party is where Munich meets the mountains, featuring more than three-dozen genuine German cuisine and brew vendors, excessive Bavarian lederhosen dancing and fun for all ages. For all the details click here.  

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 cafe@westword.com. 

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