From Master Chefs to Mooyah: Fourteen Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar

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This weekend you can enjoy your beer with a side of classic cars or rugby stars. If you're not into beer, you can take a caffeinated tour of Denver, sip some newly released wine, hang out with master chefs or bite into ripe Palisade peaches. And there's even more on the culinary calendar; keep reading for all the juicy details.  

Friday, August 14  

Four of the 68 certified Master Chefs in the country will be in Denver this weekend for the Master Chef reunion, and the chefs will dropping by a few local restaurants this evening — including Mercantile Dining & Provision, ChoLon and Stoic & Genuine — to talk about their impressions of Denver as an up-and-coming restaurant town and more. And on Saturday, August 15, many chefs will gather at the Governor's Mansion for a $75 fundraiser. Find more information here.

BookCliff Vineyards will unveil new releases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Ensemble, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Friday’s Folly Red during a party from 5 to 8 p.m. today. You can try the new wines for $5 a flight — cheese snacks included — and your sipping will be accompanied by live music. For more information click here

Saturday, August 15  Denver is set to host two dozen of America’s most skilled chefs at a repeat of last year’s first-ever Certified Master Chefs reunion event. A reception featuring Colorado cuisine prepared by some of the state’s most talented chefs will be held from 6 to 8 p.. today in the gardens of the Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion. Tickets are $75 per person; get yours by calling 303-222-0057. 

The Fifth-Annual Alpine Insurance Agency Ed Fest, brought to Freedom Park in Edwards by the team at Crazy Mountain Brewery, will celebrate international craft-beer culture with over 65 craft breweries. You can taste beer from around the world, sample food from local vendors and food trucks, and enjoy live music by the Drive-By Truckers. Tickets are $39 for general admission and $79 for VIP; get them at edfestbeer.com.  Ed Fest benefits the Eagle River Watershed Council, a local nonprofit dedicated to protecting our rivers through educational programs, special events, restoration projects, monitoring, research and community volunteer projects.

When you're involved in a game as rugged as rugby, you're occasionally going to need a beer or two, and spectators of the sport are no exception. Today Infinity Park will be the scene for Bruises and Brews, where participants can watch world-class rugby matches while enjoying beers from over twenty breweries. Tickets for the event are $35; grab yours and learn more here

Stir Cooking School is celebrating the life of famous cook Julia Child with a cooking class in her honor today. Students will create several of Julia’s famous dishes, including cheese quiche, souffléed potatoes, coq au vin with mushrooms and pearl onions and more. The class starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuition is $80; register here

Peach season is in full swing and the Lafayette Peach Festival will bring Palisade peaches to Old Town Lafayette. The free festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature arts-and-crafts vendors, live entertainment, food booths and peaches served up dozens of ways. For more information, click here.

Want an eye-opening tour of the city? Caffeine Crawl Denver has you covered. Participants can tour seventeen Denver coffee shops on six different routes while sampling tea, coffee and treats. Save your spot for $25, and learn more here. The ticket price includes an event packet with Crawl goodies, admittance to all stops on your selected route, and a drink or chocolate sample and short, educational presentation at each stop. 

The Curtis Club is unveiling its new menu and throwing a reopening party today featuring live country music and an all-day happy hour. The hootenanny gets under way at 9 p.m., admission is $3 at the door. For more information, call the Curtis Club at 720-420-9898.

Today is your last chance to enjoy dining under the stars and lights on Larimer Square — which will also be celebrating its fiftieth birthday with a block party tonight. For Dining al Fresco, many of Larimer Squares restaurants will extend their patios to the street and offer specials all day. For more information, visit larimersquare.com.  

The Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum will host Hops in the Hanger today from 5 to 11 p.m. Toast the end of summer with an evening of brews, blues and barbecue. Sample beers from more than twenty Colorado breweries and dig into pulled pork, sausage, brisket and more from Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. You can learn about the science behind making beer, and look at vintage cars from the 1920s through the 1960s. For the kids, Tommyknocker Brewery will be serving up root beer floats; there will also be gams. Tickets are $25 for designated drivers, $30 for Wings members, $35 for non-members and $45 for VIP; get them here.   

Sunday, August 16

Mooyah will host the players, coaches, friends and community members of the Snoop Dogg Youth Football League, and donate up to 25 percent of the day's proceeds to support the costs of uniforms, field rentals and much more. The event will run from 11 to 6 p.m. at Mooyah; a DJ and Denver Broncos player/Snoop Dogg Youth Football League alum Ronnie Hillman will be on hand.

Black Shirt Brewing is putting on Lyricale Festival today starting at 4 p.m. This Americana music festival is free and open to all ages.   

The Tavern Littleton is hosting movies on the rooftop this summer; today the bar is screening The Hangover. Kick back and enjoy free popcorn and drink specials while you watch the film under the stars — and create your very own hangover. For more information, visit tavernhg.com.  

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