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From Oysters at Jax to Pig at Old Major, a Taste of This Week's Culinary Calendar

You'll be in hog heaven this week as Old Major gets a major gift from Templeton Rye and the Museum of Nature and Science highlights beer and bacon. But other foods will be celebrated as well, including free oysters at all Jax Fish House locations and burgers at Denver's annual burger battle. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.

See also: A Second Helping of Cafe Society, July 28-August 1

Monday, August 4

The Boulder County Fair will host at farm-to-table dinner at 6 p.m. tonight at the county fairgrounds. The ingredients for this dinner will be 100 percent locally raised, and prepared by chef Dale Lamb with Colorado-based wine pairings. The dinner is $79 -- including a $10 donation to the fair -- and limited to 100 guests. See if there's a spot left by calling 720-864- 6460; for more information, visit

Tuesday, August 5

Old Major was one of only 25 restaurants in the country -- and the only in Denver -- to receive a special pig from Templeton Rye as part of its Heritage Pork Project; the animal was fed a diet using spent Templeton Rye mash. Join Old Major to celebrate and enjoy the "Templeton Pig" with three piggy courses and three cocktail pairings for $55. To make a reservation, click here -- and for more information about the Heritage Pork Project visit

In honor of National Oyster Day all four Jax locations will be offering free oysters from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., while supplies last (after that, oysters are $1.25 each). Even Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will be getting into the festivities; he'll be at Jax's LoDo location shucking oysters during the free oyster hour. For more information click here.

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. join winemaker Sean Capiaux at Acorn for a special wine dinner featuring a selection of O'Shaughnessy & Capiaux wines paired with a five-course meal. The dinner is priced at $80; reserve your seat by calling 720-542-3721.

Wednesday, August 6

The Chefs Challenge takes over Mile High Station tonight, with six of Denver's up-and-coming chefs competing to become the Next Culinary Voice. Each contestant will prepare one dish to be served to judges and attendees, who will both vote on their choice for the winner. In addition to the cooking competition, there will also be a silent auction, a dessert display and live music. Tickets are $75 for general admission and $125 for VIP; pick yours up here.

Thursday, August 7

Unwind: H2O is an after-hours event at the Denver Botanic Gardens that will highlight the Chihuly artwork in the Garden's waterways, including Float Boats and Turquoise Reeds. Special water-themed entertainment will also be provided, and participants will be encouraged to wander the Gardens and experience the entire Chihuly exhibit. There will also be libations from several local breweries, distilleries and wineries, food stations and a sorbet bar. The festivities will run from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight and tickets are $50 or $45 for garden members; for tickets and more information visit

Denver's best burger will be crowned at the down-and-dirty Denver Burger Battle tonight at Sculpture Park. Twelve Denver restaurants will be grilling up their best burgers starting at 6:30 p.m. All attendees will get unlimited samples included in their $69 ticket. Unfortunately, tickets are already sold out == but you can find out more about the event and find out whose burger is crowned top burger at

Friday, August 8

Summer Nights at the Museum continues at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science with Bacon, Beer, and OhHeckYeah! The night will feature video games with you as the controller on the museum's seveneteen-foot-wide Art and Science Imagination Screen. There will also be bacon-inspired food including pork tacos, pork belly BLT, breakfast in a bacon cup, bacon cupcakes and chocolate-covered bacon; wash it all down with beer from Denver Beer Company. Bacon and beer will be served from 5 to 8 p.m.; tickets are $15 or $12 for museum members. Learn more here.

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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