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From Oysters to Anniversaries, Nineteen Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar

This week we welcome the month of August, celebrate National Oyster Day and grab some free Chipotle and Dunkin' Donuts deals. Get ready to to slurp, slice, sip and savor your way through our culinary calendar.    

Monday, August 3 

In the next installment in the Meet the Maker series, Leopold Bros. will be at LoHi SteakBar at 3 p.m., offering education and complimentary tastings as well as specialty crafted cocktails and small-bite food pairings.

Frasca Food and Wine kicks off its Monday Night Wine Dinner Series for August with Craig Lewis from Stelvio Imports. The dinners are $50 per person, not including optional wine pairings, which range from $40 to $50. For reservations and more information, contact Frasca at  303-442-6966. 

When wielded properly, the chef's knife can be your best friend — and the most important tool in the kitchen. Learn the basics at the Seasoned Chef Cooking School's Mastering the Chefs Knife class, which will teach knife safety, storage, honing, sharpening and construction, as well as the proper grip of the knife. With your newly acquired knife skills, you'll cook up a full meal to wrap up the evening. The class, which runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., is $69 per person. You can register for the course and learn more here

Tuesday, August 4 

Pizzeria Locale in Boulder has invited Katie Parla to help the restaurant showcase Roman-inspired street food alongside a specially curated flight of Italian craft beers. The $25 Roman-inspired menu can be paired with an optional Italian craft-beer flight for $38. For reservations, call the restaurant at 303-442-3003.  

Dunkin' Donuts is opening a new location in Loveland at 102 East 29th Street, and to celebrate, the chain is throwing a grand-opening party today from 9 to 11 a.m. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, fire-truck tours and a Dunkin’ Donuts-themed Plinko game to win free Dunkin’ Donuts beverages, food and more. Ten percent of sales on opening day will be donated to Jeff Huttinga, a local resident battling ALS. For more information, visit

Films, Chefs and Glorious Song will pair opera, short films and local chefs for a fundraiser with a tasty goal: to bring chef Andy Ricker and filmmaker Helen De Michiel to Boulder for the third annual Flatirons Food Film Festival, which takes place October 21 through October 25. Today from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Agora at the Riverside, guests can enjoy short films by Perennial Plate, and taste small plates inspired by the shorts. There will also be a performance by Opera on Tap and a live auction. Tickets are $55 in advance and $60 at the door; get yours here.  

In celebration of National Farmers Market Week, the Broomfield Farmers’ Market at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church will be handing out free $5 vouchers, and buy-one-get-one free coupons to Chipotle Mexican Grill. The market runs from 4 to 7 p.m., but be sure to get there early to get your voucher; supplies are limited. Chipotle will also provide free chips and salsa samples.  

Lower48 Kitchen will continue to celebrate Colorado through August in its Prix-Fixe Culinary Tour of the Lower48. The special, four-course, prix fixe ($34) tasting menu is available nightly in addition to the regular a la carte menu, And on Tuesday nights, L48 offers half-priced bottles of select wines.

Wednesday, August 5

It's National Oyster Day, and to celebrate the holiday, each Jax location will be dishing out the first hundred orders of a half-dozen fresh-shucked oysters for free. The deal starts at 4 p.m. today; for more information, visit

To celebrate National Oyster Day, Oceanaire Seafood Room is offering chef’s select oysters for only $1 from 5 p.m. to close. For reservations, call the Oceanaire at 303-991-2277. 

Lala's is bringing the silver screen to Governor's Park today: The restaurant will be putting on a free screening of Ghostbusters in the park starting at 8:15 p.m. There will also be a beer garden where the restaurant will be selling pizzas, Peroni drafts and wines by the glass. Proceeds will be donated to Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods; for more information, call the restaurant at 303-861-9463.

Today marks the beginning of the twelfth annual Steamboat Wine Festival, which brings dinners, seminars, concerts, tastings and more to Steamboat. You can join in the fun all week and through the weekend; ticket prices vary by event. Find the entire schedule at

Thursday, August 6 

Today at 6:30 p.m., the Post Brewing Company will take over the rooftop tap room at The West End Tavern. Guest will get the chance to taste a full lineup from the Post and to meet brewmaster Bryan Selders. The Sixty Minute Men will provide live music. For more information, call the West End at 303-444-3535 or visit  

Green Spaces will host the the Colorado Indie Business forum starting at  6:30 p.m., and will feature talks by Justin Cucci, founder of Denver hotspots Linger, Root Down and Ophelia's; Biju Thomas of Little Curry Shop and Skratch Labs; and Bryan Dayton of Oak at fourteenth and Acorn, as well as beer from Great Divide Brewing Co. and wine provided by Drizly. Tickets for the forum are free and can be reserved here.  

La Biblioteca is holding its  monthly Meet the Maker event today. From 6 to 8 p.m., guests can enjoy a complimentary tasting with tequila maker Gran Centenario, and there will be a specialty cocktail featuring the tequila available all evening. For reservations and more information, call the restaurant at 720-904-0965.   

Friday, August 7 

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver and the Denver Botanic Gardens are teaming up for Sabor tonight. The eighth annual event will whisk participants away for an evening at Carnaval with feasting, dancing, drinking and colorful costumes. More than forty restaurants will be at the gardens to provide the food, and there will be beer, wine and spirit distributors on hand as well. The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $75 for general admission and $150 for VIP; get yours here.  

In celebration of its one-year anniversary, The Nickel invites locals and visitors alike to toast the occasion with a three-course pre-fixe menu priced at $50 with cocktails pairings. Use the code phrase “Happy Birthday,” and the first select cocktail is on the house. The deal is available today and tomorrow from 5 to 11 p.m.; for reservations and more information, call the restaurant at 720-889-2128. 

Range is hosting a three-course Two Mountain Winemakers dinner tonight at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $60; for reservations, call the restaurant at 720-726-4800.  

The Paramount Cafe is celebrating thirty years on the 16th Street Mall and throwing a party to celebrate. Starting today and running through the weekend, guests can enjoy parties, trivia, giveaways and more. The fun gets under way with Service Industry Team Trivia from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. tonight.; the winning team will take home $200. For more information, call the Paramount at 303-893-2000.  

 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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