From the Big Eat to Big Festivals, Eight Tastiest Events on the Menu This Week

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From tequila to wine dinners and even a little chocolate — as well as some big food festivals — there are enough treats on the culinary calendar to keep your taste buds satisfied right through the work week. Here's a taste:

Tuesday, July 21

Chocolate Crisis Center and Stem Cider are collaborating on an event pairing Belgian chocolates with RiNo-brewed hard ciders. From 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, guests can enjoy enjoy four ciders and four chocolates for just $20 at the Chocolate Crisis Center. For more information, visit the events Facebook page

Wednesday, July 22 

Taste and Tunes continues on the patio of Elway's Cherry Creek with That Eighties Band Rocking the Creek from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. tonight. For reservations and more information call the restaurant at 303-399-5353. 

Thursday, July 23

This is a big one: Join EatDenver and more than twenty independent restaurants at the fifth annual Big Eat, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.  “The Big Eat is beyond just throwing a great party. We want to create a memorable event and provide a true taste of Denver,” said Adam Schlegel, executive director of EatDenver. “There is so much artistry to being a restauranteur. We want to help showcase their passion alongside their peers and partners.” Want in on this action? Tickets are $55 here; find out more about EatDenver at visiteatdenver.com.

The Butterfly Pavilion will host A Midsummer Night's Dream, a wine-tasting event to benefit The Center's Transgender Program, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today. You can enjoy all the pavilion has to offer while sipping a variety of wines, noshing on appetizers, and bidding on items in the wine-themed silent auction. Tickets are $65 per person, and all proceeds benefit Transgender Programs at The Center. For tickets and more information, click here.

The Crested Butte Food and Wine Festival kicks off a tantalizing weekend today. This afternoon through Sunday, participants can enjoy seminars, tastings, movie screenings, dinners and more in this idyllic mountain town. Ticket prices vary for each eventl for a full schedule and all the tasty details, click here.  

Friday, July 24

Celebrate National Tequila Day and beat the summer heat at La Biblioteca and Tamayo today, when Tamayo will feature the Tequila Sunrise popsicle and La Biblioteca will feature the Watermelon Margarita popsicle. Both can be paired as a stir-in for special margs, and the popsicles will be sold all day for $3 a piece.

The Oceanaire is offering a one-day-only lobster special to celebrate the height of summer today, when you can get a two-pound steamed North Atlantic Lobsters for only $35 from 5 p.m. to close. You must order your lobster by Thursday; make a reservation at 303-991-2277.

The Flavors of Colorado Festival in Avon kicks off today with a special Farm to Chef's Table Charity Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m.that benefits the Bright Future Foundation. Tickets are $100; to buy yours and find a complete schedule of the festival, visit the Flavors website 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 cafe@westword.com.

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