Hot Rocks, Chefs Challenge: Two Healthy Culinary Competitions Tonight

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Today you can help keep Denver healthy at a duo of do-good events. Enjoy great food from some of Denver's most recognizable names, watch the culinary competition heat up, and sip some tasty drinks — all while lending supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Denver Health Foundation’s men’s health programs.    

The Hot Rocks Griller Challenge on the patio of Elway's Cherry Creek will really turn up the heat in Denver from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. The sizzling grill-off challenge, benefiting Denver Health Foundation’s men’s health programs, features an intense competition between eighteen of Colorado’s hottest chefs from restaurants ranging from Lola to Steve's Snappin' Dogs, TAG, Stoic & Genuine, Elway's, Table 6, Vesta Dipping Grill, Continental Sausage and more. Fifteen of Denver's elite will compete in a sliders and sides competition where entries like pork belly sliders with apricot compote and camembert on sourdough bun and scallop-corn burgers with bacon and ancho-chile mayo will vie for the top spot. There will also be hearty side dishes, rockin' live music, wine pairings, a silent auction, a sports challenge with prizes, and much more. Funds raised through Hot Rocks will go to the Denver Health Foundation, to raise awareness of men’s health issues and support programs. For tickets and more information, click here
The third annual Chefs Challenge, a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will take place today at Mile High Station. Some of Denver's top chefs — representing the likes of Hapa, Sugarmill, Los Chingones, Gozo and more — will be battling for "Best Dish" as guests sample their efforts and mingle with the chefs. Food lovers can indulge in specialty cocktails, sample signature dishes, sip fine wine and beer, bid on food-centric silent-auction items, enjoy live music and vote for their favorite dish from the evening.  The culinary battle kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $100; find more information 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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