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While I didn't buy the shirt straight off the bartender's back at last night's feel-good Share Our Strength-Taste of the Nation fundraiser at Jonesy's EatBar, the rowdy (in all the good ways) gastropub at 400 East 20th Avenue, I did purchase a fresh-from-the-pile T-shirt, which was designed by local tattoo inker Josh Ford, who happens to be the guy that tats Matt Selby, exec chef at Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's, and the chef chair for this year's Taste of the Nation event, which takes place this Sunday, July 19 at Mile High Station.
Last night's pre-party at Jonesy's was two solid hours of good, clean fun, of slamming shots, of sharing lamby Joe sliders and big bowls of ruffled fries and of watching the nonpulsed staff standing in a chorus line and lifting their Taste of the Nation T-shirts to bear their cleavage (which was ample) all in the name of a good cause.
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If you missed all the hot action, do yourself a favor and buy a ticket to Sunday's main event. Aside from the more than 30 Denver restaurants that'll be there serving some amazing food, there's also a mixology competition emceed by Sean Kenyon, the master mixologist at Steuben's and a fantastic silent action where one incredibly lucky SOB is going to walk away with a Food Network package, inclusive of six round trip tickets to New York City, lunch in the Food Network kitchen and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Food Network empire. "Having chef Selby on board has really put the oomph back into this event, and it's going to be one of the funnest parties of the year," says Leigh Jones, owner of Jonesy's. To partake in all that fun, go to www.denvertaste.org for tickets.