For a chance to enjoy a spectacular six-course dinner spearheaded by some of Denver's top kitchen talent while benefiting an environmental cause, tickets are now on sale for Dine Out for Earth, presented by Rock the Earth, a nonprofit organization that partners with the music industry to protect and defend natural resources. This year's event will be held at Linger on April 12 at 6:00 p.m. and will feature the food of Linger and Root Down's Daniel Asher, Central Bistro's Matt Selby, Beast + Bottle's Paul Reilly, the Populist's Jonathan Power, Old Major's Justin Brunson, and out-of-towner Charlie Ayers of Calafia in Palo Alto, California, who has previously served as chef for the Grateful Dead and Google's corporate headquarters.
Rock the Earth's founder Marc Ross says last years event at Coohills was a big success and that he's hoping for an even bigger turnout this year (seating this year tops out at 150 guests). Plan ahead because tickets at the door the night of the dinner go up by $50 a person. Ross also mentions that the season premieres of Mad Men and Game of Thrones fall on April 12, but he's hoping fans of those shows will set their DVRs so that they can participate in a good cause while enjoying great food and drinks.
Ross points out recent Rock the Earth achievements including a settlement with the Bureau of Land Management to protect 90 percent of the Roan Plateau on the Western Slope from drilling, and a successful signature campaign to designate 100,000 acres of the Hermosa Creek Watershed as wilderness area.
The event will include one course of locally sourced cuisine — from passed appetizers to dessert — from each chef, beer from Great Divide Brewing Co., wine from Seamus Wines and cocktails mixed with spirits from Leopold Bros. A silent auction and music from DJ Russo will round out the evening's events.
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Tickets can be purchased for $110 per person on Rock the Earth's website, which also includes a complete menu.