Nine Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

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In Colorado we like our food fresh and local, and today you can help make one of the staples of the state's farmers' markets the top spot nationally. Before 10 a.m. this morning, you can vote for the Boulder Farmers' Market on USA Today's 10 Best Farmers Markets list; it takes less fewer than ten seconds to click through and vote. Boulder's Market has been going back and forth with Burlington, Vermont, for the past two weeks for the top spot; click here to cast your vote and keep Colorado number one. After that, check out some of the farm-to-table dinners on the week's culinary calendar, which will give you a real taste of Colorado.

Monday, August 17

Frasca Food and Wine will explore the wines of Vias Imports with guest Chris Blacklidge at tonight's Monday Night Wine Dinner. It's $50 for a prix fixe, four-course meal with optional wine pairings priced from $40 to $50. For reservations, call Frasca at 303-442-6966.  

Tuesday, August 18 

Zolo Grill is teaming up with Isabelle Farm for their annual Isabelle Farm Dinner. The chefs at Zolo will be using farm-fresh ingredients from Isabelle to cook up a five-course meal that celebrates community and sustainability. The dinner is $85 per person, and begins at 5:30 p.m. For reservations, call 303-449-0444; see the menu here.  

Wednesday, August 19  

Governor John Hickenlooper has proclaimed August “Colorado Proud Month,” and Colorado Proud Choose Colorado Pop-Up Picnics are popping up all over the Front Range. Today the picnic series will sprout at the Boulder Farmers' Market from 4 to 8 p.m. More information can be found at colorado.gov.  

Today at 6:30 p.m. The Lyons Farmette and chef Alec Schuler of Arugula and Tangerine will team up for a six-course farm-to-table dinner that features chilled Rocky Ford melon soup, braised Spring Tree Farm rabbit risotto, Colorado Wagyu beef filet mignon and more. You can reserve your seat for $90 here.  

The Seasoned Chef Cooking School is holding a More Smokin' class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today, when guests can learn the steps to getting that distinctive smoky taste in their food, and adding complex dimension to grilled meats and fish using aromatics and flavor enhancers. The class is $69, register and learn more here.  

Thursday, August 20

At the ninth annual Corks and Forks, presented by the Seattle Fish Company from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, you can sample wines, spirits and food crafted by local chefs. There will also be live music, a silent auction and a wine grab where guests can score bottles ranging from $20 to $100 in value. Tickets for the event are $50 for individuals, $85 for couples and $700 for VIP tables, and proceeds will benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled. The bash is on the rooftop terrace at DiVita.; for tickets and details click here.   

Stout Street Social will hold its monthly Brewery Night, featuring Bristol Brewing Company of Colorado Springs and its Laughing Lab, honey wheat Beehive and RyePA beers. The restaurant will offer tastings and complimentary food pairings; for more information, head to stoutstsocial.com.

History buffs and cocktail connoisseurs alike will enjoy Thirsty Thursday at the Molly Brown House Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests can meet Polly Pry, Denver’s legendary gossip journalist, as she introduces some of Denver’s leading ladies and the scandals they encountered — from Mrs. Crawford Hill to Margaret "Molly" Brown and many others. The event will feature drinks from Leopold Bros.You can dive into the past for $15; get tickets here.  

Friday, August 21

Park Burger is hosting a craft-beer charity golf tournament from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Aurora Golf Club at Heather Ridge. The tournament will feature nineteen beers spread throughout the course, burgers on the 9th hole, contests, prizes, a silent auction and a raffle. Registration for the tournament is $100 per person; you can register here. The event will benefit Urban Peak, a Denver foundation helping youth to overcome poverty and homelessness by offering services and support to become self-reliant adults. 

For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to cafe@westword.com. Watch for our weekend culinary calendar on Friday.

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