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Our Cup Overflows With Coffee, Beer and Wine: Seven Top Culinary Events This Weekend

I drink, therefore I am! This weekend you can sip South American wines and Colorado beers, or pour yourself into the entire craft of coffee. And then there's chocolate.... Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar this weekend.

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Friday, October 17

Desserts & Delights, a fundraiser for the Hep C Connection, will start at 6 p.m. at Courtyard by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek. The event features decadent desserts and both silent and live auctions. Tickets are $45; purchase them here.

As Halloween approaches, it's time for sweets and treats. Choctoberfest offers guests just that, with demos, a Chocolate Challenge contest, tastings hosted by more than fifty vendors, an "aerial chocolate apple-bobbing contest" and much more. Get your chocolate on from 4 to 10 p.m. tonight and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow, October 18 at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. Admission is $5 and tasting tickets cost $10 for twelve or $20 for 25. For more information, go to

The Thorne Nature Experience is throwing a fundraiser for its sixtieth anniversary that includes a silent auction, wine and handcrafted beer, appetizers from local restaurants, and a celebration of environmental education. The event will start at 6 p.m. at the Rembrandt Yard Gallery in Boulder. Tickets are $60; find more information here.

Saturday, October 18

The Devils Thumb Ranch will host the third annual James Beard Foundation Dinner with a cocktail hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.Seats for the event are $200 per person, $150 per person for James Beard Foundation members. Reservations are required; call 970.726.7002 ext. 517 to make yours.

Govinda's Garden is celebrating its first anniversary with live music, a special menu, free food, henna tattoos and more. The celebration will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m. tonight. For more information, click here or call 303-333-4000 for reservations.

The Center for the Arts in Evergreen will host a South American wine-tasting, led by Ashley Hausman Vaughters, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $60, $50 for CAE members. For tickets and more information, click here.

Sunday, October 19

Denver's Grand Coffee Bazaar will be brewing today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew. The bazaar will bring together coffee, beer and food providers and fans for a coffee-centric, caffeinated event featuring tastings from many Colorado coffee roasters, multiple breakfast-focused food trucks, morning libations, a specialty coffee bar and gourmet soft-serve ice cream. Admission is $30 and includes a token for brunch, a specialty coffee drink, coffee samplings and a morning drink. For tickets and more information, visit

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 [email protected].

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