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Oysters, rabbit baloney, gazpacho and duck confit ravioli: Porn from last night's Share Our Strength food orgy

More than 400 people ate and drank themselves into oblivion last night at Mile High Station, the venue for Denver's annual Share Our Strength benefit, which raises funds to wipe out childhood hunger both locally and across the country.

"It was a really great night all the way around," says Matt Selby, chef of Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's and the local chef chair for Share Our Strength. "We doubled our ticket sales for this year and we had a lot of returning chefs, plus several more new chefs, whose participation I'd like to chalk up to hearing about the kick-ass party we had last year." That, he says, and the fact that "they see and believe in Share Our Strength's mission just as much as I do." More than 30 Denver restaurants, including Argyll, TAG, Venue, Strings, Tambien, the Corner Office, twelve, Encore and Duo, fed the masses last night, while several local distilleries, breweries and winemakers poured cool liquids to fend off the heatwave.

Feedback, says Selby, has been positive. "Judging from what people were saying last night, this is definitely an event that has sustainability, so the goal now is to do it just as successfully next year without burning out our committee member volunteers, who put their heart and soul into putting this together."

So did the chefs, who turned out some brilliant food, the pics of which you can see after the jump.

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Lori Midson
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