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Plates for the Peak kicks off a week of tasty activities

Although it sometimes seems like the gang's all beer the week of the GABF, there are many other events on the culinary calendar -- including opportunities to do good while eating good food. Tonight, for example, you can help defeat youth homelessness by supporting Urban Peak at Vesta Dipping Grill, where owners Josh and Jen Wolkon are hosting the tenth annual "Plates for the Peak" from 6 to 10 p.m. Brandon Foster, Vesta's executive chef, and his team will prepare an array of small plates; an open bar will feature an assortment of wines and specialty cocktails. Tickets are $75; purchase them online here.

Keep reading for more tasty opportunities this week.

See also: Win two free seats to Mateo's "Provence to Lyons" flood relief benefit


Frasca Wine Dinner: Lopez de Heredia Monica Nogues, co-founder of Think Global Wines, will be featured at the Monday Night Wine Dinner at Frasca; the company exports wines from Lopez de Heredia, which was founded in the late nineteenth century in the province of Rioja, Spain. Dinner is $50, and an additional $40-50 for wine pairings. For reservations, call the restaurant at 303-442-6966.

Taita Peruvia Cuisine is celebrating its first birthday with a $29, prixe fixe menu that that starts today and runs through Sunday; there will also be happy hour specials and live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For details, call 720-708-6486

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 Epic Collaboration Dinner Firestone Walker Brewing Company is hooking up with local Leopold Brothers Distillery at Euclid Hall. The pre-Great American Beer Festival event will begin at 7 p.m. and features beers and spirits paired with an eight-course meal prepared by Euclid Hall. Representatives from each company will be present to talk about their products. Tickets are $100; make reservations and preview the menu on the Euclid Hall website.

Mateo will host "Provence to Lyons," a seven-course meal paired with wine and cocktails, all prepared by Boulder chefs, food providers and restaurateurs: Kelly Whitaker (Basta), Ann Cooper (Boulder Valley School District), Will and Coral Frischkorn (Cured), Bryan Dayton (Oak at Fourteenth and Acorn) and Mateo chef Nate Bychinski. Tickets are $150, and all proceeds will be donated to flood relief for Lyons. For more information and reservations, call 303-443-7766.


Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers This free screening at the Boulder Public Library will kick off off the inaugural edition of Chow Down: IFS Food Film Festival, which runs through October 13 and will show various films tapping into the foodie culture, as well as offer other events around Boulder. For more on Chow Down, check out our in-depth look at some of the other documentaries being shown, and how it all came together.

Raise the Roof Honor the work of Habitat for Humanity and the Carter Work Project with President Jimmy and and Rosalind Carter, along with special guests Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. The event runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the National Western Complex, and includes a formal dinner followed by remarks from President Carter, prominent Habitat representatives and local elected officials. The night will conclude with an intimate performance by Isaac Slade of The Fray. Tickets for the Raise the Roof formal dinner, which also includes a cocktail reception, start at $250; tickets for the entertainment portion only are $55. Purchase them here.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 10 One Flew Over the Barleywine Fest Embark on an unlimited tasting adventure at Renegade Publik House from 6 to 9 p.m., when it will feature twelve Barleywines, a very strong and intense beer. The event includes a full-size souvenir glass and various hors d'oeuvres from the Renegade kitchen. Tickets are $30; purchase them at

FRIDAY OCTOBER 11 Barrel-Aged Bike Ride Join Avery Brewing Company on the second day of the Great American Beer Festival for a day of bike touring and beer tasting! Cycle on over to Falling Rock Tap House, where the tasting begins, at 11 a.m. The bike tour will then stop by Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House, Euclid Hall, Highland Tap and Burger and finish up at Star Bar around 5 p.m. At each stop, riders will receive a four-ounce pour of a rare, Avery barrel-aged beer, a six-ounce pour of palate- cleansing beer and a playing card. The riders with the three best poker hands at the end of the day win prizes. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online -- and bicycles are required.

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

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Loren Lorenzo
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