Tables to Farms is a new program launched by Boulder and Denver area chefs and restaurateurs to help farmers who suffered the ravages of last month's flood. From now through November, participating restaurants will collect cash donations from customers, and some will hold special fundraising events; 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to Boulder County farms that are involved in creating a sustainable local food shed. "This is the time to step up and support those farmers who have worked so hard to create that dream," says chef Bradford Heap. "This is the time for our communities to rally to show what 'local' truly means."
Keep reading for details of a benefit dinner Tuesday at SALT, as well as a taste of what else is on the culinary calendar this week. See also:Boulder Farmers' Market shows that life, and farming, goes on
MONDAY, OCTOBER 21
Slow Food Denver will host a C.A.F.E (Community. Art. Food. Education) dinner at Linger from 6 to 9:30 p.m. tonight. Enjoy a local, seasonal supper prepared by Linger chef Daniel Asher while learning about sustainable food project proposals from the Aurora Housing Authority, Montclair PEAK Partnership and Sunnyside Up Farm. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased on the Slow Food Denver website.
For tonight's Wine Dinner at Frasca, Rajat Parr, wine director at Michael Mina group, will pour the wines of the Santa Barbara-based Sandhi. Parr helped to create Sanhdi in collaboration with Charles Banks, former owner of the Screaming Eagle, and winemaker Sashi Moorman. Parr's pours will accompany the four-course dinner created by executive chef Lachlan Mackinnon. The dinner runs $50 per person, with optional wine pairings ranging from $45 to $50. For reservations, call Frasca at 303-442-6966.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22 SALT, at 1047 Pearl Street in Boulder, will hold a benefit dinner for Tables to Farmers at 6:30 p.m.; four courses will be paired with wine by the Natural Wine Company. The price is $120 per person, which includes tax and tip. Proceeds from the event will go to five of the farms that SALT frequently uses: Full Circle Farm, Oxford Gardens, Black Cat Farm, 63rd Street Farm and the Fresh Herb Company. For information and reservations, go to saltbistro.com.
Elway's Cherry Creek will host a harvest-time worldwide wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. today; Elway's Sommelier Adam Vance will lead a round-the-world tour of more than thirty red wines that pair with appetizers featuring ingredients from the fall harvest prepared by culinary director Tyler Wiard. Tickets are $40 (tax and tip included); call 303-399-7616 for reservations.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 Girl's Pint Out is a national craft beer association with chapters all over the country. These "princesses of pilsner," as they refer to themselves, give other women the opportunity to socialize and learn more about craft beer -- but guys are welcome, too. The party runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at Local 46 and will feature a specialty brew, Sin & Tonic, based on the classic gin & tonic. Jenn Litz, founder of Girl's Pint Out, brewed a special beer with New Belgium Brewing using Sorachi Ace hops, juniper and a citrus spice-blend. Pints are only $3, and go swimmingly with the food provided by Caveman Cafeteria. Come enjoy the only keg of Sin & Tonic Ale in Colorado and support the ladies of beer; show up early and you might get a free T-shirt.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 Help fight hunger locally and globally at the twelfth annual Harvest of Hope dinner in the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts ; it benefits Church World Service programs that bring emergency aid to impoverished countries, as well as such local causes as It Takes a Village, Ecumenical Refugee and Immigration Services. Harvest of Hope was started in 2002 by a group of volunteers who wanted to raise money for the CWS in Africa. The fundraiser will begin with an African marketplace selling traditional crafts; there will also be a silent auction before the African-inspired dinner. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased here or by calling 303-455-5765.
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