Ten Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar, July 5-8

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July 6 is National Fried Chicken Day, but Max's Wine Dive is starting the celebration early: It's featuring a buy-one-get-one deal on Southern fried chicken now through July 6. That's also the deadline for filling out an entry form that will make you eligible to win a golden ticket redeemable for free fried chicken for a year. Max's will draw the winner on July 7; call 303-593-2554 or go to max's website for more information. And once you've had your fried-chicken fix, you can dig into more tasty events around Denver this week.

Tuesday, July 5 

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts is holding its second, student-run “Restaurant Week,” today through Friday, July 8. During the week, you can enjoy a three-course meal, including one wine pairing, crafted by Cook Street students under the guidance of chef instructors. The meals are $25, and reservations are required; make yours by calling 303-308-9300 or visiting cookstreet.com.

The Crimson Room holds a cocktail class from 6 to 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Your $30 tuition gets you two cocktails, tips on mixing great drinks, recipes to take home and more. To save your spot, call the Crimson Room at 720-639-6987.

Wednesday, July 6 

Starting at 6 p.m. every Wednesday evening this summer, Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House will host a Summer BBQ featuring a local brewery. The series gets smoking today with Dad & Dudes Brewery bringing the beer; for $20 you will get a heaping plate of homemade BBQ and two pints from the featured brewery. Check out the Dunbar Kitchen Facebook page for the full lineup of breweries. 

Thursday, July 7

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts is hosting a Food & Wine Social Hour — two hours, actually, from 3 to 5 p.m. — on its patio in LoDo. For $35, you'll get five gourmet snacks paired with wine tastings; and the chance to make some friends who are also food-obsessed. Find out more at cookstreet.com.

The FOODIES Festival brings a variety of prepared dishes, locally packaged foods and farm-fresh produce, as well as live music, Colorado craft beer and wine, fine art and crafts, and family activities to Belleview Station during its Thursday market. The festival runs from 3 to 7:30 p.m.; get all the details at foodiesoutdoormarkets.com

Keep reading for more food events on Friday.

Friday, July 8 

New Belgium Brewing’s seventh annual Clips Beer & Film Tour will roll into Boulder today. The free event features short films and a selection of hard-to-come-by small-batch beers; 100 percent of the proceeds from beer sales will go to Community Cycles. Beers are $1.50 for a three-ounce sample, or $6 for twelve ounces. The event kicks off at Valmont Disc Golf Park in Longmont at 7:30 p.m.; films start at 9:30 p.m. Find more information, including a complete list of beers, at newbelgium.com

Earlier this month, Lone Tree Brewing Company and Odell Brewing Co. collaborated on an American IPA brewed to support CancerBlows, an organization that supports the Ryan Anthony Foundation. The beer will be available today during the Brews 4 CancerBlows, a five-course beer-pairing dinner at Lone Tree Brewing Company.  Tickets are $65 and can be purchased at Lone Tree Brewing Company or online here; more than half of the ticket proceeds will benefit CancerBlows. The beer will also be on draft at the brewery tomorrow, when $1 from each beer sold will be donated to the charity. 

At today's Movie and a Martini, the Wildlife Experience at CU South Denver will show Ridley Scott's 1979 genre-bending classic Alien. For $28, you'll get two drinks, hors d’oeuvres, popcorn, access to the museum exhibits and the feature presentation. There will also be trivia and prizes before the movie, so come early; the fun starts at 5:30 p.m. Find more information here.  

Bruz Beers is celebrating its grand-opening weekend with three days of seasonal and specialty beers, food trucks, live music, entertainment, giveaways, prizes and even kids' activities. The party runs from 4 to 8 p.m. today, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Visit bruzbeers.com for more information. 

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.

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