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Ten Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar, May 20-22

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Whiskey Throwdown & Doughnut Showdown will showcase two of everyone's favorite vices at Cluster Studios today. The event will feature a doughnut-hole-eating competition, samples from some of the best distilleries and doughnut dispensaries around, and even gluten-free and vegan options. Ten lucky guests will also win free doughnuts for life! There will be two sessions: one from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and one from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person; purchase them here.  

Dumpster Dinner and Dumpster Dance challenges some of Denver's top chefs to create a gourmet meal from wasted food. The event will kick off at 5 p.m. tonight with an Iron Chef-style culinary battle featuring four local chefs working to create masterpieces from unwanted produce. At 7 p.m., get on your feet for a dance complete with buffet, locally crafted drinks, live music from Rob Drabkin and AMZY, and entertainment by acrobatic bartenders and fire spinners. Tickets to both the Dumpster Dinner and Dance are $175, or you can attend just the dance for $50; buy yours at The event, which takes place at Overland Crossing, 2205 South Delaware Street, will benefit We Don’t Waste, a nonprofit that collects unused food from venues, caterers, restaurants and other food purveyors and distributes the food to Denver’s underserved populations. 

Food-activist organization March Against Monsanto will lead thousands of activists around the world in a “March Against Monsanto” today. Here in Denver, you can join the march starting at 11 a.m. at the Colorado State Capitol Building. There will be speakers, music, educational activities, kids' activities, face painting, a march down the 16th Street Mall, vendor booths and more. For details, visit  

Sunday, May 22 

Root PR has teamed up with international food and travel photojournalist Ron Stern of the Global Gumshoe  to host two food and beverage photography workshops; the first will be held today at Zeal. From 3 to 5 p.m., Stern will teach you all about photographing food and drinks with your smartphone, including camera basics, lighting fundamentals, composition, subject matter and styling. The class is $40 and includes food and drinks to both shoot and enjoy. Call Root's Kuvy Ax at 720-329-7327 or e-mail [email protected], to reserve your spot. 

KOSI 101.1 presents classic films and tasty brunch offerings twice a month at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Today the theater will be screening Casablanca at 11 a.m. Tickets are $40 and include brunch, a cocktail and exclusive shopping deals at Aspen Grove. Get tickets at
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 [email protected]
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