The Eight Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar, March 3-5

CINEChef is the tastiest part of the annual Boulder International Film Festival.
CINEChef is the tastiest part of the annual Boulder International Film Festival. Westword

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click to enlarge Get  your geek on on Wynkoop's Day of Dorks beer fest. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Get your geek on on Wynkoop's Day of Dorks beer fest.
Danielle Lirette
Saturday, March 4
Join the Nourish Community Market at the Park Hill Library, 4705 Montview Boulevard, for a glimpse into a little-known area of American food history: the food co-op. The documentary film Food for Change traces the emergence of member-owned food-distribution centers during the Great Depression, their resurgence during the 1960s, and the present-day efforts of producers and consumers to gain control of local food economies. Food for Change will screen at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion on co-ops in the Denver area, with representatives from Nourish, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and Greater Park Hill Community Inc. on hand. See the event's Facebook page for additional details.

Zach's Chili Challenge brings great chefs together for a great cause. From 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, nosh on chili, sip spirits and chug beer while benefiting childhood cancer research. Chili from local restaurants will be paired with a craft beer or spirit and will vie for top honors based on your votes; the event also features prize drawings and DJs.  Find out more about the beneficiary, the Morgan Adams Foundation, on the organization's website, and nab tickets here. General admission is $50; VIP will set you back $100 but includes early entry at 5 p.m.

If you’ve ever been called a beer nerd, we’ve got just the event for you. From noon to 4 p.m., Wynkoop Brewing, 1634 18th Street, is throwing its first-ever Day of the Dorks beer festival, where the brewery says it will pour “the geekiest and most whitewhaley craft brew in all the land.” Sip special suds from more than thirty regional breweries while taking tasting notes and ranking your favorites. Nerd attire is encouraged, and the Wynkoop also encourages you to bring new pens, pencils, notebooks and other school supplies, which the brewery will donate to local elementary schools. The $25 ticket (or two for $40, as if you could land a date) includes unlimited samples, a commemorative glass and beer-friendly snacks. Get yours at
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Sunday, March 5
The Mile High Swappers want you to join them on Sunday — but, no, not for that kind of swap. The group of cooks and gardeners is hosting a homemade food swap at Isabelle Farm Barn, 1640 West Baseline Road in Lafayette from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.  Bring at least five portions of your homemade specialty  — whether it's cake or cookies, jam or jelly, home brew or hummus— to trade with others. The barter system is strictly enforced, so don't expect to be able to purchase goodies at this get-together. See the Swappers' Facebook page for more information; while the event is free, registration is required.

There's plenty of info online about how to infuse your bud into your biscuits, but if you want to incorporate marijuana into your cooking and actually end up with a palatable product, consider the Introductory Cooking With Cannabis class taught by Torrin Panico, a professional chef and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. From noon to 2:20 today, learn about infusion methods and dosing in an industrial kitchen space at Colorado Cannabis Tours, 2087 South Grant Street. Enjoy your creations during class (but good luck taking notes). Tickets, $79, are available at

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