The Eleven Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar, November 14-18

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Pancakes! Scotch! Art! Cigars! Wine! Until some genius is able to combine these wonderful things into one event, you'll have to make a few stops around Denver this week to take it all in. You can brush up on your French wine (and your French), gobble pancakes and gab with local artists, or drink a holiday brew for a good cause. Just take a look at the eleven tastiest events happening this week:

Monday, November 14

Artists Chip Litherland and Peter Lockley, as LOCK + LAND, use photography to visualize the process of craft brewing in an art project titled Beer: Deconstructed. Tonight's closing reception at Epic Brewing's taproom brings together the artists and the breweries that loaned their beers and ingredients to the exhibit for a party that includes food trucks, games and plenty of Epic beers, as well as a conversation about the nature of making innovative beers. The event starts at 6 p.m.; you can check out Beer: Deconstructed" beforehand at LOCK + LAND's site.

A Frasca favorite, California winemaker Jamey Whetstone, returns for a Monday night wine dinner where he'll pour his Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah alongside Frasca's tasting menu. Dinner is $50 for a prix fixe, four-course meal, with optional wine pairings ranging from $40 to $50; reserve a seat by calling 303-442-6966.

First Bite Boulder, Boulder County's restaurant week, continues until November 19, with special prix fixe menus at more than fifty local restaurants, from iconic eateries to new favorites, stretching from the Pearl Street Mall to Lyons. The three-course offerings run $29, with beverage pairings extra; see firstbiteboulder.com for participating restaurants and menus.

Tuesday, November 15

Barbecue master and community leader "Daddy" Bruce Randolph was a Denver icon, beloved for his ribs and his mission to feed the hungry. At 5:30 p.m. tonight you can learn about the man and help continue his work when the new documentary Keep a Light in Your Window premieres at the Exdo Event Center. Tickets are $12, and Reverend Ronald Wooding, the film's producer, and director Elgin Cahill also encourage you to donate to the Annual Daddy Bruce Thanksgiving Food Distribution program on November 19. Contact Wooding at rwooding1@yahoo.com for more info.

Wednesday, November 16

Tonight the Rock Bottom Brewery location on the 16th Street Mall will tap its new holiday brew, Wicked Elf Ale, at a fundraiser for the American Childhood Cancer Organization. Rock Bottom locations along the Front Range will continue to raise money for kids dealing with cancer through the end of the year; find a spot near you at the Rock Bottom website.

Keep reading for more events happening this week.

Thursday, November 17

The fifth annual Chef and Brew beer and food festival comes to the Exdo Event Center, with more than twenty food-and-beer pairings from top Colorado chefs and breweries. The event is judged, and the winning beers, dishes and pairings will be announced at the end of the night. Cast your vote for the people's choice awards in each category; tickets (available on the festival's website) are $49 for general admission or $69 for VIP, which includes early admission and a Belgian-style beer glass. Chef and Brew starts at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. for VIP). Come hungry and thirsty, as each chef prepares two dishes to be paired with two beers from each brewery. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Project Angel Heart.

Rejoice, Francophiles, as Beaujolais Nouveau wine comes to Colorado once again. The annual Beaujolais Festival is hosted at the McNichols Building and brings French and American business leaders and food and wine lovers together in the spirit of Franco-American cooperation and good taste. Imagination Circus Arts will debut a new performance and local restaurants will be serving hors d'oeuvre. Tickets are $30 or $20 for members of the Rocky Mountain French-American Chamber of Commerce or Alliance Francaise, and proceeds go to support the RMFACC; get your tickets on the event page.

Interstate Kitchen and Bar chef Samir Aniba and Front Forty Foods present a four-course pop-up dinner with special drink pairings. Enjoy smoked sturgeon, gold potato rösti, horseradish yogurt and dill emulsion, followed by espresso-braised Berkshire pork cheek, a secret dessert and more. The $70 dinner starts at 6 p.m. and includes drinks; make a reservation by calling 720-479-8829.
Friday, November 18

Anthony Bourdain returns to Denver tonight, when his "The Hunger" tour comes to the Bellco Theater at 8 p.m. Get tickets, $60 to $330, here.

For some, pancakes, alcohol and body painting is just a Friday breakfast. For the rest of us, there's the Pancakes and Booze Art Show, returning to City Hall tonight. The nationwide pop-up event is a tipsy, DIY-style festival of underground art and music, fueled by free pancakes. Take in the works of over 100 artists from Denver and beyond, plus live music, multimedia installations and body-painting demos. The party starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m., and just $5 at the door gets you in.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse in Greenwood Village knows how to appreciate the finer things in life, and it's celebrating the season with a Macallan Holiday Cigar Dinner tonight. Tuck in to a three-course dinner with Macallan Scotch pairings and a pair of cigars to enjoy — and, yes, you can expect a nice steak. The cost is $150 per person with Scotch included; call Del's at 303-796-0100 to snag your reservation.

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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