Colorado Craft Beer Week gets brewing this weekend, bringing with it a whole barrel of events for the next seven days. But in addition to drinking beer, you can also cook up a great date night, support Denver pets while wolfing down chili, and enjoy more of this town's great restaurants. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.
Friday, March 20
The Boulder County Aids Project will be holding a spring open house from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the BCAP House. Wine and appetizers will be served and there will be tours, a scavenger hunt and a ceremony dedicating the Boulder Food Pantry to Jack Hodges, a supporter of BCAP’s food pantry program and a long-time member of the Interfaith AIDS Coalition. For more information or to RSVP for the event, click here.
Spice up your love life with an evening that’s guaranteed to stir up more than just delicious dishes. Cook Street School of Culinary Arts will be offering a Date Night class tonight from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The evening will be full of food, romance wine and cocktails, all for $99. You can register for the class and learn more at cookstreet.com.
Saturday, March 21
Breweries all across Colorado will be teaming up for the greater good — good beer ,that is. Collaboration Fest will take place today at Sport's Authority Field from 3 to 7 p.m. For this friendly beer festival—the kickoff for Colorado Craft Beer Week —each beer featured will be created by at least one member of the Colorado Brewers Guild in collaboration with breweries from home and abroad. Collaboration Fest is entering its second year in 2015. Last year the festival boasted over fifty collaborative beer projects with contributors from as far away as Sweden brewing limited edition, exclusive brews. The second annual Collaboration Fest seeks to expand not only in size, but number of beer projects and types of collaborations. Tickets range from $50 to $75 and are currently sold out; find out more here.
Sunday, March 22
MaxFund's 21st Annual Chili Cook-Off will take place today at the Celtic Tavern, starting at 1 p.m. Patrons and participants will take part in the chili tasting and judging process, followed by the chili winners reveal at 4 p.m. Chili categories are Red, Green, White, Vegetarian and Celebrity Chef – a category created for local restaurants and chefs interested in entering their own recipes. The cook-off benefits the Maxfund Animal Adoption Center, Denver’s no-kill shelter. Tickets are $15 at the door or $30 to register your own chili. Click here for registration, tickets and more information.
Today the ViewHouse in Centennial is holding a viewing party for Brainstormers, a TV series that follows three Colorado-based weather hackers on a quest to build inventions that harness weather power for everyday use. The forecast for the evening is Dark and Stormy; the rum cocktail will be the special for the evening for just $8. The party, which starts at 7 p.m., will feature Ryan Parker, one of the stars of the show, who will be on hand to answer your questions. For more information visit viewhouse.com.
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings — and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to email@example.com.
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