The Ten Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar, August 22-26

Monday, August 22 

Fire pits, s’mores, beer: just what Shakespeare had in mind? Boulder’s redoubtable Band of Toughs thinks so, and "Under the Stars With Brews and the Bard," its adaptation of As You Like It,  is being staged outside as a kind of primitive rager...complete with beer. The show goes on at 7:30 p.m. tonight outside the Highland City Club and repeats later this week. Get details at

Tuesday, August 23

Root Down is hosting an outdoor wine dinner at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The four-course tasting menu will be paired with organic and sustainable rosé sourced from around the world. Dinner is $80 per person; reserve your spot at 303-993-4200. 
Wednesday August 24 

Catch five food and hospitality entrepreneurs in the act as they pitch their new ideas during the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center’s "Trout Tank: Food Frenzy." The contenders are Christopher Felinger, CLYDE, an all-day eatery with a comprehensive wine program of 500 selections; Kristen Carman, Etalia Foods, the first rising-dough™ gluten-­free pizza; Patrick Creager, Backyard Soda Company, all-natural simple syrups for crafting sodas, cocktails and more; Ryan Keuter, Sunshine Bowls, a food truck serving Acai and Pitaya Bowls that are gluten-free, paleo and vegan/vegetarian; and Ty Soukup, Paleo Meals to Go, a woman-owned venture that provides paleo freeze-dried meals. The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, 1445 Market Street; tickets are $20 and available here

The Post Brewing Company is going big for Jack's Benevolent Backyard Bash today. The party will feature Post chefs cooking a six-course menu alongside chefs Hosea Rosenberg, Ian Clark and Kevin Grossi. And it's all for a great cause: The event benefits the Autism Society of Boulder County and the Jack Ferrigno Send a Kid to Camp Grant. Tickets for Jack's bash are $100; grab yours and get all the details here

TEDxRiNo will host its second annual program, Origins, beginning at 5 p.m. today at EXDO Event Center. The speakers include Beverly Grant, Founder of Mo’ Betta Greens Marketplace & Seeds of Power Unity Farm, who will be speaking about food policy and broadening food access and nutrition literacy. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here. If you can't make the actual event, there will be a free watch party at the Summit Church. 

Firenze a Tavoli at Parisi hosts Ferragosto and an Italian Summer, a multi-course, family-style meal starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35; call 303-561-0234 or go to

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