As August rolls around, get ready to try a ton of tequilas and celebrate Colorado Day (August 1) with two local whiskey companies. We're also excited to check out the refurbished Palace Arms restaurant in the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa and to eat all the roasted meats in Aspen at Heritage Fire. There are some special dinners coming up this week with limited space remaining, so check the details and make reservations accordingly. And if you're not a great planner, just show up for trivia, Asian street food nibbles and refreshing cocktails at Ginger Pig.
Wednesday, July 28
Head to the mountains for Top Chef magic
7908 Aspen, 415 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen
Chef Byron Gomez is hosting a special multi-course feast tonight in Aspen featuring master sommelier Jonathan Pullis and race car driver turned winemaker Randy Lewis from Napa Valley's Lewis Cellars. Pullis and Lewis will present the accompanying wines, which are included (along with tax and gratuity) with the $325 meal. The dinner starts at 7 p.m., and reservations are recommended.
Make a reservation: Via SEVENROOMS
Thursday, July 29
Enjoy a wine dinner at the Brown Palace
Palace Arms in the Brown Palace, 321 17th Street
Check out the newly refurbished Palace Arms restaurant at this storied hotel during a special wine dinner featuring the California winery Duckhorn Portfolio. At 6 p.m., join executive chef Kim Moyle for a four-course meal featuring chilled melon soup with king crab and Royal Ossetra caviar, ribeye, grilled oysters with smoked butter, and dark-chocolate crème brûlée. All courses are paired with a wine.
Tickets start at $320 for a table for two: Purchase here
Friday, July 30
Celebrate Colorado Day with art and a Colorado whiskey
State 38 Distillery, 400 Corporate Circle, Suite B, Golden
Pick up a special Colorado Day bottle of whiskey from this Golden distillery. The label was designed by local artist Jesse Crock, and the booze inside is made with local grains and Rocky Mountain water. The artist will be signing bottles and limited-edition prints at the distillery from 4 to 6 p.m., though the whiskey can be purchased at other times from the distillery as well.
Visit the distillery to get a bottle: state38.com
Saturday, July 31
Go whole hog (and cow and chicken and fish) at Heritage Fire
Snowmass Base Village, 84 Carriage Way, Snowmass Village
Cochon555's Heritage Fire returns to the mountain with an evening of everything from fish to fowl to bovine to Berkshires being cooked over open-air fires along with free-flowing wine, beer and cocktails. Tier one tickets have sold out, but tier two tickets are available through July 15 for $110 for general admission and $175 for VIP early entry.
For more info: Visit the event website
Taste all the tequilas
Blake Street Tavern, 2301 Blake Street
Meet all your tequila needs at the Denver Summer Tequila Tasting Festival from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Tickets start at $45 and include dozens of tequila and agave liquors by brands such as Código 1530, 1800 Tequila, Mezcal Vago and more.
Get tickets: Via Eventbrite
Sunday, August 1
Colorado Day bash with whiskey
Stranahan's, 200 South Kalamath Street
Celebrate Colorado at the state's first distillery to open since Prohibition. From 12 to 8 p.m., Stranahan's is hosting free distillery tours, live music, surprise giveaways and, of course, whiskey. There will also be food trucks parked around the parking lot, including El Taco Bron from 12 to 4 p.m. and Biker Jim's for the remainder of the party. Get a taste of the state in liquid form while partying the day away.
Book a tour and see the lineup here: Stranahan’s Colorado Day Bash
Monday, August 2
Enjoy a dinner from famed chef Marc Vetri
Tavernetta, 1889 16th Street
The chef behind Philadelphia's Vetri Cucina will be in Denver for one night only, serving up a special four-course menu in collaboration with the Tavernetta team, and there are (literally) just a handful of tickets left. Score seats for $150 per person.
For reservations: Book on Tock
Tuesday, August 3
Heat things up with spicy Asian food and trivia
Ginger Pig, 4262 Lowell Boulevard
What goes great with Asian street food and kaffir lime margaritas? If you guessed trivia night, then give yourself a point. The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. and is run by Trivia Lab. Can't make it this week? The restaurant hosts this event every Tuesday night.
See the menu: gingerpig.com
Keep reading for future food and drink events.
Thursday, August 5
Go to war for your faves at the Denver Burger Battle
Tivoli Quad, 1000 Larimer Street
The Cherry Cricket is returning to defend its 2019 Judge's Choice title, as well as past winners Stanley Beer Hall (2018 and 2017), Stoic & Genuine (2016) and eight more contenders hungry for glory and ground beef. See if your tastes line up with those of Westword Food & Drink editor Molly Martin, who will be there as a judge. Tickets, $79 to $144, include bottomless burgers and booze. GA entry begins at 6:30 p.m.
For details and tickets: Take a look at the Denver Burger Battle website.
Dinner al fresco in the garden
Uchi, 2500 Lawrence Street
The next Garden Series with cookbook author and chef Joshua Weissman will take place outside in the Altius Farms garden. Each limited ticket runs $150 (includes tax and gratuity) and features a ten-course tasting menu prepared by Weissman with the Uchi team; dinner commences at 7 p.m. This dinner is one of the last in the series.
Buy tickets here: Via Eventbrite.
Friday, August 6
Garden of gastronomic delights
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street
What better excuse to wander the Denver Botanic Gardens than a combination of 22 acres of greenery, 35 restaurants, 45 musicians, 30 artists and 10,000 pounds of ice? The goal of Sabor 2021 is to bring awareness to Hispanic businesses in and around the city. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m.; advance ticket purchase is recommended.
Tickets start at $150 for general admission: Buy here
Wednesday, August 11
Food, wine and fun in Cherry Creek
It's time to head to southeast Denver and enjoy four days of food and fun during Cherry Creek North Food & Wine. From August 11 to 14, indulge in drinks by the pool, wine pairings, oyster-shucking classes, tasting tents and more. Tickets vary depending on days and events, so check the website for more information. As a bonus, ticket sales go to help support the nonprofit Food for Thought.
See event schedule and purchase tickets: Cherry Creek North Food & Wine
Special dinner with a Latino twist
Toro, 150 Clayton Lane
Kick off Cherry Creek North Food & Wine (August 11-14) with this special dinner at chef Richard Sandoval's Toro. Join executive chef Oscar Padilla for a night of contemporary Latin cuisine and wine pairings, starting at 6:30 p.m. The multi-course meal is $240, which includes the wine.
Purchase tickets: Cherry Creek North Food & Wine
Saturday, August 14
Wine, blues, food and fun
Balistreri Vineyards, 1946 East 66th Avenue
It's time for KUVO's sixteenth annual Live at the Vineyards event, sponsored by natural-wine producer Balistreri Vineyards. Expect to hear a lot of great live blues, sip local wine and indulge in gourmet bites. General admission is $80 until August 1, when it goes up to $100.
Tickets are limited: Reserve yours now
Saturday, September 25
Taste rare whiskeys at the annual Cask Thief celebration
Stranahan's, 200 South Kalamath Street
This event always sells out quickly, so plan ahead. Expect rare whiskey tastings and exclusive access to full bottles from six barrels. There will also be live music and a catered barbecue meal.
Tickets are on sale now: Reserve them ASAP
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