A swell of Denver's top kitchen masters are playing with fire tonight at Elway's Cherry Creek, 2500 East First Avenue, the stamping ground for the second annual Hot Rocks Griller Challenge, a blowout bash and smokin' chef competition that benefits men's programs through the Denver Health Foundation.
Twelve of Denver's star chefs -- including Robert Bogart (Elway's Downtown), Michael Bortz (City Bakery), Jamey Fader (Lola and Big Red F Restaurant Group), Troy Guard (TAG), Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja and the upcoming Euclid Hall), Brian Laird (Barolo Grill), Matt Selby and Brandon Biederman (Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's), Goose Sorensen (Solera), Tyler Wiard (Elway's) and Sean Yontz (Tambien, Sketch and the upcoming El Diablo) - are participating in the spirited battle, which is all about sliders, side dishes and voting for your favorite dish. And If this year's challenge is anything like last year's, the chefs will also resort to friendly sabotage and sneaky shenanigans in order to get your vote.
Tonight also kicks off Elway's summer concert series with Chris Daniels and the Kings. The event catches fire at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $75 per person; VIP tickets go for $100 each. To purchase your hot seat, go to www.denverhealthfoundation.org or call 303-602-2978.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.