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Twenty Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar, July 18-21

This week you can celebrate two of life's purest joys — food and music — at two musically inspired events. You can also sip and snack your way through wine and beer dinners, celebrate a couple of anniversaries and an opening, and much more. Keep reading for all the tasty details on Denver's twenty best culinary events. 

Monday, July 18

Beast + Bottle will pay homage to the Beastie Boys during the restaurant's Musical Chairs Dinner tonight. The four-course dinner will feature dishes named after, and based on, tracks off the debut studio album by the Beastie Boys: Licensed to Ill. The dinner is $55; call the restaurant at 303-623-3223.

Coohills is holding a six-course wine dinner with the “Godfather of Zinfandel,” Joel Peterson of Ravenswood Vineyards, at 6:30 p.m. today. The dinner is $95; call Coohill's at 303-623-5700.

Frasca Food and Wine will pour an all-burgundy flight for the restaurant's Monday Night Wine Dinner Series tonight. The Monday night dinners are $50 for four courses, not including optional wine pairings. Call Frasca at 303-442-6966 to make your reservations. 

Vesta Dipping Grill is celebrating nineteen years of business by offering specially priced entrees and bottles of wine at the restaurant today through Thursday, July 21. Drop the code words "Secret Sauce" and you can enjoy any of Vesta’s entrees (with the exception of the ten-ounce beef tenderloin option) for an anniversary price of $19. Bottles of Vesta Red and Vesta White will also be available for $19. Call Vesta at 303-296-1970 for reservations and more information.  

Tuesday, July 19 

The Colorado Restaurant Association and the Denver Film Society present the third installment of Culinary Cinema: Mussels in Love, at 6 p.m. tonight at the Sie FilmCenter. You can start the evening with complimentary cocktails along with an amuse-bouche from New World Cheese. The film Mussels in Love will begin at 7:15 p.m.; following the screening, there will be a Mussel Showdown between Three Tomatoes Catering, Relish Catering, Bistro Vendome and Oceanaire. Tickets are $50, or $40 for Denver Film Society members; grab yours and learn more at  

History Buffs and Brews will bring happy hour and history together at History Colorado every Tuesday. During the weekly series, History Colorado, Great Divide Brewing Company and the Rendezvous Cafe will offer $3 beer specials, tasty appetizers and a full bar, as well as the opportunity to engage with Colorado history and the museum’s collection. This week you can enjoy live music from 4 to 7 p.m.; head to for more information. 

HuHot Mongolian Grill is opening its seventh Colorado location today, at 8336 Northfield Boulevard. To celebrate, the all-you-can-eat Mongolian grill will be offering a free grill meal and will donate a portion of the proceeds from all drinks, appetizers and desserts to The Home Front Cares. The deal is available today and tomorrow only; for more information, visit  

Learn how to turn food from your garden into a gourmet meal during Stir Cooking School's "Cooking Dinner From Your Garden" workshop at 6:30 p.m. today. Tuition for the class is $75; register and learn more at

Crooked Stave and Root Down are teaming up for a barrel-aged beer dinner at 7 p.m. at Root Down.  The four-course dinner will be complemented by barrel-aged pairings from Crooked Stave. Seats are $75; reserve yours by calling 303-993-4200.

Angelo's Taverna will host the second annual Titanium Chef Throwdown at 6:30 p.m. today on the restaurant's back patio. Two teams of chefs will battle it out in an all-out grill war, in which every dish will have a component that is grilled. Tickets to the Iron Chef-style throwdown are $75; call 303-744-3366, to reserve your seats. 

The Post is launching a nine-week beer-pong league, with games at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night. Each week’s winners will be invited back for a ninth-week championship and the chance to win a keg of Post beer for your own party. For more information, contact the Post at 303-593-2066. 

Indulge your sweet tooth at Sugarmill's Chocolate and Cheese Night. You can enjoy sweet and savory bites, as well as live music on the patio, for $45 or $60 with a bottomless beverage option. There will be two seatings: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. Call 303-297-3540 for more information.     

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