Whiskey and Doughnuts: The Ten Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

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Doughnuts, golf, whiskey, beer and picnics: If that's not the makings of a great weekend, then we don't know what is. The culinary calendar is chock full of tasty events, including version 2.0 of Whiskey Throwdown, Doughnut Showdown, the first-ever Oskar Blues golf tournament, the kick-off to a summer picnic series and much more. Sink your teeth into these ten events:

Friday, May 15 

If doughnuts and whiskey aren't a match made in heaven, we'd rather be in hell. Today from 6 to 9 p.m., you can kick the weekend off right at Whiskey Throwdown, Doughnut Showdown 2.0, at Thrive Ballpark, 1415 Park Ave West. The event will bring together Lamar's Donuts, Glazed and Confuzed, VooDoo Donuts, Breckenridge Bourbon, Stranahan's, Deerhammer and more. Tickets are $35, but if you register at Twonoo.com, you can get a code for $10 off. At the door, tickets will be $50 — if any are still available. For all the gooey details, click here.

Oskar Blues presents the first annual Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation's Grip, Sip, Give Classic at Twin Peaks Golf Course in Longmont today. The golf tournament is open to golfers of all skill levels and will feature a longest drive contest, a closest to the pinner challenge and the longest marshmallow drive. Registration is $100 per golfer and includes greens fees, cart, swag bag, raffle ticket, breakfast by Cylhops Bike CAN-tina and dinner by Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids. Tee-off will get a shot-gun start at 9 a.m. You can register and learn more here; all proceeds from the tournament will benefit the CAN'd Aid Foundation.

In preparation for the series finale of Mad Men on May 17, the bartenders at Hyatt Regency Denver's 27th floor Peaks Lounge are serving up five classic cocktails for just $5 each today and tomorrow. The $5 menu features drinks Don Draper would be proud of, including an Old Fashioned, Vodka Gimlet, Dry Martini, Bloody Mary and French 75. 

EDGE Restaurant is hosting The Art of Being Light, A Goldyn Fashion Luncheon, today starting at noon. The luncheon will showcase a modeling presentation featuring Goldyn's Spring 2015 collections, alongside four courses. Reservations are $22 per person and can be made by calling 303-389-3050. 

Saturday, May 16  

Upslope Brewing is getting in the American Craft Beer Week spirit by throwing its second annual Upslope Get Down from 1 to 11 p.m. today. The party promises to be one hell of a shindig, with eight bands, food trucks and plenty of beer to go around. Admission to the event is free but if you want to avoid the lines and $5 beer tickets, you can opt for the $55 VIP package that include a refillable souvenir pint glass, access to the rare beers, and Illegal Pete’s catering all day.  For more information, visit upslopebrewing.com.

Settembre Cellars will be pouring wine in the right direction for the Chardonnay Vertical Tasting today from 1 to 6 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to taste six Chardonnays from five vintages for $20. For more details, click here

The Seasoned Chef Cooking School is taking to the sea for its Catch of the Day: Fresh Fish course today from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. During this course you will learn to sauté, roast, and grill seafood while you cook up tilapia, scallops, mahi mahi and more. Tuition is $75 per student; register here.

Argyll Whisky Beer is holding an International Whiskey Tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. today. The event will feature nine samples of premium whiskeys from around the globe and small bites for $55 per person. Tickets are limited, so grab yours now here.

Summer is a great time for picnics and they just got easier: You don't even need to pack the basket. The “Choose Colorado Pop-up Picnics” – a summer-long series of farm-fresh, modern picnics celebrating locally-grown produce – will pop up at Thortonfest today, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carpenter Park Fields. For more information on Choose Colorado Pop-ups click here, and for more on Thortonfest go to cityofthorton.net.

Sunday, May 17   

Rock the Food Co-op II: Bluegrass & Brews Edition,  the Northeast Community Co-op Market's second annual member-raising event, will take place at Stapleton’s Conservatory Green from 3 to 7 p.m. today. The event will feature food trucks, a beer and wine garden, live bluegrass music, lawn games, and a host of vendors specializing in locally produced food and beverages. Proceeds will help drive the co-op's vision of opening a community-owned grocery store in the northeast Denver area. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.   

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 cafe@westword.com.

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