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Win free tix for two to FIVE's Hawaiian Luau with Brian Laird, Matt Selby and more (Winner Update)


We have a winner of our FIVE Hawaiian Luau contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to answer this question: How many total events have the FIVE participated in -- in Colorado and New York -- since its inception in 2008? Congrats to Bails, who guessed 46; the actual number is 47. Bails, we'll send you an e-mail with info about how to claim your prize.

Original post: In September, five Denver chefs -- Matt Selby (Corner House), Jorel Pierce (Euclid Hall), Ian Kleinman (The Inventing Room), Sean Yontz (formerly of El Diablo) and Brian Laird (Sarto's) -- will head to New York to cook at the James Beard House, a yearly jaunt that's part of the culinary travels of the FIVE, a collection of local kitchen stars that came to fruition in 2008, when restaurateur -- now PR pro -- Leigh Sullivan formed the group to strut Denver's food scene. But before the chefs, along with FIVE's other members, including mixologist Jonathan Greschler (Coohills), jet off to the Big Apple, they'll host a Hawaiian luau in Denver -- and one Cafe Society reader and a guest will get to go for free.

See also: - Exclusive: Leigh Sullivan announces the new troop of Denver FIVE chefs - Restaurateur Leigh Sullivan on the making, evolution and success of the FIVE - The FIVE bring their Mile High culinary magic to the James Beard House in New York

The reception-style Hawaiian feast (pig-intensive, of course) takes place at the former District Meats (1625 Wazee Street), and starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 21. And along with dishes from each chef, there will be wines and a slew of cocktails -- daiquiris, mai tais and slings -- from Greschler, Brian Smith and Travis Plakke.

But in order to drink and eat for free, you'll need to answer this question: How many total events have the FIVE done -- in Colorado and New York -- since its inception in 2008?

The person who comes the closest to the actual number without going over, will win. To enter, please submit your best guess, your name and a valid e-mail address (if you're already registered with MyVoiceNation, then we have your e-mail; if you're not, then we don't, and without an e-mail address, you can't win) in the comments section below.

We'll announce the winner by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 19.

If you want to buy a seat, they're $45 each, exclusive of tax and gratuity and still available by going to

And to whet your appetite, here's what the chefs will be serving:

Laird: Kalua pig Kleinman: Berbere-seared Spam, taro cake and dragon fruit chutney Yontz: Portuguese sausage and rock shrimp stir-fried rice with bok choy, Sochu and caramelized pineapple Selby: Tuna and avocado poke bowl with sushi rice, chiles and ginger Pierce: Tasman salmon lomi lomi, escolar lomi lomi and heirloom tomato lomi

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Lori Midson
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