Colorado Wine Week will be pouring out events in metro Denver, with a wine cocktail competition at Green Russell on June 4, the Governors Cup Wine Mixer on June 6 and the Colorado Urban Winefest on June 7. And as part of Sips and Snacks presented by the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, dozens of restaurants along the Front Range will offer unique Colorado wine and small plate pairings for $20 or less this week. For a complete list of events, click here. And keep reading for a taste of what else is on the culinary calendar. See also: Ten tasty culinary events in Colorado in June
Monday, June 2
The second annual Moovers and Shakers cocktail competition will take place at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, which it also benefits. Mixologists from Basta, Frasca, Mateo, Oak at Fourteenth, Salt and Zolo Grill will compete to make a new cocktail featuring Boulder-based Suerte Tequila. The festivities get shaking at 5:30 p.m. and include a silent auction and the chance to sample all the cocktails up for judging. Tickets are $55 in advance, $60 at the door; pick up yours here.
Lower48 Kitchen invites you to join Charles LeCleaf of Het Anker Brewery, one of Belgium's oldest and most prestigious breweries, and chef Alex Figura at a four-course beer dinner at 6:30 tonight. Tickets are $48; call 303-942-0262.
Tuesday, June 3
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House in Denver, McDonald's will be selling 35 cent ice cream cones all day today at participating locations. All proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver. And if you happen to be near Water World, Denver Bronco Danny Trevathan will be serving ice cream cones alongside Water World Lifeguards at the McDonald's near the park at at 780 West 84th Avenue in Westminster.
The Cheeky Monk will be holding a beer and food pairing event starting at 5 p.m. featuring beers from Het Anker and Croquettes and mussels from the Cheeky Monk. Charles LeCleaf of Het Anker Brewery will be on hand, and admission is $30. You can read more here.
Wednesday, June 4
All three Denver Patxi's locations -- 17th, Steele and University -- will be serving complimentary cake and a toast to guests to honor the restaurant group's tenth birthday from 3 to 4 p.m. today. There will also be deals and special events all day. For more information, visit patxispizza.com.
The Rio Grande Restaurant is hosting a Maestro Dobel Tequila tasting event from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at its outdoor extension, Black Crow. For only $15, guests can taste this limited edition tequila and get a sampling of Black Crow's array of appetizers, including lamb sliders, trout corn dogs, sopes, ceviche and pork skewers. Space is very limited; save your seat by calling 303-623-5432.
Thursday, June 5
The third annual Bison & Beer dinner at Kachina Southwestern Grill will feature bison from Prairie Ridge Buffalo Ranch and beer from Left Hand Brewing Company. The night kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception with the ranchers and brewers, followed by a four-course dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45; visit www.kachinagrill.com.
Friday, June 6
LaMar's Doughnuts and the Salvation Army are teaming up to take a bite out of child hunger on National Doughnut Day, when LaMar's will be giving out free doughnuts and asking for donations for the Salvation Army. Learn more about National Doughnut Day here.
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 email@example.com.
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