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12 Don’t-Miss Parties to Book Now: From Burning Can to Wings & Whiskey

By Ruth Tobias
May 1, 2014

The following May and June fun fests either are likely to sell out or are offering deals to advance placeholders; here’s your chance to jump into summer with both feet. (And for earlier-posted events, check here as tickets may still be available). 

May 12

Bites & Brews at ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
At his LoDo destination, chef Lon Symensma will pair six small plates with six Great Divide beers to help local author Emily Hutto celebrate the publication of Colorado’s Top Brewers (5-9 PM; $40 per person in advance, $60 with a copy of the book, $44 at the door). 1555 Blake St.; 303-3553-5223

May 13

Spire Collection Wine Dinner at Flagstaff House
Master sommelier John Blazon joins chef Mark Monette at this Boulder dining destination for a four-course feast of braised goat with spring greens, roasted squab with chanterelles, noodle-wrapped taleggio and more. It's all paired with six special wines, including 2001 Verité La Joie and 2004 Lassegue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. Seating is limited, so act fast (6 PM; $165 per person). 1138 Flagstaff Rd., 
Boulder; 
303-442-4640

May 15

TAG Turns 5
Troy Guard is bringing in a slew of heavy hitters to help him celebrate the birthday of his Larimer Square flagship with a cocktail and small-plates reception, including Jennifer Jasinski, Jamey Fader, Bryan Dayton and Alex Seidel. (Get the full list here.) Partial proceeds go to The Bulldog Club of American Rescue Network. (5:30-8:30 PM; $65 per person). 1441 Larimer St.; 303-996-9985

May 19

T&A Dinner with the Chefs of FIVE
The women of Denver FIVE are at it again. This time they join host member Elise Wiggins at Panzano for a passed-appetizer reception and five-course meal of Vietnamese frog’s legs, rabbit-mousse crostini, scallop-panzanella kebabs and more (6 PM; $75 per person. Tickets available here). 909 17th St.; 303-296-3525

May 22

Toques & ’Tails 
Hosted by Culinary Connectors and held at Casselman’s, this cooking-and-bartending competition returns for a second year to benefit Share Our Strength. With participants like Old Major, Lower48 Kitchen, Session Kitchen, The Squeaky Bean and others, it should be quite the shindig - complete with plenty of dishes and drinks for attendees to sample - so purchase your tickets now (7 PM-9 PM; $45 per person. VIPs pay $75 for early access). 2620 Walnut St. 

May 23-26

FEAST! Vail 
Vail's Memorial Day food-and-booze festival has it all: gala tastings, cooking demos, seminars, outdoor activities and more. Get tickets here

May 24

Denver Flea 
As many as 75 artisans will be converging on City Park for this inaugural craft fair, joined by food vendors and brewers from Aiko Pops to Our Mutual Friend. Though you don’t have to RSVP to attend, doing so will score you a free beer or coffee. 

May 28

Pink Patio Party at Elway's Cherry Creek
More than 30 rosés from around the world will be popped, poured and paired with hors d’oeuvres (including pepper-seared foie gras and grilled lobster salad) at the Cherry Creek chophouse’s fourth-annual soirée. By voting on their favorites, guests get to help sommelier Adam Vance choose the trio he’ll feature as a flight on the wine list (6-8 PM; $35 per person). 2500 E. 1st Ave.; 303-399-5353

May 31

Oskar Blues Burning Can Beer Fest
Some 50 breweries, both local and out-of-state, will be joining Oskar Blues at Bohn Park in Lyons for this annual beer bash and benefit for the Colorado Brewers Guild, which also features a dirt-bike competition and a concert (4-7 PM; $30 per person in advance, $35 at the gate. VIP passes are $45, granting early access. Tickets available here). 

June 7

Colorado Urban WineFest
The cornerstone event of Colorado Wine Week returns to Glendale’s Infinity Park to showcase dozens of local wineries, plus food samples from area restaurants, chef demos and more. Get passes here; if you hurry, you may yet snag a $30 early-bird deal (12-5 PM; $40 general admission, $120 VIP, $20 designated driver).

June 14

Cherokee Castle & Ranch Waterloo Gala
To mark the 100th birthday of the late Tweet Kimball, you’re invited to a party at her Sedalia castle (pictured). Dress up and come ready to drink, nibble on hors d’oeuvres, dance to live jazz and watch acrobats perform against a historic backdrop, as well as join in a silent auction (6-10:30 PM; $60 per person for regular admission, $100 for VIP admission, which includes a tour and Champagne). 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia; 303-688-4600

June 29

Wings & Whiskey at Ace Eat Serve
It’s always party time at this Uptown pan-Asian hangout but today the Ace crew is going all out with a benefit for the Denver Housing Authority’s Youth Culinary Academy. In addition to loads of booze and food, there’ll be a wing-cooking competition, a wing-eating contest, a ping-pong tournament and live music to boot. (4 PM to close; $45 per person for general admission, $65 for early and open-bar access. Get tickets here). 501 E. 17th Ave.; 303-800-7705

Places Mentioned

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Elway's

Steakhouse • Cherry Creek

Food25 Decor24 Service24 Cost$59
 
 
 
Tag Restaurant

Central Business District

Food26 Decor23 Service23 Cost$49
 
 
 
Panzano

Italian • Central Business District

Food26 Decor24 Service25 Cost$44
 
 
 
Lower48 Kitchen

New American • Ballpark

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
Old Major

LoHi

Food- Decor- Service- CostE
 
 
 
Session Kitchen

Eclectic • Platt Park

Food- Decor- Service- CostI
 
 
 
Food27 Decor25 Service24 Cost$41
 
 
 
Flagstaff House

American • Boulder

Food27 Decor28 Service27 Cost$75
 
 
 
Great Divide Brewing Co

Brewery • Ballpark

Atmo.25 Decor22 Service25 CostM
 
 
 
 
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