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14 Food & Drink Events To Book Before They Sell Out

By Ruth Tobias
July 23, 2014

We know for a fact that many of these upcoming blowouts are about to be sellouts — so act fast.

July 28

Trash Fish Dinner at The Squeaky Bean
Chefs Collaborative, a national network of chefs and restaurateurs focused on culinary sustainability, has long been promoting seafood species that are historically undervalued by the market but perfectly delicious. Now its work is being recognized with a five-course feast at The Squeaky Bean in LoDo, where chef Theo Adley will cook alongside six other chefs both native and visiting — among them Stephen Stryjewski of New Orleans’ Cochon and Pêche, Mike Lata of FIG and The Ordinary in Charleston, S.C., and Michael Leviton of Boston-area restaurants Lumière and Area Four, as well as Kelly Whitaker of Basta and Cart-Driver, who’s spearheading the initiative locally. Tickets for the 6 PM gala dinner can be purchased here ($125 per person); for an extra $50, you can kick off your evening at a VIP oyster-and-caviar tasting at The Kitchen Denver nearby from 4 to 6 PM. 1500 Wynkoop St.; 303-623-2665

July 29

Women Winemakers’ Dinner at Lower48 Kitchen
Sommelier Kendra Anderson, aka SwirlGirl, joins this Ballpark hot spot for a toast to female American winemakers in the form of a four-course dinner, preceded by a welcome reception (6 PM; $60 per person). 2020 Lawrence St.; 303-942-0262

July 30 

bad APPLE Pop-Up Dinner at Black Eye Coffee Shop
Chefs Jon Mendoza and Jamey Freeman return to this LoHi coffeehouse for a five-course, beverage-paired tasting that includes such intriguing morsels as corn custard with sorrel jelly, smoked popcorn and burnt-onion caramel; buttermilk lamb with cantaloupe, chard and whey sauce; and more like the sample dish pictured (7 PM; $55 per person. Get tickets here). 3408 Navajo St.

August 1-3

Denver County Fair
What may be one of the nation’s quirkiest county fairs is back and bigger than ever — and if you get tickets now, you won’t have to mess with the queues at the venue. Click here for details, then get ready for your fill of hot dogs, pie, ice cream and so on — not to mention the famous X-Treme Pancake Breakfast on Saturday. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St. 

August 2

Sesh Fest
If you’ve yet to purchase passes to this session-beer bash at Sculpture Park, we’ve got a little surprise for you. Check it out here1101 13th St.

August 4-9

Frasca Food and Wine’s 10th Anniversary Dinner
Don’t say we haven’t warned you: as we predicted when we posted about it last week, reservations for the Boulder destination’s birthday extravaganza are going fast. Learn more here and don't delay that phone call. 1738 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-442-6966

August 5

Templeton Tuesday at Old Major
When Iowa’s Templeton Rye launched a program to raise heritage swine on its mash, it named Justin Brunson as one of only 25 chefs in the nation to receive a pig. Tonight the beast will come home to roost as Old Major hosts a three-course, cocktail-paired dinner of pork terrine, barbeuce with all the trimmings, and pretzel bread pudding in rye caramel. Book your table sooner rather than later here ($55 per person). 3316 Tejon St.; 720-420-0622

Cornerstone Cellars Wine Dinner at Flagstaff House
Boulder’s special-occasion getaway hosts an intimate four-course tasting to showcase the Napa and Willamette Valley wines of this well-known producer; the menu features squash blossoms filled with salmon-scallop mousse, a duo of lamb loin and shank over white-truffle polenta and more (6:30 PM; $118 per person). 1130 Flagstaff Rd., Boulder; 303-442-4640

August 7

Unwind: H2O at the Denver Botanic Gardens
Enjoy seafood, booze and live entertainment amid the stunning glass sculptures in Dale Chihuly’s wildly successful outdoor exhibit at the Gardens (6-9 PM; $50 per non-member, $45 per member. Purchase tickets here). 1007 York St.; 720-865-3500 

August 13

3rd Annual Ballpark Plates
Some 30 Ballpark restaurants, breweries and bars are participating in this neighborhood dine-around, including Buenos Aires Pizzeria, twelve restaurant, Star Bar, Trillium and Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs. (5:30-8:30 PM; $30 per person. Get details and tickets here). 

August 16

Willy Wonka Farm Dinner at Burning Sky Farm
Join The Inventing Room's inimitable Ian Kleinman for what's sure to be a wild adventure. Taking place in several scenic locations around this Longmont spread, the moveable feast he's planning incorporates morsels that fizz, float, flex, foam and otherwise defy expectations, around the centerpiece of roast suckling pig with mustard waffles and curried succotash; you'll also sample miracle fruit and a little something called "Violet's yuzu bubble gum" (7 PM; $150 per person. Get tickets here). 7723 Oxford Rd., Longmont

August 17

Waking Up with Beer Advocate at Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
A six-course, beer-paired Sunday brunch? Count us in. This Larimer Square gastropub is serving up everything from 16-grain toast in braesola-cream gravy with a fried egg and Black Shirt Red Ale to carnitas with black beans, housemade Cheez Whiz and Ska Modus Hoperandi (11 AM; $65 per person. Book your spot here). 1317 14th St.; 303-595-4255

August 17-21

Hoofin' It
Now here's something new and exciting. Heroes Like Us, Imbibe and the Mile High Business Alliance have joined forces on a five-night extravaganza of tasting tours, each focused on a different, responsibly raised meat — cow, bison, sheep, goat and pig — and each taking place in a different neighborhood. Get the details on the quintet of dining-and-drinking crawls ($60 per person per event) here, and snap up those tickets here

August 18

Cherry Bomb! at Elway’s Cherry Creek
Join the women chefs of the Denver Five as they cook up a storm of hors d’oeuvres and sweets tonight at Elway’s flagship steakhouse. Think chilled buttermilk soup with black lentil-falafel croutons, savory donuts with lamb sausage, cherry-ricotta fritters and much more (6 PM; $60 per person. View the full menu and book here). 2500 E. 1st Ave.; 303-399-5353

Places Mentioned

Lower48 Kitchen

New American • Ballpark

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
Basta

Italian • Boulder

Food26 Decor18 Service23 Cost$28
 
 
 
FIG

Ansonborough

Food28 Decor23 Service26 Cost$52
 
 
 
Peche Seafood Grill

Seafood • Warehouse District

Food26 Decor24 Service24 Cost$51
 
 
 
Cochon Restaurant

Southern American • Warehouse District

Food26 Decor22 Service24 Cost$49
 
 
 
Kitchen Denver

American • LoDo

Food26 Decor23 Service25 Cost$39
 
 
 
Frasca Food & Wine

Italian • Boulder

Food28 Decor25 Service28 Cost$80
 
 
 
Old Major

LoHi

Food- Decor- Service- CostE
 
 
 
Flagstaff House

American • Boulder

Food27 Decor28 Service27 Cost$75
 
 
 
Trillium

Scandinavian • Ballpark

Food25 Decor19 Service24 Cost$39
 
 
 
Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

Hot Dog • Ballpark

Food27 Decor20 Service24 Cost$11
 
 
 
Star Bar

Bar • Ballpark

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Buenos Aires Pizzeria

Argentinean • Ballpark

Food26 Decor15 Service20 Cost$16
 
 
 
Elway's

Steakhouse • Cherry Creek

Food25 Decor24 Service24 Cost$59
 
 
 
Lumière

French • Newton

Food28 Decor24 Service27 Cost$57
 
 
 
Area Four

Coffee Shop • Cambridge

Food24 Decor22 Service22 Cost$25
 
 
 
Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

Eclectic • Central Business District

Food24 Decor24 Service23 Cost$29
 
 
 
 
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