August marks the end of summertime, and it's one of the hottest months of the year for food, beer and wine events. From the Denver Burger Battle to the Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival, here are the must-attend culinary events in and around Denver this month.
Thirteen local restaurants, including Park Burger, The Squeaky Bean, Euclid Hall, Acorn, Highland Tap and Burger and Chop Shop, are battling for burger supremacy tonight at the Denver Burger Battle, a sizzling competition that's all about honoring America's favorite summer indulgence. The throwdown — also the hottest ticket in town — takes place at Sculpture Park (1345 Champa St.) starting at 6:30 PM (VIP ticket holders are admitted at 5:30 PM), and the burgers are judged by both the public and a panel of chef judges. General admission tickets are $69 each, while VIP tickets are $109. Get them here.
One of the most anticipated wine, spirit and culinary events of the summer, the Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival, presented by Wine Spectator Magazine, returns August 7, 8 and 9 to beautiful Beaver Creek, Colorado. Combining an intimate location with numerous soirees, including cooking demos, a tacos-and-tequila pairing, a farmer's market extravaganza from Grouse Mountain Grill and a grand tasting, the annual blowout offers numerous events with à la carte pricing. For more details and tickets, click here.
The Cherry Creek North Food and Wine Festival, an annual homage to the culinary diversity of the restaurants in Cherry Creek North, takes place on the pedestrian-only Fillmore Plaza (Fillmore St. and Second Ave.) starting at 6 PM. More than 20 local restaurants, plus wine, beer, cocktails and live music, are part of the lineup. General admission pricing is $60, while early-access VIP tickets are $80. Tickets here.
Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen (1317 14th St.) celebrates its fifth anniversary today with a special five-course menu (think duck, chicken and beer liver preparations with pickled, grilled and fried onions; buffalo tongue French dip; and butter-poached halibut with squid-ink aïoli) from chef Jake Grant, coupled with craft beers from TRVE Brewing and killer whiskeys from A.D. Laws. The shindig starts at 7:30 PM, and seats are $75 each, including tax and gratuity. Make reservations here.
Only a few tickets are available for the Farmers Market Community Dinner at Carmine’s on Penn (92 S. Pennsylvania St.), a summer soiree that features a family-style, market-inspired dinner from chef Dan Grunewald. The still-to-be-determined foodstuffs, procured from the Cherry Creek Farmers Market the morning of the dinner, are paired with wines. Seats are $75 per person; call 303-777-6443 to make reservations.
Goose Sorensen (pictured), chef-owner of Solera (5410 E. Colfax Ave.), is hosting five top Denver chefs as part of a fundraiser to support Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a nonprofit dedicated to providing physical and emotional rehabilitation services for disabled active military service personnel and veterans. “I'm combining the two things I love most — cooking and fly fishing — to help our wounded warriors,” says Sorensen. The entire Solera staff is donating their time, and joining them are chefs Jamey Fader (Lola Mexican Fish House and Jax), Alex Seidel (Fruition and Mercantile Dining & Provisions), Andrea Frizzi (Il Posto), Matt Selby (Central Bistro and Bar) and Paul C. Reilly (Beast + Bottle). Seats are $100 each, inclusive of appetizers, tapas, wine, tax and gratuity, and 100% of the proceeds support Project Healing Waters. Call 303-388-8429 to secure your spot.
Salute the end of summer with an evening of brews, blues and barbecue at Wings Over the Rockies (7711 E. Academy Blvd.), where guests can sip beers from more than 20 of Colorado’s breweries, while sampling pulled pork, sausage, brisket and homey sides from Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Learn about the science behind making beer as well as details on how to create your own home brews. The bash goes from 5–11 PM, and tickets range from $25–$45; purchase them here.
Marc Vetri (pictured), chef-owner of Philadelphia’s critically acclaimed Vetri family of restaurants, is headlining the kitchen at Frasca Food and Wine (1738 Pearl St., Boulder) tonight, alongside chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. The multicourse menu, highlighting dishes from his Vetri's new Mastering Pasta cookbook, is $155 per person, inclusive of dinner, wine and a signed copy of his cookbook. To make reservations, call 303-442-6966; a limited number of seats are also available for walk-in guests.