Things To Do in Denver This Week

August 4, 2014
by Ruth Tobias


Tickets on Sale for Former Future’s Black Project Release Party
For months, Platt Park's Former Future Brewing Company has been experimenting with spontaneous fermentation via a side venture that owners James and Sarah Howat call The Black Project. They’ll be unveiling their first release, an amber ale called Flyby, from 6 to 9 PM on August 25. For $40, attendees will receive one glass on the house as well as one glass of another beer on tap, plus a souvenir T-shirt. Tickets go on sale at noon today and they’re expected to sell out, so get yours here ASAP. 1290 S. Broadway; 720-441-4253


10th Anniversary Dinner at Frasca Food and Wine
While the reservation book is largely full, you may find a remaining table here or there during Frasca’s anniversary week. Owners Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson have created a four-course menu ($78) of favorite dishes that range from lobster-scallop tagliatelle with chanterelles and corn to Berkshire pork leg with pancetta, peaches and fingerlings, plus desserts like the famous peanut-butter cup. 1738 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-442-6966


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). 1138 Flagstaff Rd., Boulder; 303-442-4640

Margaret’s Kids Fundraiser at Charcoal Restaurant 
Support Adams City High School students by joining this Golden Triangle eatery for drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 4 to 7 PM today. For $10, you’ll get your fill of beer or wine, paired with unlimited appetizers for another $5. To further sweeten the pot, Charcoal will be raffling off a signed bottle of Austin Hope wine. 43 West 9th Ave.; 303-454-0000

National Oyster Day
Bivalve bashes are happening across town today. In Uptown, Humboldt Farm - Fish - Wine is shucking Washburns for a buck a pop all day, as is The Oceanaire downtown (5 PM to close), while LoHi's LOLA will have specials on West and East Coast varieties for $2 and $3, respectively. In the early evening, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, all four branches of Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar are offering up their shellfish (pictured) for free; at the LoDo flagship, you just might get yours from Governor John Hickenlooper, who’s making an appearance as guest shucker. The rest of the day, oysters will go for $1.25 apiece, while shooters are $2. There are also drink specials and a contest for a trip. Humboldt, 1700 Humboldt St., 303-813-1700; The Oceanaire, 1400 Arapahoe St., 303-991-2277; ​Lola, 1575 Boulder St., 720-570-8686; Jax,1539 17th St., 303-292-5767; 
928 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-444-1811; 
650 S. Colorado Blvd., Glendale; 303-756-6449
; 123 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, 970-682-2275

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, barbecue with all the trimmings and pretzel bread pudding in rye caramel. Book one of the last remaining tables here ($55 per person). 3316 Tejon St.; 720-420-0622


Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Chefs Challenge
Twelve chefs — including Sugarmill’s Noah French, The Bistro at Stapleton’s Cristino Griego and The Brown Palace’s executive pastry chef David Lewis — will participate tonight in this small-plates fundraiser and auction at Mile High Station, where guests will judge the food samples paired with pours from the full bar (5:30 PM; $75 general admission, $125 for the VIP reception with Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar. Get tickets here). 2027 W. Colfax Ave.

What's In Wednesday at beast + bottle
The Uptown farm-to-table haunt in Uptown continues its weekly vegetarian dinner series ($38 per person) with a three-course menu of stuffed tomatoes in blue-cheese consommé; trenette with romano beans, potato purée and sage pesto; and peach fritters with basil ice cream. 719 E. 17th Ave.; 303-623-3223


Sea Cuisine Taco Bar Tour
Top Chef star and Blackbelly Market owner Hosea Rosenberg created the recipe for this seafood company's free pop-up taco bar, which hits Coors Field Wednesday and Thursday before moving over to the Denver Arts Festival at Sloan's Lake for the weekend. Get the route details here

Steamboat Wine Festival
The tastings, seminars, parties and outdoors activities that line the calendar for this five-day wining-and-dining extravaganza are selling out fast, so get your tickets now if you’re planning to make the drive. And why not? With many of the venues in our roundup of Steamboat's hottest restaurants participating in the festival, it should be a blowout.  


Unwind: H2O at the Denver Botanic Gardens
Enjoy paella, 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 


Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival
Cooking demos, pairings from port and cheese to sushi and sake, and other events supplement the grand tasting at this weekend festival in the mountains. Get the schedule, details and tickets here


Dorchester Social Eatery Opens 
Michel Wahaltere’s gorgeous, globally influenced gathering spot opens for dinner in LoDo tonight. Here’s a sneak peek at the eats. 1448 Market St.; 303-872-5986


Fermentation Festival & Market 
From 3:30 to 7:30 PM, Learn to make kombucha and kefir. Sample brews from the likes of Crooked Stave and Crystal Springs as well as spirits from Breckenridge Distillery, Vodka 14 and others. Taste tempeh, sauerkraut and beer jelly. And you might even win $50 in a pickle toss. With a $35 general admission pass, you’ll get unlimited food and drink samples plus a souvenir tasting glass, while a $65 VIP pass grants you early entrance, access to two seminars and a commemorative T shirt. Passes available here. Highlands Masonic Center, 
3550 Federal Blvd.

golden triangle
platt park
beaver creek
fort collins
cheesman park
steamboat springs
national oyster day