Weekly Planner: Pre-4th Fiestas from Raw Night to a Strange Cheese Incident

June 30, 2014
by Ruth Tobias


New California Wine Dinner at Frasca Food and Wine
The stars come out in Boulder as the San Francisco Chronicle’s Jon Bonné and three acclaimed producers — Failla’s Ehren Jordan, Turley Wine Cellars’ Larry Turley and Ryme Cellars’ Megan Glaab — join the Frasca team for a four-course dinner of orecchiette with chard and quail, rib-eye with beans and arugula, and more in celebration of the publication of The New California Wine ($70 for food and signed copy of book, plus $50 for wine pairings). 1738 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-442-6966

Strange Cheese Incident at Strange Craft Beer Company
It’s a feast of fermentation this evening as the Southwest Denver taproom pours a quintet of brews paired with as many samples from A Cheese Peddler (6-8:30 PM; $25). Get tickets here. 1330 Zuni St. Unit M; 720-985-2337 

World Wildlife Fund Benefit at The Squeaky Bean
Save the planet one savory plate at a time at this LoDo favorite. Joined by guest chefs from Lower48 Kitchen, TAG and Bones, the kitchen will be offering up an array of cocktail-paired nibbles and sweets to raise funds for conservation, while a silent auction and a comedy show round out the festivities (6-9 PM; $30). 1500 Wynkoop St.; 303-623-2665


Raw Night at Root Down
Best book now if you want to score a seat at the latest installment of this LoHi haunt’s popular raw-food dinner series. On the menu: eggplant “bacon” burgers, corn on the cob with miso butter, sips from Gypsy Juice and more (6-10 PM; $41 per person). 1600 W. 33rd Ave.; 303-993-4200


Luau on the Terrace at Randolph’s Restaurant and Bar
Starting tonight, the patio of Uptown's Warwick Hotel becomes an island getaway every Wednesday, complete with tropical libations, eats from the grill and live reggae (6-9 PM). 1776 Grant St.; 303-318-7272


Meet the Maker at La Biblioteca
The Riverfront Park tequila lounge trains its spotlight on Agave Underground for this tasting and discussion (6-8 PM; $5 per person). 1610 Little Raven St. Suite #200; 720-904-0965

Pre-Independence Day Patio Party at Lower48 Kitchen
The patio of this Ballpark destination will be prime real estate for the fireworks display at Coors Field tonight after the Rockies game, so come on down for happy-hour drink deals plus a special menu of corn dogs, ice-cream sandwiches and more. There’ll be valet parking to boot. 2020A Lawrence St.; 303-942-0262

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