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Ten Awesome Events To Check Out in October

Throughout the month of October, there are cocktail competitions, chili cook offs, food film festivals, and more that should not be missed.

Beast + Bottle
Beast + Bottle
Adam Larkey

VENGEANCE COCKTAIL COMPETITION
When: Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m.
Where: The BSide 1336 E 17th Avenue
What: A cocktail competition created and sponsored by Breckenridge Distillery challenging 14 accomplished Colorado bartenders to create the Vengeance drink. Among the competitors are Allison Widdecombe of Williams & Graham, James Vickers of Stoic & Genuine, and Nathaniel Maston of Oak at Fourteenth. 
More info, tickets, reservations: There is a suggested $10 donation at the door to benefit Heroes Like Us. The winner of the competition will get his or her name and cocktail recipe into Bryan Koepke's next book of the Reece Culver Thriller Series - Sabotage, due out in 2015. Bonus for the winner: a Breckenridge Distillery prize package.

TAILS FROM THE VINE
When: Tuesday, October 7, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Session Kitchen, 1518 S. Pearl Street
What: A five-course seafood-inspired dinner in collaboration with Seafood Solutions. All dishes are expertly paired with wine. 
More info, tickets, reservations: The dinner costs $95 per person and it includes All proceeds from the dinner will be donated to Children's Hospital Colorado Cardiac Institute. Reservations can be made by calling 720.763.3387.

MUTINY AT THE BOTTLE WITH JEFF OSAKA
When: Thursday, October 9
Where: Beast + Bottle, 719 E 17th Avenue
What: A one-time kitchen takeover at Beast + Bottle. This is the only real meal, open to the public, that chef Jeff Osaka of the recently closed Twelve and highly anticipated Osaka Ramen is cooking this month. 
More info, tickets, reservations: The five course meal includes dishes like chicken fried sweetbreads with anson mills grits and "lambchetta" with quinoa and preserved lemon. Reservations can be made by calling 303.623.3223.

LATTE ART BASICS
When: Saturday, October 11 at noon
Where: Black Black Coffee, 3459 Ringsby Court
What: A unique class open to the public that teaches three basic free-pour latte pours: the heart, the rosetta, and the tulip.
More info, tickets, reservations: For more information or to sign up, click here.

THE 4TH ANNUAL CHILI COOK OFF
When: Sunday, October 12 from noon to 5 p.m. 
Where: Joy's Wine & Spirits parking lot,1302 E 6th Avenue
What: Restaurants and chefs compete for votes from the public and a panel of judges for the best chili. There will be between 30 and 40 different kinds of chili available for tasting, including from restaurants 
More info, tickets, reservations: All-you-can-eat tickets can be purchased ahead of time for $10, or at the gate for $15. All proceeds will benefit the GrowHaus.

JACK RABBIT HILL DINNER AT OLD MAJOR
When: October 14 at 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.
Where: Old Major, 3316 Tejon Street
What: A special five-course dinner, complete with inspired beverage enhancements. The culinary talents of some of the best chefs in Colorado, including Amos Watts of Acorn and Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja, will be utilized in this rare opportunity. 
More info, tickets, reservations: Pricing per person is $100; reserve a spot for the 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. seating by calling 720.420.0622 or clicking here.

GRAND COFFEE BAZAAR
When: October 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Our Mutual Friend Brewing, 2810 Larimer Street
What: A curated coffee event and festival celebrating all things caffeine. The event will unite growers, importers, roasters, brewers, and  
More info, tickets, reservations: Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.

FLATIRONS FOOD FILM FESTIVAL
When: October 15 through 19
WhereMuenzinger Auditorium on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus. 
What: An annual multi-day feast celebrating exceptional culinary cinema from various nations.
More info, tickets, reservations: Tickets to individual films are $8 for general admission, and $7 for CU-Boulder students and seniors. A festival pass ($25) includes admission to the films at Muenzinger Auditorium and free parking validation at CU's Euclid AutoPark garage. More information here.

3RD ANNUAL JAMES BEARD DINNER AT DEVIL'S THUMB RANCH
When: Saturday October 18 at 6 p.m.
Where: Ranch House Restaurant at Devil's Thumb Ranch, 3530 County Road 83, Tabernash  
What: Seven of the region's top chefs, including Alex Seidel of Fruition and Paul Reilly of Beast + Bottle, will grace attendees with a delectable meal, with proceeds benefitting the James Beard Foundation and its scholarship program
More info, tickets, reservations: Tickets cost $200 per person or $150 for James Beard Foundation members. The availability is limited and reservations required. Save a seat and get more information here.

PLATES FOR THE PEAK
When: Monday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street
What: A small-plates dinner at Vesta Dipping Grill designated as a a fundraiser to raise awareness and funding for Urban Peak's programs and services.
More info, tickets, reservations: Guests are treated to small plates prepared by Brandon Foster, executive chef for Vesta Dipping Grill; specialty drinks; and networking with other Urban Peak supporters.  Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by clicking here.

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Disclosure: the editor of this post to is married one of the developers behind the Taxi, the complex housing Black Black Coffee.

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