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Chefs Up Front To Rock The Earth: Eleven Events You Should Not Miss In April

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When: April 2 through 5
Where: Multiple locations in Vail
What: A four-day celebration of all things food and drink in Vail featuring seminars, wine dinners, and tastings. Signature events include the Colorado Lamb Cook Off Aprés Ski Tasting and a Mountain Top Picnic.
More info, tickets, reservations: Details and tickets are available online.

When: Thursday, April 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Cora Faye's, 2861 Colorado Boulevard
What: Slow Food Denver is hosting an evening with lawyer, certified barbecue judge, and James Beard Foundation finalist Adrian Miller. The guest of honor is the author of Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time. A soul-food-inspired family-style meal will be served at 6:30 p.m.
More info, tickets, reservations: Tickets are $38 for Slow Food Denver members and $43 for non-members. Signed copies of Adrian's book will be available for purchase. RSVP online here.

When: Sunday, April 6, 5:30 p.m reception, 7 p.m. dinner
Where: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street
What: Colorado's premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry. Over 30 of Colorado's top chefs (including Paul Reilly of Beast + Bottle, Justin Brunson of Old Major, and Steve Redzikowski of Acorn) donate their time to prepare an exquisite dinner tableside for patrons for the event. Bonus: a reception featuring cocktails from Denver's top bartenders and silent and live auctions.
More info, tickets, reservations: Individual tickets are still available at $300 per person and can be reserved by visiting

When: Wednesday, April 9, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: McNichols Building in Civic Center Park, 144 West Colfax Avenue.
What: A fundraising event celebrating Colorado women while supporting continued research and treatment of women's cancers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Cocktails for the Cure features handcrafted signature libations from Denver's most notable mixologists, including Allison Anderson of Frasca, Gerard Collier of TAG, and James Lee of Bol. There is also a silent auction featuring one of a kind experiences and a paddle raiser.
More info, tickets, reservations: The women's-only event tickets are $150 per person ($100 can be tax deductible) and include hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, wine – and networking. Tickets can be purchased online.

When: April 11-April 12
Where: Denver Art Museum
What: A two day wine tasting and auction benefitting the museum. More than 300 wines will be sampled during the tasting on April 11. The dinner and auction on April 12, includes silent and live auctions and a seated dinner. Guests can bid on rare bottles of wine, exclusive access to private art collections, tours with DAM curators and unique travel packages. Attendees also will have the opportunity to bid on original artworks in the Salon du Musée portion of the silent auction.
More info, tickets, reservations: For Friday's wine tasting, tickets are $90 for museum members, $125 for non-members and $45 for designated drivers. For tables or individual tickets ($350 per person) for Saturday's dinner and auction, contact Gravely Wilson at or 720.913.0034.

When: Sunday, April 13
Where: Multiple locations along Pearl Street
What: Fifteen of downtown Boulder's premier retail shops and galleries will be home to tastings from restaurants like Frasca Food and Wine and Oak at Fourteenth, as well as sips from Colorado wineries and spirit makers.
More info, tickets, reservations: Tickets cost $75 and can be purchased online at

When: April 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and/or 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 East Academy Boulevard.
What: A Colorado beer and food tasting experience sampled uniquely in a 1939 built WWII era hangar in the heart of the Lowry. There will be 40 featured beers paired with small plate dishes.
More info, tickets, reservations: Tickets are $95 for the whole day or $55 for the dinner only event. More details and tickets are available online.

When: Sunday, April 20 at 6 p.m.
Where: Old Major, 3316 Tejon Street
What: The first of this year's Denver FIVE dinners featuring a five-course menu executed by the five kickass women chefs that make up this year's class: Elise Wiggins, executive chef of Panzano, Aniedra Nichols, executive chef of Elway's Cherry Creek, Carrie Shore, executive chef of Table 6, Nadine Donovan, pastry chef at Old Major, and Jenna Johansen, innovation chef at Epicurean Catering.
More info, tickets, reservations: The dinner costs $75 per person (includes tax & tip) and tickets can be purchased online.

When: Tuesday, April 22
Where: Pizzeria Locale, 1730 Pearl Street, Boulder
What: Chef Marc Vetri of Philadelphia's Vetri Family Restaurants, 2005 winner of the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic award and newly announced 2014 finalist for Outstanding Chef, will join the team at Pizzeria Locale in Boulder for a one-evening only four course dinner.
More info, tickets, reservations: The dinner costs $25 per person and reservations can be made by calling 303.442.3003.

When: Thursday, April 24
Where: Multiple restaurants
What: More than 300 Denver area restaurants invite patrons to join them for dinner in celebration of Project Angel Heart. Each participating restaurant will donate 25% of the day's profits to the organization that delivers meals to housebound people who suffer from life-threatening illnesses.
More info, tickets, reservations: More information and a list of participating restaurants is available online.

When: Sunday, April 27
Where: Starts at Rock the Earth, 1536 Wynkoop Street
What: the second annual "Amazing Rock the Earth Race," which combines the excitement of the popular television show, "The Amazing Race," with the sentiments of Earth Day. Two-person teams will set off on a fun-filled hunt for clue locations throughout Colorado's Front Range, demanding physical and mental energy.
More info, tickets, reservations: Early registration is now open online for $125 per team. Prizes range from $1,500 for the first place to $300 for the best dressed.

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