TIKI TIKI TIKI
When: Thursday, September 4 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: RiNo Beach Club, 1399 35th Street
What: A tiki showcase where local bartenders will feature their best island-inspired cocktails, complete with the most elaborate garnishes and rare tropical ingredients in a setting reminiscent of a beach.
More info, tickets, reservations: Food will also be available from several Denver chefs. Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased online here. Among the competing bartenders are Glenn Pollack of Oak at Fourteenth, Mclain Hedges of the RiNo Yacht Club, and Haylee Ortiz of Session Kitchen.
DENVER FOOD AND WINE GRAND TASTING
When: Saturday, September 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan State University of Denver, 890 Auraria Parkway
What: The 10th anniversary celebration where food and wine enthusiasts will enjoy sampling from more than 30 of Denver's top restaurants along with pours of wine and spirits, as well as Viking culinary stage demonstrations from chefs like Troy Guard and Ian Kleinman.
More info, tickets, reservations: General admission tickets cost $95, early admission is available for $125, and the VIP package allows for early admission and access to the VIP Lounge for $250. Tickets available here.
TOUR DE FAT
When: Saturday, September 6 at 10 a.m.
Where: City Park
What: New Belgium Brewing's day-long bicycle fest features a parade, races, costume fashion show, live entertainment, and—of course—beer.
More info, tickets, reservations: Admission is free and proceeds from beer sales go to local nonprofits. You can register for the parade in advance, with a donation earning limited-edition TDF gear.
When: Saturday, September 6 at 5 p.m.
Where: Charcoal Restaurant, 43 West 9th Avenue
What: A traditional Swedish summer crayfish boil.
More info, tickets, reservations: A smorgasbord of Swedish dishes like crayfish, meatballs, and gravlax will be served buffet style. The cost is $52 per person and includes one beer or akavit. For reservations, call 303.454.0000.
SLOW FOOD DENVER C.A.F.E. DINNER
When: Monday, September 8 at 6 p.m.
Where: Harman's Eat & Drink, 2900 East 2nd Avenue
What: A dinner at which finalists for C.A.F.E.'s micro-grant program will present sustainable food projects, in partnership with Grow Local Colorado and Chipotle.
More info, tickets, reservations: Tickets, available for purchase here, are $65 per person, which includes a cocktail reception, three courses with wine pairings, tax, gratuity, and a $40 tax-deductible contribution to the C.A.F.E. micro-grant program.
When: Thursday, September 11 at 6 p.m. (VIP at 5 p.m.)
Where: Clayton Early Learning, 3801 Martin Luther King Boulevard
What: An interactive culinary event raising funds and awareness for quality early childhood education.
More info, tickets, reservations: Guests will enjoy handcrafted cocktails and gourmet food stations from chefs like Clint Wangsnes of ChopShop and Panzano's Elise Wiggins. Tickets cost $85, with VIP for $150. Visit Clayton Moonbeam Harvest to purchase and for more details.
MUTINY AT THE BOTTLE
When: Thursday, September 11
Where: Beast + Bottle, 719 East 17th Avenue
What: The continuation of a series featuring guest chefs to create a five-course meal. Chef Matt Selby of Central Bistro will be on hand for the menu that includes watermelon raviolo, porcini fazzoletti with foie gras sponge, and more.
More info, tickets, reservations: Seats are $75 per person, with optional wine pairings for $28. A percentage of sales will be donated to the Colorado Flood Relief Fund. For reservations, call 303.623.3223.
BREWS AND BITES
When: Saturday, September 13 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (VIP at 2 p.m.)
Where: Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion, 400 East 8th Avenue
What: Explore the rooms and gardens of "Colorado's Home" while enjoying more than 20 food and beer pairings.
More info, tickets, reservations: General admission is $100, with VIP for $250. To purchase and for more details, click here.
When: Friday, September 26
Where: Location will be revealed one day prior to the event.
What: The kickoff meal for Dinner Lab in Denver, a membership-based social dining experiment, featuring Chicago chef Danny Espinoza and modern Mexican cuisine.
More info, tickets, reservations: The price is $60 for members; visit Dinner Lab for more details.
CROOKED STAVE VICEROY SNOWMASS WEEKEND
When: Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27
Where: Viceroy Snowmass, 130 Wood Road in Snowmass Village
What: An inaugural and experiential beer-tasting weekend event highlighting brews from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project.
More info, tickets, reservations: A package for $436 per night or $872 for the weekend includes accommodations, access for two to the welcome reception and a 10-course beer dinner, taxes, resort fee, valet parking, and 15 percent off spa services. There will also be two beer seminars available at an additional cost. Visit Viceroy Snowmass for more details and booking.
FRESH HOP FESTIVAL
When: Saturday, September 27 from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake Street
What: The final installment of this year's Lovibond series will highlight hop harvest season ahead of the Great American Beer Festival, with tastings of fresh-hop beers from Elevation Beer Company, Pateros Creek, and more.
More info, tickets, reservations: The $40 ticket can be purchased in advance here, which includes unlimited beer tastings and snacks.
CHEFS COLLABORATIVE SUSTAINABLE FOOD SUMMIT
When: Sunday, September 28 through Tuesday, September 30
What: The sixth annual national summit for Chefs Collaborative, bringing together hundreds of chefs and food professional from across the country for seminars, meals, and other events.
More info, tickets, reservations: The cost is $325 for members and $475 for non-members. Visit Chefs Collaborative for schedules, more details, and to purchase tickets.