Each year, as the foliage falls before winter's hibernation, Denver food lovers gather 'round communal tables at The GrowHaus for Harvest Week to gobble up goods collaboratively created by local chefs. EatDenver's annual multi-day festival of the local food system serves up six dinners and a single brunch October 4-9 for its 2015 edition.
This year, more than 35 independent restaurants are represented, coming together to host nearly a week's worth of pop-up themed parties, featuring local chefs, fresh ingredients and community celebration. Attendees are encouraged to dress up based on each evening's food and festivities. They are also asked to bring their own place settings and cutlery.
Here's a sneak peek at the 2015 lineup. Don't forget, tickets sell out quickly.
Praise the Lard Brunch
Sunday, October 4 – 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Start the day off right and end the weekend with a bang at Harvest Week's only brunch, bringing to the table Central Bistro, dBar, The Lobby, Bacon Social House and Snooze. The meal includes a morning libation, coffee and sweet treats.
Comfort Food Redefined
Monday, October 5 – 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The first dinner will highlight the simplicity of gourmet culinary experiences, then throw eaters a curveball. Participating restaurants include Vesta, Mizuna, Work & Class, Biker Jim's and Steuben's.
Tuesday, October 6 – 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Making a meal without meat shouldn't be a downer. For this feast, chefs will prepare courses with fresh vegetables, tasty grains and pasta, sure to impress even the carnivores at the table. The culinary talent will come from Beatrice & Woodsley, duo, New World Cheese and Biju's Little Curry House.
Grapes vs. Grains
Wednesday, October 7 – 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
With each of the several courses on Wednesday evening, the Colorado Brewer's Guild and the Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology will pour their best for the patrons to vote on the preferable pairings. For the finale, at the dessert course, votes are tallied and a winner is declared. Participating restaurants include Jax Fish House, difranco's, Ace, Vine Street Pub, Adelitas and Appaloosa Grill.
The Feast of The Hunters & Gatherers
Thursday, October 8 – 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Chefs from Russell's Smokehouse, The Squeaky Bean, The Butcher's Bistro, table 6, Beast + Bottle, and Guard and Grace collect their ingredients – from wild game to fresh veggies – and prepare them to perfection in front of the crowd.
Friday, October 9 – 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
For the final evening, The GrowHaus will be decorated to resemble an oceanside oasis, while the menu will feature traditional luau dishes and cocktails. After dinner, live entertainment will continue the party. Participating restaurants include Rackhouse Pub, Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria, Tacos Tequila Whiskey, Lucky Pie and the Corner Office.
To purchase Harvest Week tickets – including food, beverages, tax and gratuity – visit harvestweek.com. Harvest Week benefits Eat Denver and The GrowHaus, a nonprofit indoor farm, market and education center.