French wine featured at one and craft beers at the other
With the 9th annual Denver International Wine Festival in our rear-view mirror, two other pairing events are coming right up. Both are on Thursday, so you’ll have to pick the beverage of your choice.
The 15th annual Beaujolais & Beyond soirée, a Denver tradition, is a local food and wine festival unlike others. The wines are all one varietal (Beaujolais) from one country (France), and the competing chefs are mindful of the theme. It takes place on Thursday, November 21 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the McNichols Civic Center, a recently renovated event space in Denver’s Civic Center Park. Sparkling, sophisticated entertainment is always a hallmark of this event. For a list of participating chefs, go to the festival website and then on “Culinary Participants” on the left side of the home page. Advance tickets are available online for $60 for French-American Chamber of Commerce Members, $70 for non-members and $45 for students and young professionals. Tickets sold at the door are $80. FoMoInfo: 720-443-1763.
If beer and ale are more to your liking, that same night offers the option of Chef & Brew, subtitled “a celebration of beer and food.” The beer in question comes from 15 local craft brewers and the food pairings from a like number of local chefs. The festival is also Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at the Endo Event Center, 1399 35th Street, Denver. Tickets are $49 online in advance for general admission and $59 for VIP admission (access one hour early); $59 at the door.
Here’s the impressive roster of breweries and chefs:
|Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project||Jay Leandro, Pub 17|
|Funkwerks||Elise Wiggins, Panzano|
|Caution: Brewing Company||Jensen Cummings, Slotted Spoon Meatball Eatery|
|TRiNiTY Brewing||Jorel Pierce, Euclid Hall Bar and Kitchen|
|Breckenridge Brewery||Chris Cina, Breckenridge Brewery|
|Prost Brewing Company||Sean McGaughey, Opus Fine Dining & Aria Wine Bar|
|Strange Brewing Company||Doug Mace, CY Steak|
|Wynkoop Brewing Company||Darren Pusateri, Gallo di Nero|
|River North Brewery||Joe Troupe, Lucky Pie|
|Wit’s End Brewing Company||Rachel Kesley, WaterCourse Foods|
|Elevation Beer Company||Mike Peshek, Lou’s Food Bar|
|Wasatch Brew Pub and Squatters Beers||Robin Bar-On, Braun/Udi’s Gluten-Free|
|Dry Dock Brewing||Alex White, Jonesy’s Eat Bar|
|Epic Brewing Company||Tom Coohill, Coohills|
|City Star Brewing||Brandon Muncy, The Lobby|
|TRVE Brewing||John Broening, Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar|
|Denver Beer Company||John Little, Harman’s Eat & Drink|
|Renegade Brewing Company||Tim Hefty, Renegade Publik House|