Beer pairing in Broomfield, burgers in Denver & winefest on the Western Slope.
Colorado and visiting foodies, pull out your calendars for three terrific food/beer/wine events in the next few weeks.
Whether your passion is food, beer or both, the upcoming Pairsine Chefs Fine Food & Beer Pairing Competition provides an unsurpassed opportunity to taste the best the Front Range has to offer. This event on Wednesday, July 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. pairs gold medal award-winning beers from the recent Denver International Beer Competition with outstanding culinary creations prepared by 10 top Colorado chefs. In addition to evaluations by professional judges who vote for the “Best Chef” and “Most Creative Chef,” attendees vote for “The People’s Choice Chef.”
The chefs, each of whom prepare two dishes to pair with specific beers, are Joe Troupe, Lucky Pie Pizza and Taphouse; Brandon Muncy, The Lobby; Elijah Odell, Highland Tap & Burger; Chris Cina, Breckenridge-Wynkoop; Jonathan Power, The Populist; Drew Watson, Executive Chef, Hops & Pie; Kyle McCune, The Meritage at The Omni Interlocken Resort; Jose Guerrero, Viewhouse; Lucas Forgy, Executive Chef- Fresh Craft, and Jon Mendoza and Jamey Freeman, Bad Apple.
Here’s a deal via MileHighOnTheCheap.com: Order tickets online and use the code Cheap40 to get the $50 tickets for just $30 each, a 40% savings. Having been involved with MHOTC since the beginning, I pay attention to values, and I’m stoked that $30 buys 20 food pairings with 20 award-winning wines, and because there is no tipping and no parking fees, of the three, it’s unquestionably the best value. It takes place at the Omni Interlocken Resort, 500 Interlocken Blvd., Broomfield.
Denver Burger Battle
Four chef-judges at the annual Denver Burger Battle winnow down Colorado’s abundant burgers to from places that they consider the 12 best in an intense evening of chowing down and drinking up. It takes places this year on Thursday, August 7 at the Sculpture Park (Champa and Speer, beside the Denver Center for the Performing Arts).
The contenders are Old Major, Park Burger, TAG Burger Bar, Crave Real Burger, Highland Tap & Burger, Williams & Graham, Humboldt Farm Fresh Wine, Ste. Ellie, Drifter’s Hamburgers, The Populist, Larkburger and Acorn. Judges are Elise Wiggins, Panzano, Paul Reilly, Beat + Bottle; Justin Cucci, Root Down and Linger, and Theo Adley, Squeaky Bean.
Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice awards are on the line. In addition to an open bar with four Colorado brews and Cupcake wines, all attendees get unlimited 1/4 samples of all competitors’ entries and unlimited desserts. Regular admission tickets ($69) are valid from 6:30 to 9 p.m.; VIP entry ($99) begins one hour earlier and includes unlimited wine and beer and other extras. Click here to buy tickets. Aged 21+ only; get a sitter for the little ones, who are not admitted.
Steamboat Wine Festival
The Steamboat Wine Festival combines wine, food, indoor seminars and outdoor sports into four fabulous days, August 6 to 10. Click here for the schedule. Among the presenters are no fewer than three master sommeliers, wine makers and top local chefs. The signature events are Thursday’s Wine on the Mountain beginning at 5 p.m., Friday’s Stroll of Steamboat at 4 p.m. and Saturday’s Toast of Steamboat at 3 p.m. All events are priced à la carte ($65 to $165 per event); click here for the list and prices for each.