Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean there are any less fun events going on in Denver. This week is filled with celebrating and fundraising. While the Denver Art Museum will be feeding us flowers, beast + bottle is designing a menu based on classic rock ‘n roll albums. Also, be sure to sign up for the Snooze bRUNch, the Denver Food Rescue bike ride, a yoga and wine night, and a women’s whiskey tasting.

“Summer in Bloom” at Denver Art Museum 


Courtesy of the Denver Art Museum

When: August 23, 25, 26, 27, 29 (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.) & August 28 (7 – 8 p.m.)
Where: Denver Art Museum; Martin Plaza 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver
Cost: Included in museum’s general admission: members and youth 18 years and younger get in free
The Low Down:
 It is not very often you get to eat flowers, especially blossoms that have been prepared into spectacular, unique and unforgettable dishes. Executive Chef Aran Essig at the University of Colorado, along with other local Denver chefs, will be preparing edible salads, appetizers, desserts, and drinks with fresh squash blossoms, herbs, lilies, rose petals and pansies. These delectable dishes will be served on the outdoor plaza of the Denver Art Museum, for one week only. So don’t miss out on your chance to try these dazzling tasty dishes.

Go Fish! Ocean-Friendly Seafood Celebration

Photo courtesy of Baur's

Photo courtesy of Baur’s

When: Wednesday, August 26, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Where: Baur’s Restaurant and Listening Lounge, 1512 Curtis St., Denver
Tickets: Available here
The Low Down: Baur’s Restaurant and Listening Lounge is teaming up with Denver-based Seattle Fish Co. and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program to host a sustainable seafood tasting event called, Go Fish! Sample dishes made with sustainable seafood that will be prepared by some of the top chefs in Denver, including: Dory Ford, Sheila Lucero, Kelly Whitaker, Alex Seidel, Troy Guard and Paul Reilly. “Denver already has great farm-to-table restaurants and a vibrant dining scene that demands quality, sustainable products,” said Ford. “I’m excited to work with Seafood Watch and my fellow chefs to show Denver diners that some of the best, most sustainable fish can be found a mile above sea level.” Open to the public, this event is determined to raise awareness about preserving the ocean.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’s Women & Whiskey Tasting Series

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Photos by Kyle Cooper

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Photos by Kyle Cooper

When: August 26
Where: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot; 2907 Huron St., Denver
Cost: $25
Tickets: Available here
The Low Down: It is time for women who enjoy whiskey to come together for a three-part whiskey-tasting event. Whether you are a new whiskey drinker or a whiskey enthusiast, all are welcome and encouraged to participate. This tasting will include a Scotch and cheese pairing. The Scotches featured include Macallan Fine Oak 10 year, Macallan Fine Oak 12 year, and Macallan Fine Oak 15 year. Space will be limited, so sign up now!


bRUNch at Snooze

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Snooze at Union Station. Photo by Roman Tafoya.

When: Thursday, August 27 at 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Where: Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, 1701 Wynkoop St Suite 150, Denver
Cost: $4o and include run, all you can eat and drink, tax, gratuity and a dollar donation to Metro Caring
Tickets: Available here
The Low Down: Don’t be afraid to snooze your alarm clock for this bRUNch run, because this is the first ever bRUNch run at night. Can you think of anything else that would motivate you to finish a 5K or 10K run as much as finding an all-you-can-eat-and-drink evening brunch at the finish line? The run will take place along the Cherry Creek trail and end at Union Station, where you will find a celebratory feast. Sponsored by the Great Divide Brewing Company, this bRUNch by Snooze is the perfect way to start your weekend.

[UPDATE, August 25 at 10:17 p.m.: The price was changed from $50 to $40 to reflect an adjustment in pricing]

Denver Food Rescue Ride

Denver Food Rescue. Photo by Kyle Cooper

Denver Food Rescue. Photo by Kyle Cooper

When: August 29

Where: Cherry Creek State Park

Cost: $50

Tickets: Available here

The Low Down:  Register now for Denver Food Rescue’s bicycle benefit. Denver Food Rescue is a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting healthy eating in hopes of improving the well being of Denver neighborhoods that are categorized as “food deserts,” areas where fresh produce is difficult to come by. Its goal is to have nine free grocery programs operating by then end of 2015! Choose to take part in a 15, 30, or 60-mile ride that will be followed by activities, food, drinks, and games enjoyable for all ages. Every participant will not only receive breakfast and lunch, but bicycle-blended smoothies, a Food Rescue Ride t-shirt, water bottle, gift bag, local beer (for riders over the age of 21), and a complimentary massage. Dress up as your favorite fruit or vegetable, strap on your helmet, and get ready to bike for a good cause!

beast + bottle’s 50 Years of the Rolling Stones Dinner

Courtesy of Beast + Bottle

Courtesy of Beast + Bottle

When: Sunday, August 30
Where: Beast + Bottle, 719 E 17th Ave, Denver
Cost: The four-course menu is $56 per person, with optional wine pairings available for $25
Reservations: Call 303.623.3223
The Low Down: Celebrating 50 years of the Rolling stones, beast + bottle’s chef Paul C. Reilly and co-owner Aileen V. Reilly, are excited host a musically inspired dinner. This farm-to-table restaurant will be creating dishes inspired by some of its favorite classic albums. Not only will the meals be based off of these classic albums, but each course will be inspired by a different track. While reservations will be available throughout the evening, you may want to call ahead to reserve your spot.

Nocturne’s Renditions Release Party

Nocturne Jazz Club. Photo by Lindsey Bartlett

Nocturne Jazz Club. Photo by Lindsey Bartlett

Words by Brittany Werges

When: Sunday, August 30, 6 p.m.
Where: Nocturne, 1330 27th St., Denver
Cost:  $98
Reservations: Go here
The Low Down: Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club will once again host its Renditions Release Party, an interactive five-course meal set to a live performance of an iconic jazz album. This installment will center around the works of Sonny Rollins, an American jazz saxophonist. The menu, created by Chef Dustin Beckner, was specifically inspired by Rollins’ Way Out West album. It will be performed by musicians, Keith Oxman, Mark Diamond and Ed Breazeale.

Mark your Calendars

Denver Passport Closing Party
When: September 3, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: McNichols Building
Cost: $25
Tickets: Available here

A Taste of Colorado
When: September 4-7
Where: Civic Center Park

Finkel & Garf Brew Run
When: September 5, 10 a.m.
Where: Finkel & Garf Brewing, 5455 Spine Rd, Boulder
Tickets: Register here