Wine, crawfish and a five-course charity dinner are among the culinary events happening in Denver this week. Sip on fine, natural wine at the Grand showcase or enjoy a jazz-inspired dinner this Wednesday. When the weekend hits, take a stroll around the Spring Flea for craft cocktails and goods from some of Colorado’s local makers.

Break up your work week or take advantage of your weekend at one of these events. There’s plenty of food and booze to enjoy around the Mile High City.

Colorado Natural Wine Week Grand Showcase

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Photo by Glenn Ross

When: Wednesday, April 20. 5-7p.m.

Where: Rino Yacht Club at The Source, 3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver

Cost: $25-40, get tickets here

The Low Down: Enjoy a midweek glass (or two) of wine at the First Annual Grand Showcase. You’ll get to taste natural, sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines from all over the world and meet highly respected winemakers and importers. If you’re new to the natural wine world, don’t worry, a Natural Wine 101 seminar takes place at 6 p.m. To close out Natural Wine Week, an oyster and champagne party will follow the showcase on Sunday, April 24.

Renditions Menu Launch

Nocturne Jazz Club & Restaurant, photo by Lindsey Bartlett. (32)

Photo by Lindsey Bartlett

When: Wednesday, April 20. 7:30p.m.

Where: Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club, 1330 27th St., Denver

Cost: $55, get tickets here

The Low Down: Take part in Jazz Appreciation Month this Wednesday at Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club as they launch a new renditions menu inspired by Charlie “Bird” Parker, the extremely influential, iconic jazz artist credited with making way for what is now considered “modern jazz.” Nocturne has reviewed Parker’s work to create an inspired five-course menu including spring terrine with truffled, poached egg yolk and a carrot, mustard and buckwheat tuille. Enjoy the sounds of saxophonist Will Swindler for a unique evening of music and food.

Denver Beer Co Crawfish Boil

When: Saturday, April 23. 1-5p.m.

Where: Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St., Denver

Cost: $35, get tickets here

The Low Down: If you haven’t had the chance to participate in a crawfish boil, this weekend is your chance. Head over to Denver Beer Co. this Saturday for fresh crawfish and good beer. Chefs are boiling up batches of fresh, live crawfish flown in from Louisiana all afternoon. Your $35 will get you a bib, tray of crawfish with corn on the cob and potatoes, and two 16-ounce pours. Take a seat on the patio for a fun, cajun evening.

Spring Flea

Denver Flea, Spring 2015. Photo by Romeo Fernandez

Denver Flea, Spring 2015. Photo by Romeo Fernandez

When: Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24. 10a.m-6p.m.

Where: EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St., Denver

Cost: $5

The Low Down: Head to RiNo this weekend for a two-day block party full of craft goods, snacks, and drinks at the Spring Flea.This indoor-outdoor event takes over the surrounding blocks outside the EXDO Event Center. Explore the crafts of more than 150 Colorado-centric vendors while enjoying local food and drinks. Sip on beer from New Belgium Brewing Company, Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, or a “Choose your Mule” outdoor bar. Plan on plenty of food and snacks to choose from including tacos, sliders, falafel, tater tots, fresh juices and ice cream. See the full list of participating vendors here.

 

Chefs Up Front 2016 Gala

When: Sunday, April 24. 5p.m.

Where: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver

Cost: $500, get tickets here

The Low Down: For its 16th year, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters Colorado will host the Chefs Up Front Gala. This culinary event brings together 30 of Colorado’s most talented chefs to help end childhood hunger in Colorado through healthy food education. An interactive auction and cocktail reception kicks off the night, including cocktails and a fresh seafood raw bar from Blue Island Oyster Bar and Seattle Fish Company. A four-course dinner prepared tableside follows, paired with global wines. Guests will choose their top three chefs and be paired with a meal from one of them. Dessert from D Bar Denver will be served to end the evening. Proceeds benefit Cooking Matters and the No Kid Hungry Colorado campaign.