Denver food lovers rejoice, because there are tons of events this week to fill your bellies to the brim. Whether you’re new to town or a longtime resident of Denver, the Big Eat is for you. With 55 independent Denver restaurants featured, you can try all of the classics about town, as well as some new additions. Head to Hudson Hill for some handcrafted cocktails made by Tato Giovannoni, owner of Principe de Los Apostoles Gin. End your week at the Denver Deluxe listening to some local bands with a Park Burger and a 10 Barrel Brew in hand, all while supporting Denver Urban Gardens.

Monday, July 11

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Hudson Hill. Photo by Brittany Werges

What: An Evening with “Tato” Giovannoni        

Where: Hudson Hill, 619 E 13th Ave

When: 9 p.m.- 12 a.m.

Low Down: Check out the new Cap Hill cocktail bar, Hudson Hill on this very special evening. World famous bartender and owner of Principe de Los Apostoles Gin, Renato “Tato” Giovannoni will be stopping by to create specialty handcrafted cocktails. Come on by and have a drink at your favorite new spot.

Tuesday, July 12

Photo courtesy of Stem Ciders.

Photo courtesy of Stem Ciders.

What: Cider & Sides: Chocolate & Cider Pairing

Where:  Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St., Ste 150

When: 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Cost: $20

Low Down: Stem Ciders is teaming up with Dead Dog Chocolate for a truly mesmerizing pairing. For $20 you will receive four cider pours and four chocolates. They do pairings every Tuesday of the month: cheese, chocolate, macaroons,  pie, respectively.

Wednesday, July 13

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Nocturne Jazz Club. Photo by Lindsey Bartlett

What: Nocturne’s New Led Zeppelin-Inspired Tasting Menu with Renditions Concert

Where: 1330 27th St.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $55 per person, $45 for students

Low Down:  Nocturne Jazz Club is introducing their new summer menu created with seasonal ingredients and the music of Led Zeppelin’s album, “Houses of the Holy.” These “Renditions” menus reoccur for 10 weeks and are then replaced with a new variation. Dave Devine Trio will perform the tracks while guests enjoy the cuisine. Additionally, chef Greg Weadick and owner/sommelier Scott Mattson will be discussing the creation of their melodious menu. The ticket includes the concert and the five-course meal.

Thursday, July 14

The Big Eat. Photo courtesy of From The Hip Photo.

The Big Eat. Photo courtesy of From The Hip Photo.

What: The Big Eat

Where: The Garner Galleria at Denver Performing Arts Complex, 950 13th St

When: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Cost: $50

Low Down: The Big Eat is a food lover’s dream—a culinary celebration of Denver’s varied independent restaurant scene. This amazing gastronomy adventure that includes restaurants such as old favorite Fruition, newcomer The Way Back and forthcoming Mister Tuna and local craft beers, cocktails and wine from places such as Great Divide Brewery and Palisade’s Peach Street Distillers takes place this Thursday. Check out the website for the full list of vendors and musical acts. Watch the Western stars and enjoy tastes of Denver at this annual event. Tickets include unlimited bites, beer, wine and cocktails.

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Friday, July 15

Courtesy of Epic Brewing Co.

Courtesy of Epic Brewing Co.

What: Beer Yogis at Epic Brewing Company

Where: Epic Brewing Company

When: 10 a.m.

Cost: $25

Low Down: Beer Yogis is making a stop in Denver at Epic Brewing Company. Come practice Vinyasa yoga, see the beer making process and have a beer, all in one morning. The teachers and creators of Beer Yogis, Mikki Trowbridge and Melissa Klimbo, established the event to draw new people, especially men, to the practice of yoga. They are stopping at 23 cities and Denver is lucky to be one. Grab your ticket for $25 that includes the class and the first pint.  Register online or day of.

Saturday, July 16

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Rebel Restaurant owner Bo and chef Dan Laisy (right). Photo by Glenn Ross.

What: Rebel Restaurant Celebrates Year One!

Where: 3763 Wynkoop St.

When: Saturday: 6 p.m.

Cost: $60

Low Down: Celebrate Rebel Restaurant’s first birthday with a wonderful meal and theater show at “The Butcher of Brighton Boulevard”, a murder mystery dinner party. To start the show at 6 p.m. there will be a champagne toast and cocktail hour. The talented The Wit Theater Company will put on the show and Rebel’s head chefs, Dan Lasiy and Bo Porytko, will create the four course “rebellious” dinner. The ticket includes the show, the meal and the champagne toast. Eat, enjoy and catch a murderer.

Saturday, July 16

Park Burger. Photo courtesy of Park Burger.

Park Burger. Photo courtesy of Park Burger.

What: The Denver Deluxe  

Where:  Walnut between 26th & 27th

When: 12 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Cost: Regular $20, Deluxe Pass $30

Low Down: Park Burger introduces the Denver Deluxe, a summer festival along the block of Walnut St. with music, beer and burgers. The festival benefits Denver Urban Gardens, a local nonprofit that operates 150 community gardens throughout Denver plus 40 school community gardens that teach children to nutritional food options and how to grow them. The live music will include The Original Wailers, The Hip Abduction, Rob Drabkin, Musketeer Gripweed, Jonathan Boogie Long, Technicolor Tone Factory and Atomga. Don’t forget to grab a beer from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. and the special Deluxe Burger from Park Burger at the festival.  The regular pass includes entry and one beer and the deluxe includes that plus the Deluxe Burger and one extra beer.