Denver’s Best Culinary Events May 8th Through May 14th 2023

BY Steph Wilson


Welcome to Denver, where the culinary scene is flourishing with mouth-watering gastronomic experiences. From May 8th through Sunday the 14th, indulge in various events that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you with unforgettable memories. Wine and dine with a James Beard finalist at Brasserie Brixton, embrace la dolce vita with Albino Rocca Barbaresco at Barolo Grill, and sip on rare wines from premier Bordeaux producers at Fruition. If you’re a chocolate lover, you won’t want to miss Colorado Chocolate Festival at Crowne Plaza, where 30,000 sq ft of chocolate indulgence await you. Hops in the Park, an immersive beer fest, is also on the schedule, with many more events. Don’t forget to stay tuned for our post on the best Mother’s Day brunches and specials in town.

Mon., May 8: BRUTØ @ Brasserie Brixton

Chef Michael Diaz De Leon, a 2023 James Beard finalist, invades Brasserie Brixton with the tantalizing flavors of Bruto. Brace yourself for a five-course tasting menu and exclusive wine offerings. Book your adventure via Resy.

Brasserie Brixton
3701 N Williams St.

Tues. May 9: Albino Rocca Barbaresco Wine Dinner @ Barolo Grill

Embrace la dolce vita as Barolo Grill welcomes Daniela Rocca from Albino Rocca winery. Savor an exquisite four-course dinner alongside their wines, and let your inner Italian flourish. All-inclusive tickets are $225 per person, which includes food, wine, tax, and tip. Reserve your seat via Tock.

Barolo Grill
3030 E 6th Ave.

Wed. May 10: Bordeaux Dinner @ Fruition

Prepare to be wined and dined at Fruition’s four-course Bordeaux dinner. Sip on rare wines from premier Bordeaux producers as a guest sommelier regales you with their expertise. Pricing is per person, $95 for dinner and $255 for pairings. Book via Tock.

Fruition Restaurant

1313 E 6th Ave.


Wed., May 10: Find Your Inner Rocker @ Reynard Social

Unleash your inner rockstar at Reynard Social’s Find Your Inner Rocker event. Chris Bloom turns The Library into a sanctuary for wannabe rockers. Grab a cocktail (first round’s on them!) and live out your Guitar Hero fantasies. Tickets, $25, are available on Eventbrite. This is a recurring event, so rock out at the next one if you can’t make it.

Reynard Social
Thompson Hotel, 6th Floor
1616 Market St.

Thurs., May 11: Wagyu & Wine Bar Fogo Event @ Fogo de Chão

Experience a night of indulgence with the ultimate steak & wine tasting. Discover the distinct marbling and flavors of decadent Wagyu Ribeye alongside Bone-in Ribeye, perfectly paired with South American wines and savory bar bites. Via OpenTable Experiences.

Fogo de Chão
1513 Wynkoop St.

Fri., May 12: Colorado Chocolate Festival 

Dana Cain Events presents the sweetest weekend of the year— the Colorado Chocolate Festival. Held at the Crowne Plaza on I-70 in Denver, this 2-day event boasts 30,000 sq ft of chocolate indulgence, 80 vendors, and a Chocolate Martini Bar that’ll have you reconsidering your life choices. Pamper yourself in The Chocolate Spa, where chocolate-infused massages, facials, and nail designs await. Admission: $10 for general entry, then snag Taste Tickets for samples at $10 a dozen, or go big with VIP at $50.

Crowne Plaza DIA Convention Center
I-70 at Chambers Rd.

Sat. May 13: What is Wine? Orange Wine @ Beckon

Think you’ve uncorked every wine secret? Even seasoned connoisseurs might swirl in curiosity over the enigmatic orange wine. Satisfy your thirst for knowledge with Beckon’s sommelier team at their outdoor patio tasting and educational events. Join Wine Director Justin Mueller and special guest Suzanne Roberts of BRUTØ as they peel back the layers of orange wine. Uncover its history, production methods, and mystique through tastings and tantalizing conversation. Of course, no wine event is complete without nibbles, friendly banter, and a chance to replenish your cellar for patio season. Tickets are $125 via Tock.

2843 Larimer St.

Sat. May 13: Hops in the Park @ Clement Park, Littleton

Longing for a suds-soaked escapade? Colorado’s idyllic Clement Park hosts Hops in the Park, a 21+ festival celebrating the state’s kaleidoscope of breweries and beers. With tastings, food trucks, nifty beer swag vendors, artist booths, yard games, and entertainment, this frothy fête has it all. Anticipate lively sips from your favorite Colorado breweries as they battle for the illustrious “Best of the Fest” title—don’t forget to exercise your democratic right to vote. For $40 (via Eventbrite), secure entry, a souvenir Hops in the Park taster glass, samples from participating breweries, and access to booths and games. 

Hops in the Park
Robert F. Clement Park 
7306 West Bowles Ave., Littleton 

Sun., May 14: Mother’s Day 

Stay tuned for our post on the best Mother’s Day brunches and specials in town.


Steph Wilson

Steph Wilson is a writer, editor, and creative maximalist in Denver. She makes magazines for a living and throws color around the world like confetti for fun.

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