The Best Food + Drink Events in Denver This week, October 16th-October 22nd

BY Steph Wilson


Get ready to embark on a culinary journey like no other as we delve into the delectable world of food and drink events in Denver and its vibrant surrounding areas. From the renowned Annual First Bite in Boulder, an event that kicks off the city’s fall dining season with flair, to the tantalizing Tom’s Seafood Dinner at Hop Alley, and an array of first-class dinner events that will tantalize your taste buds, this blog is your ultimate guide to savoring the finest in culinary experiences. Join us as we explore the diverse, dynamic, and delicious gastronomic offerings that the Mile High City and its neighbors have to offer. 

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Mon., Oct. 16: Tom’s Seafood Dinner @ Hop Alley

Location: Hop Alley – 3500 Larimer St.

Eight courses of seafood? Yes, please. For one night only, Hop Alley is cooking up a multicourse seafood-focused dinner sourced through Tom’s Seafood & Gourmet Market in Lakewood. If you’re not familiar with Tom’s but this dinner sparks your interest, you probably should be. The gourmet specialty market focuses on fresh (never frozen), responsibly sourced, world-class seafood and specialty meats. They bring in fish daily from all over the world, including a wide variety of sushi-grade offerings, shellfish, and more. But back to the collab dinner: it’s taking place in Hop Alley’s newly expanded dining room, and it’s $145.88 per person. You can (try) to reserve your spot here, but only if someone cancels. 

Tues., Oct. 17: Fernet Father Forever @ Glo

Location: Glo noodle house – 4450 W. 38th Ave. #130, Denver

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Glo Noodle House is hosting a special evening honoring Luke Evans, an incredibly loved member of Glo as well as an incredibly talented bartender. The event benefits his wife Charly. Your $80 ticket includes passed apps, and a special buffet. Cocktail, access to the silent auction featuring items like custom Fernet Nikes, a Ukrainian cooking class at Molotov, gift cards for Fort Greene Bar and Side Pony, dinner for 10 at Acreage, and more. Tickets are available via Tock

Wed., Oct. 18: Salvatore Ferragamo of Il Borro Tastemaker Dinner @ Tavernetta

Location: Tavernetta – 1889 16th Street Mall, Denver

For lovers of elegant Tuscan reds, this is the dinner for you. The principal of Relais & Chateau Estate, Salvatore Ferragamo of Il Borro, will walk 11 guests through an intimate dinner paired with the estate’s greatest wines. Price: $258 per person. Reserve your spot via Tock

Thurs., Oct. 19: Stag’s Leap Wine Dinner @ Chart House

Location: Chart House -25908 Genesee Trail Rd., Golden

If you prefer your grapes to be from California, consider this Golden dinner instead. Five courses paired with the wines from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, the renowned Napa Valley first-grown estate that stunned oenophiles into bottle shock by winning the Cabernet Sauvignon category in the 1976  blind tasting that later became known as the Judgement of Paris. Taste for yourself what the fuss is all about for just $145 per person on one night only, when all the Chart House locations around the world host this special celebration.

Fri., Oct. 20: 18th Annual First Bite @ Boulder

Location: First Bite Boulder – 1955 28th Street, Boulder

Since 2005, First Bite has produced Boulder County dining events to celebrate the Boulder County dining scene, and this year is no exception. Think of it like Boulder Restaurant Week, with restaurants like Basta, River and Woods, Japango, and Brasserie Boulder offering specially priced menus for your enjoyment. (You can check out the menus here.) On the special event side of things, the calendar includes e-bike, walking, and bus tours, a field trip to the Boulder Farmers Market with Chef Daniel Asher, a Twin Flame lamb dinner at Gemini, and more. First up on the lineup on Oct. 20: Hazel Beverage’s World Cheese & Wine Tasting. Find more details about all the events on the lineup here

Sat., Oct. 21: Cruise the Gilded Age @ French 75

Location: French 75 – 717 17th St, Denver

Spend the night in a bygone era aboard fabulously luxurious ocean liners. French 75’s chefs are creating a menu pulled from original dishes served in nautical first-class dining rooms to make a truly memorable evening in our as-far-from-the-coast-as-can-be city. Wine pairings and specialty one-night-only cocktails round out the experience, which is priced at $60 per person before the booze. You can make your reservation via Tock here.

Sun., Oct. 22: Renditions Dinner Concert @ Nocturne

Location: Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club – 1330 27th St, Denver

Shake up your home mixology skills with this 2-hour cocktail class in the RiNo Ballroom led by Elliott Clark of @apartment_bartender. Learn the art of connecting with loved ones over cocktails featuring small-batch spirits by Denver’s Ironton Distillery and Crafthouse. The Class runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for $75 per person. Register in advance here.


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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