The Best Food + Drink Events in Denver This week, September 11th-17th

BY Steph Wilson


It’s a big week for the culinary superstars of Colorado, as the state’s top chefs prepare to shine brighter than ever thanks to their fresh new Michelin Stars, which will be bestowed upon them on Tuesday at Mission Ballroom. And then the party truly begins. Here’s where you can celebrate the best of Denver’s dining scene this week. We’ll see you out there. 

Sept. 12: Michelin Star Ceremony @ Mission Ballroom

Location: Mission Ballroom4242 Wynkoop St, Denver

The Michelin Guide—the foremost authority on all things gourmand that awards restaurants the coveted Michelin Stars—has arrived in Colorado. You might have heard news about the Bib Gourmands—restaurants that offer good quality at good value—that the Guide announced a week or so ago. And our biggest and most sincere congrats to the restaurants honored on the listsome of our faves. Consider that announcement a teaser course, just enough to whet your appetite for the feast that’s to come. On Tuesday night, Michelin Guide is hosting its first Inauguration Ceremony in Colorado. The state’s preeminent chefs have been invited to gather at Mission Ballroom in Denver to discover whether their restaurants have received a star. The event is not open to the public, but we’ll be there reporting live on the @diningoutmagazine Instagram, so follow along to learn who’s the who-est of the who among the top toques in Colorado. Michelin Guide awards stars to identify establishments serving exceptional cuisine that’s rich in flavor, remarkably executed, and infused with the personality of a talented chef. We’re giddy with anticipation. 

Sept. 13: Shake it Up! Tiki Cocktail Class @ Deviation Distilling

Location: Deviation Distilling 1000 Larimer Street, Denver

In the Dairy Block’s private alley, Denver’s only gin distillery and cocktail lounge—Deviation Distilling—is mixing up tiki cocktails inspired by summer for this month’s cocktail class, and you’re invited to join them. And since the official end of summer is creeping up real fast, might as well take advantage of all things warm-weather-inspired while you still can. The snow is already falling in the mountains, so keep it hot in the alley. Reserve your spot via Tock.

Sept. 14: Adult Spelling Bee @ Adrift Tiki Bar

Location: Adrift Tiki Bar218 S. Broadway

Join Adrift for the first of many Adult Spelling Bees—this event is all fun and pretension with lighthearted fun and cheeky humor. Battle it out for awesome prizes and well-deserved bragging rights. Prizes include $100 cash for first place, a $50 gift card to Adrift for the runner-up, and a punch bowl for two for the third-best speller of the bunch (who’s all but guaranteed to dip a bit in the rankings after sipping that bowl dry).

Sept. 14: Trick Dog Bar Pup Up @ Yacht Club

Location: Yacht Club3701 N Williams St. Denver

Join Denver’s Yacht Club from 9pm on when Trick Dog, the San Francisco-based James Beard Foundation Award-nominated bar, “pups up” to sling some of their beloved cocktails, spirit-free drinks, glizzy hot dogs and more. Under the direction of founder Josh Harris and the two-time winner of “World’s Best Cocktail Menu,” Trick Dog is known for changing its menu concept and drinks entirely every six months. Since opening over a decade ago, Trick Dog has unveiled 19 wholly original menu themes, including Pantone color wheel, Rhymes with Trick Dog (a Seussian-style book), Trick Dog Mural Project (large-scale murals across San Francisco), and the current menu, Tantrick Dog, a 13×18-inch, vibrantly colored poster-style menu with playful illustrations of 16 dogs each replicating a classic yoga pose, from Down Dog to Puppy Pose. Inspired by vintage design and colors and printed on thick paper with a velvety texture, the menu offers a spirited approach to the practice of yoga with a drink named after each pose. Expect a host of fresh takes for this one-night-only “pup up” and a raucous good time led by long-time pals and peers.

Sept. 14: Dairy Block Dines @ Dairy Block

Location: Diary Block Dines1800 Wazee St. Denver

Fancy a sophisticated outdoor dinner party for 150 people in the Alley at Dairy Block on featuring top Colorado chefs, libations from award-winning cocktail crafters, live entertainment and more? Then we have the event for you. Designed to celebrate the vibrant culinary scene found at the LoDo micro-district, this four-course dinner will feature thoughtfully prepared menu by top Dairy Block Chefs—including Chef Michael Diaz de Leon of BRUTØ and Chef Cesar Tamariz of Kachina Cantina.

Curated by Denver’s Fireside at Five and RLY RLY, the menu for this special evening will feature a welcome cocktail created by Poka Lola Social Club paired with bread from LoDough Bakery, Mexican shrimp cocktail from Kachina Cantina, seared scallops with compressed watermelon from For[a]ged, and fresh fare fired up by Chef Michael Diaz de Leon on the Robata Grill in the Alley. The delicious evening begins at 7 p.m., and tix are just $75 per person. More details can be found right here

Sept. 15–23: Denver Beer Week

Location: The Rally Hotel at McGregor Square1600 20th St, Denver, CO

Great American Beer Fest is but a week away, and taps are flowing all around town to celebrate. Seriously, there’s so. much. happening. everywhere. all. week. long. So we’re putting together a special post dedicated to all things related to the brew-ha-ha. Look for it on later this week. 

Sept. 16: Euclid Hal Pop-Up @ Stoic & Genuine

Location: Stoic & Genuine – 1701 Wynkoop St. #105

The team Euclid Hall is getting the band back together a few blocks from the original location to celebrate the legendary Denver eatery—one that Esquire deemed to have one of the Best Beer Menus in America and Zagat called one of America’s Top Restaurants (not to mention the slew of local accolades the hot spot racked up). If you’ve been missing their brat burgers, pad Thai pig ears, or cauliflower salads, this is your chance to satiate your cravings—for one night only. You’ll definitely want to reserve your seat at the table via Tock while you still can. 

Sept. 16: Palisade Peach Party @ Four Seasons Denver

Location: Four Seasons Hotel Denver 1111 14th St, Denver

If the sun feels warmer here, it’s because you’re much closer to it. And before it tucks itself away from a long winter’s nap, Four Seasons Denver is gonna celebrate it during this end of summer bash on the Rooftop Terrace. This juicy party features bites, live music by DJ Flightplan, craft cocktails and beer from ultra local distilleries and breweries. There’ll be a Palisade-inspired BBQ menu of Colorado sliders, smoked pork ribs, black garlic brisket, peach pound cake with whiskey cinnamon ice cream and more. Tickets are just $65 and you can get yours (and more details about what that ticket gets ya) via Tock

Sept. 17: Taste of Convergence @ Meow Wolf

Location: Meow Wolf Convergence Station – 1338 1st St, Denver

Wanna get weird to wrap up your weekend? Head to the Perplexiplex for a celebration of local vendors and flavors. From 12-4pm, enjoy ample samples from our favorite local food and beverage vendors—think: Raices Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Co., adobo, Copper Door Coffee, and more. It’s all courtesy of HELLOFOOD—serving QDOT for 2,500 years and counting. More details and tickets available 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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