Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A wine winner, urban farm dinner & more

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Here's the here, now and soon in our local food-and-drink scene:

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey just released 409 cases of its 2010 Colorado Syrah, which according to a press release, earned a trifecta of double-gold medals between California's New World International Wine Competition, the 2013 Colorado Governor’s Cup and Michigan's Taster’s Guild Wine Competition.

Made with Palisade-grown grapes, the wine is described as "Bursting with raspberry and black-cherry fruit on the nose ... followed by a mouthful of ripe fruits, oak, smoke and a long, fruit-filled finish."

Find it at the Abbey's tasting room as well as area liquor stores, or order it online.

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• Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 31, Front Range Barbeque will host a Left Hand Brewing Night , during which a special firkin will be tapped alongside other Left Hand brews.

Thursday, Aug. 8, then brings a Focus on the Beer "Meet the Brewer" event with Denver's Renegade Brewing and Ali Benetka (one of two female head-brewers in Colorado). She's have six specialty beers available.

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens master gardener Larry Stebbins will join chef Kevin Campbell of Full Circle Cuisine at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Motif for a special harvest dinner that in part benefits PPUG.

The evening's menu will showcase PPUG-grown produce with a $35 vegetarian sampling; a carnivore's menu is also available for $10 more, and gluten-free options are available by request. Make reservations at kevin@fullcirclecuisine.com.

• We'll share more on this in an expanded blog post soon, but mark your calendar for the official Ivywild School grand opening celebration on Friday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 17.

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• Also on Aug. 17, Chipotle Mexican Grill's free Cultivate Festival returns to Denver's City Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Extensive drink sampling is one highlight, in addition to a focus on locally grown food via area chef demos and food samplings. There's also a decent music lineup that includes the Cold War Kids and Air Dubai.

• Finally, the Margarita at PineCreek will hold its fifth annual Clam Jam at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18. The cost is $55 to sample from "nine different regional seafood dishes with accompaniments," plus dessert alongside live music. Make a reservation at 598-8667 soon; the event did sell out last year.

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