It's a big weekend for local food and wine events

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It's gearing up to be a big food and wine weekend, kids.

On Saturday, Ace Hardware, Alameda Station, 417 South Broadway, is holding its first-ever "Big Green Egg" grilling competition, a smoking and grilling face-off between students from the Art Institute of Colorado and other participating hopefuls, all of whom will fire and smoke their food on a Big Green Egg ceramic grill for a chance to win $300 in Ace Hardware gift cards. Even if you're not a contender, you can stop by for discounted pricing on products and accessories, and to sample what's cooking.

Open since 1934, Bonnie Brae Tavern, the old-time pizzeria at 740 South University Boulevard, celebrates 75 years of flipping pies with an all-day party on Sunday, June 7. To commemorate the major milestone, beers will start at just 75 cents, and spaghetti at $1.75.

That evening, across town in Highland, Lola, 1575 Boulder Street, is hosting a dinner honoring the sustainable and ethical consumption of the oceans' bounty. Sheila Lucero, exec chef at Jax Fish House-Denver, 1539 17th Street, 2009 Top Chef New York winner Hosea
Rosenberg of Jax Fish House-Boulder, 928 Pearl Street, and Jamey Fader, exec at Lola, will create a multi-course dinner using products from eco-friendly fish and seafood companies. Tickets are $40 per person; call 720-570-8686 to book.

And if you can squeeze it in, the Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery, at 931 West 5th Avenue, is also getting a piece of Sunday's action, when owner Ben Parsons hosts "The Lot," a $115 per person nip and nosh event centered around small plate and wine stations. Masterpiece Deli chef, Justin Brunson, is cooking while Parsons is pouring his own wines. Sessions are at 1 p.m. or 4 p.m.; call 970-260-0710 for more info or to RSVP.


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