Pitching Sam Adams, National Lemonade Day, Ian Kleinman magic and more
The Mi Casa Center, 360 Acoma Street, is welcoming Samuel Adams Brewing for a free speed-coaching advice program for upcoming entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry today. This year's event will feature a "Pitch Room" competition that gives eight Colorado companies a chance to win a trip to Boston to compete in the Pitch Room finals later this year; the winner of the finals will be awarded a $10,000 grant and further business help from Samuel Adams.
Jim Koch, founder of Sam Adams, during a speed-coaching session last year in Denver.
The local companies in the Pitch Room competition include Brewery Rickoli, Bumbleroot Foods, Montanya Distillers, So Much 'Mores Campfire Desserts, Lindita's, Kassia's Pasta Farm and Chocolate Avenue USA. But even those just watching the action should learn plenty. For more information, visit the website.
Keep reading for a taste of what else is on the culinary calendar this week.
Monday, August 19:
To commemorate the USA Pro Challenge that starts today, both locations of Patxi's Pizza (185 Steele Street and 3455 South University Boulevard) are offering a special, Colorado-inspired pizza. "The Fourteener" is available today through Sunday, August 25; go to the chain's Facebook page for more information.
Every Monday, Urbiculture invites yoga instructor Lesia Wasylkevych to lead a yoga class at Gabrielle's Garden, 832 Kalamath Street, from 6 to 7 p.m. There's a suggested donation of $5; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, August 20:
It's National Lemonade Day, and local Red Robin restaurants are setting up lemonade stands to raise funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding better treatments and ultimately cures for all kids with cancer. Participating restaurants will offer free samples of lemonade, while collecting donations for the charity. Visit the website to learn more.
Ace, 501 East 17th Avenue, hosts a table-tennis tournament from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday. All matches are singles, and the event is limited to sixteen participants; registration begins at 6 p.m. Prizes (gift certificates, T-shirts and more) for the winners vary each week; call Ace at 303-800-7705 for more details.
Civic Center Eats rolls on at Civic Center Park. The food-truck fest lands at the park at lunchtime on Tuesdays and Thursdays through September 26 (with the exception of August 29 and September 3). The movable feast, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., features live music in addition to food and other vendors; check the website for the full schedule of both trucks and entertainment.