Win VIP tickets to Ed Fest, the craft beer and music festival August 16 in Edwards

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Ed Fest , the craft beer and music festival created five years ago by the team at Crazy Mountain Brewery, returns to Edwards on August 16, when it will celebrate international craft-beer culture with over sixty craft breweries from around the world -- including Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Green Flash Brewing Company, Telluride Brewing Company and Great Divide Brewing Company. There will also be gourmet bites from local restaurants and food trucks, wares from Colorado purveyors, and live music by the nationally-renowned North Mississippi Allstars -- in the act's only Colorado tour date this summer.

And we're giving away a pair of VIP tickets to the event.


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TheBigWonderful Denver Food Challenge finalists announced -- vote for your favorite!

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Danielle Lirette
TheBigWonderful has just announced the three finalists in its Denver Food Challenge -- and you can help cheer on these entrepreneurs at the next installment of the market on Saturday, July 19, at Sustainability Park.

See also: Photos of TheBigWonderful kickoff in Sustainability Park


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TheBigWonderful Denver Food Challenge extends deadline on its BigWonderful deal

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On July 12, TheBigWonderful -- a weekly market and food incubator -- will launch in Sustainability Park. And TheBigWonderful wants to help local food entrepreneurs launch, too -- by awarding one winning idea $500 in seed money and a month's free booth rental.

See also: The BigWonderful, a culinary no-waste food market, will launch in July

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Ace and Osage Café crowned the kings of wings at Sunday's Wings and Whiskey throwdown

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All photos by Lori Midson
Hundreds of whiskey and chicken-wing aficionados swarmed the quarters at Ace Eat Serve on Sunday afternoon to partake in the restaurant's first Wings and Whiskey jubilee. A coop of chefs, including Tyler Wiard (Elway's Cherry Creek), Troy Guard (TAG), Jamey Fader (culinary director of Big Red F/Post Brewing/Good Bird Chicken), Mimi Banish (Osage Café), Matt Selby (Central Bistro & Bar), AJ Ouellette (Fire On The Mountain), Brandon Foster (Vesta Dipping Grill), Cliff Blauvelt (Steuben's) and Chris Medved and Brandon Biederman (Ace), were pitted against each another in a spirited competition to be crowned the overlord of fowl. Two winners emerged: Ace and Osage Cafe, both of whom waltzed away with trophies. The bash also featured a chicken wing-eating contest (and lots of squawking, sauce-smearing and face paint), whiskey cocktails, beers from Great Divide and live music. The proceeds from the event benefited the Denver Housing Authority's Youth Culinary Academy. Here's a recap of the festivities, and don't miss our full slide show of all the shenanigans.

See also: Wings and Whiskey at Ace

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Announcing the winners of our Wings & Whiskey contest: BigAl, Ncseely and Skinney85

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Who will be crowned the wing king at Ace's Wings & Whiskey showdown?

UPDATE:
We have three winners of our Wings & Whiskey contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to answer this question: How many tiger wings did Ace serve between Sunday, June 15 and Sunday, June 22? Congratulations to BigAl, who came the closest with a guess of 1475. Congratulations, too, to NCSeely, who guessed 1460 and Skinney85, who guessed 1450. All three of you came the closest (without going over) to the actual number, which is 1500. We'll be in touch with info about how you can get your tickets.

Original post: VIP tickets to Sunday's Wings & Whiskey battle at Ace, Josh and Jen Wolkon's ping-pong emporium in Uptown, sold out weeks ago, but there are still general admission tickets available to the event, the proceeds of which benefit the Denver Housing Authority's Youth Culinary Academy. And you can win two of those GA tickets right here.

See also: Best First-Date Restaurant Denver 2014 - Ace


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lydianew204 is the winner of our Top Taco contest

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We have a winner of our Top Taco contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to answer this question: How many Stella's pork carnitas tacos did Comida Cantina at the Source sell during the month of May? Congratulations to lydianew204, who came the closest with a guess of 3,200; the actual number is 4,201.

Original post: On Thursday, June 26, 24 local restaurants will battle it out for taco supremacy in the inaugural Top Taco Denver showdown, a benefit for the Colorado Restaurant Association's Education Foundation ProStart scholarship program. The event, which unfolds in Sculpture Park, located just behind the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, begins at 6:30 p.m. for general admission ticket holders. The soiree continues through 9:30 p.m., and we're giving away two VIP tickets -- more on that perk on the next page -- to one Cafe Society reader and a guest.

See also: Exclusive: Biker Jim opening a second brick-and-mortar in Highlands Ranch

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Win two general admission tickets to Wings & Whiskey at ACE

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Who will be crowned the wing king at Ace's Wings & Whiskey showdown?

VIP tickets to Sunday's Wings & Whiskey battle at Ace, Josh and Jen Wolkon's ping-pong emporium in Uptown, sold out weeks ago, but there are still general admission tickets available to the event, the proceeds of which benefit the Denver Housing Authority's Youth Culinary Academy. And you can win two of those GA tickets right here.

See also: Best First-Date Restaurant Denver 2014 - Ace


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Guess where I'm eating a massive -- and magnificent -- ribeye?

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Lori Midson

When a friend and I sat down to dinner at this restaurant, we had originally planned to graze, but as soon as we saw the astoundingly huge platter of carved, crimson-hued ribeye being delivered to another table, we promptly shut our menus and announced, "We'll have what they're having." Best decision I made all week.

Can you guess where I'm eating?

Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to a Guess Where post -- on the Cafe Society blog, not on Facebook -- is entered into the contest pool, and every Monday, we select one lucky winner who'll receive a 2014 EatDenver dining deck, worth up to $520 in discounts at independent restaurants.


Guess where you're eating? At an EatDenver restaurant if you're Rev_Ed

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Lori Midson

Cafe Society served up five Guess Where? contests last week, zigzagging from a bourbon mule from Jimmy's, the unofficial party headquarters of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, to an all-vegan Middle Eastern feast from Damascus to an excellent Reuben from a lovely little sandwich shop and cafe parked on the fringes of downtown.


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Guess where I'm drinking a bourbon mule?

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Lori Midson

There are no official headquarters of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, which is where I am right now, but the unofficial headquarters of the weekend are here at this Aspen institution that's party central for anyone (and everyone) who wants one last libation before dragging themselves out of bed the next morning to drink, eat and repeat.

Can you guess where I'm drinking?

Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to a Guess Where post -- on the Cafe Society blog, not on Facebook -- is entered into the contest pool, and every Monday, we select one lucky winner who'll receive a 2014 EatDenver dining deck, worth up to $520 in discounts at independent restaurants.


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