Harvest Week Is Coming -- Join Our Winner at Grapes v. Grains Showdown and Other Events

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Lori Midson
Update: Fall is in the air -- and that means Harvest Week is right around the corner. Next week, EatDenver will again host a series of pop-up parties at The GrowHaus, featuring more than thirty independent restaurants in Denver. The fun runs from September 23 through September 27 -- four dinners and a Saturday brunch -- and we just gave away a pair of tickets to the kickoff event. But you can still buy your own tickets to this great series; keep reading for the details.

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Final Winners Update: First Denver Restaurant Week in August Starts Tomorrow

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Fago de Chao will serve all the meat you can eat during Denver Restaurant Week.
We've now picked the five winners who are getting dinner for two at one of the restaurants participating in the the first August edition of Denver Restaurant Week . But anyone can find a winning deal during DRW. From August 23 through 29, more than 200 restaurants will be offering special, three-course dinners at just $60 for two (not including tax and gratuity). So clear your calendar and loosen your belt; there's lots of good eating ahead.

See also: Denver Restaurant Week splits into two weeks in 2014

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White Fence Farm a Finalist for Top Family Friendly Restaurant

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Do kids belong in restaurants? They do at White Fence Farm, which was just named one of the country's ten finalists in the new Top Family Friendly Restaurants contest hosted by US. Foods. And while White Fence Farms may not boast the eatertainment extravaganza of Casa Bonita, it actually serves decent food -- at least if you stick with what's arguably the town's best best fried chicken, "the one thing White Fence does really, really well," Jason Sheehan wrote in his review of White Fence Farm.

See also: Five Reasons to Ban Disruptive Children From Restaurants

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Crave Real Burgers Seared the Competition at Last Night's Denver Burger Battle

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Kevin Galaba
Twelve area restaurants competed in the Denver Burger Battle last night--Crave Real Burgers was voted Best Burger.

Crave Real Burgers dominated the Denver Burger Battle last night, earning First Place for Best Burger in both the judges' and peoples' choice categories.

"To have that happen -- and for it to be a double-win -- was such an elation," says Jeff Richards, owner of Crave Real Burgers. The name of Crave's burger, "Love Stinks," was inspired by its ingredients: fried onion, raw onion, roasted garlic and garlic aioli. The burger also featured an Angus beef patty, candied bacon, roasted red pepper aioli, and roasted red peppers.

See also:Denver Burger Battle at the Sculpture Park

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Dunkin' Donuts jumps the shark for Shark Week

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Dunkin' Donuts has jumped the shark. Last year at this time, two spots were duking it out to be the first new Dunkin' Donuts store to open in metro Denver in decades. (The Broadway location won by a few hours.) And now, with doughnut joints popping up all over town, Dunkin' is rolling out Shark Week models to celebrate the show's return to the Discovery Channel on Sunday.

See also: Dueling Dunkin' Donuts stores open today

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Updated: Winner of VIP tickets to Ed Fest, the craft beer and music festival in Edwards

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Congratulations to angie216, who came closest to guessing the number of kegs of beer consumed during the grand tasting at Ed Fest 2013. The right answer was 34; angie216's guess of 50 wins a pair of VIP tickets to the August 16 event.

We also promised pairs of GA tickets to the three runnersup -- and they are: hunterwfrederick with 61, Ryanhuseby with 68 and Sara260 with 73.

Winners, send an e-mail to cafe@westword.com with your full name, and we'll get back to you on how to pick up your tickets at will call at Ed Fest.

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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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