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.

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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.

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Photos: Sizzling scenes from the Hot Rocks Griller Challenge at Elway's Cherry Creek

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All photos by Lori Midson.

On Wednesday night, seventeen chefs from across Denver convened on the patio of Elway's Cherry Creek for the Hot Rocks Griller Challenge, an annual benefit -- and one of the best food-related events of the year -- for the Denver Health Foundation's male-based programs. The chefs, all of whom created different variations of sliders, paired their dishes with a salad or side, and the public, along with the participating chefs, voted on which slider sizzled to the top. Tyler Wiard and Aniedra Nichols, the dynamic kitchen team behind Elway's, were awarded first place in the people's race for their barbacoa torta paved with onion-radish slaw, grilled Oaxaca cheese and smear of avocado. Second place went to Adam Branz, the chef of Bistro Vendome, who served an elegant slider mounted with pork belly, apricot compote and Camembert on sour dough, while third place was awarded to Continental Deli's Felice Price, who wowed the slider-starved crowd with her jackalope sausage slider topped with apricot mustard and grilled red cabbage spiked with citrus. The chef vote for best slider went to Branz.

Flip the page to eat up the highlights, and make sure to check out our full slide show of the night's most memorable moments.

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Dining Out for Life today -- get out and eat for Project Angel Heart

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This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Dining Out for Life in Denver, and more than 250 metro Denver restaurants will be donating 25 percent of their food sales all day today to Project Angel Heart, which provides life-sustaining meals for Coloradans suffering from life-threatening illnesses, including HIV and AIDS. This year Project Angel Heart hopes to raise more than $340,000 from the benefit and expects more than 90,000 diners to do their part in helping out.

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Join Denver chefs on Sunday to support Avenue Grill manager Shelly McCandless, whose young son is battling cancer

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Cash McCandless is a spunky seven-year-old who loves Jimmy Fallon, knock-knock jokes and root beer milk, says his mom, Shelly McCandless, the longtime manager of Avenue Grill in Uptown. But in 2012, after playing games with his grandma, Cash woke up in Children's Hospital after suffering a seizure.

In late November of 2012, doctors discovered a mass on his brain, which was successfully removed with surgery. Six months later, Cash's tumor had resurfaced and metastasized to his spine. The seven-year-old was diagnosed with grade 2 ganglioglioma, a rare type of tumor and stage 4 cancer.


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Jen and Josh Wolkon, Vesta Dipping Grill honored by Urban Peak

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Jen and Josh Wolkon at Vesta Dipping Grill.
Restaurateurs are some of the most generous people in metro Denver, frequently volunteering their time, staff and space for a good cause. But you'd have to go far to find a couple who've dished up more donations than Jen and Josh Wolkon, owners of Vesta Dipping Grill, Steuben's and Ace.

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2014 Local Food Summit kicks off at 10 a.m. today

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Billed as "Denver's largest gathering of local food producers, manufacturers, growers, retailers and restaurateurs," the 2014 Local Food Summit, hosted by the Mile High Business Alliance, in partnership with the City of Denver, kicks off this morning at 10 a.m. at the McNichols Civic Center Building with a full day of food-intensive panel discussions and workshops.

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Jon Mendoza, former chef of Uncle, hosting a pop-up at Corner House to benefit Project Angel Heart

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A few weeks ago, when I spoke to Jon Mendoza, he had just been let go from Uncle, Tommy Lee's noodle shop in Highland. But while Mendoza, who was Uncle's chef, vented his frustrations about getting the boot, he also made it very clear that his departure from Uncle would give him the freedom to concentrate on his Bad Apple pop-up dinners, which he introduced in January -- and it didn't take Mendoza long to solidify the location of his next pop-up, which will be Sunday, March 9 at the Corner House.

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Project Angel Heart: Five million meals served

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Lanny Dick has been volunteering with Project Angel Heart for over two decades. He was there in 1991 when the non-profit served its first meals, he worked with Bargreen Ellingson to build the new kitchen where Project Angel Heart now is based, and yesterday he put the finishing touches on the 5,000,000th meal served. In honor of the first meal -- Racines donated lasagna for a dozen -- the menu was again lasagna.

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Dirt Coffee Bar truck will steer a course to help those with autism

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A new coffee and pastry truck will be rolling out this year that will not only serve drinks and other goodies, but also help those affected by autism spectrum disorders. Dirt Coffee Bar is a project of Garden Autism Services of Colorado, an organization that provides a wide variety of services to help individuals and families affected by ASD. The mission of Dirt, according to its website, is "to empower the autism community by providing young adults with the opportunity to grow personally, cultivate professional skills, and earn an income -- all while serving great coffee to the community."

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