House For All Sinners and Saints Makes Working on Thanksgiving Suck Less

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House For All will distribute about 1,000 bagged lunches to people working on Thanksgiving.
If you're looking for an interesting volunteer opportunity this Thanksgiving, give House For All Sinners and Saints a call. In an effort called Operation: Turkey Sandwich, the ministry, which became an official congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America this year, is making more than 1,000 bagged Thanksgiving-themed lunches for people who are stuck working this holiday.

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Denver Chefs Pitch in for Project Angel Heart's A Taste for Life Fundraiser

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All photos by Mark Antonation
Project Angel Heart is a non-profit organization that delivers meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses. Since its mission is primarily food-based, it makes sense that the biggest fundraisers every year are centered around food. April's Dining Out for Life brings in the most money for Project Angel Heart every year, but A Taste for Life also does well: last night's event brought in over $175,000 for Project Angel Heart's programs, according to Amy Daly, vice president of development for the organization.

Tickets for a Taste of Life, held at the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center, were $150 per person, which included food and drink tastings from some of the city's top restaurants, bars and food producers. "We're immensely grateful to the food and beverage industry," says Daly. "They make it happen for us every year."

See also: Project Angel Heart: Five Million Meals Served

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Work Options for Women Brewing Up a Barista Station -- and You Can Help

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Work Options for Women -- the local nonprofit that helps train at-risk women (and men) for careers in the food industry through on-the-job training -- is nearing the end of its indiegogo campaign to raise $5,161 to outfit the Barista Training Station at Cafe United, the facility WOW will be running at the new Mile High United Way headquarters downtown.

WOW already manages the cafeteria at the Denver Department of Health and Human Services on Federal Boulevard, as well as the popular Cafe Options.

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Slow Food Denver Offers Microgrants to Local Food Organizations

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Harman's will host one of this year's Slow Food Denver microgrant dinners.
Slow Food USA is about more than just cooking and enjoying good food while decrying the downfalls of the average American diet. According to Krista Roberts, director of Slow Food Denver, the organization is committed to "good, clean, and fair food." As part of that mission, the organization created C.A.F.E. (community, art, food and education) four years ago to provide support and funding to local food-based organizations. Slow Food Denver has teamed with Chipotle and Grow Local Colorado to select three organizations to receive microgrants at a dinner to be held at Harman's Eat and Drink in Cherry Creek North on Monday, September 8.

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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.

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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.

See also: Project Angel Heart: Five million meals served

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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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