What's for Dinner at Frasca, Mizuna and Firenze a Tavola Tonight?

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Frasca is holding a pop-up wine dinner, Mizuna will be welcoming a special guest at its wine dinner and Firenze a Tavola is getting in the Halloween spirit early with a community table "gangster" dinner. Keep reading for a taste of a trio of special events tonight.

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Chef Brian Laird Opens Sarto's in Jefferson Park Today

Lauren DeBell
It's been a year and a half since Taylor Swallow, his wife Kajsa and chef Brian Laird, whose cooking skills have taken him around the metro area since he departed Barolo Grill in early 2011, signed a lease for a new restaurant in transitional Jefferson Park, a neighborhood until recently known more as a place to trawl for parking spots before Broncos games than as a dining destination. Since then, an austere and elegant dining room has taken shape, belying the address's historic but until-recently neglected turn-of-the-century exterior. Sarto's, from the Italian for "tailor," opens today with a focus on what Laird describes as metropolitan Italian fare tailored to the desires of individual guests.

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Photos: Dante's Wingferno at Dry Dock Brewing Was Hot, Hot, Hot

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All photos by Scott Lentz
Dry Dock Brewing teamed up with Wing Hut to hosted the third annual Dante's Wingferno wing eating contest over the weekend. Proceeds from the fiery debacle benefited the Aurora Fire Department. Photographer Scott Lentz captured the action while steering clear of the hazardous materials.

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2601 Proves to Be a Great Number for New RiNo Restaurants

Mark Antonation
There's a new development going up at 2601 Larimer Street in Ballpark/River North, and it's called, appropriately enough, 2601 Larimer. It will feature 20,000 square feet of office, retail and restaurant space -- that's the important part -- and last night 2601 threw a neighborhood party to introduce its concept and showcase the food of several upcoming eateries. In addition to samples of ramen, burgers and spicy southern Indian fare, as well as local booze from nearby wineries and breweries, the event dished out plenty of restaurant news.

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Panzano's Elise Wiggins: Fall Is a "Romantic and Sexy Time for Food!"

Elise Wiggins, ready for fall...and romance?
Menus are changing faster than the leaves, as chefs update their offerings to reflect the season. But at Panzano, executive chef Elise Wiggins approaches her menu with more than just fall produce in mind. She's also aware of the way autumn makes us feel.

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The Horseshoe Lounge's Patio Is a Dive Bar Delight Despite the Weather

Kristin Pazulski
Horseshoe Lounge's small patio gets customers through the winter months.
To wrap up Patio of the Week, I tried to think of a patio I enjoy all year, with or without heaters or fire pits, and I came up with a surprising answer: the back patio at the Horseshoe Lounge. In fact, the Horseshoe's nondescript patio didn't flash through my mind until a friend mentioned it, and I realized how appropriate it is -- rain or shine, warm or snowy. It's the one outdoor, uncovered patio that I visit all year long.

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Reader: Yes, We Are Learning as We Go at Kobe An Shabu Shabu

Danielle Lirette
Vegetables ready to take a dip at Kobe An Shabu Shabu.
The conversation about Gretchen Kurtz's recent review of Kobe An Shabu Shabu, a long-anticipated restaurant that opened this year in LoHi, got hot -- hot enough to disintegrate the shabu shabu meat and veggies that diners are supposed to drop in hot broth and swish into a DIY dinner.

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Helga's Serves Schnitzel With a Side of Kitsch

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Mark Antonation
Helga's German Restaurant and Deli hides midway between a Holiday Inn Express and a JCPenney (both high on the list of depressing businesses), in a warren of seemingly permanent road construction and suburban mall sprawl. There's also a U.S. Army recruiting office and a Chuck E. Cheese's nearby, just to give an idea of the hipness factor of the neighborhood. But bright, cheery exterior murals of Bavarian castle scenes greet guests at Helga's, with some slightly distorted (maybe even Cubist) Teutonic youths in dirndls and lederhosen beckoning you to drop by for a liter or two of lager.

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Green Russell, Leopold Bros. and Western Daughters team up for dinner

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Leopold Bros., Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe and Green Russell are teaming up for a nose-to-tail dinner at Green Russell tonight at 6 p.m.

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Stoic & Genuine Keeps Things Chill With the Ginger Crane

Kevin Galaba
Balancing a cocktail's sweet and sour components is often like threading a needle: too much sugar turns your taste buds into a swamp of sweetness; too much lemon juice can dry them right out. Stoic & Genuine's Ginger Crane ($12) hits that balance like a cat on a fence post, resulting in a great mix of frosty sweetness and wintry depth.

And it all started at a wedding.

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