Photos: A Sweet Time at Choctoberfest

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All photos by Jake Shane.
Choctoberfest hit the Denver Tech Center over the weekend offering sweet samples of gooey goodness to guests who also got the chance to experience beer and wine pairings with and chocolate, cooking demonstrations, chocolate contests, and kids' activities at the Denver Marriot Tech Center. Photographer Jake Shane came away from the event with dozens of tasty photos.

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Photos: It Takes Guts and a Little Heart to Dine With the Denver Adventurous Eaters Club

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All photos by Mark Antonation
That snake is an adventurous eater.
The Denver Adventurous Eaters Club may be calling it quits, but there are still plenty of places for adventurous eating in Denver. From the pho houses of Federal to the fine dining establishments offering offal in many forms, the variety and quality of unusual eats has never been better in Denver. P17's chef and owner Mary Nguyen put together a globe-trotting menu of animal parts, insects and unusual produce to give the club and its founder, Project Angel Heart executive chef Jon Emanuel, a dazzling send-off last night.

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Duy Pham's Parker Garage Brings Fine-Dining Flair to Southeast Suburbs

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All photos by Danielle Lirette.
Chef Duy Pham's culinary career in Colorado has been all over the map. Starting at the legendary Tante Louise on Colfax, he also ran Restaurant Fifteen Twenty-One in Pueblo for several years before heading back to Denver to man the kitchen at Epernay. His latest venture is in suburban Parker, and it's called -- appropriately -- Parker Garage. Taking over the old Warhorse space (which operated for over thirty years there) and restoring it to emphasize its original form as a garage and gas station originally built in 1916, Pham and owner Brent Walker are bringing elevated dining to the casual but unique spot.

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Museo de las Americas Toasts Mexican Drinking Culture with Exhibit Opening Thursday

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Beer, tequila and pulque have been a part of Mexican culture for centuries. A new exhibit titled El Brindis Remixed, debuting tomorrow tonight at the Museo de Las Americas , features photography from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries celebrating el brindis -- the toast. The exhibit, which the Museo calls a "playful yet safe look at drinking within the Mexican culture," was originally displayed in Paris in 2000; this will be the last public viewing. Much of the art comes from the circle of creatives surrounding Freida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and from the events during and after the Mexican Revolution.

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Aurora Restaurant Roundup: Catfish King and K BBQ

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All photos by Danielle Lirette
Catfish King.
Aurora's restaurant scene may not be on the cutting edge of national food trends or garnering acclaim for its food "concepts" and bar "programs," but the sprawling city has long been an international zone for cuisines not common in Denver. Competition is fierce and multiple restaurants come and go in the same strip-mall locations before customers use their dollars to vote for the best. Two locations have turned over recently: the former Korean-Cajun sports bar Dancing Crab is now K BBQ, while the address that once housed Shead's Rib & Fish Hut (the last restaurant outpost of the family famous for M & D's Barbecue) is now home to Southern food specialist Catfish King.

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Photos: Cafe Mercato Takes Off at Lowry

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All photos by Danielle Lirette
Hangar 2 Partners -- a partnership between Larimer Associates and Hartman-Ely Investments -- broke ground last fall on the "Lowry Dining District," two new buildings outside of Hangar 2, the historic building in the Lowry neighborhood that once held Air Force planes when the area was a military base. This week, the first of four new eateries opened in the "Lowry Dining District": Cafe Mercato, a second restaurant for Giancarlo Macchiarella, the executive chef-owner of Locanda del Borgo. Cafe Mercato features shareable Italian dishes and an expansive wine "library." Photographer Danielle Lirette stopped by this week; here's a taste of what you'll find at Cafe Mercato.

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Photos: Brazen Is Cooking in Northwest Denver

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All photos by Danielle Lirette
The restaurant scene in northwest Denver is heating up, and while some longtime residents lament the loss of old-school restaurants, it's impossible to see the opening of Brazen as anything but a bonus. After all, owner Christopher Sargent turned a strip-mall space formerly occupied by a former yogurt shop into a place that's warm and sensuous, with equal parts urban sophistication and DIY charm. Veteran chef Lance Barto (Strings, Central Bar & Bistro), who grew up not far from here, is in the kitchen, overseeing what Sargent calls "downtown food and service in a neighborhood setting." Photographer Danielle Lirette stopped by Brazen a week after it opened to see what was cooking; keep reading for a taste.

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Photos: The Booths of the 2014 Great American Beer Festival

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All photos by Danielle Lirette
If you've recovered sufficiently from the weekend's festivities at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival to relive a few of the most colorful booths -- or if you couldn't score a ticket and just want to live the festival vicariously through photos, photographer Danielle Lirette captured the decorations, the drinkers and the draft beers for some of the festival's best booths at the Colorado Convention Center.

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Photos: Hats and Beards and the People of the 33rd Annual Great American Beer Festival

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All photos by Danielle Lirette

What do you get when you combine 710 breweries, more than 3,500 beers, 3,200 volunteers and 49,000 beer-loving drinkers over three days? You get the mayhem that is the Great American Beer Festival. Westword photographer Danielle Lirette was there to capture all of the beer-soaked fun. Take a look at the photos on the next page, or view all three slide shows: Thursday Night at GABF; the Beer Hats and Beards of GABF; and the People of the Great American Beer Festival.

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Photos: Epic Brewing Hosts Second Annual Fifty Firkin Fiasco

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All photos by Brandon Marshall.
A firkin, in case you were wondering, is a small cask that holds about eleven gallons of liquid -- beer, if you're lucky. Epic Brewing had fifty of the little casks, each with a unique beer made by Epic, on hand last night to celebrate the first anniversary of the brewery in the RiNo neighborhood. Photographer Brandon Marshall was there to capture the beer sampling.

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