Photos: Cats Galore at the Denver Cat Company

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Danielle Lirette
Denver Cat Company owner Sana Hamelin.
As soon as our photographers got news that the Denver Cat Company was open today, there was a rush to get some face time with the cuddly kitties. Danielle Lirette was there first, snapping shots of the friendly felines and equally personable owner, Sana Hamelin. Keep reading for more photos of the cafe, the customers and cats in their cushy new digs.

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Tracking the Catch of the Day at Sushi Den

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Mark Antonation
A big eye tuna gets broken down at Izakaya Den.
Sushi Den's 30th anniversary is this month (the actual day is Christmas Eve) and although the restaurant is not in the habit of running specials or discounts, owners Toshi and Yasu Kizaki have held a few small events throughout the year to show appreciation for regular customers. The most recent was a grand sake tasting at Izakaya Den that also included a tuna butchering demonstration. Ismael Ramirez of True World Foods impressed an audience with his knife skills while the Kizakis explained the process and the cuts that would eventually become sushi. As awe inspiring as the beautiful ninety-pound tuna and its expert butcher were (Ramirez broke down the fish in about twenty minutes, including pauses for photos and explanations), the more interesting tale is where that fish -- and all of the seafood that ends up on the restaurant's menus -- comes from and how it gets from the oceans of the world to land-locked Denver.

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Photos: Left Hand Brewing Hosts Nitro Fest

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Scott Lentz
Longmont's Left Hand Brewing celebrated its 21st birthday with a festival highlighting nitro-poured beers -- its own as well as the creamy beers of 21 other breweries, both local and national. The Boulder Circus School was on hand to provide entertainment to go along with the nitrogenated libations, with trapeze artists, sword jugglers and stilt walkers. Proceeds benefited the Left Hand Brewing Foundation. Guests were encouraged to wear costumes with the theme "Labels Come to Life." Photographer Scott Lentz was there to capture the high-flying fun and festive atmosphere.

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Photos: Beer and Bacon Come Together at the Curtis Hotel

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Danielle Lirette
Beer and bacon, with Kevin Bacon.
Denver Off the Wagon and Eat Boston hosted the third annual Beer and Bacon Festival in the Curtis Hotel over the weekend, featuring beer from 20 local breweries and creative bacon-based dishes from 26 metro-area restaurants and purveyors of porcine products. Proceeds from ticket sales benefited Metro CareRing and Project Angel Heart. Photographer Danielle Lirette managed to keep the bacon fat off her lens long enough to capture all the pig and pilsner partying.

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Photos: Jello Molds and Food Art at 40 West Art Gallery

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Danielle Lirette
The 40 West Arts gallery is hosting a food-themed Farm to Table art exhibit through November 22, featuring pieces in various media from over 25 artists. As part of the exhibit, the gallery also hosted a food-as-art and Jello mold contest, with entries judged and awarded ribbons based on most artistic, best tasting, most Colfax cool, and People's Choice categories. Photographer Danielle Lirette captured the artistic food and gelatin-based entries, along with some of the Farm to Table pieces on display at the gallery.

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Photos: Getting Jacked Up at the ViewHouse

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Scott Lentz
Plaid flannel shirts and lots of beards: it must have been just another day at one of Denver's top hipster hangouts. Actually, it was the Jacked Up Lumberjack Party at the ViewHouse on Saturday. Partiers grabbed their axes and suspenders to help raised money for Environmental Learning for Kids. This was the fifth annual lumberjack party -- that's a lot of wood and a lot of money raised for a good cause. Photographer Scott Lentz was there too -- here's what he saw.

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Photos: Bites of China Opens in Aurora

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Danielle Lirette
Bites of China opened recently in a tidy Aurora shopping center on East Alameda Avenue, where residents are no strangers to an array of ethnic eating options. Photographer Danielle Lirette stopped in to see what was cooking, and found that what looks like a standard counter-service Chinese eatery has a few surprises on its extensive menu.

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Photos: Ghouls and Game of Thrones at Punch Bowl Social

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Scott Lentz
Punch Bowl Social hosted a Game of Thrones costume party on Halloween, and while most of the revelers went with creepy, goofy or sexy costumes that had little to do with the HBO fantasy show, a good time was still had. Fortunately for the line at the door, the weather proved unseasonably balmy for the costume-clad revelers. Photographer Scott Lentz was on the scene, and got his fill of frightening photos.

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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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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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