Autumn is right around the corner -- and that’s prime time to celebrate the harvest. Harvest festivals celebrate the bounty that grows in our backyard, and once again, EatDenver is leading the seasonal merriment.
EatDenver’s annual Harvest Week sprouts September 23-27 with more than 30 EatDenver restaurants hosting a series of pop-up parties at The GrowHaus (4751 York Street), an indoor urban farm and market in Globeville that fosters healthy communities through food access, production and education. Harvest Week features four dinners and a Saturday brunch, all of which spotlight the best food our local, independent restaurants have to offer.
Each party will highlight at least five different chefs, along with engaging and interactive themes. One unique aspect of Harvest Week is that all guests bring their own place settings (plate, cutlery and wine glasses) -- and at each pop-up, a prize will be awarded to the person with the most creative place setting.
Parties will begin with passed appetizers and cocktails crafted by Denver’s top bartenders, and dinners will be served at large community tables. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in conversation piece outfits to match the party’s theme.
Tuesday, September 23
Grapes v. Grains: Rocky Mountain Showdown
6 - 10 p.m. $60
The rivalry between beer and wine continues with six chefs creating a seven-course menu that challenges brewers and winemakers to create the perfect pairing. Participating restaurants include Lola Mexican Fish House, Wazee Supper Club, Lower48 Kitchen, Argyll Whisky Beer and Central Bistro & Bar.
Wednesday, September 24
GrowLove: Buddha’s Veggie Delight!6 - 10 p.m. $70
This evening will be a vegetarian feast featuring produce from the GrowHaus. Nine chefs and cocktail artists will create Asian-inspired cuisine and drinks. Participating restaurants include Colt & Gray, Ace, Steuben’s, Euclid Hall, Coohills, Fuel Cafe, Vine Street Pub and Root Down.
Thursday, September 25
6 - 10 p.m. $85
Seven chefs will “hunt and gather” their ingredients and then grill incredible treats, all of which will be accompanied by local craft beer and spirits. Participating restaurants include Trillium, Panzano, Harman’s Eat & Drink, Beatrice & Woodsley, The Fort, Zengo and Work & Class.
Friday, September 26
6 - 10 p.m. $50
Grab your dancing boots and bring your appetite for a night of dancing and eating under the stars. The DJ will have you jamming out to hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s. Participating restaurants include Pinche Taqueria, Jonesy’s EatBar, Adelitas, Appaloosa Grill, Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs, Ste. Ellie and P17.
Saturday, September 27
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. $50
Join chefs and their families for a kidtastic brunch, plus lots of fun festivities. Kids get in free with a donation to The GrowHaus’s Community Tool Lending Library. Donate new or barely used tools to support community efforts for the GrowHaus. Participating restaurants include Snooze, Vesta Dipping Grill, Beast & Bottle, Bonanno Concepts and Session Kitchen.
“At the GrowHaus we’re trying to build culture using food as the lens,” says Coby Gould, executive director of the GrowHaus. “By hosting Harvest Week, we’re able to expand that scope and showcase our programs by working with local chefs who are using our produce.”
To purchase Harvest Week tickets, visit http://www.harvestweek.com. Ticket prices include all food, beverages, tax and gratuity. Proceeds from Harvest Week support the efforts of EatDenver and The GrowHaus.