Things to do in Denver Sept. 7: Denver Food + Wine Festival, “jogtography” and more

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This is one packed Wednesday.

Update: The Five Points Film Series event has been canceled. A Facebook post around 2:45 p.m. said, “This event will have to be pushed out by a month … More details to come on the future date, but please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.”

Five Points Film Series presents the work of local filmmakers at the Crossroads Theater, 2590 Washington St.

Starting at 7:30 p.m., see films by Jeff Nixon, Blake Kimmel, Tom KolickoD.K. JohnstonDavid QuakenbushJohn Johnston and Beyond the Infinite Multimedia. They’ll be serving beer, wine and cocktails for donations.

Admission is free and doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30.

The Denver Food + Wine Festival enters its second night with an opportunity for you to really step up your dining game.

Dinner Under the Stars — held from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Blanc Event Center, 3150 Walnut St. — is a six-course dinner with wine pairings. Each course will be prepared by a different Denver chef, and the wine will be chosen by master sommelier Damon Ornowski with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Colorado. Guests will get to take home the glassware from each course.

Here’s a look at who will be there and what they’ll be serving.

  • Course one: Kelly Whitaker of Basta, charcuterie and crudo — kampachi crudo, la quercia speck, binchotan pineapple and benne seed — paired with a glass of Terredora, Fiano Di Avellino – Campania, Italy, 2014.
  • Course two: Dana Rodriguez of Work & Class, salad of Colorado peaches, grilled shishito peppers, Fruition Farms ricotta cheese and arugula in a honey-citrus vinaigrette, paired with a glass of Schloss Johannisberg, Riesling Gelblack – Rheingau, Germany, 2014.
  • Course three: Paul Reilly of Beast & Bottle and Coperta, salt cod ravioli with pepperonata, olive, caper berry and marjoram butter, paired with a glass of Michel Niellon, Chassagne-Montrachet – Burgundy, France, 2013.
  • Course four: presented by Alex Seidel of Fruition and Mercantile Dining & Provision, pan roasted cobia with shiro dashi, cauliflower, shiitake mushrooms and toasted nori, paired with a glass of Roman Collet, Chablis Montmains – Burgundy, France, 2013.
  • Course five: Amos Watts of Old Major, pork and lobster sausage with Colorado grits, clams, heirloom tomatoes and lobster gravy, paired with a glass of Chateau D’Esclans, Rock Angel Rosé – Provence, France, 2015.
  • Course six: Mark Metzger of Jill’s Restaurant and the St Julien Hotel & Spa, Palisade peach melba with raspberry caramel, mascarpone panna cotta and marcona almond, paired with a glass of Nicolas, Sauternes – Bordeaux, France, 2012.

Tickets are $200. To learn more, visit

Jogtography —  The act of jogging and taking photographs at the same time.

Try it out this evening at Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St., from 6 to 7 p.m. Just bring your camera (even if that’s just your cellphone) and your running gear for a 5K through RiNo that incorporates photography basics. Bring your dog if you want. After the run, you’ll get a free beer.

There is a $10 fee and an additional $7 fee if you want to buy a disposable camera. Click here to learn more or purchase tickets.

And since you’re already at Ratio, stick around for some comedy from 8 to 10 p.m.

Denver’s own Adam Cayton-Holland (of Grawlix and “Those Who Can’t” fame) is doing a free show with Cody Spyker, Andrew Bueno, Allison Rose and Ian Douglas Terry.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.