Art of the Cocktail Kicks off Denver Food and Wine

Denver Food & Wine Festival 2013

Denver Food & Wine Festival 2013

Denver Food and Wine is one of the most anticipated savor and sip events, attracting almost 5000 people every year. Art of The Cocktail kicks off the festivities this year on Sept. 6 as a prelude to the Grand Tasting on Sept. 7. The hearty party includes competitions between local chefs and master mixologists from 6:30 to 9:30 at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Denver.

The battling chef line-up includes:

Jenna Hodges, representing St. Elle, the Colt & Gray offshoot opening in October

John Broening, Le Grand Bistro

*Greg Lucero from Charcoal;

Tyler Wiard and Robert Bogart of Elway’s Cherry Creek and Elway’s Downtown at The Ritz;

Mark DeNittis of Rocky Mountain Institute of Meat.

In the bartender category, competitors are:

Adrienne Miller, Coyote Ugly

Melissa Durant, Acorn

Justin Lloyd, Star Bar

Tyler Lewis, Scratch

Derrick Mund, Sessions

Adam Douglas, Arvada Tavern

Kevin Burke, Colt & Gray

Jesse Mychals, Row 14

Jessica Wilkinson, Euclid Hall

Art of the Cocktail Party and Chef Competition benefit CRA Education Foundation ProStart and Share Our Strength Cooking Matters.


Tickets are $50 and available at



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