Colorado Food Calendar: Who cooks the best real fried chicken in Denver?

Celebrate National Sponge Cake Day (Aug. 23), National Peach Pie Day (Aug. 24), National Pots de Creme Day (Aug. 27), National Cherry Turnover Day (Aug. 28), and Chop Suey Day (Aug. 29)

The City of Aurora hosts a full schedule of cooking classes this fall at the Expo Recreation Center including Dec. 3’s Holiday Candy Factory, above, for 8- to 12-year-olds. Information: (Photo by Dennis Schroeder/ City of Aurora)

Fifth Annual Mushroom Festival, Aug. 24-26, Eagle. Information: Details: Mushroom classes, fungi forays, cookoffs, dinners and more


• Book signing, Aug. 30, Dry Dock Brewing, Aurora. Information: Details: Book signing and tasting for Ed Sealover’s “Mountain Brew: A Guide to Colorado’s Breweries”

Flatiron Chef Local Food Cookoff, Sept. 13, Spice of Life Event Center, Boulder. Information: Details: Farm-to-table competition and dinner features chefs including Kyle Mendenhall, The Kitchen; Judges include Colorado Table editor John Lehndorff

Taste of the Nation, Oct. 14, Mile High Station, Denver. Information: Details: Hunger relief benefit features samples from 30 Colorado restaurants, food trucks, mixologists, wineries, and craft breweries

Fried Chicken Competition, noon, Sept. 2, Taste of Colorado, Denver. Information: Ten local eateries compete for honors; judges include Colorado Table editor John Lehndorff

Tapas & Tea Festival, Sept. 22, Havana Motor Mile, Aurora. Information: Details: Tastings at World Food Bazaar, New Orient, Las Fajitas, Cody Cafe and others

Top Chef: The Cruise: April 11-15, 2013, Key West to Cozumel. Information: Details: If you like Bravo’s “Top Chef” series you’ll love this cruise featuring Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and Colorado’s own Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg


Meat: Denver’s artisan salumeria, Il Mondo Vecchio, offers hands-on classes taught by co-owner Mark Michael DeNittis in making fresh sausage, dry salumi or whole animal disassembly. Information: The company’s sister Cinque Soldi Deli in Denver is offering cooking classes including Eggplant Parmesan (Aug. 28). Information:

Vegetables: The Almost Vegan Cooking School in Centennial is set to offer a new series of meatless classes including Daily Greens (Sept. 15), Whole Grains (Sept. 22). Information:


Radio Nibbles, 8:25 a.m. Thursdays, KGNU (88.5 FM, 1390 AM, and Details: Weekly chat about all things culinary in Colorado (and the world) with Colorado Table Editor John Lehndorff

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