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Penny Parker’s On The Town: Hearty summer parties coming up

The 8th Annual Denver Food and Wine event is the party of the summer to benefit the Colorado Restaurant Association. It runs from Sept. 6-9 at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Here’s the drill:

* Thursday, Sept. 6, features a special wine dinner at Metro’s new Hospitality Learning Center.  Seating is limited to 34 people, and the dinner features wines and a “special guest” by Southern Wine and Spirits.  Evening will include cocktails and appetizers, tour of new venue, dinner by Denver chefs.

* Friday, Sept. 7, includes an industry/trade breakfast sponsored by the Colorado Hotel Lodging Association and Colorado Restaurant Association with speakers from the CH&LA and CRA.  The location will be the ballroom of the new Springfield Suites by Marriott. There’ll also be demos and seminars in the new Hospitality Learning Center as well as Riedel glass seminars. During the evening will be Restaurants Rock in the Springfield Suites and HLC Tastes, featuring live entertainment, tastes from Denver restaurants and spirits and wines from Southern Wine and Spirits.

* Saturday, Sept. 8, will be a “grand tasting” for the general public set up under tents in the quadrangle at 7th & Lawrence Way. It will feature tastes of more than 600 wines and spirits and food from over 40 restaurants. There’ll be a Tented VIP Plaza, a Pernod Ricard Lounge, a Beam Global Lounge, a Viking Culinary Stage with confirmed guest Chef Dario Cecchini, the Butcher of Panzano.

* Sunday, Sept. 9, there’s a special dinner at Panzano with Dario and Demo. The Denver Broncos play the Pittsburgh Steelers at 6:30 p.m.

A total of 5,000 people are expected for all the events.

Media sponsors are Entercom Radio Stations – KOSI, The Mountain, ALICE, KEZW; The Denver Post; 9News; Dining Out Magazine; Larimer Associates; Visit Denver; and The Denver Partnership. Beneficiaries are the Denver Post Community Foundation, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado Restaurant Association Education Foundation scholarship program.

More information:  www.denverfoodandwine.com

Hot Rocks rocks!

I have been an unabashed fan of John Elway’s since I moved to Denver in 1993. I never take a close encounter with him for granted. So last night at the Hot Rocks Griller Challenge was special because I got to sidle up to the NFL Hall of Famer and have my picture snapped. It never gets old.

Thanks, John. I adore you and will always be proud to call you a friend. You rock my world!

Muy caliente!

Hot Rocks Griller Challenge pitted super chefs against each other in heated competition to raise money for Denver Health Medical Center Men’s Health Department.

There were two competitions for Best Slider. People’s Choice winners were:

1. Tyler Wiard, Aniedra Nichols of Elway’s Cherry Creek

2. Troy Guard, TAG, TAG Raw Bar and Madison Street Grill

3. Simon Purvis, EDGE Restaurant

In the Chefs’ Choice competition:

A tie between Troy Guard and Paul Reilly of Encore.

Eavesdropping on a woman in a Suburban who backed into a Toyota Prius and then became defiant with the owner of the Prius about the accident:  She claimed that the accident wasn’t her fault because she was on her phone, backing up and the Prius was so small she couldn’t see it.

At that point the Arapahoe County sheriff said to her, “How are you going to explain to your insurance company that it wasn’t your fault when the vehicle you hit was parked and there was no driver in it?”

The woman had nothing more to say.

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Penny Parker’s On The Town: Charcoal chef is all heart with a new valve

Charcoal’s Swedish super chef Patrik Landberg was nearly out of the frying pan and into the fire after being hospitalized last week with congestive heart failure due to an issue with a valve from a 2005 surgery.

“The valve (had) deteriorated – as is expected with these valves – but suddenly got much worse following a possible infection,” his wife, Jenny, wrote in an e-mail to friends. “He will have a new valve replacement surgery…we have excellent doctors here and are certain everything will go well.”

I am happy to report that the surgery on Sunday was a success.

“The hardest part will be the recovery, which takes six-plus weeks and can be very painful,” Jenny wrote. If you’d like to send get-well wishes, you can e-mail Jenny at jkeyerle@hotmail.com.

There’s a special place in my heart for Landberg who generously participated in the recent Evening of Decadent Delights, a dinner I support where local top toques create a multi-coursed feast to benefit Sense of Security, a Colorado breast cancer charity.

Skal, chef!

Author, author

Actress Tinsley Mortimer, star of the WB series High Society, will be launching the Denver debut of her book Southern Charm from 6 to 8 tonight at Neiman Marcus in the Cherry Creek mall.

Fierce fashionista Carson Kressley said about the book, “Tinsley Mortimer’s first book, Southern Charm, is just that: CHARMING! It’s like a mint julep—sweet, sassy and with a kick, all set against the glittering backdrop of the New York social scene—a modern day fashion fairy tale!”

The event, hosted by Neiman’s along with Denver’s own divas Monica Owens, Lauren Cannon Davis, Rachel Gruskin and Auna Jornayvaz, will take place in the ladies shoe salon and  includes HPNOTIQ Harmonie signature Southern Charm champagne cocktails and sweets for the sweet. Reply to: rsvpdenver@neimanmarcus.com.

Party with a purpose

There are still tickets available for the ninth annual For the Love of Raymond Wine Tasting & Silent Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the University of Denver’s Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, 2044 E. Evans Ave.

The event, a benefit for The Raymond Wentz Foundation that provides financial assistance to cancer patients, features limited production wines from the world’s premiere wine-making regions.

Tickets at (where else)  www.blacktie-colorado.com/tickets/

Celeb sighted

Veteran broadcaster Keith Morrison from Dateline NBC was spotted at Racines Monday night.

I’m told that Morrison is in town working on a long piece on Travis Forbes, who confessed to the murder of 19-year-old Kenia Monge, who was found buried in a shallow grave in Weld County. Forbes was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Eavesdropping on a Denver Post employee when a reader called to cancel his subscription: “Won’t you miss the coupons?”

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Penny Parker’s On The Town: Gonna rock this town, rock it inside out

So the Stray Cats aren’t going to be here, but most of the rest of the rock ‘n’ roll world wil be during the Denver Day of Rock, a free day of music on May 26 when 25 bands take to five stages for Concerts for Kids, the third annual fundraiser honoring children’s charities from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. along the 16th Street Mall.

Included in this year’s line-up are TOTO, Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Samples, Fishbone, Something Underground, John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light, Go Home Joe, Jeff Brinkman, I-Tones Brass Band, Offbeat Revolution, Lee Avenue, Alicia Witt, Tracksuit Wedding, Tatanka, Smack Thompson, Strange Americans, Jet Edison, WhiteWater Ramble, Amanda Capper, Air Dubai, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Heallraisers, The Railbenders and The Peacemakers.

In addition, the Downtown Denver Arts Festival will take place featuring 125 Colorado artists who will exhibit and sell their wares from May 25-28.

“Denver’s music and arts scene come together with Denver Day of Rock on 16th Street and the Downtown Denver Arts Festival, kicking off the summer outdoor festival season in Mile High style,” said Richard Scharf, president and CEO of Visit Denver.

For a full list of concerts and events, go to visitdenver.org.

Tebow trivia

From Adam Schefter, NFL commentator for ESPN and former football writer for The Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post on Twitter: “Tim Tebow clearly is in a New York state of mind. (Tebow) said his dog Bronco has been renamed Bronx.”

Racines rocks!

Congrats to Racines the fab eatery that celebrated its eighth year in the second location on Sixth and Sherman across from Denver’s 7. Denver gadfly and all around good guy Tim Jackson, chief of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, sent Racines owners Lee Goodfriend and David Racine a bountiful bouquet, which reminded Goodfriend of the anniversary date.

Delish

D Bar, the fabulous dessert joint next to Strings on 17th and Humboldt, is opening a second spot next to Denver-based breakfast place Snooze in San Diego.

D Bar, owned by husband and wife team Keegan Gerhard (of Food Network fame) and Lisa Bailey, celebrates with a pre-opening party from 7 to 10 p.m. May 23 at 3930 Fifth Avenue, San Diego.

Everybody in the pool

The Four Seasons Hotel Denver opens Level 3, the poolside bar, beginning Thursday and continuing from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursdays throughout the summer.  Opening night will be a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

“There’s nothing else like our rooftop pool scene in town,and we’re looking forward to re-opening Level  3 for the season,” said Thierry Kennel, Four seasons general manager. “Plus, our opening night will give back to charity – what better excuse to enjoy a martini?”

Eavesdropping on a woman: “Stop the world I want to get off, and the world never stops!”

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Job cuts at The Post far from over

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