CRF Events

There are several events throughout the year that designate the Colorado Restaurant Foundation and Colorado ProStart® as beneficiaries. We encourage you to support our efforts by participating in these events! Sponsorship opportunities are available for all CRA and CRF events. Contact the CRA office to learn more!

Check out our 
Calendar for a listing of all our events.

Drink Red Wear Red – June 9, 2022, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Drink Red Wear Red (DRWR) celebrates the hospitality industry with this fabulous appreciation event to 
raise funds to support Colorado's hard-working restaurant employees. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Restaurant Association Mile High Chapter Hardship Fund and the Colorado Restaurant Foundation, both of which provide emergency grants to industry workers in need.

The party is open to the restaurant industry and the public. All are welcome! Drink Red Wear Red features signature wines and spirits from Republic National Distributing, ample hors d’oeuvres from prominent local restaurants, great entertainment, a silent auction, private access to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and for VIP attendees, one of the most striking views in Denver!

Get early-bird tickets through May 26 (before prices increase):
VIP, beginning at 6:30 p.m.: $125
General Admission, beginning at 7:30 p.m.: $45

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Colorado ProStart® Invitational Competition

This annual event showcases ProStart® students from Colorado high schools who demonstrate a mastery of culinary and hospitality management skills. Teams compete for more than $850,000 in scholarships through both a Culinary Competition and Hospitality Management Competition. The school that accumulates the most points at the end of the contest takes home the Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup. The winning teams from the state competition will represent Colorado ProStart® at the National ProStart® Invitational event, with the opportunity to win even more scholarships. The 2022 Invitational took place on February 23 and 24, 2022, and will return in early 2023. The 2022 winners are:

Culinary Competition:
Gold: Fruita Monument High School, Fruita
Silver: Youthentity, Carbondale
Bronze: Summit High School, Breckenridge
Management Competition:
Gold: ThunderRidge High School, Highlands Ranch
Silver: Smoky Hill High School, Aurora
Bronze: Thompson Valley High School, Loveland
Hospitality Cup: ThunderRidge High School, Highlands Ranch

CRF Scholarship Awards Event – May 12, 2022,  Ace Eat Serve

At this annual event, scholarship award recipients from post-secondary and ProStart high school hospitality education programs are recognized for their outstanding achievement in academics and their commitment to careers in the foodservice and hospitality industry. The event includes a presentation of the ProStart Student, Teacher, and Industry Mentor of the Year awards, and the awarding of secondary and post-secondary scholarships. Since its inception in 1987, the Colorado Restaurant Foundation has awarded more than $750,000 in scholarships funds to students who plan to enter the hospitality industry.

Denver Food + Wine Festival – 2022 TBD

The signature annual event of the CRF, this is a multi-day extravaganza of food and wine education, promotion, and tastings. Yearly events include a Riedel wine glass seminar, an intimate wine pairing dinner, and the primary event, the Grand Tasting, combining 40+ restaurants and more than 800 wines and spirits. Additional Grand Tasting elements include a VIP Lounge, a culinary stage with chef demonstrations, a silent auction, and more. The event is a collaboration between the CRF, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and The Denver Post Community Foundation, and draws more than 6,000 attendees. For event information, click here.

For more information on CRF events, contact SallyAnn Prier, Events and Sponsorship Manager, at 303-830-2972 x147 or email:

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