Benefiting The Colorado Restaurant Foundation

Buckhead Meat & Seafood Presents

Surf, The Denver
SEafood Challenge

A competition between elite Seafood-Centric Restaurants




A competition between eight elite seafood-centric restaurants for VIP guests to judge! This will be a super-premium tasting designed to dazzle the senses. From Sushi to Cioppino you will vote for your favorite!

300 VIP guests enter at 5:30, which is 1.5 hours before GA entrance, and 30 minutes before first taste ticket holders to taste the 25 entries in this year’s Steak championships.


Experience cooking demos
and creative cocktails

This year’s RARE will have a large single VIP area on the field next to the headline band playing under the sculptures. There will be a comfortable, spacious lounge, as well as creative cocktails exclusive to the VIP area. Cooking demos with various chefs and other surprises will also await you inside the area.

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VIP tickets are $350 and are highly limited! They’re sure to sell out fast, so click here to purchase now and secure your VIP status at RARE 2024!

RARE will be held Thursday evening, June 20th
at the Denver Performing Arts Complex & Sculpture Park

VIP Entry begins at 5:30pm.

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meet the 2024 vip competitors

A5 Steakhouse

About 801 Fish

When you walk through the doors of 801 Fish you’ll find an elite restaurant offering fresh, refined seafood, exemplary service, an award-winning wine list, and luxurious decor. The freshest concept to the 801 Restaurant Group Portfolio, 801 Fish offers pristine finned fish and crustaceans from the oceans of the world served in their restaurants in St. Louis, Denver, and Minneapolis. Fresh fish, crustaceans, and oysters are delivered to the restaurants daily to guarantee delicious, refreshing, and pure cookery.

A5 Steakhouse

About A5

A5 Steakhouse is one of the hottest steakhouses in Denver, and they are excited to show our VIP guests that their principled approach to beef also holds true to their take on seafood! Director of hospitality Kevin Burke states, “We talk to farmers and ranchers from all over the state to ensure we know every step of how our ingredients arrive here.” It ultimately stems from invigorating ethical producers. This system ensures the sustainability of these economies.

A5 offers a funky alternative to the average steakhouse. They shed the intimidating, hushed tones of a traditional steakhouse atmosphere to welcome those on their way to concerts and sporting events or a lively night of friends catching up from the music to the decor, it is a modern twist on the Denver steakhouse experience.

About Jack's On Pearl

Jack’s on Pearl gives you options for your fine dining experience. Our main floor is set with white tablecloth dining featuring prime steaks, pecan shrimp, lemongrass scallops with forbidden black rice and an on-site oyster bar. Our second floor features a more casual setting and large outdoor patio.

About Kona Grill

Kona Grill is a classic American grill featuring an array of delicious menu items including hearty steaks and fresh seafood complemented by the best choice of sushi and margaritas at any grill in America. From brunch and lunch to dinner and happy hour, we treat every guest to a diverse menu and a unique vibe dining experience in a polished, casual atmosphere. Kona Grill offers indoor and outdoor patio dining at all our locations, along with live sets from local DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. Book your unforgettable experience today at Kona Grill!

About Le Bilboquet

Reminiscent of a charming European square, Le Bilboquet is located in Cherry Creek North in Denver, the new addition to the upscale retail and dining development. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the bistro and bar offers a vibrant atmosphere paired with simple, classic French cooking, bringing a slice of Parisian café culture to the neighborhood and a natural gathering spot to enjoy a chilled bottle of rosé alfresco alongside classic bistro fare or a draft beer and croque monsieur at the bar.

Illuminated with natural light, the dining area incorporates quintessential Parisian elements like blue velvet banquettes, a two-color terrazzo floor and pewter bar counter and features a rotating collection of paintings and photography by locally and nationally acclaimed artists and ornate floral arrangements. Outside of the restaurant, guests are transported to a Parisian sidewalk café with traditional French bistro woven rattan chairs and tables.

about Stoic & Genuine

At Stoic & Genuine, fish, oysters, and happiness are flown in daily. This is the newest restaurant from the Crafted Concepts team of Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch, who have already made their mark on Denver with Rioja and Bistro Vendôme.

Stoic & Genuin is a multi-coastal seafood house and oyster bar committed to impeccably-sourced, sustainable, creative seafood preparations, located in Denver’s newly renovated historic Union Station. An exhibition kitchen opens up to a fresh raw bar with offerings that update constantly. Join us in the bar for a refreshing granita, craft and classic cocktails, or select from our estate wine list. Above all, enjoy fresh seafood flown in daily. No ocean. No worries.

about Mizuna

A neighborhood eatery firmly rooted in French cooking techniques, Mizuna aims to marry tight, professional service with culinary mastery. With a menu that changes monthly to reflect the bounty of each season (on land and by sea), Mizuna is the flagship restaurant to Bonanno Concepts, Frank Bonanno’s chef driven restaurant family, dedicated to satisfying meals, outstanding service, education, and community.

About Water Grill

Water Grill is an elegant seafood restaurant that offers a wide variety of fresh and high-quality seafood dishes, expertly prepared by skilled chefs. From succulent oysters and crabs to tender lobster and shrimp, Water Grill is a seafood lover’s paradise. The restaurant features a modern and stylish decor, with a welcoming atmosphere that’s perfect for a romantic dinner or a group celebration.



About Lady Jane

Lady Jane is a neighborhood cocktail bar.  We aim to provide a high quality, well curated drinks list in a welcoming and unpretentious space.  Our cocktails are bold, seasonal, and approachable while highlighting local ingredients and our favorite producers.  So come gather with friends, family, and the community to imbibe and have some fun!


Desserts Brought to you by

Pints peak ice cream

About Pints peak

Pint’s Peak is Denver’s underground small-batch artisan ice cream completely owned and operated by Caitlin Howington, a trained pastry chef who fell in love with Colorado with a burning desire to share her love of high-quality ice cream with unique flavors.

Our mission is to delight people with small batch, scratch-made artisan ice cream in Colorado using local dairy and the highest quality ingredients. We create chef-driven innovative flavors to change the way you think about ice cream.


Rare Denver 2024 will now be held at The Denver Performing Arts Complex & Sculpture Park, instead of Tivoli Quad.

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RARE, The Denver Steak Championship is coming to Sculpture Park!

Thursday, June 20th, 2024

Calling carnivores from across the state, get ready to sink your teeth into the juiciest evening of 2024 at Denver’s own steak championships! Tickets are now on sale!