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NoshWest Dining Event
Celebrate one of the country’s budding restaurant cultures: Denver! This fall, NorthWest Denver’s most interesting restaurants and bars, will offer their finest food and drinks at an exceptional price: $15.00. Details coming soon!

Pop-up Dining Events
Also called supper clubs, are temporary restaurants. These restaurants often operate from a private home, former factory, or similar and during festivals.

Pop-up restaurants have been popular since the 2000s in Britain and Australia but they are not a new phenomenon. Pop-up restaurants have existed in the United States and Cuba. Diners typically make use of social media, such as the blogosphere and Twitter, to follow the movement of these restaurants and make online reservations.

Pop-up restaurants, like food trucks, are an effective way for young professionals to gain exposure of their skills in the field of hospitality as they seek investors and attention pursuant to opening a restaurant or another culinary concept.

Pop-up restaurants have been hailed as useful for younger chefs, allowing them to utilize underused kitchen facilities and “experiment without the risk of bankruptcy”. By 2013, this restaurant style had gained steam and prevalence in larger cities thanks in part to crowd-funding efforts that offered the short-term capital needed to fund start-up costs.

Restaurant Day
Different from traditional pop-up restaurants, which tend to financially support their restaurateurs as means of profit or living, the Restaurant Day event invites people to put up their own restaurants, cafés and bars for one day only. Founded by Timo Santala, Olli Sirén and Antti Tuomola in Helsinki, Finland, in 2011, the movement is intended to promote and celebrate food culture.

Restaurant Day takes place worldwide four times a year, and over 3600 one-day restaurants by estimated 12 000+ restaurateurs have catered for estimated 180 000+ customers.

Cash Mob
A cash mob is a group of people who assemble at a local business to make purchases. The purpose of these mobs is to support both the local businesses and the overall community. Cash Mobs may also serve a secondary purpose in providing social opportunities.

Cash Mobs are a form of flash mobs, and are inspired by them. Cash mobs also sometimes mobilize to raise money for a cause, as in the case of the cash mob that descended on a Planned Parenthood in Portland, Maine in October 2012, raising $2,000 in minutes.

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