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The Geiger Counter: Do you want some cheese with that wine?

Don’t know what to do this weekend? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Pull up a seat to the counter, and I’ll tell you about everything that’s hot and happening.

Two culinary festivals are upon us this weekend. While they may be separated by distance and ticket price, I think their respective themes — wine and macaroni and cheese — go hand in hand.

Over in Breckenridge, Main Street Station and The Village at Breckenridge will practically turn into a vineyard on Saturday, July 27, from 2 to 6 p.m for Breckenridge Food and Wine. There will be more than 300 wines to sample, live music from Denver-based electric string quartet Spinphony, food and a silent auction hosted by Breckenridge Mountain Rotary.

But before the grand tasting begins, Sauce on the Maggie will have a food and wine pairing dinner Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m. Ryan Jones from Hess Winery and chef Jesse Redding worked together to craft a delectable meal and will share their insights and inspirations. Then on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sauce on the Maggie will close out the festivities with brunch featuring sparkling wine, craft cocktails and a buffet.

The grand tasting is $60 while the brunch is $50. Visit to purchase tickets.

Meanwhile, Copper Mountain Resort is hosting its fifth annual Mac & Cheese Fest on Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, from noon to 5 p.m. Chefs from the resort restaurants will cook up a variety of cheesy foodstuffs throughout the weekend as people enjoy live music from The Shadowboxers on Saturday and the Chris Bauer Trio on Sunday,

Sample dishes include Mediterranean mac from Ten Mile Tavern, jalapeño popper mac and cheese from Eagle BBQ, mac and cheese crepes from Mountain Top Cookie Shop and more.

While food is acquired a la carte, new this year are passes that include swag, early entrance and ticket bundles. There’s a $20 package for kids and a $40 one for adults. Visit to purchase.

Dig in and cheers!

What I’m Watching

‘Savage Builds’

Remember the show “MythBusters” back in halcyon days of the Discovery Channel? Well, it’s back, sort of. Former host Adam Savage has returned to the small screen with his new show, “Savage Builds.”

It still features the mad scientist-like creations and demolitions popularized by his older show, but it isn’t exactly focused on proving things true or false. Rather, as the name implies, Savage just wants to go out and build things for fun because he can. Various episodes have him and guest experts re-creating the failed D-Day panjandrum war machine, Excalibur from a hunk of meteorite and the ZF1 gun from Luc Besson’s “The Fifth Element.”

What I find most interesting is the show’s honesty and transparency. While furbishing apocalyptic vehicles a la “Mad Max,” the workshop gets robbed overnight. That could have been edited out and glossed over, but Savage prefers to have his audience view everything. Trial and error is a foundation of science and in that same episode he shows himself getting hit in the face with a pipe instead of the pipe’s gooey projectile.

Regardless of the schematics, Savage’s infectious and palpable glee is present in each episode, making it always fun to watch.

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