Welcome back to our monthly Dig Into Denver series. At the beginning of each month, we offer a food and drink-based itinerary that will help you find the best places to eat and drink in town – including the recently opened and unprovoked celebrations.

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But first … food news

In case you missed it, here are some of the biggest announcements in Denver Food News from last month.

Stranahan’s new Head Distiller Spearheads updated while maintaining the legacy

Owen Martin. Photo by Adrienne Thomas

The lowdown: Owen Martin, the new main distiller of Stranahan, Colorado whiskey, has implemented new updates for the staple Colorado whiskey. Martin wants to keep the traditions and legacies of the brand alive while driving new innovations.

Beet box closes

Photo courtesy Beet Box Bakery & Cafe

The lowdown: Beet Box Bakery & Cafe has closed its doors after being in business since 2013. The all-vegan bakery ended with a line that wrapped around the block to buy baked goods one last time.

In-N-Out opens in Aurora and Colorado Springs

Photo courtesy of In-N-Out on Facebook

The lowdown: In-N-Out opened two new locations in Denver on November 20th. The burger chain plans to open a location in Lone Tree this year.

Good List 100 Restaurants ™ honors 38 Colorado restaurants for sustainable eating practices

Denver farms

Alex Seidel at Fruition Farms Creamery. Photo courtesy of Fruition Farms / Alex Seidel.

The lowdown: Good Food 100 Restaurants ™ has selected 38 restaurants in Colorado that are on the Good Food 100 list to practice sustainable food practices. The list includes restaurants like Fruition, Beast + Bottle, and Safta.

The Helping Hen Food Truck wants to lift people out of poverty through the power of food

Photo by Samantha Hines

The lowdown: The Helping Hen Food Truck – an expansion of work options for women – continues its mission of raising people with job opportunities in the food industry out of poverty. The truck also offers delicious fried chicken.

Sushi-Rama and Osaka Ramen will merge in 2021

Photo by Alden Bonecutter

The lowdown: Sushi-Rama and Osaka Ramen have merged and are planning a merger in 2021. The duo plans to reopen the current Sushi-Rama locations with the new merger next year.

Newly opened

Carm & Gia Metropolitan opens in Aurora

Hand-dipped golden chicken thigh with escabeche and chilli oil. Photo by Marla Keown

The lowdown: Carm & Gia Metropolitan – a modern, mid-century themed restaurant – opened in Aurora. The restaurant serves a combination of Denver- and Chicago-style bites.

Franks Food & Bodega opens in Edgewater

Photo by Alden Bonecutter

The lowdown: Franks Food & Bodega opened in Edgewater and is taking over the location from Happy Leaf Kombucha. Founded by famous caterers, it often serves dishes requested by stars like Ariana Grande and Phish. The bodega offers fresh products, meat, cheese, pantries and much more.

Phresh Bakery offers pastries for delivery in Denver

Photo courtesy of Phresh Baked Goods

The lowdown: Phresh Baked Goods keeps your cravings in check with Denver pastry deliveries. Owner Chelsea Berman has put together a menu of cookies, cakes, cupcakes and much more.

Lekker Coffee opened in RiNo

Photo courtesy of Lekker Coffee

The lowdown: Lekker Coffee has opened to bring the rhinoceros to RiNo. The café supports Care for Wild – an organization that helps protect rhinos.

Baba & Pops bring brunch with a giant Bloody Mary

Baba & Pops dumplings

Photo by Lucy Beaugard

The lowdown: Baba & Pops has introduced a new brunch menu with a giant Bloody Mary. The 50-ounce pour is topped with bacon, a chicken skewer, pierogies, and more.

The ginger pig opened the site for bricks and mortar

Fried Chicken with Korean Garlic from Marla Keown.

The lowdown: After a stint as a food truck and concept in Rosetta Hall, the ginger pig has finally opened a brick and mortar. The new location offers an expanded menu for an even tastier experience.

Whole Sol opened flagship location on Sloan’s Lake

Whole sol

Photo courtesy Whole Sol

The lowdown: Whole Sol – a restaurant that aims to offer whole and nutritious fuel – has opened its flagship store on Sloan’s Lake. The restaurant serves cold pressed juices, hot bowls, toast and much more.

Monzo Lobster & Oyster Bar is a new source of seafood in Denver

Photo by Luke Crosby

The lowdown: The Monzo Lobster & Oyster Bar opened in Denver to offer new sources of seafood. The bar offers lobster poutine, ahi tuna sacks and even lobster rolls to take away.

Foodhalla brings three concepts to Denver

Photo courtesy Bodega Cuban Kitchen

The lowdown: Foodhalla – a new mobile food hall – brings three new concepts to Denver. The Bodega Cuban Kitchen, Seoul Brothas and Spudnation concepts will serve bites in the Denver area.

Breweries 6 and 40 opened in Lakewood

Photo courtesy of 6 and 40 Brewing

The lowdown: The 6 and 40 Brewery opened in Lakewood as an extension of Tom’s Brew Shop. The brewery offers 13 beers on tap as well as seltzer and happy leaf kombucha.

Samosa Shop Serves makes Indian food sexy

Photo by Alden Bonecutter

The lowdown: Samosa Shop – the brainchild of owner Dave Hadley – makes Indian food sexy. The store offers hot samosas, homemade chai, and frozen samosas for easy pickup.

Excuses to celebrate

December 4th: National Cookie Day

Photo courtesy of Phresh Baked Goods

The lowdown: Satisfy your sweet tooth on December 4th during National Cookie Day. The best excuse to grab a freshly baked cookie.

Do not miss: If you’re in need of a new cookie place, check out Phresh Baked Goods or this list of eight Denver stores that sell candy.

December 5th: National Day for the lifting of the ban

Stranahan whiskey. Photo by Adrienne Thomas.

The lowdown: Raise a glass on National Day of the Ban on December 5th. Whether it’s a cocktail or a glass of wine, we all deserve a drink.

Do not miss: Explore the Deviation Distillery, Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, or Atost.

December 10th: National Exchange Day

Photo courtesy of 14er Brewing Company on Facebook

The lowdown: Open a cold for National Lager Day on December 10th. No better reason to sip a brew.

Do not miss: Do you need some good beers? Check out 14er Brewing Company and 6 and 40 Brewing.

December 30th: National Bacon Day

Flying Pig Bacon Co.

Photo by Giacomo Di Franco

The lowdown: Try some pork during National Bacon Day on December 30th. Just keep a piece for us?

Do not miss: Get bacon from the Flying Pig Bacon Company or the Bacon Social House

December 31: National Champagne Day

Balloon winery

Photo by Brandon Johnson

The lowdown: Get a little bubbly on National Champagne Day on December 31st. You can cheer on any occasion.

Do not miss: Make a stop at Carboy Winery, Attimo Winery, or Atost.

Eat well, give back

Denver is a fundraising community, and there are tons of events each month that benefit nonprofits across the city. For Dig In, however, we specifically highlight food and beverage events that support food-centric causes and nonprofits – those that fight hunger, support the service industry, and more

Snooze x Be A Good Person Launch

Photo courtesy of Snooze, an AM Eatery

When: December 4th, 12 noon

Where: Be a good person online

The lowdown: Snooze, an AM Eatery, has partnered with Be A Good Person and No Kid Hungry to bring out a Snooze x Be A Good Person collaboration t-shirt. The shirt is sold online, and $ 10 from every purchase is donated to No Kid Hungry to serve meals to hungry children across the country.

Work & Class Denver Box

Photo courtesy of Work & Class on Facebook

When: December 4th – 5th, December 11th – 12th & 18th – 19th

Where: Work & Class, 2500 Larimer St., Denver

The lowdown: Work & Class partners with The Lion Project to present a Work & Class Denver Box. You can order a meal for four with a specially composed menu from Chef Dana Rodriguez and her team, order cocktail add-ons or even a gift card. The proceeds will go to the Denver Rescue Mission. Pre-order here and pick it up at Work & Class.

Sophie’s Neighborhood Holiday virtual auction

Photo courtesy Sophie’s neighborhood

When: December 10-12

Where: On-line

The Lowdown: Sophie’s neighborhood is hosting a virtual holiday auction. The auction brings in donations for treatments by Sophie, the daughter of top chef Hosea Rosenberg. Here you can participate and donate.