There are more Hanukkah specials this week, as well as take-away cocktails, streaming classes with pick-up packages, and the opportunity to give the community something.
Read on for ten delicious events – and if you’re still looking for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner ideas, check out our list of festive food packages from Denver restaurants.
Monday December 14th
Thanks to all of the paella takeaways you’ve been given, you have a supply of wide, shallow aluminum pans at home … what are you going to do with them all? On Monday December 14th, you can learn how to make the Spanish classic in a free virtual class with Boulders Cafe Aion’s cook Dakota Soifer. Then throw the pan away after you’ve devoured the food, and use a new saffron break out next time. Tune into Soifers Class on the Instgram page of the Boulder Public Library from 6pm to 6.45pm. If you want to buy a paella kit with the pan (a real one, not a disposable aluminum container) and all the ingredients, visit Cafe Aion’s online store. If not, you can save your own ingredients and follow them using Soifer’s recipe, which is posted on the Boulder Public Library website along with full details.
Tuesday December 15th
We Don’t Waste, a nonprofit that aims to distribute surplus groceries from restaurants to hungry Denver residents, is hosting a free mobile food market in northwest Denver on Tuesday, December 15. The pantry will be in the parking lot of Presentation of the Catholic Church of Our Lady at 695 Julian Street distributing groceries and baby items (formula, diapers, etc.) to all those in need. Please visit the Church’s Facebook page for details and visit the We Don’t Waste website for future Denver market data.
The American whiskey from Mythology Distillery.
Congratulations! You made it two fifths of the working week. Indulge in a virtual whiskey tasting from Mythology Distillery. On Tuesday, December 15th, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, you can take part in an online tasting with the main distiller Scott Coburn. Register for free with Eventbrite, then secure your sippers by purchasing the sample pack, which contains four ounces each of Mythology’s best friends bourbon and Hell Bear American whiskey ($ 10 on the distiller’s website) You must order by Monday, December 14th, as samples will be picked up from 4pm to 8pm on that day at 3622 Tejon Street. Chasing after you can also grab full-size bottles at liquor stores that carry the brand.
Wednesday December 16
“I have a lot of problems with you guys and now you’re going to hear from them!” This year’s broadcast of complaints will be epic. Bigsby’s Folly, 3563 Wazee Street, kicks off Wednesday, December 16 with a virtual Festivus celebration. Order a three-course meal of wild mushroom soup, turkey tetrazzini, and M&M chocolate cake, plus a pint of wine for $ 49. Record the spread at the winery between 12:00 PM and 7:00 PM, then head over to Zoom, where you can forget to mute yourself, talk out loud about everyone else, spill wine on the keyboard and otherwise do your best with it this awful year feels like a normal December dinner. Find out more on Bigsby’s website and book your place with Tock.
Ash’Kara will help you light Hanukkah.
Hanukkah is still ongoing, and we haven’t finished writing about holiday meals. This week’s edition is available for takeout at Ash’Kara, 2005 West 33rd Avenue, and features a meal of matzo ball soup, mezze platter, latkes with fixings, short ribs, challah, and sufganiyot for $ 55 per person. Order with Tock at least 24 hours in advance for pickup or delivery between 3pm and 7.30pm Wednesday December 16 through Friday December 18.
You can’t bar hop right now, but you can do a virtual bar crawl with a free demo from Coohills starting Wednesday December 16. Tune in to a live stream from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with Chef / Owner Tom Coohill while he conjures up a starter and cocktail. For a true LoDo experience, make sure to grab alcohol and bites from the restaurant. RSVP for demo on Eventbrite.
Señor Bear, 3301 Tejon Street, has launched a Puerto Rican holiday menu that will last until Saturday, January 2, 2021. For USD 50 per person, you can dine in one of the restaurant’s private greenhouses and enjoy a three-course fixed menu of yuca and taro soup, fried pork with rice and plantains, and coquito flan (based on the coconut-flavored, flavorful Christmas drink ). Seating is available at 5pm, 7pm and 7.45pm. Book the meal (along with three cocktails to pair, $ 35) with Tock.
Make yourself comfortable in Olde Town Arvada.
Thursday 17th December
This year would have been the fifth annual eggnog and cider competition in Olde Town Arvada, but 2020 will take all the best from us. No matter: Arvada has redesigned the event into a six-week celebration with juicy drinks (even better!). This year, buy the Eggnog and Cider Contest Pass which will take you towards fifteen Arvada restaurants, bars, and taprooms (including The Bluegrass Lounge, New Image Brewing, School House Kitchen, and Steuben’s serving traditional food through Jan 31, 2021) and less traditional holiday drinks. Buy your passport for $ 50 from the Olde Town Arvada website. The proceeds from the sale go directly to the participating restaurants.
So you have mastered making sushi and sourdough bread. Now that we’re all back inside, it’s time to learn another form of culinary creation, shu mai dumplings (and other dim sum). Colorado Sake Co. is adding a dim sum lesson to its popular sushi rolling classes (which are still available) on Thursday, December 17th. When you order a kit for Eventbrite ($ 80), you get two bottles of sake, shrimp, and pork fillings, wrappers and sauces all delivered right to your door, plus a zoom link that teaches you how to make four different ones Making dumpling shapes. Classes take place from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Please visit CSC’s Facebook page for more information.
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Englewood Grand is serving (most of) its usual suspects from its walk-in window this weekend.
Courtesy Englewood Grand
Friday 18th December
Holidays are just better with alcohol, whether you’re mixing cocktails to share joy (even if it’s just Zoom and FaceTime joy this year) or washing away the uncomfortable years your teen hated everything about Christmas except the unusual strong nog of your cool aunt. Englewood Grand, 3435 South Broadway, is sure to bow to the happy side, and although it’s closed for everyday drinks, the bar is shaking and stirring up something tasty to take home this Friday December 18th Sunday, 20th of December. Stop by on Friday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., or Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for drinks Box with a plush blanket, two stone glasses, two bottle cocktails and an ornament for $ 100. Please see Englewood Grand’s Instagram post for more information. Your tipsy aunt with eggnog will thank you.
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