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There’s something in the air that makes us go out and partying (in a totally responsible, masked, socially distant way, of course) … but we just can’t tell what it is.

In any case, there are seven great food and drink events this week starting with a special Denver Restaurant Week, plus other events in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

The seven best events in this week's culinary calendar

Stanley Marketplace Facebook

Monday 9th November
On Monday, November 9th, Stanley Marketplace will start a three-week canning trip. Three businesses in the 2501 Dallas Street mall in Aurora (Create Cooking School and clothing retailers June Ruby and Steele Angel) are accepting non-perishable food donations through Monday November 30th. Grants go to We Don’t Waste collects unused groceries from caterers, restaurants, and other venues and distributes it to front range food banks and other nonprofits. If you donate while driving, you will receive a 10 percent discount at the above companies. For more information, please visit Stanley’s Facebook page. There you can also find out which items cannot be accepted, e.g. B. Opened or expired food (and we cannot quite believe that this needs to be said).

Tuesday November 10th
Seven Grand, the whiskey bar on 1855 Blake Street, is hosting a bourbon basics class on Tuesday, November 10th. From 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., you’ll be taken through a guided tasting and learn about the history of the American whiskey brand, then head home with a Bourbon 101 booklet (in case you taste something too enthusiastic and end up forgetting what you’ve learned ). Tickets worth $ 20 are available from Eventbrite, along with an optional whiskey tasting glass.

Oak at Fourteenth is ten years old this month.

Oak at Fourteenth is ten years old this month.

Oak on the fourteenth

Wednesday November 11th
On November 14th, 2010, Boulder’s Oak at Fourteenth opened its doors to a lot of fanfare … and then closed almost immediately due to a devastating kitchen fire. A decade later, the restaurant faces an even bigger challenge, but it still takes a week to celebrate its tenth anniversary. From Wednesday November 11th through Sunday November 15th, the restaurant at 1400 Pearl Street in Boulder combines a birthday party with its annual Truffle Week. In-house guests can order from a hit menu that includes fried pickles. Duck liver pate with tinned plums; Gnocchi with egg yolk, Gruyère fondue and truffles; Lamb Bolognese; the dry-aged burger “Umami Bomb” with truffle aioli and crispy maitake mushrooms; and many, many others. White and black truffle upgrades are also available. On these days, the oak is open for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Book your place at OpenTable.

Veterans Day falls on Wednesday of this year (it falls on November 11th each year), and a number of facilities in the Denver area have specials for former (and serving in the same cases) service members. All Post Brewing Co. locations (Lafayette, Longmont, Denver, and Boulder) give vets a free pint of beer, and the Denver and Littleton outposts of the Bacon Social House give vets dine in a free main course. Finally, a stall of area restaurants offers 50 percent discounts on both active duty and veteran entrees and takeaway: The Hornet, Acova, Reiver’s Bar and Grill, and Spanky’s Roadhouse in Denver; Tstreet in Lakewood; and Great Divide Brewery & Roadhouse at Castle Rock all offer that. As always, you will need to provide proof of service.

Corrida brings some of his recipes to the Bite of Boulder cookbook.EXPAND

Corrida brings some of his recipes to the Bite of Boulder cookbook.

Danielle Lirette

Thursday November 12th
On Thursday, November 12th, Foraged is hosting a six-course wine dinner downtown (1825 Blake Street) with pairings from Freemark Abbey Wines from the Napa Valley. Expect a salad with pistachio chèvre and Asian pears with Sauvignon Blanc. Kabocha gnocchi, pine nuts, brown butter and sage, accompanied by chardonnay; Grilled venison and vegetables with sesame juniper salsa and merlot; and short rib, mushroom confit and mole negro with cabernet. Tickets are $ 100 per person plus tax and tip for dinner at 6:30 PM. Secure yours by calling the restaurant at 720-826-2147.

Instead of First Bite, the annual fall restaurant week in Boulder County, 2020, A Bite of Boulder, a cookbook with over forty recipes from thirty restaurants in the area, is coming out. Half of the proceeds from the sale of cookbooks go directly to the restaurants presented. So not only do you get recipes from Japango, the West End Tavern, Santo, Corrida, Oak at Fourteenth and more, but you also endorse your local favorites. The book will be released on Thursday, November 12th; You can pre-order yours now for $ 29.99 on the First Bite website. And November 12-15, you can get more bang for your buck as nearly a dozen restaurants offer do-it-yourself offerings like sushi, paella, and burger kits with your purchase. See the Launch Weekend section on the website for full details and pricing.

Friday November 13th
Surprise! Denver Restaurant Week is just around the corner. No, February hasn’t quite crept up on us yet. Visit Denver has announced a fall version of the popular event that will last ten days from Friday, November 13th through Sunday, November 22nd. Visit the event website for attendees (there are also long-time favorites like Ace Eat Serve and Root Down as newcomers to the dining scene like the 5th String and Attimo Wine on the list) and set menus priced at $ 25, $ 35, and $ 45 . And with the Denver restaurant’s capacity a quarter of its usual capacity, reservations are more important than ever. Make sure you do yours with custom restaurants.

Read on for more tasty events beyond this weekend …

Sunday Vinyl is hosting an SV session with an emphasis on female wine and music makers.EXPAND

Sunday Vinyl is hosting an SV session with an emphasis on female wine and music makers.

Mark Antonation

Sunday 15th November
The Spice Girls may have sold out when they announced it was no longer about girl power (now it’s watered down “People Power”, blecch), but Sunday Vinyl, 1803 16th Street, still holds the belief … until now how belief goes when it comes to top 40 music. On Sunday November 15, the wine bar and restaurant is hosting a Sunday vinyl session with sommelier Maia Parish serving up a flight of bubbles from all-female producers and DJ Desire playing music by female artists (though not necessarily) the Spice Girls). Reservations are possible from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tock. The ticket price of USD 60 (plus tax and tip) includes the bubbles and beats mentioned above, plus three bites from the kitchen.

Tuesday 17th November
As the nights get darker earlier and colder faster, the tangy, peppery, warming bite of mezcal is more welcome than ever. (Who are we kidding? We love mezcal all the time.) And it will get dark on Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. when American Elm, in partnership with Mezcal Vago, throw a dinner that evokes flavors from warmer, happier climes (where she are) not always holding their breath for election results). The three-course menu includes grilled squid with aubergine puree and zucchini pieces. Pork ribs with cheesy smoked semolina and achiote jus; and buttermilk cake with horchata whipped cream. You get all of that plus four copitas mezcal for $ 135 per person plus fees. Find the full menu and buy your ticket (there are only 35 seats available, so ándale) at Resy.

Rioja serves these tortelli with a Palo Cortado sherry.

Rioja serves these tortelli with a Palo Cortado sherry.

Rioja

Wednesday November 18th
Rioja, 1431 Larimer Street, is hosting its penultimate 2020 wine dinner on Wednesday, November 18 at 6:30 pm. The dinner will focus on the Spanish region of Jerez, which is generally associated with sherry (Jerez is “sherry” in Spanish )) but also produces non-fortified wine; Wine pairings cover two of these types. The five-course menu includes an almond napoleon with salmon; Rabbit in two ways (loin wrapped in confit and pancetta) and apricot and butternut puree, pickled pumpkin and spinach gnudi; Cheese tortelli with quince and hazelnut and golden raisin agrodolce; and duck breast with five spices gyoza. In-house dinner tickets are priced at $ 125 plus Tock tax and tip. Guests can also opt for a $ 90 home version, which includes eating and finishing instructions (wine pairings are available for an additional cost). Guests who order the virtual version will pick up their meal sets between Wednesday, November 18 and Friday, November 20. Orders must be placed two days in advance.

Thursday November 19th
It’s (maybe?) A Christmas miracle. This year hasn’t brought much good, at least in the area of ​​restaurants and bars, but on Thursday, November 19th, the Miracle Bar returns to Colorado. The hugely popular Christmas-themed pop-up bar brings four locations to life in Boulder, Denver, and Louisville. While space is technically reserved for walk-ins, anyone who’s tried to get a table in the past few years knows that reservations are a must. Visit the Miracle Bar website for information on locations, hours and reservations.

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