Stay warm this weekend with a satisfying takeaway from Basta, Barolo Grill, and the Denver Box, hot food and cool jazz from Nocturne, and the warm fuzzies that come from doing well at Little Man Ice Cream. Then read on for future December food and drink.

Friday December 11th
Everyone needs a helping hand these days: people paying their mortgages and keeping food on the table, small businesses keeping the lights on, and nonprofits supporting both. Even the happiest of us need more help than usual with dinner – because you can’t go out any more at the last minute and know better than to order through third-party predatory apps, right? Fortunately, you can address every single one of these things by ordering the Denver Box. The meal set includes a meal for four from the fine folks at Work & Class (either pork carnitas or the vegetarian, gluten-free Spanish cazuela with roasted vegetables, rice, and cheese) for $ 100, including juicy or zero-free drinks (Sie) can take another four drinks for just $ 30). Half of the purchase price goes to the restaurant and half to the Denver Rescue Mission. To collect the kit on Friday, December 11th or Saturday, December 12th, at Work & Class, 2500 Larimer Street, order it from the Denver Box website by Wednesday, December 9th, at the latest. For collection on Friday, December 18 or Saturday, December 19, the order deadline is Wednesday, December 16.


Get Bo ssam from Basta for Babies this weekend.

Courtesy of Basta

Boulder’s Basta, 3601 Arapahoe Avenue, hopes you can order Bo Ssam takeaway on Friday December 11th and Saturday December 12th. The restaurant donates all proceeds from orders for its Korean / Mexican Bo Ssam for two sliced ​​cochinita pork shoulder served with rice, coleslaw, beans, salsa, pickled onions, lettuce wraps, and Bao – an employee who is on maternity leave. Pre-order on Tock for collection between 4:30 pm and 9:00 pm on both evenings. Some pick-up times are already sold out so act quickly.

The festival of lights is just around the corner. If you’ve forgotten to stock up, fear not: there is still plenty of time to order Hanukkah take-away meal sets at Barolo Grill, 3030 East Sixth Avenue. For USD 65 per person, you can get a selection of roasted salmon or braised duck, as well as roasted vegetables, fritto misto, a warm Brussels sprouts and fennel salad, and pistachio and lemon and olive oil cakes. Order from Tock to schedule pickup on Friday, December 11th through Saturday, December 12th, and Tuesday, December 15th through Friday, December 18th at 4pm.

Do you think you can keep your hands off the booze well after Friday night happy hour? It’s worth the wait on Friday, December 11th, as Santo, 1265 Alpine Avenue in Boulder, waits until 7pm to start his live streaming mezcal tasting. The 90-minute virtual session costs $ 70 per person and includes three two-ounce pourings of Vidas San Luis del Rio Espadin, Azul, and Madrecuixe Mezcals (all distilled in the same Palenque in the city of San Luis del Rio, but with three different agave varieties). You will also get three copitas to taste and a bag of Santos green chili popcorn to nibble on. Order on the Santo website; Boulder or Denver residents can get the kit shipped for just $ 10. Otherwise, you’ll need to collect your tasting equipment after 7am on Friday

It's not hard to find jazz in LoHi.  Just follow the signs.EXPAND

It’s not hard to find jazz in LoHi. Just follow the signs.

Courtesy of Nocturne

Saturday December 12th
Just because Nocturne jazz club at 1330 27th Street can’t fit you into its glamorous Art Deco dining room doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy dinner and the show. The spot has kicked off weekly Saturday dinners and streaming shows; Get a three-course, fixed-price meal and access to a live streaming performance for $ 35 per person. This week’s menu includes beet and walnut salad, hanger steak (wild mushroom risotto for vegetarians) and a raspberry and chocolate brownie for dessert. Order from Tock, which also has very cheap cocktails ($ 16 for two drinks) and wine kits ($ 80 for three bottles). You need to pick up dinner and drinks between 5pm and 6.30pm to get home on time and hear the first notes.

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts ventures into the Andes (and your kitchen) with an online cooking class on Peruvian cuisine on Saturday December 12th. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., ceviche with blood oranges and choclo (Peruvian corn), papa rellena (potato stuffed with beef, raisins, olives and egg and then fried) and suspiro de limeña (a dulce de leche pudding) are made. . Visit Cook Street’s website to enroll for the $ 50 class and collect your ingredient pack from the school, 43 West Ninth Avenue, between 3pm and 5pm on the Saturday before class.

Little Man has resumed his annual Christmas tree sale (this picture was taken in the Before Times) and food drive.EXPAND

Little Man has resumed his annual Christmas tree sale (this picture was taken in the Before Times) and food drive.

Kenneth Hamblin III

Sunday December 13th
There are always lines around the block at Highlands Little Man Ice Cream, and on Sunday, December 13th, there are a few more reasons to check out the giant milk jug on 2620 16th Street than just the eggnog ice cream. The dairy also currently has a Christmas tree lot so you can choose your perfect pine while you wait for your perfect beer. Prices start at around $ 60. In addition, and more importantly, non-perishable groceries are collected for the Bienvenidos Food Bank, a nonprofit that has provided food to families in northwest Denver for over forty years (and has recently expanded its aid to people across the city has COVID). You can also donate cash, in addition to essentials like condiments, peanut butter and canned fruits, vegetables, chicken and tuna. Please visit Little Man’s Instagram page for more information on the Food Drive, which runs through December 31st.

And plan ahead:

Chef Dakota Soifer from Cafe Aion will show you how to make paella on December 14th.EXPAND

Chef Dakota Soifer from Cafe Aion will show you how to make paella on December 14th.

Linnea Covington

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.

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Ailments will be easier with a good Bigsby's Folly wine.EXPAND

Ailments will be easier with a good Bigsby’s Folly wine.

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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.

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