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Vegans, voters, and the losers have plenty of festivals to eat and drink this weekend, with a bourbon-paired dinner, some last-minute Halloween events, and a plant-based restaurant week on the menu.

Friday October 30th
The Denver Distillery has released its first bourbon and is celebrating the occasion with a wet dinner party for two. In cooperation with Bird, the comfort food restaurant of the people behind Kaos, Mas Kaos and Uno Mas Taqueria, a special menu is offered, which is served from Friday October 30th to Sunday November 8th with a bottle of bourbon Matching fall meals include your choice of kale or pumpkin salad, honey roast chicken or sweet potato pot cake and pumpkin panna cotta or chocolate silk cake for two, and a full bottle of alcohol for just $ 100. Choose from dinner or restaurant pick-up (1529 South Pearl Street) by calling 303-777-0500 to book your dinner. Delivery is also available; Visit the Denver Distillery website for more information.

The seven best events in this weekend's culinary calendarEXPAND

Courtesy Centro Mexican Kitchen

Start the Día de los Muertos weekend by honoring your beloved pig. Centro Mexican Kitchen, 950 Pearl Street in Boulder, offers a Day of the Dead platter that has enough smoked pork, grilled pineapple, green chilli, rice, and roasted peppers to serve two hungry souls (who have just made the weary return journey from the underworld) or three slightly less hungry guests who have just hung around here on earth. The special costs $ 55 and is available in-house or Friday, October 30th through Monday, November 2nd. Make a reservation with OpenTable.

Saturday October 31st
For boys and ghouls looking for a low-key, COVID-esque way to celebrate Halloween, here are a few last-minute events: Parisi, 4401 Tennyson Street, is setting up a trick-or-treat station for the kids under the tent the parking lot. Get your mask ready – both the face variety and the creepy variety – and set it up two meters away. The candy handout runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until supplies are exhausted). While you’re there, you can take advantage of the sweet Italian joint’s long to-go menu, as well as the liquor to go (a screaming bargain for everyone), cocktails under $ 10 and bottles of wine at $ 30).

If you’re in the north, try the spectacular Halloween menu at Roots. The restaurant on 1200 Miramonte Street in Broomfield opted for a set menu worth $ 50 (think Valentine’s Day-themed dinner without the sickly sweet flavors). There are Asian grilled chicken wings (or seitan wings), leprechaun ears (cashew and coconut tofu in Moroccan fish sauce), cemetery cake, a zero-proof cocktail from the bloodbath and much more. Visit the Roots website for the full vegan, vampire, and little horror menu and to make reservations.

The block's Kraig Weaver pours a taste of his first batch of whiskey.EXPAND

The block’s Kraig Weaver pours a taste of his first batch of whiskey.

Linnea Covington

Sunday 1st November
Vegans willing to brave the journey into the depths of Mordor (sorry … Colorado Springs) will be amply rewarded this week. From Sunday, November 1st to Saturday, November 7th, over twenty restaurants and drink bars offer plant-based specialties for eaters. There’s Oaxacan food from Azteca Gourmet Tamales; Pub grub and vegan beers from Cerberus and Trinity breweries; steaming noodle bowls from Rooster’s House of Ramen; Salvador bites to Monse’s taste of El Salvador; and more. Most places are set up for both home and takeout meals. A full list of participating restaurants and menus can be found on the event website.

You voted, so worry about the state of the country. Good for you! As we all know, anyone who cares even remotely about what’s happening in A.’s good old USA needs a drink, stat. After collecting your “I Voted” sticker, make your way to Block Distilling Co., 2990 Larimer Street, for this half price cocktail between Sunday November 1st and Tuesday November 3, if we can all raise a collective glass by the end of the repulsive 2020 election cycle. Details can be found on the distillery’s Instagram page.

In the past three years, the Chili, Booze & Brews Festival has been one of the largest fundraisers for the Morgan Adams Foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research. But this year the festival will be a little more widespread. Instead of multiple restaurants, distilleries, and breweries competing under one roof for the highest honor, Chili, Booze & Brews is in the form of a pass filled with offerings and dozens of participating restaurants and drinking venues. The fun lasts November 1st through December 13th, so you can munch your way through many different types of chilli (red, green, vegetarian, and wild card) as well as sips of spirits and foam from some of Colorado’s best suppliers. Passes are on sale now; There are three different levels ranging from $ 30 to $ 90 per person. However, everyone will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites and receive stamps at each stop to earn points for prizes and online auction opportunities. Visit the Chili, Booze & Brews website for a full list of participating establishments and to purchase your passes.

Read on for more tasty events beyond this weekend …

Thursday November 12th
Foraged will be hosting a five-course dinner in downtown (1825 Blake Street) with wines from Freemark Abbey Wines of the Napa Valley on Thursday, November 12th. 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. Secure yours by calling the restaurant at 720-826-2147.

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.

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