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Pie toss, bingo and neon ski suits: it’s going to be a crazy weekend. Read on for these events and significantly more quiet eating and drinking in the weeks ahead.

Friday January 22nd
Stranahan’s whiskey distillery has the cheapest virtual cocktail class you’ve ever seen – so to speak. On Friday, January 22nd, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Stranahan’s head bartender will prepare two drinks: the snow dance (whiskey, rosemary-infused grapefruit juice, lime and spiced coconut and pineapple nectar) and the Lady Soul (whiskey) simple syrup and orange ). The class costs just $ 10 per device – if you already have all of the ingredients and tools at home. You can get a cocktail shaker and jigger set for $ 50 (not essential, especially if you have a shot glass, pint glass, and spoon at home) or an ingredient kit for two for $ 20 ( more importantly, especially if you can’t) add bothered to make the mixers listed above). And … oh yeah, the whiskey that isn’t in the ingredient kit and starts at $ 45 a bottle. So … maybe it’s not as cheap as you thought. But remember the Before Times when you had to raise $ 75 for four cocktails in a bar on a Friday night without a second thought? Visit Stranahan’s website to book the course and collect your mixes and ingredients from the distillery, 200 South Kalamath Street, starting Thursday, January 21st at 5:00 pm.

Saturday 23 January
It’s been a long time since you left the house and had fun. A long, long time. This coming Saturday, January 23rd, it doesn’t seem unusual to charge up the dog and car and hike to Memorial Park at 502 Manitou Avenue in Manitou Springs for the 25th Annual Great Fruitcake Toss. Show up between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., pay $ 1 (or donate a can of food) to enter, and take part in one of four events: long-distance throw, accuracy competition, speed lap, or obstacle course. Of course, you can buy BYOF (bring your own fruit cake) or one for just $ 5. And get hungry; The Texan Collin Street Bakery, famous for its fruit cake, sponsors the event, so samples of the famous baked goods are available. For more information, please visit the City of Manitou Springs website or the event’s Facebook page.

Fancy bingo, but not a room full of cutthroat retirees who cannot chase you out of the game with a purposeful swing of your handbag? More than a dozen excellent Denver restaurants and bars (including Attimo, Chook, Himchuli, Comida, Epic Brewing Co., and Denver Central Market) are joining Biz-ingo, a project that lets you have fun at home and local bars as well Restaurants can support. Stop by one of the participating locations on Friday, January 22nd or Saturday, January 23rd (a full list can be found on the Biz-ingo website) and request a playing card when purchasing. Then tune into the live Facebook event on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. to play. The winners will receive gift cards from participating companies, and you don’t even have to deal with Doris, that filthy scammer.

The spelling of the bar name is ridiculous;  We hope this retro fashioned cocktail isn't.

The spelling of the bar name is ridiculous; We hope this retro fashioned cocktail isn’t.

Courtesy Apraske

Sunday January 24th
Louisville’s Miracle Bar, the Christmas-themed bar that pops up like Elf on a Shelf every winter, donated all reservation fees to two Louisville nonprofits during the holiday season. The concept was so popular that it grossed over $ 30,000, so the owners keep the bar at 836 1/2 Main Street but confuse it and turn the concept into a retro après-ski lodge with drinks like Shred convert the Gnar (Cachaca, Shochu, Jam and Lime) and Sex on the Snow (Gin, Cognac and Bubbles). The new popup bar name is a clever spelling of Apres Ski that’s so full of special characters that we can’t recreate it (Apraske is as close as possible) which makes it difficult to Googgle, but you can visit Find Get details and make a reservation, weekdays from 4pm to 10pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 10pm.

Read on for future food and drink events ….

Smoked Chicken and Jollof Rice from one of Modou Jaiteh's earlier pop-ups.EXPAND

Smoked Chicken and Jollof Rice from one of Modou Jaiteh’s earlier pop-ups.

Amy Antonation

Wednesday January 27th
Front range fans of African food (a descriptor so broad that it’s only useful when there are only a handful of restaurants across the state) will be disappointed with the recent closure of African Grill & Bar at Green Valley Ranch (luckily) hit twice, the location in Lakewood is still in operation) and the departure of chef Modou Jaiteh from Jacaranda to South Carolina. At least Jaiteh will do one final kitchen takeover from Arcana (909 Walnut Street in Boulder) from Wednesday, January 27th through Sunday, January 31st, before leaving. The West African (ish) menu is available for eat, take away, and delivery. Make internal reservations with Tock and stay tuned to the Arcana Instagram page for menu details.

Thursday January 28th
Essential props for the Flatirons Food Film Festival, one of the few food events that knows the real meaning of the word “move”. As in: The festival was postponed from October 2020 to January 2021. We’re asking other food event organizers to take a page out of the FFFF book and stop claiming, “Our bacon brownie burger bash has been postponed from July 2020 to July 2021.” If they really mean, “We have ours crowded festival canceled this year because the world is on fire. “In addition to the correct and unusual understanding of the term, the festival has made another important decision, the celebration from Thursday, January 28th to Friday, February 5th, completely online to deliver. Watch movies about Evan Funke, the Los Angeles chef, in life after leaving his Bucato (Funke) restaurant; indigenous cooks struggling to maintain their traditional eating habits (Gather); the search for elusive wild cocoa and the perfect, sustainable chocolate (Setting the Bar); and a historical piece about a chef who sought his fortune in the Wild West of the early 19th century (First Cow). You can get an all-access pass to view the entire festival schedule – ten feature films and three short films – for just $ 90, or two, four, and six packs for $ 22 to $ 80 on the festival website.

Chef Biju Thomas (center) in the kitchen of Bijus Little Curry Shop in the past.EXPAND

Chef Biju Thomas (center) in the kitchen of Bijus Little Curry Shop in the past.

Danielle Lirette

Sunday February 14th
We can usually predict with some accuracy what a Valentine’s Day meal will look like in a restaurant (set menu, crowded dining room, rushed waiters). This year? Making any type of prediction is a breeze, especially when the world’s most popular epidemiologist (call me Dr. Fauci) can’t predict whether restaurants will be open or not. So stay home and donate your money to charity on Sunday, February 14th, with a fundraiser for Denver Urban Gardens (DUG), a nonprofit that aims to help develop community gardens across the city dedicates. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., make a cocktail or non-alcoholic drink, fat, winter roasted vegetables with chicken, falafel or tofu and a pistachio pastry for dessert with chef Biju Thomas (from Mixn Match and the late, lamentable Biju’s Little Curry Shop). Order a $ 250 VIP dinner set for two on the DUG website and collect it from the outfit’s offices at 1031 33rd Street. You can also choose to purchase your own ingredients with the Table for Two package (including ingredient list and party access) for $ 150.

Sunday February 21
When your love affair with wine in boxes is waning and your income is growing at the same time, sign up for Frasca’s wine courses. Each lesson includes six bottles of wine, a workbook, recorded course video, and access to live questions and answers. Visit Tock to choose from one of three classes (or sign up for all of them, though at $ 350 per pop you’d better be an invited learner): the Rhône Valley (Q&A for Friday March 19 ); Reisling (Q&A takes place on Friday March 26th); and Soil and Minerality (Q&A on Friday April 2nd). You’ll pick up your course materials on Sunday, February 21st, giving you a month to sip, study, and ponder questions before the Q&A (which all take place at 5:30 p.m.). Pick-up locations in Denver and Boulder are available. Please visit the Frasca website for more information.

Wednesday March 24th
In the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center in Denver, the far-reaching JAAMM (Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies and Music) festival takes place over several months in the fall, with live cultural events across the city. In 2020 that was of course changed. The silver lining: The festival lasts a full twelve months (starting last year and well into 2021), and all programs are virtual. On Wednesday March 24th, James Beard Award-winning The Cooking Gene, food historian, and deeply committed Instagram presence, Michael Twitty, will speak about the Passover holiday. Tickets for the 7pm ($ 18) talk are now available on the festival website. There you can also view previous events on request.

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