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This weekend marks the start of the Year of the Ox, and we hope that the good health of those born under a bovine moon spill over to the general population because wow, do we need them?

This weekend, in honor of the Denver Jewish Film Festival, enjoy Israeli food from Safta and treat your sweetheart to a paddle (or pudding, depending on the romance). After you’ve decided how to heat the dead in front of you, read on for even more food and drink experiences in February and March.

Friday February 12th
Ace Eat Serve, 501 East 17th Avenue, launches its New Years menu on Friday, February 12th. Guests can enjoy tempura king crab, fried noodles in coconut curry, crispy garlic bao, matcha tiramisu, and a special year of ox cocktail made from bourbon, yellow chartreuse, ginger syrup, and star anise. You also get lucky money in the form of scratch cards that entitle you to sake, sides or swallows. Visit the restaurant’s Instagram page for photos and details, and reserve a table (indoor or outdoor) on the Ace website. The dishes will also be available to take away.

Saturday February 13th
In conjunction with the Denver Jewish Film Festival, currently running through Wednesday, February 17, Safta, 3330 Brighton Boulevard (at the Source Hotel) is offering dinner and movie take-out packages. For $ 65, you can get Safta’s famous hummus and pita, labneh, lutenitsa (a red pepper and tomato chutney), falafel, and half a chicken fried with harissa. Then take a look at the festival lineup to buy movie tickets for $ 12 each. Our perfect pairing? Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal (where two irrepressible Montreal natives scour their hometown’s legendary Jewish restaurants) and The Vigil (a horror film by Colorado filmmaker Keith Thomas about the corpse problems of Yakov, a young man who has become estranged from his Hasidic community, but is still hired to watch over an old man’s body until his funeral).

Get a three-course meal with optional wine pairings in Zorba's walk-in window.EXPAND

Get a three-course meal with optional wine pairings in Zorba’s walk-in window.

Courtesy of Chef Zorba

Sunday February 14th
Yes, we have already published our annual Valentine’s Day list, but there are plenty of places to share your love on Sunday February 14th. Here are some more (ahem) unusual offers we came across:

Noble Riot offers a wine pairing for Valentine’s Day from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., but not with pralines (not even as confectionery) or flowers. Instead, sign up for Tock (for $ 69, of course) and you’ll get half a bottle of champagne, half a bottle of red wine, a virtual BDSM lesson from Domme Mistress Nicci, and a Noble Riot branded blindfold. You can add a heart shaped paddle or a black riding whip (but you can’t add extra wine, you greedy slut). While the pickup details are scarce on the wine bar’s Instagram page, we assume that you will be informed of the information when you’ve done enough to earn it.

For a less intense V-Day experience, Chef Taj Cooke will serve a Jamaican menu on Sunday February 14th and Monday February 15th at Pony Up, 1808 Blake Street. Reserve your place for one of the three seats (4pm to 6pm, 6pm to 8pm or 8pm to 10pm) on Eventbrite, then pop up and enjoy your island with umbrella drinks from the bar, both sweet and savory donuts, Ackee and Saltfish, Jerk Chicken, Jerk Shiitake Sandwiches, Escovitch Snapper, Rum Cakes and more.

For a tasty Denver Greek dinner, always look for a joint that lists green chili cheese fries in addition to gyros (yes, really). One of our favorites, Chef Zorba’s, 2626 East 12th Avenue, has a take away dinner known as a three course fixed price meal that costs twice as much when served elsewhere. Opt for grilled filet mignon or salmon with a double-baked potato, asparagus in hollandaise sauce, and creme brulee for just $ 18.95. Would you like to add wine? All of Zorba’s choices are $ 19 per bottle. Pre-order today (Friday, February 12th) on the restaurant’s website and for collection on Sunday, February 14th.

Read on for future food and drink events …

Monday February 15th
The Front Access Farming Group for Food Access and Advocacy is now accepting applications to begin farmer training in 2021. The program, which runs from May 24th to October 8th, is designed to teach trainees over 20 hours per week of hands-on farm work about composting, planting from seeds, irrigation systems, pest control and harvesting (among others), as well as classes and seminars. Scholarships are paid to those selected for the program. The training is open to prospective BIPOC producers. Applications are due by Monday, February 15; The application and further details can be found here.

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.

Thursday, February 25th through Sunday, February 28th
If you felt like attending a beer or wine festival (sitting on your couch surrounded by last week’s dead soldiers doesn’t count), grab tickets for Fade 2 Black now. Like right now. Buy them from the event website, then read the rest of this weekend’s description devoted to drinking beer and wine from black producers. The festival starts on Thursday, February 25th with a beer dinner from 7pm to 9pm with beers from the California brewery Crown and Hops. The 4-course wine dinner takes place on Friday, February 26th and includes five different wines. On Saturday, February 28th, from 2pm to 6pm, there will be a great tasting with over twenty beers and wines, starters and live music. All of this takes place outside of your home at Peak Beverage, 4375 Brighton Boulevard. And if you’ve really put down roots in the past twelve months, opt for virtual beer and wine tastings on Sunday, February 28th. Tickets for the in-person events range from $ 75 to $ 125 and are very limited (only thirty sold for each dinner and fifty for each large tasting). Visit the event website for more information.

Mythology Distillery and Colorado Symphony, Unite!EXPAND

Mythology Distillery and Colorado Symphony, Unite!

Emily Sierra

Thursday March 11th
On Thursday March 11th, the Mythology Distillery teams up with the Crescendo Society, a group of superpowered dysfunctional siblings raised vigilante by an emotionally distant, demanding father … Oh, wait, fake ones Press release. In any case, the Crescendo Society (which we would rather consider a super-secret, militant cheerleading troupe under 35 than the Colorado Symphony’s Young Professionals Society) will join symphony musicians and Mythology in a virtual cocktail class with live music at 7pm. When you buy your cocktail kit for $ 35 ($ 25 for a second kit), you get four ounces of three different liquors, plus the rest of the drink ingredients, the cocktail demo, and chat with musicians after their performance. The order deadline is Friday, March 5th; Cocktail kits can be picked up Monday, March 8th through Thursday, March 11th, during regular business hours (4pm to 8pm) in the distillery’s tasting room, 3622 Tejon Street. Please visit the Colorado Symphony website for details and tickets.

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, The Cooking Gene’s James Beard Award-winning writer, food historian, and deeply committed Instagram presence, Michael Twitty will speak about the holiday of Passover. 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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