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This week’s culinary calendar is presented to you with the letter P: Think Palomas, an inauguration of the President, pot stickers and a cocktail class of its own – along with the word “move”.
After you’ve digested all of this, read on for the weeks ahead to have fun eating and drinking and to keep your culinary calendar drawn up.
Monday 18th January
Both Stem Ciders locations (the original taproom at 2811 Walnut Street and Acreage at 1380 Horizon Avenue in Lafayette) are launching the company’s new Paloma cider (manufactured made from grapefruit and lime puree). Head to the taprooms (Lafayette opens at 12 p.m., Denver at 1 p.m.) and for $ 12, get a cute printed glass and two Paloma toppings for on-site consumption. Would you prefer to get it working? For three dollars more, you can pre-order the glass and a 4-pack of cider from the Acreage website to pick it up at both locations. Please visit Stem’s Instagram page for more information.
Wednesday January 20th
On Wednesday January 20th, Denver-based soul food and barbecue expert Adrian Miller celebrates the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris with Presidential Soul: A Virtual Presidential Inauguration Event. Participants will receive recipes for four tribute menus prepared by chefs across the country. Music and dance; Conversations with black chefs who worked for former presidential administrations and were the subject of Miller’s second book, The Kitchen’s Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans who fed our first families from Washington to the Obamas; and the author Jesse J. Holland, who wrote two books on the history of enslaved people in Washington, DC and the White House. Buy your ticket (US $ 46 before January 15, US $ 70 after) from Eventbrite, where you can also find the program for the entire evening starting at 6:40 p.m. A portion of ticket sales go to food-related organizations that benefit BIPOC employees, including the food study programs at Spelman College and the James Beard Foundation’s mutual fund for Black and Indigenous Americans.
Thursday January 21st
Dumpling mabe Penelope Wong hasn’t stopped bringing pot stickers, bao, and noodles to places around town since launching her scarlet food truck in 2019, making it less of an event than the chance to sit on a large patio (yes, mid-January) and warm up with wontons and wine. Wong’s Yuan Wonton will be at the winery from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., but the truck will only accept pre-orders. So keep an eye on the Instagram stories for details.
Whiskey not included.
Courtesy of Stranahan
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 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.
Read on for future food and drink events ….
A still from the documentary “Food Fighter” about an event planner became an activist against food waste.
Courtesy of the Flatirons Food Film Festival
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.
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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