Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep Westword’s future free.
In an important milestone, we have four personal events for you on our culinary calendar this week. That hasn’t happened in almost a year (or, as we say, 762 years ago). And those who still stay close to home have options too.
Read on now and in the coming weeks for tasty in-person and online events.
Now through March 7th
COVID has stopped beer festivals, the stock show, and a million other things that make Denver Denver. One thing can’t stop? Girl Scout cookie season, which started Sunday January 31st (a booth with the girls in green can be found on the Girl Scouts website). Until March 7th, you will not only receive a box or 27 of your favorite flavors in the restaurants of Crafted Concepts in the city center, but also upscale versions of the enjoyment. Get a coconut panna cotta with chocolate ganache, caramel sauce and shortbread inspired by samoas (clearly the best taste) at Stoic & Genuine or peanut butter flan based on Do-Si-Dos (a distant second, possibly even a third) at Ultreia, both at Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street. There’s also sour-sweet vanilla cheesecake with lemon curd and a lemon-ups crust (lemon who?) In Rioja, 1431 Larimer Street, and dark chocolate mousse with mint ganache based on The-Flavor-That-Must-Not-Be – Named at Bistro Vendôme, 1420 Larimer Street. Try all four and enter a competition to win a restaurant gift card and cookies for a year.
Monday February 1st
On Monday February 1st, you are invited to put on something other than sweatpants that haven’t been seen inside a washing machine for three weeks, take out your ponytail to shampoo your hair and maybe put on a mascara (we’re pulling not at) I don’t want to get too crazy here) for Speakeasy 303. At a live music performance by Shawn Eckels at Max Gill & Grill, 1052 South Gaylord Street, a dinner menu of etoufée, salmon with pepita crust, cioppino and a lobster roll. In other words, it’s a real night. Tables for two, four, or six people are available from Eventbrite for $ 80 to $ 330 (that’s $ 40 to $ 55 per person).
Tuesday February 2nd
Muffins get a bad rap, largely because the human head size muffins you can find at Sam’s Club, Costco, and most coffeeshops are overly sweet and have a preservative taste. But locally made, gluten-free muffins paired with gluten-free apple cider? We will sign up for it. On Tuesday, February 2nd, Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut Street, is hosting a pairing of muffins, cookies and cider. Duos include Paloma Cider with a ginger and lime muffin; Rosé wine with strawberry muffin; Cocoa Caramel Apple Cider with Chocolate Muffin; and raspberry cider with peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies. (We can confirm the Paloma cider is delicious, and likely goes well with anything, including the crimes against muffinity mentioned above.) Pre-order your pairing for $ 26 (internal) or $ 28 (on the go) at Eventbrite and dive in You in between 3pm and 9pm to pick it up.
Celebrate Thursday (for no particular reason) with a wine dinner at the Foraged.
Courtesy of Foraged
Thursday February 4th
Foraged, 1825 Blake Street, is hosting a four-course dinner of vino from California’s Aperture Cellars winery on Thursday, February 4th. There will be scallops and sunchokes with Sauvignon Blanc; Duck breast and foie gras with a red mixture; and a few menu items that are tasty but also sound a bit confusing. Think fried sashimi with pinot noir and kangaroo unicorn flan (no kidding!) With Cabernet Sauvignon. Dinner at 6 p.m. is $ 75. Call Foraged at 720-389-8105 for reservations. Details can be found on the restaurant’s Instagram page.
Friday February 5th
This month’s wine dinner will be held at the Truffle Table at 2556 15th Street on Friday, February 5th. (We strongly recommend that you – and your honey bundle, if applicable – have a nice meal before February 14th; everyone, including the restaurant staff, will be much happier.) The five-course meal is $ 125 per person plus tax and Tip and includes a global menu of agnolotti, seared scallops, Indian-flavored spinach, coq au vin and of course a decadent cheese course (at the end of the meal where it belongs) and banana croquette. Wine pairings and a cocktail are also included. Secure your seat by calling the restaurant at 303-455-9463. Reservations are required and can only be taken by phone.
Read on for future food and beverage events.
Saturday February 6th
If you’re looking for really, really expensive whiskey bottles to spend your money on, head to Brass Tacks’ Instagram page at 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 6 for a live auction of rare whiskeys. Brass Tacks bartenders will rave about the ten bottles up for auction. Bidding on some of them starts at $ 100 (a relative bargain if the starting price for Old Rip Van Winkle at just ten years old is $ 400 and a twelve-year Van Winkle reservation is $ 500). Our favorite offer? The Weller bar’s trademark, sold with the large, albeit empty, barrel it was matured in (starting at $ 300). Photos and starting bids are now available on Instagram.
Hadley’s Samosa Shop goodies will be available for purchase on February 9th on its new website.
Tuesday February 9th
Denver chef Dave Hadley (formerly of Bijus Little Curry Shop and Food Network’s Chopped, currently of his own samosa shop) is returning to the cable channel on Tuesday, February 9th, on an episode of Supermarket Stakeout. The cooking contest involves outdoor cooking in a parking lot and placing shoppers for their recently purchased groceries. The real reason to tune in at 8pm is so you can sample Hadley’s samosas that have popped up in markets around town and can be ordered the same day from the Samosa Shop website.
Thursday February 11th
The Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee Street, is hosting another progressive dinner ahead of Valentine’s Day – albeit one that’s stationary for you (the diner) and a far cry from the original ’70s experience of going door-to-door in the suburbs eat with your neighbors. This progressive dinner includes five courses served while you sit in one of the bubble tents on Dairy Block Alley: sausage board and rosé from Blanchard Family Wines; Kachina ceviche with a Poka Lola cocktail; braised pork belly and a cocktail from Foraged; Bruto yakitori skewers with a Seven Grand Cocktail; and opera cake from the Denver Milk Market with Irish coffee. Dinner starts on Thursday 11 February or Friday 12 February at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $ 175 per person. The heated tents offer space for a maximum of four people. Read more details and purchase tickets through Rebel Experiences.
Friday February 12th
Burns Family Artisan Ales, 2505 West Second Avenue, has been no Johnny lately when it comes to making beer. The owners’ decades of brewing and living experience lead to complex, high-alcohol beers as well as a mental rolodex of television commercials – you know, back when you decided on a network or a cable. On Friday, February 12th, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the brewery will host a pre- and anti-Valentine’s Day event: What would you like on your lover’s tombstone? For USD 10 per person at Eventbrite, you can reserve a seat at a table along with a personal pizza served with an open ear. (The beer to drown your worries in is extra.) Pre-orders are due by Wednesday February 10th.
Frasca (pictured here before COVID) is offering home wine lessons this winter.
Courtesy of Frasca
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.
Do you know an event that belongs on this calendar? Send information to [email protected] We are particularly interested in Valentine’s Day offers. We’ll be posting a list later this week.
Keep Westword Free … Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we want to keep it that way. We offer our readers free access to concise coverage of local news, food and culture. Produce stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands with bold reporting, stylish writing, and staff who have won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Feature-Writing Award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism . With the existence of local journalism under siege and setbacks having a greater impact on advertising revenue, it is more important than ever for us to raise support for funding our local journalism. You can help by joining our “I Support” membership program which allows us to continue to cover Denver without paywalls.