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Bundle up and get out this weekend as there is a ton of great food and alcohol that you won’t want to be without. Whether you fancy a late brunch, dinner with five year old Bar Dough chefs, or live music on a heated deck, you’ll be amazed when you see your friends’ Instagram accounts full of fun … and you were not there. Read on for the best events this weekend and more in the weeks ahead.

Break out the EPP reader.  That could be a ghost floating around your ghosts.EXPAND

Break out the EPP reader. That could be a ghost floating around your ghosts.

Seven grand

Friday October 23rd
On Friday, October 23, the Seven Grand whiskey bar, 1855 Blake Street, teams up with Denver Local Tours for a haunted Whiskey Society event that is sure to stir emotions. Whether it is fear, skepticism or downright exhilaration will vary from individual to individual. Start with a cocktail at the Seven Grand, then go on a one-hour ghost tour of LoDo. You’ll stroll downtown and hear stories of the strange (for the skeptics) and supernatural (for the superstitious) events before returning to the bar for a whiskey tasting. Sign up for one of four $ 40 tours on the Denver Local Tours website (at 3, 4, 3, 5:30 PM, and 6:45 PM).

Over 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 will go on sale on Friday, October 23, on three different levels. They range 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.

Do you remember the good old days when the terraces were crowded?  Neither do we, but at least Ace has live music for social distancing fans.

Do you remember the good old days when the terraces were crowded? Neither do we, but at least Ace has live music for social distancing fans.

Ace Eat Serve

Saturday October 24th
Few things are more satisfying than a steaming bowl of soup on a crisp fall day – especially when it comes to your mom’s homemade soup (none of Campbell’s crap). Well, maybe you can’t get your mom’s home cooking, but you can get a mom’s home cooking at the very first Pozole Festival on Saturday October 24th at the Rise Westwood Collective, 3738 Morrison Road. The collective of Latin American companies brings together ten professional and private chefs to serve their best pozole recipes from 3pm to 9pm. We bet Las Madres will crush the pros. There’s a $ 2 coverage fee that Re: Vision, a nonprofit cooperative and Rise’s sister organization, supports. Grocery cards are $ 3 at the door or $ 25 for ten upfront cards. Reservations are required; Make yours on the festival website.

Temperatures are cooling down, but that doesn’t mean Ace Eat Serve’s patio does the same. The Pan-Asian Ping Pong Palace has live music on its expansive terrace at 501 East 17th Street starting Saturday October 24th. It’s not quite the same as snapping up tickets to a crowded gig at a specific venue, but it might scratch the live-music itch. The terrace is partially heated by fire pits and mushroom heaters. However, our best advice is to pretend you’ve just walked down a mountain, bundle up, and hug your inner apr├Ęs-skier. The music runs every Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Terrace reservations are possible on OpenTable.

Sunday October 25th
Admit it: brunch can be boring. Bottomless blood cells, eggs benedict, foam, rinse, repeat. If you love brunch but want something a little different, check out Opera on Tap Colorado’s Bloody Maria Callas virtual brunch from Sunday through October 25th from 12pm to 1pm. The fundraiser for the nonprofit (which aims to educate people through classical music performances in non-traditional venues like bars) includes a silent auction, performances, and the singers’ favorite brunch recipes. Tickets for the virtual event are $ 20 at Eventbrite. You can find details about Opera on the Tap website.

You won't be late for brunch at Brass Tacks.EXPAND

You won’t be late for brunch at Brass Tacks.

Jill Hapak |

If you enjoy drinking during the day but aren’t excited to start in the morning (or – to be honest – you are still sleeping from last night’s drinks), consider Brass Tacks, 1526 Blake Street, for its lazy brunch visit on Sunday October 25th (and every Sunday as long as there are lazy bruncher). From noon to 4 p.m., enjoy chilaquiles, a breakfast burrito, or the in-house chicken sandwich Chick-Fil-Ain’t, which is served with waffle fries, but without the accusation of homophobia. Reservations are recommended (as always for brunch, regardless of the time); make them resy.

Highlands Bar Dough was the talk of the town when it opened five years ago, and we’re excited – especially in the horrific 2020 – that it will celebrate its fifth year of business on Sunday 25th October. Bar Dough celebrates the occasion with a kitchen get-together of chefs from past and present (including Max MacKissock, Blake Edmunds, Carrie Baird, and Russell Stippich) for a family selection. Each chef brings one of their biggest hits back onto the menu, and each course features multiple dishes from alumni as well as current staff. Evening reservations ($ 55 per person) are available from 5pm to 9.45pm for groups of two, four, six, or eight people. put yours on dry now.

Read on for more tasty events beyond this weekend …

Wednesday October 28th
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts is partnering with Burns Family Artisan Ales on an online cooking class that will teach the nuances of using beers in your food, how hops respond to heat, and how to retain the bitter or sweet flavors of a particular beer in Your food will be explained cooking. For $ 50, get all the ingredients, recipes, and a zoom link to make IPA mushrooms on toast (call it “elevated shit on a clapboard” if you’re feeling cheeky), Juniper Steak with Tartiflette (Savoyard) Version of cheese potatoes), amber ale pan sauce and IPA ice cream. Pick up your ingredients at school at 43 West Ninth Avenue on Wednesday, October 28, then turn on for class at 6 p.m. We’ll also stop by the Brewery, 2505 West Second Avenue, to enjoy some of Burns’ delicious and notoriously high-ABV beers for dinner.

Get baked goods at Brightmarten and help avoid the eviction.EXPAND

Get baked goods at Brightmarten and help avoid the eviction.

Danielle Lirette

Saturday October 31st
Is Halloween even a thing when we’ve already had eight months of evil terror, alternating with just numbing fear? Probably not. If your appetite to dress up like something disruptive and snap shots of something equally terrible isn’t what it was in 2019, we understand. If you want to cozy up on Saturday, October 31st, stock up on the CHOW (Culinary Hospitality Outreach & Wellness) fundraiser for rent relief in Colorado. Order goodies such as pumpkin pastries, pies, cookies (for humans and dogs), cinnamon rolls, hot fudge and more on the event website by Wednesday, October 28th, 8:00 p.m., for collection between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on October 31st at noon in Brightmarten, 730 South University Boulevard. The proceeds will go to the Resident Relief Initiative, which gives immediate grants to people who are about to be evicted. The Colorado Restaurant Association is buying in $ 2,500, so feed the carbohydrate monster for a good cause.

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 run for ten days from Friday, November 13th through Sunday, November 22nd. The menus will be published on the event website on Monday 26 October. So mark your calendar and get Tock and OpenTable for a quick reservation.

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