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Start with seedlings, celebrate mom and chug champagne: there are many delicious events on the culinary calendar this weekend.
Enjoy our selections for the next few days, then read on for future events in the weeks (and months) to come.
Lorena Cantarovici, owner of Maria Empanada.
Friday May 7th
Create your garden wish list for the season. Boxcar Willy tomatoes? Check. Red Zeppelin onions? I have it. Pineapple mint? Yum. Big Beef Tomatoes? Yup. These are just a few of the varieties of organic plants that you can pick up at the Growing Gardens Community Plant Sale on Friday May 7th through Sunday May 9th. 1630 Hawthorn Avenue in Boulder, the choice of plants to grow your yard is yours. More information on sale – including a full list of launches available – can be found on the Growing Gardens website.
Regardless of what your Instagram feed leads you to believe, not everyone is out there turning their passion into a thriving one-person startup. Entrepreneurship is on the decline, according to The New Builders, a book that explores the perceptions (young white guy) and reality (women and BIPOC folks) of who start new businesses – and what kind of businesses they start. On Friday, May 7th, the Tattered Cover Book Store is hosting a live panel discussion with some of these new builders in Denver. One of them is Lorena Cantarovici, owner and founder of the local Argentine handcake supplier Maria Empanada. Visit the bookstore website for details and to register for the 6pm interview.
Union Station Farmers’ Market is operational again.
Ashton Ray Hansen
Saturday May 8th
Union Station Farmers’ Market opens at 1701 Wynkoop Street on Saturday, May 8th. The square in front of the train station is full of vendors selling everything from basil, broccoli and berries to flowers and bread every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. until October 23rd. Walk-ups are welcome, but the market is encouraging shoppers to reserve their preferred shopping time at Eventbrite to avoid the line.
Entry is free, and as the world slowly normalizes, organizers require guests to leave their four-legged friends at home, avoid petting the eggplants, and shop with a sense of urgency. Please visit the Boulder County Farmers’ Market website for full details.
The Chocolate Lab, 2504 East Colfax Avenue, is breaking out the goodies – the capital’s “C” champagne – with a combination of chocolate and champagne from 11am on Saturday, May 8th. For $ 125, get a bubbly cocktail and brunch bite, four pourings of French sparkling wine paired with chocolates, plus a cheese platter and a gift to take away. The event is limited to twenty participants. So call 720-536-5037 to reserve your spot.
The Jones family knows what mothers want – bourbon (and matches).
Courtesy Family Jones
Sunday May 9th
We hope that you have seen and hugged your mother at least once in person since last Mother’s Day (2020 was certainly the mother of all years). If not, here are three spots of fun events on Sunday May 9th that will show the woman who raised you (and refuses to take your shit) that you care about her:
Even if the kids try to help cook, mom is almost certain to be dragged back to the kitchen if things go wrong. Skip this step with Uncorked Kitchen’s Livestream Mother’s Day Brunch. The class runs from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and includes ingredients and instructions for French toast with cocoa and hazelnut, chorizo and sweet potato hash, and strawberry shortcakes. There will be no shouts: “Mooooommmm, come help!” during this class. Order the meal kit from Uncorked’s website and collect it before class at 8171 South Chester Street, Centennial.
You still have time to order mom from Family Jones what she really wants – a stiff drink. The distillery sells two gift boxes for the most important woman in your life: the Break Time and Bourbon Kit (a bottle of Ella Jones bourbon, a scented candle, and a tiny apothecary jar with matches, a bracelet, and dark chocolate caramels, $ 95). and the Get Rose-y and Rested kit (a bottle of Automatic Jones Cosmopolitan, a bracelet, a bar of chocolate, and a coconut rose face mask, $ 75). Order on the Family Jones website and collect your box from Spirit House, 3245 Osage Street, between 9am and 12pm on Mother’s Day.
Finally, Que Bueno Suerte !, 1518 South Pearl Street, if you reserve brunch between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., mom gets a free main course and drink – making this a perfect choice for kids whose mothers are not in need of money won’t offer to pick up the tab. Make a reservation (required) on the Mexican restaurant’s website.
Read on for future food and beverage events.
The extraordinary cake vendor Hinman Pie is one of the chefs celebrating at Feast To-Go.
Courtesy Hinman Pie
Thursday May 13th
Sold out! Westword celebrated the Denver dining scene for years at Feast, an annual food extravaganza that filled the McNichols building with tables for local restaurants to sample their best dishes. In light of the pandemic, Feast has morphed into Feast To-Go, a drive-through event at Stanley Marketplace (2501 Dallas Street in Aurora) on May 13 from 4pm to 8pm that once again celebrates the city’s resilient restaurants. Sorry, if you haven’t bought your ticket yet, this event is sold out. Read more about what you’re missing here.
There are only a few tickets left for Thursday May 13th, the sequel to Chef Taj Cooke’s Supper Club series. Cooke works with Chef Jesus Silva (of Misaki, the hibernating Broadway Market and the new Golden Mill) to prepare a multi-course meal at 75 French, 717 17th Street. The menu hasn’t been released yet, but visit Ms. Betty’s Supper Club Instagram for pictures and details on the two previous collaborations on the series. Mythology Distillery offers the cocktail pairings for the festival. Full details can be found on the event website, which also has tickets for $ 125 for 5:30 or 8:00 p.m. seating.
Saturday May 22nd
The love affair with adding bacon to everything seems terrible in 2012, but we’re including this year’s Bacon and Beer Classic, both because it seems a million years ago, and because the event is one of the first summer food festivals we do have seen again to a fourth wave / post-COVID / mid to late apocalyptic landscape. Guests are guided along a path to the Kennedy Golf Course at 10500 East Hampden Avenue, where they stop at stations to discard beer, cider, and pork products. The Classic this year is promoting full-size bacon-based dishes rather than sample sizes. Buy tickets ($ 79 or $ 59) at Eventbrite, where – like any golfer who eats bacon and drinks beer – you must select your “b” time (11am to 5:30 pm) to deal with the death of beer and bacon to start in March. Visit the event website for details.
The upcoming Vail Wine Classic will have a similar atmosphere to the 2020 Vail Craft Beer Classic pictured above.
Courtesy Team Player Productions
Thursday, August 12th
Treat yourself to a long, juicy weekend in Vail from Thursday, August 12th to Sunday, August 15th at the Vail Wine Classic. The feast – one of the few events that hasn’t digitized or “postponed” (aka “cancel”) its 2020 iteration, hosts two two-hour Saturday tastings on Friday at 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm. Tickets are $ 99 for GA travelcards. $ 129 for 30 minutes early entry; or $ 225 for the aptly named “Double Trouble” Pass, which will get you into both sessions early on. The tastings are held outdoors at Vail Athletic Fields, 646 Vail Valley Drive. Details on wine evenings, seminars and the inevitable brunch the day after will be announced. However, you can visit the event website for full information and Eventbrite for tickets.
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