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It’s Pride weekend in Denver, and while the parade is virtual this year, there are still official in-person events across town and many companies are hosting their own parties, like the first-ever Big Queer Beerfest. Of course, you need to eat (and drink) to keep your energies up throughout the festivities.
The following food and drink specials not only look and taste good, they also do good: Some – or all of the – proceeds will be donated to LGBTQ + organizations.
Blanchard family wines
1855 Blake Street
Rainbow cotton candy wine flights are on the Pride menu at this Dairy Block winery; Choose between sparkling or rosé. Each glass comes with a pillow made of cotton candy and is served with a rainbow macaron from Bella Macaron. A portion of the proceeds from each flight will be donated to One Colorado.
Lou’s Italian specialties
3357 North Downing Street
Colorful rainbow biscuits (double rainbow!) And rainbow sprinkle biscuits are available through June 27th. The Center on Colfax receives part of the proceeds.
Misfit snack bar
3401 East Colfax Avenue
At Middleman, chef Bo Porytko has come up with a colorful Pride special: DIY rainbow tuna hand rolls with blue rice and a spicy sauce. All proceeds from the court go to LGBTQ + charities.
Six Capital Brewing
16701 East Iliff Avenue, Suite B, Aurora
The Six Capital team has been raising funds for The Center on Colfax all month. One dollar from each Pride Special will be donated; Options include the Y’All Means All IPA with butterfly pea flowers and the Stonewall spritzer cocktail. Special pride t-shirts are also available, along with stickers that are free for an optional donation (100 percent of these sales go to the nonprofit). The culinary special of this weekend are the rainbow-colored Pride Thai Noodles. The brewery is aiming for a total donation goal of $ 1,500, and when it is met, staff will dye the owner’s hair the colors of the rainbow.
523 East 17th Avenue, 303-830-1001
7355 Ralston Road, Arvada, 303-830-0096
Choose from three different rainbow goodies available at both Steuben’s locations to show your Pride support: rainbow cake (available in slices or the whole cake), Fruity Pebble Rainbow Rice Krispie treats and rainbow bread. Through June 29th, 100 percent of all sales of these items will be donated to the Center on Colfax’s Rainbow Alley, which provides programming and safe space for LGBTQ + youth.
Head over to the Misfit Snack Bar for this DIY rainbow tuna roll.
2639 West 32nd Avenue
This Italian restaurant, which specializes in the unexpected, is offering a colorful twist on Aglio e Olio with rainbow capellini for the next few weeks. The entire price of each dish sold will be donated to the Transgender Center of the Rockies; The restaurant has already raised more than $ 1,000.
1889 16th street
One of the best ways to experience this Italian place at Union Station is during happy hour, and during Pride month you’ll be sipping your spritz with a little more joy, knowing that a dollar from every happy hour is Aperol Spritz to Envision: You, an organization specializing in LGBTQ + mental health, behavioral health, and substance use disorders.
3350 Brighton Boulevard
Toshi Kizaki is a name every sushi lover in Denver should know. The owners of Sushi Den, Izakaya Denver and Ototo, opened the Temaki Sushi Bar at Source in late 2020. For Pride Month, all proceeds from the Rainbow Roll Special will be donated to GLSEN Denver and the Trevor Project.
Whole Sol Blend Bar
With locations in Denver and Boulder, Whole Sol is a single point of contact for cold pressed juices, toasts, and bowls, including hot options and smoothie bowls. This month you can order the Pride Bōl, a colorful combination of dragon fruit, strawberry, mango, kiwi, blue spirulina chia pudding and locally produced granola; $ 1 of every copy sold will be donated to One Colorado. By June 23, the company had already sold over 1,000 Pride Bols; it hopes to reach 2,000 by June 30th.
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Molly Martin is Westword’s Food & Drink Editor. She has been writing about the Denver dining scene since 2013 and has eaten her way around town long before that, enjoying long walks to the nearest burrito and spending the nights with cocktails on Colfax.