Denver’s finest foods and drinks occasions for the weekend of February 9-11, 2018


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On the street it is said that next week (February 14th) there is a holiday in honor of the patron saint of epilepsy, but there are also many interesting celebrations this weekend. You can start your morning with a complimentary breakfast for International Bike to Work Day, including in the Webb building; The full schedule can be found on the Winter Bike to Work website. To find out how to honor National Pizza Day, Chinese New Year, and Carnival, just read on.

McNichols Building will host the largest Chinese New Year celebration in Denver on February 9th.

McNichols Building will host the largest Chinese New Year celebration in Denver on February 9th.

Courtesy of the Nathan Yip Foundation

Friday February 9th
Instead of celebrating National Pizza Day on Friday February 9th with a trip to an old pizza place, try making your own. Both Denver Pizzeria Locale outposts (550 Broadway and 3484 West 32nd Avenue) offer dough-making classes from 10 am to 11:30 am that teach you how to shape pizza dough to get the perfect chewy, bubbly base for all of your toppings. Tickets are $ 25 for expert instruction, lunch – including dessert and wine or beer – and two dough balls to cook at home; We promise that even the most inexperienced chefs will be able to make a cake much better than the Totino’s Party Pizza, which can be found in the back of your freezer. Send an email to [email protected] to reserve your spot.

Everyone’s favorite nostalgic college pizza, Blackjack, also features on National Pizza Day. A staple of night owls and bargain hunters since 1983, the Denver Original has completed the renovation of its flagship store at 3023 Walnut Street in Boulder (with a design worn elsewhere in the company) and celebrates with a topping square Pan Pie for $ 5.99 when you use the promo code PRPAN. Offer runs until March 31, 2018. Call 303-442-6677 or head to the chic new pizzeria (with a CU logo on the floor and a window to see your pizza in) to get your pizza to get.

Lunar New Year isn’t until February 16, but why wait to celebrate the Year of the Dog (obviously the best year)? The Nathan Yip Foundation, which funds educational projects for children in rural Colorado and China, will dress the dog for the city’s largest Chinese New Year celebration on Friday, February 9th. From 6pm to 11pm, three floors of the McNichols Building at 144 West Colfax Avenue will be converted into a Chinese night market; From traditional (lion dancers, calligraphers, fortune tellers) to modern ones (silent disco, karaoke), night owls are pampered with delicious entertainment while they eat and drink at mastiff food stations and enjoy the open bar (k). Tickets cost $ 100 for people under 35 (so-called “young professionals”) and $ 225 for everyone else; Get yours at and get ready to party your dick off.

Saturday February 10th
What happens when you combine a decade-old cliché (chocolate for Valentine’s Day) with two very specific modern food trends (pop-ups and artisan everything)? On Saturday February 10th and Sunday February 11th there will be events like the Craft Cacao and Chocolate Pop-Up. The Source, 3350 Brighton Boulevard, will bring together six producers from Colorado under one roof, where you can source highly artistic, environmentally conscious and well-described truffles, chocolate spreads, cocoa nibs, drinking chocolate, white chocolate and even single-origin brownies. The market is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Next, check out RiNo Yacht Club’s chocolate combinations to take the sting of spending $ 22 on six candies (another food trend thrown into the mix). Visit the source’s Facebook page for a full list of providers.

The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is perhaps the most famous, but the pre-Lent party is celebrated across Latin America. Maria Empanada, 1298 South Broadway, Argentine flake supplier, is opening his own celebration free lesson on Saturday, February 10th at 6:30 pm, after which you can test your newfound moves on the open dance floor. Feel shy? Relax before dancing with America’s most charming wine vessel: the pingüino. Find out more on the event’s Facebook page.

Sunday February 11th
Valentine’s Day may be the most exclusive holiday, but pub crawls don’t discriminate against anyone (except under 21): everyone is welcome to Galentine’s Day Brunch Crawl, which takes place on Sunday February 11th, not sure what snacks you’ll get in boutiques and bars , and it seems that the only food on the menu is coffee and mini-muffins when you visit the Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer Street, at. check in 11am But there are plenty of drink specials and discounts in stores when you go to Epic Brewing Co., Starlet Clothing & Accessories, Gerard’s Pool Hall, The Matchbox and Stem Ciders. Details on the crawl and tickets, $ 20, are available on

It’s fun to watch seniors at the party, and on Sunday February 11th, your grandparents’ favorite things (soup, bingo, the local VFW, cheap drinks and early dinner) are combined into bingo ramen. Ramen lover and whiskey maker Jake Norris will cook the noodle bowls at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2461, 1350 South Broadway; In the meantime, guests can play a few rounds of bingo and enjoy $ 1 beer and $ 2.50 cocktails from the canteen (drink because the cash proceeds will go to the VFW). The first of three seats starts at 4 p.m. – perfect for those who expect to be in their bathrobe and slippers by 8 a.m. Find out more and secure your tickets for $ 22 on the Ramen Mafia Facebook page.

Read on for more culinary events beyond the weekend …

Enjoy the shimmering decor of the Helix Bar during Denver Restaurant Week.EXPAND

Enjoy the shimmering decor of the Helix Bar during Denver Restaurant Week.

Mark Antonation

Friday, February 23rd to March 4th
Denver Restaurant Week returns for ten full days, not for a week, with dining options at hundreds of restaurants offering options for $ 25, $ 35, or $ 45. The full list of restaurants and many menus can be found on the Denver Restaurant Week website.

Friday February 23
Dear readers who are still out of shape with Westword covering both Boulder and Denver: CineCHEF 2018 is the event for you. The fourth iteration of the event takes place on Friday, February 23, 2018, at the Rembrandt Yard, 1301 Spruce Street in Boulder, when Boulder Chefs compete against Denver Chefs to prove who has the tastiest, most creative bite based on a popular movie. Last year’s list included Daniel Asher of River and Woods, who served smoked scallops, ceviche, and Peruvian chilli in homage to Up in Smoke, and Steven Redzikowski of Oak at Fourteenth, who tapped Mia Wallace for miniature burgers and a 5 – Distribute dollar shake à la Pulp Fiction. Tickets for $ 95 are available now on and include entry to Michelin Stars: Tales From the Kitchen. So, dear readers, etc., buy your tickets and plan the long and dangerous trip to The City that absolutely does not belong to Denver to support your home heroes in their struggle on enemy territory.

Blue Moon Brewing Co. is hosting the Colorado Symphony on March 7th.EXPAND

Blue Moon Brewing Co. is hosting the Colorado Symphony on March 7th.

Danielle Lirette

Wednesday March 7th
Raise the oh-so-fancy Blue Moon beer with Beethoven and Brews on Wednesday, March 7th, 7:30 pm-9:30pm when the Colorado Symphony’s ongoing series hits the Blue Moon Brewing Company, 3750 Chestnut Place; his largest group to date will use the sprawling taproom to serenade drinkers with a selection of classical music while the foam flows. For $ 65, guests can enjoy a performance by symphony musicians as well as appetizers and two pints; $ 85 VIP tickets include a brewery tour, VIP seating, souvenir glassware, and an additional tasting. Since no one in Colorado can truly enjoy a happening without a beer in hand, these events sell out fast, so grab your ticket at And if you miss it, you can always book the next event in the series at Left Hand Brewing on Wednesday May 30th.

Saturday March 31st
The adorable retro cooking school, Stir, 3215 Zuni Street, returns to basics. If you’re tired of having dinner at the nearest fast-casual store five nights a week but overwhelmed the idea of ​​tackling Thai cuisine or pasta from scratch, check out Stir’s Learn to Cook series from Saturday 31st. The three-step curriculum starts small on the stove (sautéing and searing), shows you how to turn on your oven (roasting and grilling) and finally helps you to find out the difference between salt and sugar (condiments and flavorings) . Classes start on Saturday, March 31st at 11am and run weekly until Saturday, April 14th; Tuition is $ 200 – a steal considering how much you’ll save in the long run. To see the menu and to reserve your spot, visit

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Amy Antonation knows that street tacos are infinitely superior to tacos covered in cream rings, and she’ll prick you with her knitting needles if you try to convince her otherwise.

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