Welcome back to our monthly Dig Into Denver series. At the beginning of each month, we provide you with a food and drink itinerary for the best places to eat and drink around town – including new store openings and the things worth celebrating for no reason.
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But first … food news
In case you missed it, here are some of the biggest announcements in Denver Food News from last month.
Meet the group trying to save Casa Bonita
The low point: A group of Casa Bonita fans have come together to save Colorado’s staple food. Save Casa Bonita has already raised over $ 53,000 for the restaurant.
Adrian Miller from Denver presents the history of the black barbecue in his new book
The low point: Adrian Miller from Denver presents the history of the black barbecue in his new book Black Smoke. Miller dips into the whites of grilling, offers recipes and more.
Local chefs team up to raise funds for AAPI. to collect
The low point: Local chefs have teamed up to raise funds for AAPI. The Better Together group consists of more than 30 local chefs, restaurateurs, musicians and more.
Doña Loca serves small artisanal mezcal in small quantities at bars and restaurants in Denver
The low point: Doña Loca – a mezcal and tequila brand by famous chef Dana Rodriuiez – serves small amounts of mezcal in bars and restaurants in Denver. The brand offers three different expressions of mezcal, all from a single source.
The EDGE restaurant will reopen together with the renovated Four Seasons Hotel Downtown
The low point: The EDGE Restaurant and Four Seasons Hotel Downtown reopened after a seven-month renovation. The updated space features three bars, a dining area, three separate rooms, a raw bar, and more.
A new restaurant in Colfax serves Neapolitan pizza and Italian-inspired cuisine
The low point: Benzina has opened on Colfax to serve Neapolitan-style pizza and Italian-inspired cuisine. The restaurant takes over a gas station in the borough of South Park Hill.
Papusa’s lover offers a taste of Salvadoran cuisine
The low point: Papusas Lover – a three-sister-run restaurant – offers Denver a taste of Salvadoran cuisine. The menu includes appetizers such as Salvadoran enchiladas, yucca nuggets and of course Papusas.
Hooch Booch serves hard kombucha to the city
The low point: Hooch Booch, a ban-inspired beverage brand, serves hard kombucha to the city. You can sip on flavors like Bee’s Knees, The Clover Club, and The Old Fashioned.
Ulster Street Bakery serves top-quality local pastries
The low point: The Ulster Street Bakery – a married couple – serves first-class pastries from the local kitchen. The two offer sweet delicacies such as apple fritters, cream puffs and filled donuts.
Third Culture Bakery opened a new Matcha café in the RiNo district
The low point: Third Culture Bakery has opened a new Matcha café in the RiNo district. The café offers a wide range of matcha drinks as well as the signature butter mochi donuts.
Colorado’s first completely sober bar opened in Jefferson Park
The low point: Awake – Colorado’s first completely sober bar – has opened in Jefferson Park. The drinks menu offers sips like mocktails, coffee and more.
Bacon Social House opens third location on South Broadway
The low point: Bacon Social House, a restaurant that specializes in bacon and breakfast, has opened a third location on South Broadway. The location takes the place of the former Morning Collective and Huevos Tacos.
Clayton Hotel brings restaurant, cafe and bar to Cherry Creek
The low point: The Clayton Hotel – a new members’ club and chic boutique hotel – brings a restaurant, bar, and coffee shop to Cherry Creek. Of A Kind Restaurant offers a menu of Mediterranean and Californian-inspired coastal cuisine for fresh bites.
Excuses to celebrate
June 4th: National Cheese Day
The low point: Pick up a piece of cheddar for National Cheese Day on June 4th. You know it will be Gouda.
Do not miss: For a great variety of cheeses, check out this list of Denver Charcuterie Board Companies.
June 8: National Jelly Filled Donut Day
The low point: Step up your breakfast game on June 8th during National Jelly-Filled Donut Day. We all deserve something sweet.
Do not miss: For some killer donuts, check out Pandemic Donuts, Ulster Street Bakery, Berkeley Donuts, and Third Culture Bakery.
June 19: National Martini Day
The low point: Grab a glass for National Martini Day on June 19th. There is no better way to celebrate.
Do not miss: If you’re looking for a new martini spot, head to the L Cocktail Bar.
June 20: National Vanilla Milkshake Day
The low point: Chill out with a sweet treat on National Vanilla Milkshake Day on June 20th. The perfect way to cool off on a summer day.
Do not miss: For a few chilled sips, check out The Original and Shake Shack.
Eat well, give it back
Denver is a charitable community, and there are tons of events held each month to benefit nonprofits across the city. For Dig In, however, we highlight specifically food and beverage events that support food-centric causes and nonprofits – those that fight hunger, support the service industry, and more.
Berry proud publication
When: Starts May 29th
Where: All Denver Beer Co. locations
The low point: Denver Beer Co. honors PRIDE with a Berry Proud Release. You can drink the Berry Proud Sour Ale in limited-edition crow mugs or at all Denver Beer Co. locations in June. 15% of the sales of every Berry Proud pint, 32-ounce Crowler, and Denver Beer Co. Pride merch benefit One Colorado.
Pizzeria Locale x Evision: You
When: Starts June 1st & June 15th
Where: All Pizzeria Locale locations
The low point: Pizzeria Locale partnered with Envision: You to create a custom PRIDE box to celebrate PRIDE month. You can order a pizza at any of the Pizzeria Locale locations, online, or in the Pizzeria Locale app to receive the box. On June 15, the restaurant is also hosting a fundraiser for Envision: You, with 33% of all sales going to the funds.