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This Friday, April 23rd, marks the start of Denver Restaurant Week and Dining Out for Life – but there’s so much more on the menu, including lobster cooking, sake and whiskey dinners, and loads of nibbles.
Here are our tips for the best food and drink events this week. Read on to add future festivities to your culinary calendar.
Tuesday April 20th
Union Station’s Stoic & Genuine at 1701 Wynkoop Street will be less dispassionate and more authentic than ever on Tuesday April 20th as it excitedly tosses a mess of fresh lobster on the stove and topped it with all the traditional side dishes – andouille – Sausage – served, potatoes, corn and homemade biscuits – for proper cooking from 3 p.m. The bar also mixes Cajun cocktails (we provide at least one drink that includes a Tabasco shake or two). Reserve your spot either on the patio or in the dining room ($ 65) on Tock.
The Denver 4/20 rally went up in smoke for the second year in a row, but you can still get nibbles at Steuben’s, 523 East 17th Avenue. The joint did brisk business during the pandemic to please those diners looking for comfort, but on Tuesday April 20, the stake will be increased with even more stoner-friendly snacks that won’t move from my couch. Steubie Snacks (braised and deep-fried pork belly, dusted with powdered sugar), the PB&J Monte Cristo sandwich, cookie dough donuts and Everything But the Kitchen Sink Brownies (with caramel, pretzels, potato chips and peanuts) only appear for one day the price of $ 4.20. Beverage specials include flavored lemon and limes (available with a $ 2 CBD bitter added) and over-the-top milkshakes so jam-packed with candy and snacks that they seem to have been invented by a hyperactive eight-year-old. You can find more information on the Steuben’s Uptown Instagram page.
Wednesday April 21st
The third wine dinner of the year will be held in Rioja at 1431 Larimer Street on Wednesday April 21 at 6:30 p.m. Instead of new or old world wines, the restaurant will pour sake with the five-course menu. And instead of combining the Japanese spirit with Asian flavors, Rioja will serve strictly Mediterranean cuisine to highlight the versatility of the drink. The menu includes risotto with almonds and oozy Ovelha cheese, fried quail with black truffles, and ribs with coffee, paired with evocatively named sakes like Seaside Sparkling, Bride of the Fox, and Rhythm of the Centuries. Visit Tock to reserve your spot for in-house ($ 99) or takeaway ($ 70 plus sake cost, which ranges from $ 40 to $ 48 per bottle).
Thursday April 22nd
How can you do without a whiskey dinner in which “really good cheese” is listed as a fourth course? You can not; it would be positively un-American. So visit Tock and reserve your seat at the West End Tavern’s 1792 Spring Fling Whiskey Dinner. The Boulder Bar on 926 Pearl Street serves five courses (think salad with falafel, ricotta and spring onion dressing, monkfish and ham risotto, smoked lamb with grilled artichoke, the aforementioned cheese and pineapple cake right side up )) with five pourings of Bourbon from 1792 and a welcome cocktail. Dinner is just $ 79 plus tax and tip, and a brand ambassador will walk you through the tasting notes. Visit the West End website for the full menu, as well as pairings.
Carrot ravioli from the bindery, which takes part in both the restaurant week and Dining Out for Life.
Friday April 23rd
Denver Restaurant Week begins Friday April 23rd and continues through Sunday May 2nd. Reserve a seat at one (or more!) Of 200 restaurants in the Denver area that offer Prix Fixe menus for $ 25, $ 35, or $ 45. The event, which usually takes place in February and March, has been postponed to spring to take advantage of the well-known sunny days and warmer weather in Denver – although the definition of “patio weather” has expanded significantly over the past year. Our favorite participants? Konjo Ethiopian, the Bindery, Spuntino, Coperta and Bastien. Find yours on the Restaurant Week website.
Project Angel Heart, a nonprofit that provides medically-tailored meals to people with serious illnesses, is now in its second year of revamping Dining Out for Life, its premier fundraiser. Typically, participating restaurants donate a portion of their sales to Project Angel Heart for a single day in April. Since the dining rooms of the restaurants were closed last year and many restaurants are still life sustaining, some changes are in order. In 2021, the event has expanded from Friday April 23 to Sunday May 2, and restaurants will not be asked for donations. Instead, guests who eat or eat at nearly 100 Denver restaurants are asked to donate directly to the nonprofit. Of course, some restaurants are able and willing to help a little more, so some offer cocktails and menu items, with a portion going to Project Angel Heart. Setting up an additional line for collecting customer donations; or donate a lower percentage than in previous years. Details and participating restaurants can be found on the event website.
Read on for future food and beverage events.
Sunday April 25th
Starting Sunday April 25th, chefs Bo Porytko from Misfit Snackbar (in Middleman, 3401 East Colfax Avenue) and Royce Oliveira from To the Wind Bistro (3333 East Colfax Avenue) will swap kitchens and characters for Freaky Sunday, a pop-up – Exchange that extends over two weekends. On Sunday April 25, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Oliveira Misfits will take over tiny food service window in Middleman, channeling Porytko’s open-hearted and utterly delicious style while bringing out snacks like peanuts in Worcestershire sauce and mole duck in barrel nachos dusted with cream powder and fermented black bean powder. On Sunday, May 2nd, Porytko will cook a six-course menu with beer pairings in To the Wind’s relatively spacious kitchen. For $ 85, you get nifty and beautifully coated courses, including Kielbasa Scotch quail eggs in a nest of fried sauerkraut and a sweet pea curd cheese with smoked whipped cream and candied cardamom pistachio. Seating is at 5pm and 8pm and reservations are required. Make yours by sending an email to [email protected] Keep an eye on Misfit’s Instagram page for more information. NOTE: This event was postponed from early March when it was unexpectedly canceled.
Wednesday April 28th
If you can actually get words you learned for your weekly elementary school spelling tests out of the depths of your mind when your alcohol tolerance has risen sharply in the past fourteen months and your brain has not liquefied (LIQUEFIED) in the same amount of time you can You may clean up on a drunken spelling bee on Wednesday April 28th. The showdown will take place from 6pm to 8pm at Kyu Ramen, 600 East Colfax Avenue. For just $ 10, you can enter the competition and get started with a free drink. After five rounds of words and drinks, the winner walks away with $ 100 (AMBULATES). Buy tickets at Eventbrite and have a great (FELICITOUS) evening.
Snacktaculars grilled cheese sandwich with mushrooms on homemade oak bread.
Tuesday 4th May
Nobody is neutral towards Star Wars. Whether you’re a casual fan, one of the racist jackwagons that got poor Rose Tico off social media and got out of the last movie exercise on fan service, or just someone who wants to cuddle Baby Yoda, we guarantee that You have at least one opinion about the franchise. What better way to put it than on Tuesday, May 4th at Baere Brewing, 320 Broadway, with a pint of C-3 (i) PA and a plate of Tauntaun Tacos? The brewery releases its West Coast IPA in a Star Wars can (themed glassware is also available). From 3pm to 9pm, Snacktacular serves Tauntaun tacos (pork belly), That’s No Moon (a jumbo cheeseburger) and the Sando Calrissian (grilled cheese). Reservations are not required. just show yourself. And may the fork be with you.
Uchi will be part of Westword’s first Feast To-Go.
Thursday May 13th
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. At Feast To-Go, you can sample groceries from a dozen restaurants and trucks that we’ve recognized with Best of Denver awards over the past few years, as well as drinks. You can enjoy your goodie bags and restaurant samples over an impromptu picnic or just take them home … without ever leaving your car. Tickets are now available here.
Do you know an event that belongs on this calendar? Send information to [email protected]
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