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This week may be a little slow in terms of eating and drinking (although this is the perfect time to dine out or order from one of your favorite Denver area restaurants), but there are plenty of events on the culinary calendar.
Read on to see what’s going on now and in the days to come.
Adrian Miller is busy this month.
Monday January 11th
Adrian Miller (also known as the Soul Food Scholar and the liveliest Denver Native we know) is hosting two virtual food events in January. The first, Books & Beyond, is on Monday, January 11th at 5:30 p.m. in partnership with the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation. It will focus on Miller’s career transition from attorney to food historian and author, and his information will include favorite restaurants and recipes. Registration is still possible on the foundation’s website. While the discussion is free, a donation to the foundation is recommended.
Thursday January 14th
If you’re missing some southern specialties from the recently closed Julep (it’s us!), Here’s a little consolation: Pirate Alley Po ‘Boys, Julep’s take-away offshoot, will reopen on Thursday January 14th at the Stir Cooking School. The spot is open every Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. for all your Po ‘Boy’s needs. Online pre-orders are required. The full menu (we opt for Surf and Turf – a combination of fried shrimp and roast beef – though the turkey option with smoked grapes is also high on our list) can be found on Stir’s website. Pick up is from Stir, 3215 Zuni Street. Please visit the Pirate Alley Instagram page for more information.
Seasoned home brewers looking for instruction that is significantly more advanced than Beer ABCs should enroll in the Burns Family Artisan Ales’ quarterly home brewing courses. The next edition of the online lesson is scheduled for Thursday, January 14th, 7:00 p.m. and deals with the purification. Don’t you know what that is Get back to basics. Don’t Pass Go, don’t collect $ 200. But for those who want to dive deep into the process, this course is for you. For just $ 30, you can get an hour of tuition plus an additional 45 minutes of questions and answers. Log into Eventbrite, which is where you will also find dates and topics for future classes.
Zoe Ma Ma owner Edwin Zoe makes ramen noodles at his other restaurant, Chimera Ramen.
Saturday 16th January
It’s soup weather, and if you wanted to cook a pot of something more complex than crock pot chili, now is your chance. On Saturday, January 16, Zoe Ma Ma owner Edwin Zoe will go to Zoom for a cooking class at 5 p.m., where he and food author John Lehndorff will teach you how to make roast duck wonton soup in a Chinese restaurant. For $ 25, get a duck broth, fresh noodle, roast duck, and bok choy meal kit (Saturday pickup from Zoe Ma Ma’s Boulder, 2010 Tenth Street), plus a food history cooking class, lore, and one-way cooking class that doesn’t embarrass you too much. For more information and ordering instructions, please visit Zoe Ma Ma’s Facebook page.
and plan ahead:
Wednesday January 20th
On Wednesday, January 20, Adrian Miller (see above) celebrates the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris with Presidential Soul: A Virtual Presidential Inauguration Event. Participants will receive recipes for four tribute menus prepared by chefs across the country. Music and dance; Conversations with black chefs who worked for former presidential administrations and were the subject of Miller’s second book, The Kitchen’s Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans who fed our first families from Washington to the Obamas; and author Jesse J. Holland, who wrote two books on the history of enslaved people in Washington, DC and the White House. Buy your ticket (US $ 46 before January 15, US $ 70 after) from Eventbrite, where you can also find the program for the entire evening starting at 6:40 p.m. A portion of the ticket sales go to food organizations that benefit BIPOC employees, including the food study programs at Spelman College and the James Beard Foundation’s mutual fund for Black and Indigenous Americans.
Thursday January 28th
Essential props for the Flatirons Food Film Festival, one of the few food events that knows the real meaning of the word “move”. As in: The festival was postponed from October 2020 to January 2021. We’re asking other food event organizers to take a page out of the FFFF book and stop claiming, “Our bacon and brownie burger bash has been postponed from July 2020 to July 2021.” If they really mean, “We have ours crowded festival canceled this year because the world is on fire. “In addition to the correct and unusual understanding of the term, the festival has made another important decision, the celebration from Thursday, January 28th to Friday, February 5th, completely online to deliver. Watch movies about Evan Funke’s, the Los Angeles chef, in life after leaving his Bucato (Funke) restaurant; indigenous cooks struggling to maintain traditional eating habits (Gather); the search for elusive wild cocoa and the perfect, sustainable chocolate (Setting the Bar); and a historical piece about a chef who sought his fortune in the Wild West of the early 19th century (First Cow). The festival website gives you an all-access pass that allows you to watch the entire festival schedule – ten feature films and three short films – for just $ 90, or two, four, and six packs for $ 22 to $ 80.
Friday January 29th
The Inventing Room is hosting another of its series of virtual Magical Mystery Taste Tours on Friday, January 29th and Saturday, January 30th. This one is Harry Potter themed, and even muggles can get their hands on a box of candy store thoughts – flex your bites by ordering a box of $ 55 candy from the Inventing Room online store. The package and a zoom link will be sent to you the week of January 25th. At 5 or 7 p.m., dessert enthusiasts can expect an interactive discussion about the science of taste buds, candy tasting, and the grand finale of a blind fruit tasting with the help of miracle fruits, a berry that makes sour food taste sweet.
Chef Biju Thomas (center) in the kitchen of Bijus Little Curry Shop in the past.
Sunday February 14th
We can usually predict with some accuracy what a Valentine’s Day meal will look like in a restaurant (set menu, crowded dining room, rushed waiters). This year? Making any kind of prediction is a breeze, especially when the world’s most popular epidemiologist (call me Dr. Fauci) cannot predict whether restaurants will be open or not. So stay home and donate your money to charity on Sunday, February 14th, with a fundraiser for Denver Urban Gardens (DUG), a nonprofit dedicated to helping community garden development across the city dedicates. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., make a cocktail or soft drink, fat, winter vegetable roast with chicken, falafel or tofu, and a pistachio pastry for dessert with chef Biju Thomas (from Mixn Match and the late, lamentable Biju’s Little Curry Shop). Order a $ 250 VIP dinner set for two on the DUG website and collect it from the outfit offices at 1031 33rd Street. You can also choose to purchase your own ingredients with the Table for Two package (including ingredient list and party access) for $ 150.
Sunday February 21
When your love affair with wine in boxes is waning and your income is growing at the same time, sign up for Frasca’s wine courses. Each lesson includes six bottles of wine, a workbook, recorded course video, and access to live questions and answers. Visit Tock to choose from one of three classes (or sign up for all of them, though at $ 350 per pop you’d better be an invited learner): the Rhône Valley (Q&A for Friday March 19 ); Reisling (Q&A will take place on Friday March 26th); and Soil and Minerality (Q&A on Friday April 2nd). You’ll pick up your course materials on Sunday, February 21st, so you’ll have a month to sip, study, and ponder questions before the Q&A (which all take place at 5:30 p.m.). Pick-up locations in Denver and Boulder are available. More information is available on the Frasca website.
Wednesday March 24th
The Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center in Denver hosts the sprawling JAAMM Festival (Jewish Art, Authors, Films, and Music) over several months in the fall, with live cultural events across the city. In 2020, of course, that was turned on its head. The silver lining: The festival lasts a full twelve months (starting last year and well into 2021), and all programs are virtual. On Wednesday March 24th, The Cooking Gene’s James Beard Award-winning writer, food historian and deeply dedicated Instagram presence, Michael Twitty, will speak about the holiday of Passover. Tickets for the 7pm (US $ 18) lecture are now available on the festival website. There you can also view previous events on request.
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