Finest Denver Meals and Drink Issues to Do This Weekend

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This weekend brings bougie, barbecue and brunchy events (not all at once).

Read on for a quartet of events we look forward to and a few more in the weeks ahead.

Do more with wine than drink it out of a glass in Uncorked's Vino Kitchen class.EXPAND

Do more with wine than drink it out of a glass in Uncorked’s Vino Kitchen class.

Danielle Lirette

Friday October 16
Everyone loves to cook with wine, but did you know you can add it to your food too? If you’re not sure how to incorporate the drink into your kitchen without burning off all of the flavors in the alcohol, or if you don’t know your beef from your bourguignon, head to the Vino Kitchen on Friday October 16. Take Uncorked Kitchen Cooking Class From 6pm to 9pm, the Cooking School at 8171 Chester Street in Centennial teaches grilling, roasting, and baking with wine. They make sangria-grilled shrimp, artichokes with white wine and garlic dip, zinfandel marinated steak, red wine and pear hand patties, and more for $ 95 (including a drink you sip straight from the glass instead of processing it in your food). Log into the Uncorked website now.

Saturday 17th October
If you’re feeling red on Saturday October 17th, look forward to Somms for Sophie, an extravagant virtual wine dinner with a high profile list of chefs and sommeliers. At 6 p.m., Emcee Jensen Cummings will open the process, which consists of wines produced by sommeliers Doug Krenik (Maverick Wine), Brett Zimmerman (Boulder Wine Merchant), Pascaline Lepeltier (Racines NY) and Damon Oronowski and Sean Razee (both from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits). The food is provided by Jen Jasinski (Rioja), Alex Seidel (Mercantile & Provision), Dave Query (Big Red F Restaurant Group), Hosea Rosenberg (Blackbelly) and Ty Leon (Olivia). The award (hefty at $ 1,000 per couple) goes to Sophie’s Neighborhood, a nonprofit that Rosenberg and his wife founded to raise funds for research into MCTO, an extremely rare skeletal disorder that affects only thirty children worldwide are – including the boys of Rosenberg’s daughter Sophie. To purchase tickets, send an email to [email protected] Anyone else who wants to help can donate on the Sophie’s Neighborhood website. Details about the dinner can be found on the organization’s Facebook page.

Sunday October 18th
Coperta Italian restaurant, 400 East 20th Avenue, is hosting another edition of its often sold-out Sweet Moon brunch on Sunday, October 18. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., sweet and savory pancakes, side dishes and cocktails are served in the kitchen, inspired by maple syrups from all over North America. The menu includes four versions of buttermilk pancakes: simple; Chanterelles with blueberries and fontina; Takoyaki (charred squid), pickled ginger, and dashi and soy aioli; and beef pastrami with cucumber and cumin vinaigrette. Butternut squash and truffle cheese poutine are also on the menu (we could just go for that). Reserve your spot on Tock now to try the most creative flapjacks in town.

Halloween is just around the corner, but just because we all turned on our heaters at the same time yesterday doesn’t mean you have to go without an outdoor grill. On Sunday, October 18th, three Pitmasters will compete at Hank’s Texas Barbecue, 5410 East Colfax Avenue. There will be sandwiches, tacos and side dishes made from “three different whole smoked animals” (not currently specified, but we guess pork, goat and lamb while hoping for crocodile, zebra and platypus). You can reserve a table from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for two ($ 70), four ($ 125), or six ($ 180) people, and purchase discounted bar drinks at Eventbrite.

The really old West End whiskey dinner doesn't need a clever name.

The really old West End whiskey dinner doesn’t need a clever name.

West End Tavern

Monday 19th October
If you’re looking for a beginner’s wine class that goes beyond the basics of red or white, sweet or dry, mark your calendar for the first of a series of tastings at Cody’s Cafe & Bar, 10203 East Iliff Avenue in Aurora. On Monday, October 19th, the eclectic little restaurant “Sugar, alcohol, acid and tannins – oh my goodness!” From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. you will learn what tannins actually are, how they affect the taste of your vino and whether the presence of tannins or alcohol leads to a large, strong and full-bodied drink. The cost is $ 35 (a small price to get a little knowledge and lots of jargon); Call 303-751-1288 or email [email protected] to reserve your seat.

Wednesday October 21
On Wednesday October 21st, Boulders West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street, will be pouring whiskey that is likely older than a large part of you who read this calendar. At 6:30 p.m., a five-course menu with a flight of 21-, 22-, 23-, 24- and 25-year-old rhetoric bourbon is served in the kitchen. Also on the menu: a welcome cocktail, a pumpkin risotto with blue crabs, short ribs, a cheese course and a date pudding with chocolate truffles. Tickets are $ 100 (including tax and tip) for Tock. Visit the West End website for more information, including a full menu.

Friday October 23
On Friday, October 23, the Seven Grand whiskey bar, 1855 Blake Street, teams up with Denver Local Tours for a haunted Whiskey Society event that is sure to stir emotions. Whether it is fear, skepticism or downright cheerfulness will vary from individual to individual. Start with a cocktail at the Seven Grand, then go on a one-hour LoDo ghost tour. You’ll stroll downtown and hear stories of the strange (for the skeptics) and supernatural (for the superstitious) events before returning to the bar for whiskey tasting. Sign up for one of the four $ 40 tours (at 3pm, 4pm, 3pm, 5pm, 30pm, and 6:45pm) on the Denver Local Tours website.

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