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Learn how to make pizza dough from scratch, mix cocktails like a pro, get the industry perspective from national names at ED Talks, and more this week.
Then read on for more food and drink events to add to your calendars in the coming weeks.
Tuesday March 23rd
Mastered sourdough, but still not able to create the perfect pizza crust? Or did you just skip the sourdough entirely? Pizzeria Locale is offering a virtual Dough From Scratch course on Tuesday March 23rd. Sign up for the course for $ 25 on the event website and pick up your box of pizza bakes from class on the day after 11:00 a.m. at one of Locale’s four locations in Denver. Then zoom in at 6 p.m. At the end you will receive a fully topped Margherita cake (sauce, basil and cheese are included in the kit). You’ll also have enough flour and yeast to make several more crusts.
Wednesday March 24th
On Wednesday March 24th, EatDenver will resume ED Talks, its version of TED Talks, after being canceled in 2020 due to (general gestures). For the first time, the lectures are not only open to restaurant and bar owners and staff, but also to the public. Log on to Zoom from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to see six short presentations (just ten minutes each!) From industry insiders and experts. Three speakers have already been announced, with Marcus Samuelsson – known from positions at Top Chef Masters as well as his cookbooks and his own show No Passport Required – acting as the headliner. Other topics of conversation are mental health in the restaurant business and the link between avocado toast and anxiety (the $ 16 price tag might have something to do with it). Find details (including the full list) and register for the free webcast on the EatDenver website.
If you’ve gone beyond the basics of whiskey cocktail like the Old Fashioned but aren’t ready to mix your bourbon with whatever you have in your house (rye plus chilli, simple brown sugar syrup, and goch access are not for everyone Thing, it’s not us I admit), sign up for Stranahan’s virtual cocktail class on Wednesday, March 24th at 6pm. Chef Bartender Lucas Townsend has created two brand new drinks: the Gold Rush (which contains lemon nectar, honey, and bitters) and Where It All pecan (including pecan syrup, orange, and bitters). The hour-long tuition alone is only $ 11 on the Stranahan website (and you’re welcome to add an ingredient kit for $ 25 – which includes everything needed to make two drinks, except for the alcohol ). Pick up the goodies at the distillery, 200 South Kalamath Street, between Tuesday, March 23rd, 12:00 noon and Wednesday, March 24th, 5:00 pm. Whiskey (Stranahans or whatever Rotgut you can find on the lower shelf of the LQ) must be purchased separately. Please see the events page for more information.
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, Michael Twitty, James Beard Award-winning author of The Cooking Gene, food historian and dedicated Instagram presence, will speak about the Passover holiday and the shared stories of the Exodus in Jewish and African American communities. Tickets for the 7pm (US $ 18) lecture are now available on the festival website. There you can also view previous events on request.
Thursday March 25th
If you’re more of a gin than a whiskey drinker, wait until Thursday March 25 for Deviation Distilling to host a virtual cocktail class of Mountain Herb Gin made from rosemary, sage, and spruce. For $ 45, you can get a kit that includes a 200-milliliter bottle of gin, mixers, side dishes, and a glass, along with instructions for two different gin cocktails. When you sign up with Tock, you will be given a Zoom link to the 6:30 pm class (which lasts ninety minutes) and instructions on when to pick up your kit at 900 West First Avenue Distillery.
Friday March 26th
RiNo’s Ironton Distillery, 3636 Chestnut Place, has just launched a new Club for Bottle of the Month. And as we are fast approaching terrace season, the Slopeside Sips program includes not just one bottle of spirits per month and a 10 percent discount on additional bottle purchases, but also two cocktails to drink on the distillery’s beautiful (and dog-friendly!) Terrace . The club costs $ 50 per month or $ 540 if you sign up for a full year. Visit the Ironton website for more information.
Read on for future food and beverage events.
Door price barbecue chicken.
Courtesy of the door price
Sunday March 28th
Door Prize, the roving meat-and-three project, will be released on Sunday, March 28, at Fort Greene at 321 East 45th Avenue. From 12 noon to 5 p.m. the cuisine becomes the southern tradition of … Well, a meat of your choice with three sides. The menu wasn’t announced, but previous pop-ups offered grilled chicken, meatloaf, pickled shrimp, ribs, sweet potato casserole, grits, and gravy and buttermilk cakes. Follow the Door Prize Instagram page for more information.
Wednesday March 31st
March goes out like a lamb (or a law) as Bistro Vendôme, 1420 Larimer Street, hosts a Laws whiskey dinner on Wednesday March 31st at 6:30 p.m. The four-course feast includes a spring-like Scottish pea scotch egg with green garlic creme fraîche; Lamb bruschetta with Munster cheese, blood orange and pickled mustard seeds; and wild boar in espresso mole. Guests will also receive six different Laws whiskeys (including bound and unbound versions of the distillery’s rye and bourbon, as well as bourbon aged in a calvados cask), and the distiller’s founder, Alan Laws, will be on hand to order to talk about the whiskeys drinks. Make your reservation, $ 95, on Tock.
Boulder County Farmers’ Market The Saturday market opens on April 3rd.
Ashton Ray Hansen
Saturday 3rd April
Boulder County’s Farmers Markets (BCFM) didn’t die off during COVID, and they’re returning much closer to their usual opening dates this year – in the case of Boulder and Longmont, on Saturday April 3rd. Both markets will be open. You can shop in person every Saturday through the end of November – in Boulder from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 13th Street between Arapahoe Avenue and Canyon Boulevard, and in Longmont from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road. Certain restrictions from last year still apply (no dilly dallying, no pets, no petting the melons, no music) and shoppers are still encouraged to pre-order and reserve their shopping / pick-up time. However, alluding to normality, customers are accepted without a reservation (although they may have to wait a bit for entry). Markets will continue to offer roadside pickup and delivery, and other markets are expected to open in May (Boulders Wednesday Night Market and Denver’s Union Station) and July (Lafayette). Full details can be found on the BCFM website.
Wednesday April 7th
Spring is the time of year to enroll in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. But what if the idea of getting a box of fresh fruits and vegetables every week makes you want a drink because you’ll never use up that wad of chard that takes up your entire crispier drawer? Good news! Now, with Cocktail Caravan’s Community Supported Cocktail (CSC) program, you can get less “farming” and more “sweet, sweet alcohol” in your CSA. By signing up on the bartending service website you will receive a bottle of freshly squeezed blenders made with ingredients from local farms every week starting Wednesday April 7th. Each bottle contains five cocktails (or non-alcoholic cocktails). Mixers include combinations like grilled palisade peach, thyme and lemon or cucumber, ginger, serrano, lime and basil. The CSC runs for nine weeks and costs $ 144. You can also sign up for summer or fall stocks (also nine weeks, also $ 144) or save by getting the entire season through October 6 for $ 392.
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