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You can enjoy dishes from Scotland and Ghana as well as cinematic culinary creations from around the world this week when the Flatirions Food Film Fest kicks off. With the help of the Hudson Gardens staff, you can also start planning the garden for 2021 early on.

And after enjoying the week’s events, you can also plan other events to add to your culinary calendar in the coming month.

Monday January 25th
Another tradition that suffers from COVID: the Burns Last Supper. The meal includes a stuffed sheep stomach displayed in a room and serenaded on Monday, January 25th, for the birthday of poet Robert Burns. It’s a wonderfully strange example of culinary quirk. This year the only example of (performance) art we can find in town is Clancy’s Irish Pub, 7000 West 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge. For $ 20 you can get haggis, whiskey, bread pudding and a selection of banger and mash, fish and chips, salmon or shepherd cake. Reservations between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. are required. Make yours by calling the waterhole at 720-456-7320 and mentioning dinner. Please visit Clancy’s Facebook page for more details.

Smoked Chicken and Jollof Rice from one of Modou Jaiteh's earlier pop-ups.EXPAND

Smoked Chicken and Jollof Rice from one of Modou Jaiteh’s earlier pop-ups.

Amy Antonation

Wednesday January 27th
Front range fans of African food (a descriptor so broad that it’s only useful when there are only a handful of restaurants across the state) will be disappointed with the recent closure of African Grill & Bar at Green Valley Ranch (luckily) a double blow, the Lakewood location is still operational) and the departure of chef Modou Jaiteh from Jacaranda to South Carolina. At least Jaiteh will do one final kitchen takeover from Arcana (909 Walnut Street in Boulder) from Wednesday, January 27th through Sunday, January 31st, before leaving. The West African (ish) menu is available for eat, take away and delivery. Make internal reservations with Tock and visit Arcana’s website for menu details.

It’s not too early to start planning a garden this spring. Whether you’re looking to plant seeds and cultivate a garden as a meditative practice, or to connect with nature, save money on products, or make sure you have a food source for the coming apocalypse, you have a head start at Hudson Gardens’ online -Seedling class. Learn how to start your harvest with seeds on Wednesday, January 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, please visit the Hudson Gardens Facebook page. Then log into the website for $ 18.

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 actually postponed from October 2020 to January 2021 when it went completely online. We ask other food event organizers to remove a page from the FFFF book and no longer claim: “Our bacon brownie burger bash bash has been postponed from July 2020 to July 2021.” our crowded festival this year because the world is on fire. “From Thursday, January 28 through Friday, February 5, you can watch films about the life of Los Angeles Chef Evan Funke after leaving his Bucato restaurant. Indigenous chefs struggling to maintaining their 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 found his fortune in the Wild West in the early 19th century (First Cow) The festival’s website gives you an all-access pass that lets you 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 can.

Read on for future food and drink events ….

Saturday January 30th
Vegan cheese lovers, rejoice! On Saturday, January 30th, plant-based eaters can immerse themselves in the wonderful world of cheese-making with a virtual vegan cheese-making course. You will learn how to make three different types: tofu-based gorgonzola and feta, and cashew-based ricotta. The 2pm class is hosted by the Longmont Farm Animal Sanctuary Good Life Refuge. The cost of the class ($ 15 or $ 20, depending on what you want to pay) goes straight to the goats, cows, turkeys, and pigs that are in their care. When you sign up on the nonprofit website, you will receive a shopping list and a zoom link.

The Pinot Posse has been hosting glamorous wine evenings for fifteen years. As you’d expect, high-end Pinot Noir has always been the main event, and that doesn’t change even during the plague. On Saturday, January 30th, all Jax Fish House locations will be offering a three-course seafood menu that can be paired with wine from respected Oregon and California producers. For $ 220, get Dungeness Crab Salad, Salmon Tataki, and Fried Ahi Tuna for two, plus two bottles of Pinot (choose from five bottles from four different wineries with vintages dating back to 2015). Visit the Tock page of your nearest Jax location to order no later than Wednesday January 27th. Then pick up your goods on Saturday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The ticket price also includes access to an exclusive webcast with winemakers from 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, including descriptions of each wine, visit the Jax Fish House website.

The milk block names this EXPAND

The milk block calls these “bubble igloos”; You will be forgiven if you think of them as saran wrap tents.

Jeff Fierberg

Thursday February 11th
The Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee Street, is hosting another progressive dinner ahead of Valentine’s Day – albeit one that’s stationary for you (the diner) and a far cry from the original ’70s experience of going door-to-door in the suburbs eat with your neighbors. This progressive dinner consists of five courses served while you sit in one of the bubble tents on Dairy Block Alley: sausage board and rosé from Blanchard Family Wines; Kachina ceviche with a Poka Lola cocktail; braised pork belly and a cocktail from Foraged; Bruto yakitori skewers with a Seven Grand Cocktail; and opera cake from the Denver Milk Market with Irish coffee. Dinner starts on Thursday February 11th or Friday February 12th at 6.30pm. The cost is $ 175 per person. The heated tents offer space for a maximum of four people. Read more details and purchase tickets through Rebel Experiences.

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. You can also view previous events on request.

Do you know an event that belongs on this calendar? Send information to [email protected]

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