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This weekend marks the start of the Year of the Ox, and we hope the good health of those born under a bovine moon spill over to the general population because wow, do we need them?

This weekend, in honor of the Denver Jewish Film Festival, enjoy Safta’s Israeli cuisine and treat your sweetheart to a paddle (or pudding, depending on the romance). After you’ve decided how to heat the dead in front of you, read on for even more food and drink experiences in February and March.

Friday February 12th
Ace Eat Serve, 501 East 17th Avenue, launches its New Years menu on Friday, February 12th. Guests can enjoy tempura king crab, fried noodles in coconut curry, crispy garlic bao, matcha tiramisu, and a special year of ox cocktail made from bourbon, yellow chartreuse, ginger syrup, and star anise. You also get lucky money in the form of scratch cards that entitle you to sake, sides or swallows. Visit the restaurant’s Instagram page for photos and details, and reserve a table (indoor or outdoor) on the Ace website. The dishes will also be available to take away.

Saturday February 13th
In conjunction with the Denver Jewish Film Festival, currently running through Wednesday, February 17, Safta, 3330 Brighton Boulevard (at the Source Hotel) is offering dinner and movie take-out packages. For $ 65, you can get Safta’s famous hummus and pita, labneh, lutenitsa (a red pepper and tomato chutney), falafel, and half a chicken fried with harissa. Then take a look at the festival lineup to buy movie tickets for $ 12 each. Our perfect pairing? Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal (where two irrepressible Montreal natives scour their hometown’s legendary Jewish restaurants) and The Vigil (a horror film by Colorado filmmaker Keith Thomas about the corpse problems of Yakov, an estranged young man from his Hasidic community, but is still hired to watch over the body of an old man until his funeral).

Get a three-course meal with optional wine pairings in Zorba's walk-in window.EXPAND

Get a three-course meal with optional wine pairings in Zorba’s walk-in window.

Courtesy of Chef Zorba

Sunday February 14th
Yes, we have already released our annual Valentine’s Day list, but there are plenty of places to share your love on Sunday February 14th. Here are some more (ahem) unusual offers we came across:

Noble Riot offers wine pairing for Valentine’s Day from 4pm to 5.30pm, but not with chocolates (not even with confectionery) or flowers. Instead, sign up for Tock (for $ 69, of course) and you’ll get half a bottle of champagne, half a bottle of red wine, a virtual BDSM lesson from Domme Mistress Nicci, and a Noble Riot branded blindfold. You can add a heart-shaped paddle or a black riding whip (but you can’t add extra wine, you greedy slut). While the pickup details are scarce on the wine bar’s Instagram page, we will assume that you will be notified of the information when you have done enough to earn it.

In a less intense V-Day experience, Chef Taj Cooke will serve a Jamaican menu on Sunday February 14th and Monday February 15th at Pony Up, 1808 Blake Street. Reserve your place for one of the three seats (4pm to 6pm, 6pm to 8pm or 8pm to 10pm) on Eventbrite, then pop up and enjoy your island with umbrella drinks from the bar, both sweet and savory donuts, Ackee and Saltfish, Jerk Chicken, Jerk Shiitake Sandwiches, Escovitch Snapper, Rum Cake and more.

For a delicious Greek dinner in Denver, always look for a joint that lists gyros and green chili cheese fries (yes, really). One of our favorites, Chef Zorba’s, 2626 East 12th Avenue, has a take away dinner called a three course fixed price meal that costs twice as much when served elsewhere. Opt for grilled filet mignon or salmon with a double-baked potato, asparagus in hollandaise sauce, and creme brulee for just $ 18.95. Would you like to add wine? All of Zorba’s choices are $ 19 per bottle. Pre-order today (Friday February 12th) on the restaurant website to be picked up on Sunday February 14th.

Read on for future food and drink events …

Monday 15th February
Front Line Farming, a food access and advocacy group, is now accepting applications to begin farmer apprenticeship in 2021. The program, which runs from May 24 to October 8, is designed to teach trainees over 20 hours per week of hands-on farm work on composting, planting from seeds, irrigation systems, pest control and harvesting (among others), as well as classes and seminars. Scholarships are paid to those selected for the program. The training is open to prospective BIPOC producers. Applications are due by Monday, February 15; The application and further details can be found here.

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.

Thursday, February 25th through Sunday, February 28th
If you’ve always felt like attending a beer or wine festival (sitting on your couch surrounded by last week’s dead soldiers doesn’t count), grab your tickets to Fade 2 Black now. Like right now. Buy them from the event website, then read the rest of this weekend’s description devoted to drinking beer and wine from black producers. The festival begins on Thursday, February 25th, with a beer dinner from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. featuring beers from the Californian brewery Crown and Hops. The 4-course wine dinner takes place on Friday, February 26th and includes five different wines. On Saturday, February 28th, from 2pm to 6pm, there will be a great tasting with over twenty beers and wines, starters and live music. All of this takes place outside of your home at Peak Beverage, 4375 Brighton Boulevard. And if you’ve really put down roots in the past twelve months, opt for virtual beer and wine tastings on Sunday February 28th. Tickets for the in-person events range from $ 75 to $ 125 and are very limited (only thirty sold for each dinner and fifty for each large tasting). Please visit the event website for more information.

Mythology Distillery and Colorado Symphony, Unite!EXPAND

Mythology Distillery and Colorado Symphony, Unite!

Emily Sierra

Thursday March 11th
On Thursday, March 11th, the Mythology Distillery teams up with the Crescendo Society, a group of super-powered dysfunctional siblings raised as vigilantes by an emotionally distant, demanding father … Oh, wait, fake ones Press release. In any case, the Crescendo Society (which we would rather consider a super-secret, militant cheerleading troupe under 35 than the Colorado Symphony’s Young Professionals Society) will join symphony musicians and Mythology in a virtual cocktail class with live music at 7pm. When you buy your cocktail kit for $ 35 ($ 25 for a second kit), you get four ounces of three different liquors, plus the rest of the beverage ingredients, the cocktail demo, and chat with musicians after their performance. Closing date for orders is Friday, March 5th; Cocktail kits can be picked up Monday, March 8th through Thursday, March 11th, during regular business hours (4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) in the distillery’s tasting room, 3622 Tejon Street. Visit the Colorado Symphony website for details and tickets.

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, James Beard Award-winning author of The Cooking Gene, food historian, and deeply committed Instagram presence, Michael Twitty will speak about the Passover holiday. 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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