Greatest issues to do in Denver this week, June 9-15


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Birthday parties, breweries and brunch, oh my! – and that’s just a foretaste of what’s on the menu from Wednesday June 9th to Tuesday June 15th. Read on to experience food and drink each day of the week, then read on to plan for events in the coming days.

Wednesday June 9th

Celebrate the big 4-0 with cake and champagne
Annie’s Cafe & Bar, 3100 East Colfax Avenue
The traditional diner hosts an open day with free cake and champagne, live music and drink specials to celebrate four decades in business. Stop between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
For details: visit the café’s Facebook page.

Thursday June 10th

Eating out to help domestic violence survivors
The non-profit organization Safehouse Denver is holding a virtual version of their Sampling for Hope fundraiser from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm with a cooking demo by Michael Poompan (head chef at the Ritz-Carlton) and a silent auction. The organization has also partnered with local restaurants Briar Common, Stargazer Fine Chocolates, Cherry Cricket, Trattoria Stella, and Steuben’s Uptown; 10 percent of sales prior to the online presentation will be donated to Safehouse Denver.
For more information and registration: Visit the Safehouse Denver website.

Alcohol is a universal language.EXPAND

Alcohol is a universal language.

Jade Mountain Brew

Friday June 11th

Raise a glass to meet the east with the west in a new brewery
Jade Mountain Brewery & Teahouse, 4233 South Buckley Road, Aurora
One of Aurora’s newest taprooms and teahouses is late opening (it opened its doors in May) and will last until Sunday June 13th. Enjoy beer releases, lion dancers, and Dragonfire Dim Sum food all weekend.
More information: Visit the brewery’s Facebook page.

Rolling Smoke Bar-B-Que is unlikely to serve a brisket on June 12;  We're guessing you're getting a plate of kalua pork.

Rolling Smoke Bar-B-Que is unlikely to serve a brisket on June 12; We’re guessing you’re getting a plate of kalua pork.

Danielle Lirette

Saturday June 12th

Immerse yourself in the island spirit
Mile High Spirits, 2201 Lawrence Street
Put on your best island attire (or undress as the case may be) in this luau, which includes a Hawaiian plate from Rolling Smoke Bar-B-Que, a Malasada (Hawaiian sugared donut) from the Donut House, and photo ops with a pot-bellied pig. Fun runs from 4pm to 9pm; Tickets start at $ 49.
Buy tickets: Visit Eventbrite.

We got that glorious shot of dry-aged rib eye and flatiron steaks at Citizen Rail, but this weekend head over to Sullivan Scrap Kitchen to find the right thing on your plate.EXPAND

We got that glorious shot of dry-aged rib eye and flatiron steaks at Citizen Rail, but this weekend head over to Sullivan Scrap Kitchen to find the right thing on your plate.

Danielle Lirette

Sunday June 13th

Get Dim Sum with ab (r) unch of Misfits
Misfit Snack Bar, 3401 East Colfax Avenue (in Middleman)
There are so many good things on this dim sum brunch menu, we can’t decide, so let’s list them all: Sausage and Sauce Bao; ‘Mushroom Rangoon; Peking duck poutine; Beet cake tots; Shrimp and groats toast; fried rice with bacon; Maple sausage lumpia; Szechuan Scotch Egg; and chicken with chilled hot and sour broth. Seating is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., reservations are required.
For more information: Visit Misfits Instagram.

Treat yourself to wine and Wagyu
Sullivan Junk Kitchen, 1740 East 17th Avenue
From 6 p.m., enjoy three courses, including a Colorado Caesar with smoked trout, pepitas and aged goat cheese, as well as a vanilla-strawberry and honey-lavender crème brûlée. The star of the show is an A5 Wagyu Rib-Eye that has been dry-aged for 45 days. Dinner is $ 200 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $ 50.
To reserve your seat: Go to the Sullivan website.

Monday June 14th

Find out more about Denver’s “housemaid rebellion”
Golden History Museum, 923 10th Street, Golden
In the early 1900s, Capitol Hill domestic workers started a labor movement. Find out how single mom Jane Street and the Colorado National Guard changed the cuisines of the day in this in-person (or online) talk for $ 10 from 6pm to 7:30 pm
To buy tickets: Visit Eventbrite.

Tuesday June 15th

Buy fresh fruits and vegetables
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 1700 West 10th Avenue, Broomfield
Every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. through September, grab local produce, meat, tortillas, and baked goods while listening to live music at this volunteer drive where all profits are reinvested in the community.
For details: visit the Broomfield Farmers Market Instagram.

Read on for future food and drink events.

Last year's drink Red Wear Red came just before the COVID shutdown in March.EXPAND

Last year’s drink Red Wear Red came just before the COVID shutdown in March.

Courtesy of the Colorado Restaurant Association

Thursday June 17th

Attend a luxury mountain food festival
The Little Nell, 675 East Durant Avenue, Aspen
The weekend event runs through Sunday June 20 and includes a sommelier lunch, a Dom Pérignon dinner, a champagne breakfast, a rosé brunch for Father’s Day, a sustainable seafood dinner, and more. Individual events cost between $ 100 and $ 450.
For more information: visit the Little Nell website.

Celebrate like a professional for the benefit of the restaurant staff
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard
The Colorado Restaurant Association’s Drink Red, Wear Red bash includes wine (red, of course), cocktails, bites from a dozen Denver restaurants (including the Bindery, Esters, Goed Zuur, GQue Barbecue, Maria Empanada, the Pig & the Sprout, and Comida ) and live music from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. GA tickets are still available for $ 65.
Buy tickets: Visit the CRA website, which also provides information about the Angel Relief Fund, the event beneficiary, which helps hotel staff in need.

Thursday June 24th

Chow down in the CineCHEF. of the Boulder International Film Festival
Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder
At CineCHEF, top chefs compete to see who can prepare the best film-inspired dish. Version 2021 runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and includes chefs Linda Hampsten Fox (The Bindery), Liliana Meyers (Safta), Daniel Asher (River and Woods), Chris Royster (Flagstaff House) and more. Tickets, $ 100, include wine and beer.
For more information: visit the film festival website.

Thursday July 8th

Enjoy impeccable sushi in a garden setting
Uchi, 2500 Lawrence Street
Mark your calendar for Uchi’s next outdoor dinner. Chef and menu details are yet to be announced, but you can count on multiple courses and, unlike previous family-style seating and plates, your own table for up to ten guests. (The June dinner was $ 150 per person and sold out almost instantly.)
For more information: visit the restaurant’s website.

The Heritage Fire of Cochon555 in 2019.EXPAND

The Heritage Fire of Cochon555 in 2019.

Danielle Lirette

Saturday July 31st

Step back in time with all kinds of proteins cooked over an open fire
Snowmass Base Village, Driveway 84, Snowmass Village
Cochon555’s Heritage Fire returns to the mountain from 4pm to 7pm, with everything from fish to poultry to cattle and Berkshires cooked over an open fire. Early bird tickets for $ 99-150 are available now and include beer, wine, and cocktails to quench your thirst.
More information: Visit the event website.

Last year's Vail Wine Classic gave attendees plenty of space to spread out.EXPAND

Last year’s Vail Wine Classic gave attendees plenty of space to spread out.

Team player productions

Thursday, August 12th

Treat yourself to a boozy weekend in the mountains
Vail Athletic Fields, 646 Vail Valley Drive, Vail
This year’s Vail Wine Classic includes wine dinners, seminars and a boozy brunch as well as two two-hour grand tastings at 1.30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets for the grand tastings are $ 99-225.
More information: Visit the event website and secure tickets on Eventbrite.

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

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