One of the best food and drinks in Denver this week

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Il Posto (pictured here in 2017) is starting the Denver harvest week in style.

Danielle Lirette

Go all out this week with a pork dinner and pop-up, kicking off Denver’s Harvest Week, a duo of dairy block events, and a West African tasting menu.

After you’ve had enough fun over the next few days, read on for a bubbly blowout, imaginative date night, and more.

Monday, September 21
Really, really start your week right at the Bettola Bistro, 10253 East Iliff Avenue. The cute Italian dining room kicks off the first of its monthly dinner series, which revolves around a wide range of inspirations: friends, colleagues, ingredients, geography. On Monday, September 21, Bettola teams up with one of Denver’s original butchers: OG charcuterie expert Mark DeNittis, whose Il Mondo Vecchio was way ahead of its time. DeNittis will host a four-course feast focusing on Duroc pork; The evening will also include a short demo on slaughtering and making coppa. Seating is available at 6pm and 8pm and costs $ 125 plus tip (tax is included). Email [email protected] or call 303-750-1580 to reserve your spot and follow Bettola’s Instagram page for delicious pictures and details on upcoming rates.

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Ginger Pig Karaage (Fried Chicken) with Mashed Cucumber Salad;  On September 22nd, you can get the salad with Char Siu in the pop-up of the food truck in Denver.  - MICHAEL EMERY HECKER

Ginger Pig Karaage (Fried Chicken) with Mashed Cucumber Salad; On September 22nd, you can get the salad with Char Siu in the pop-up of the food truck in Denver.

Michael Emery Hecker

Tuesday, September 22nd
Until this year, you had to go to Boulder County to find the excellent Asian street food at the Ginger Pig Food Truck. The outfit had a brief stint in Boulder’s Rosetta Hall, but now – in a shocking turn of events – something great is happening in 2020 (for Denverites at least): Chef / owner Natascha Hess is opening a restaurant in Denver’s Berkeley for residents from Queen City can get their hands on their food. Before the restaurant opens on Tuesday the 22nd, the truck will have red Thai curry rice croquettes, char siu pork, hot and sweet chilli vanilla ice cream and more.

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The Bacon Social House (pictured here before the arrival of the coronavirus) takes part in this year's harvest week with food and drink offers.  - SPECK SOCIAL HOUSE

The Bacon Social House (pictured here before the arrival of the coronavirus) takes part in this year’s harvest week with food and drink offers.

Bacon Social House

Wednesday, September 23
Denver Harvest Week is a popular tradition – if you were quick enough to snag a seat at one of the hugely popular dinners at GrowHaus, the nonprofit that provides food and education for residents of Denver’s Globeville and Elyria-Swansea provides neighborhoods. This year things are different, both because of COVID and because the GrowHaus building was closed due to serious structural problems. The top? Harvest Week is being transformed into a citywide celebration of food and drink in Colorado. More than thirty restaurants in Denver and Boulder (including Cart-Driver, Ace Eat Serve, Ultreia, Santo, Jax, Blackbelly, and Tap & Burger) are using as of Wednesday, October 23rd. Visit the event’s Facebook page or website for a full list of participating restaurants, then start making reservations (or plan to order for take away or delivery!). Meal planning has never been easier.

Everything old is new again: drive-in cinemas, anti-mask organizations, even progressive dinners. Here’s a look back at the 1960s tradition (albeit with a thoroughly modern price tag). On Wednesday, September 23, you and a $ 350 friend will be right in the middle of the action at the Dairy Block at 1800 Wazee Street for a bougie and drink cocktail tour. Expect Gruyère fondue with a wet punch from the Poka Lola Social Club; a quartet of smoked things – salmon, cauliflower, short rib, and mac and cheese – alongside a whiskey flight from Seven Grand; Colorado Lamb Three Ways with Syrah from Blanchard Family Wines; and passion fruit pavlova, served with Run for the Roses’ last cocktail of the evening. The event lasts from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. grab your spot (there are only two left!) on the Rebel Experiences website.

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Head to the Dairy Block this week for two events including a free cocktail tasting.  - JEFF FIERBERG

Head to the Dairy Block this week for two events including a free cocktail tasting.

Jeff Fierberg

Thursday September 24th
If you’d like to try tips at Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee Street, but don’t have a small fortune for a single night of drinking (see above), wait another night until Thursday, the 24th chopped-style cocktail contest with the bartender at Mix Seven Grand, Poka Lola Social Club, Denver Milk Market, Run for the Roses and Foraged Bourbon cocktails with Angel’s Envy and a basket full of mysterious ingredients. A limited number of guests can try all five cocktails – for free! – and vote for the people’s choice of cocktail. RSVP on Eventbrite, where you reserve your entry time (every 15 minutes from 6pm to 7.30pm); You have ten minutes to taste and vote. Don’t wait to register; Spots will go quickly. This event supports Angel’s Envy, a reforestation advocacy group.

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A Ghanaian po'boy from Chef Modou Jaiteh of Jacaranda.  - MICHAEL EMERY HECKER

A Ghanaian po’boy from Chef Modou Jaiteh of Jacaranda.

Michael Emery Hecker

Friday September 25th
Bruto, located in the Dairy Block building at 1801 Blake Street, is hosting another fantastic pop-up at Chef Motou Jaiteh of Jacaranda who recently vacated Boulders Rosetta Hall on Friday September 25th and Saturday September 26th Has. Jaiteh offers West African-inspired tasting menus for both lunch ($ 30 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM) and dinner ($ 55 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM). The full menu includes a trio of flatbreads made with Jamaican curry lamb, pumpkin, and brown butter with ricotta, and wild mushrooms with cauliflower, cheese, and honey; Domoda (African peanut stew) with rice; Jollof rice with smoked chicken and lard; Lamb ribs; and vegetables with jollof rice, peas and fried plantains. Both zero-safe and soft drink pairings are available ($ 20 to $ 35). And if you prefer to skip the cozy Bruto dining room, you can do your own meal. Head to Tock to reserve your table and hope Bruto continues to serve hard-to-find dishes like Jamaica and West Africa.

And don’t forget to mark your calendars …

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