The most effective food and drinks in Denver this week

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Do you think you can make hummus as silky smooth as this version of Safta? Get tips and tricks from a teacher this week.


Good news: As an adult, you don’t have to wait until December 25th to treat yourself to something nice. Instead, unpack something tasty every day this week, whether it’s steaming dumplings, homemade pita, perfect sushi or the feeling of giving. See our suggestions below.

And it’s not too late for a Christmas or Christmas dinner package from your favorite restaurant; see our separate list for options – but hurry, time is running out.

Monday December 21st
Good God, we are almost at the end of one of the more terrifying years we have ever dealt it for 365 days. Reward yourself for getting through the vast majority of 2020 (355 and up) on Monday December 21st by heading to Brass Tacks, 1526 Blake Street for an Oh Golly Dumplings pop-up. Visit Tock to pre-order creative dishes like la-son-tons (lasagna wantons with Italian sausage, red sauce, mozz, and ricotta), as well as Midwestern classics like grape jelly meatballs wrapped in dumpling batter! You can also pick up alcoholic beverages at the bar; we save space for wassail, hot génépy chocolate and party punch (also made with an undeniably Central American ingredient: orange sorbet). Pick up your meal between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and if you have decided on items that are already sold out online, take note: A limited number of the buffalo chicken, potato, leek and mushroom dumplings will be available for orders.

The weather may be terrible, but the views from Acreage are still lovely.  - FACEBOOK WITH A FRIENDLY ATTACK

The weather may be terrible, but the views from Acreage are still lovely.

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Lafayette’s Acreage, 1380 Horizon Avenue, sends you home on Monday, December 21st, full of cider and high spirits, takeaway mug as a reminder of the strangest Christmas that most of us will (hopefully) ever experience. The proceeds will go to the Hanzon Foundation, founded by Lonnie Hanzon, the artist behind Camp Christmas. For more information, visit the Instagram page and reserve outdoor seating on Tock.

Tuesday December 22nd
‘Tis the season for home cooking. And starting Tuesday, December 22nd, you can learn how to make Jewish-variety soul food from scratch in a series of weekly cooking classes running through January 12th, almond bread (a twice-baked almond biscuit similar to biscotti), Pasta or gluten-free potato balls and different types of charoset (a traditional fruit and nut relish). This week’s course highlights pita and hummus; Sign up for $ 36 on the Judaism Your Way website and receive instructions, recipes and ingredient lists. Sign up for the full series for just $ 118.

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The chefs at Sushi Den would love to see you again, but …..

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Wednesday December 23rd
Dos Luces Brewery, 1236 South Broadway, is serving a beer take-away dinner on Wednesday, December 23rd in conjunction with Four Directions Cuisine. The completely gluten-free meal can also be prepared vegan and includes three courses: a winter pumpkin salad; a quinoa “bibimbop” bowl with vegetables, quinoa, pumpkin, heirloom corn and beans and a pickled egg with salsa verde; and fingerprint cookies. Each course comes with a bottle of Chicha, Pulque, and Hard Agua Fresca for $ 40; You can add a bottle of aged Imperial Chicha with pomegranate for an additional $ 20. Order on the Dos Luces website by Monday 21 December and collect your food on December 23 between 4pm and 6pm.

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It has been a while – and it will be even longer – since we were allowed to sit down in a sushi bar and watch the cook as raw fish and rice become something more than the sum of its parts. Sushi Den, 1487 South Pearl Street, is introducing a pair of take-away celebratory meals that will be available starting Wednesday, December 23rd. It’s available now through Saturday, January 2nd. Details and ordering information can be found here. The Chef’s Table at Home is an omakase style menu of sushi and sashimi chosen by the chef to your liking. This menu costs approximately $ 125 per person, which may vary based on market prices, and is available until further notice. For ordering information, see the restaurant’s website. Please note that all orders for the holiday or chef’s table at home must be placed at least 24 hours in advance by 5:30 p.m. the day before.

click to enlarge The Mutiny Information Cafe is now home to one of Denver's communal refrigerators.  - CLAIRE DUNCOMBE

The Mutiny Information Cafe is now home to one of Denver’s communal refrigerators.

Claire Duncombe

Thursday December 24th
Thursday, December 24th is a good time for everyone to either seek help from others or to ask themselves what they can do for others. Either way, a good place to start is from one of three Denver Community Fridges, which are dotted across the subway area. The working fridges are outside and accessible all day, every day. When you need a meal, come and take whatever you need. If you can help, please donate quality food that is clearly labeled with an expiration date and ingredients (if it’s homemade); The only donations that the effort can’t take up are packages of raw meat. Donors are asked to clean up their refrigerators and dispose of any food past the expiration date when they hand in new food. Head over to the project’s Instagram page and tap Info to make sure you’re doing everything right (and no more work on the organizers!), Then check out one of the refrigerators outside the Mutiny Information Cafe (2 South Broadway ), Huckleberry Roasters (4301 Pecos Street) or Base Coat Nail Salon (2700 Walnut Street) to give or take a little joy.

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