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May the fourth (and fifth through seventh) be in town this week in your search for fun food events. And don’t forget that Mother’s Day is approaching!

There is a lot to nibble on in our culinary calendar, including some events for the coming weeks.

The Baere Brewing and Snactackular crews know how to celebrate May 4th.

The Baere Brewing and Snactackular crews know how to celebrate May 4th.

Carly Wiesenberg

Tuesday 4th May
Nobody is neutral towards Star Wars. Whether you’re a casual fan, one of the racist idiots who got poor Rose Tico off social media and the latest cinematic exercise on fan service, or just someone who wants to cuddle Baby Yoda, we guarantee at least you one has an opinion on the franchise. What better way to say this than on Tuesday, May 4th at Baere Brewing, 320 Broadway, with a pint of C-3 (i) PA and a plate of Tauntaun tacos? The brewery releases its West Coast IPA in a Star Wars-themed can (themed glassware will also be available), and from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. serves snacktacular Tauntaun (pork belly) tacos, That’s No Moon (a jumbo cheeseburger), and the Sando Calrissian (grilled cheese). Reservations are not required; just show up. And may the fork be with you.

What’s that vaguely triangular piece of yellow food on top of your pizza? Calm down, Chad, it’s not pineapple: it’s corn, and that’s the corn pie – topped with mozz, crème fraîche, ham, corn, and garlic oil – from Pizzeria Locale. On Tuesday, May 4th, the Colorados chain will reveal the secrets of the dish in its virtual dough-from-scratch course at 6 p.m. Log on to the event website and then get a kit with all the ingredients to make and top a pizza (plus an extra ball of dough in case your first attempt goes wrong) at one of the four locations in Denver after Nov. PM The course costs $ 25, but you know the old adage: give a man a pizza, he’ll eat for a day. Give a man an insulated bag filled with flour, ham, cheese and not pineapple, he will eat for a lifetime.

Cochinita pibil, carnitas, and lobster mushroom pastor tacos are just a few of the offerings at Bellota - but be honest, you want the quesabirria tacos at this Cinco de Mayo.EXPAND

Cochinita pibil, carnitas, and lobster mushroom pastor tacos are just a few of the offerings at Bellota – but be honest, you want the quesabirria tacos at this Cinco de Mayo.

Mark Antonation

Wednesday May 5th
Cinco de Mayo: the day of the year that highlights the gap between gringo’s appreciation of Mexican food, their lack of appreciation for Mexicans themselves, and their total lack of knowledge of other facets of Mexican culture. Out with the sombreros! Or … you could leave the sombreros in the back of the closet (or better yet, down in the trash can) and visit one of those joints, all of which do better than corona longnecks with a piece of lime. Bellota, at Source at 3350 Brighton Boulevard, offers a package that includes two tequila cocktails, chips and salsa, and (oddly enough) a t-shirt; Choose between 2:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. More interesting than the swag is the menu with crispy chicharrón and quesabirria tacos; The birria is made from goat (not beef), the traditional ingredient used in Jalisco. There will also be a tequila sunrise variant, which is mixed with Hoja Santa (a Mexican herb) and Nardini (an Italian amaro). Drink Up: For every Milagro tequila cocktail you buy, the restaurant donates $ 1 to the nonprofit Mi Casa Resource Center.

Toro, 150 Clayton Lane, offers well-known goodies from the Cinco de Mayo on Wednesday, May 5th, from 3pm to 10pm: street tacos, ceviche, free tequila tastings (free shots are only available from 4pm to 7pm) and margs . But the place also serves gaucamole with chapulins – dried grasshoppers flavored with lime and salt that traditionally add texture and flavor to dishes in Oaxaca. Reserve a table on the Toro website to ensure you get the delicacy that’s only available for one day.

The high-end Bindery at 1817 Central Street isn’t exactly where we’d think for Mexican food. But the menu on Wednesday 5th May leaves us drooling: halibut ceviche; grilled whole lobster with mojo de ajo; Baja oysters, grilled or on the half-shell; Carne Asada Tartare Tostada; Rabbit relleno; and a trio of tacos (chipotle barbecue seafood, carne asada, and rabbit and plantain). Get your food from noon; Make reservations on Tock.

Canned food owners Obe (left) and Whitney Ariss are holding a live concert to raise money for the restaurant's Giving Meals program.EXPAND

Canned food owners Obe (left) and Whitney Ariss are holding a live concert to raise money for the restaurant’s Giving Meals program.

Ken Hamblin

Thursday May 6th
Last December, Preservery, 3040 Blake Street, introduced Giving Meals – this way customers can buy a hot meal for people who live on the street in Five Points. Since then, the restaurant has given away 2,500 meals to its uninhabited neighbors. On Thursday, May 6th, Preservery is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the program. Restaurant co-owner Obe Ariss will take the stage with a classic piano performance; For $ 12, you can reserve a seat at one of two shows, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The nominal fee pays for two meals for one person in need, and for the first time in 150 years you can listen to live music and enjoy the excellent food and drink of the place (food and drink are extra). Buy your ticket – or just donate – on the Preservery website.

What do those purple Cherokee tomatoes look like?  Breed yourself this year.EXPAND

What do those purple Cherokee tomatoes look like? Breed yourself this year.

Linnea Covington

Friday May 7th
Start creating your garden wish list for the season. Freight wagon Willy Tomatoes? Check. Red zeppelin onions? I have it. Pineapple mint? Yum. Big beef tomatoes? Yup. These are just a few of the varieties of organic plants available to pick up at the Growing Gardens Community Plant Sale from Friday May 7th to Sunday May 9th. Show up at Hawthorn Farm at 1630 Hawthorn Avenue in Boulder between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and you’ll be able to choose the plants to grow your yard. Learn more about sales – including a full list of launches available – on the Growing Gardens website.

Read on for future food and drink events.

Any pig.EXPAND

Any pig.

Brandon Marshall

Thursday May 13th
For years, Westword celebrated the Denver dining scene at the Feast, an annual food extravaganza that filled the McNichols Building with tables hosted by local restaurants sampling their best dishes. In light of the pandemic, Feast has evolved into Feast To-Go, a drive-through event at Stanley Marketplace (2501 Dallas Street in Aurora) on May 13 from 4pm to 8pm that once again celebrates the city’s resilient restaurants . At Feast To-Go, you can sample food from a dozen restaurants and trucks that we’ve recognized for the Best of Denver Award over the past few years, along with drinks; You can enjoy your goodie bags and restaurant samples at an impromptu picnic or just take them home … without leaving your car. Tickets are on sale here now (and fair warning … they’re going fast).

Saturday May 22nd
The love affair of adding bacon to everything seems terrible in 2012, but we’re including this year’s Bacon and Beer Classic because it seems like a million years ago and also because the event is one of the first summer food festivals we see returning to a fourth wave / post-COVID / mid to late apocalyptic landscape. Guests are guided along a path at Kennedy Golf Course at 10500 East Hampden Avenue, where they stop at stations to return beer, cider, and pork products. The classic is promoting full-size bacon-based dishes instead of sample sizes this year. Buy tickets ($ 79 or $ 59) on Eventbrite, where – like any bacon-chewing, beer-gulping golfer – you must select your “B” time (11am to 5:30 pm) to have your beer and bacon Death to begin march. Visit the event website for details.

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