The most effective issues to do to eat and drink in Denver this weekend

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Invite this lovely lady out for dinner starting October 30th.

Denver distillery

Vegans, voters, and Los Vivos have plenty of festivals to eat and drink this weekend, with a bourbon pairing dinner, some last-minute Halloween happenings, and a plant-based restaurant week on the menu.

Friday October 30th
The Denver Distillery has launched its first bourbon and is celebrating the occasion with a boozy dinner party for two. It has teamed up with Bird, the comfort food restaurant from the folks behind Kaos, Mas Kaos and Uno Mas Taqueria, for a special menu that will be served with a bottle of bourbon from Friday October 30th to Sunday November 8th Matching fall meal options include your choice of kale or pumpkin salad, honey-roasted chicken or sweet potato pot cake, and pumpkin panna cotta or chocolate silk cake for two, and a full bottle of liquor for just $ 100. Choose from dinner or restaurant pick-up (1529 South Pearl Street) by calling 303-777-0500 to book your dinner. Delivery is also possible; Visit the Denver Distillery website for more information.

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Courtesy Centro Mexican Kitchen

Start the Día de los Muertos weekend by honoring your beloved pig. Centro Mexican Kitchen, 950 Pearl Street in Boulder, offers a Day of the Dead platter with plenty of smoked pork, grilled pineapple, green chilli, rice and roasted peppers to serve two hungry souls (who are just making the tiresome return trip from the underworld) or three slightly less hungry guests who just hung out here on earth. The special is priced at $ 55 and is available in the house or to take away from Friday, October 30 through Monday, November 2. Make a reservation on OpenTable.

Saturday October 31st
Guys and ghouls looking for a low-key, low-COVID way of celebrating Halloween, here are a few last-minute events: Parisi, 4401 Tennyson Street, set up a trick or treating for the kids under the tent on his Parking spot. Customize your mask – both the face variety and the creepy type – and stand six feet apart. The candy handout runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until supplies run out), and while you’re there, take advantage of the cute Italian ’s long menu, as well as schnapps to take away (a screaming bargain for all cocktails under US 10 Dollars and bottles of wine for $ 30).

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If you’re in the north, try the spooky Halloween menu at Roots. The eatery at 1200 Miramonte Street in Broomfield opted for a fixed-price menu of $ 50 (think Valentine’s Day-themed dinner without the sickly sweet flavors). There will be Asian barbecue chicken wings (or seitan wings), goblin ears (cashew coconut tofu in Moroccan fish sauce), graveyard cake, a Blood Bath zero-proof cocktail, and more. Visit the Roots website for the full menu available to vegans, vampires, and tiny horrors, and to make reservations.

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Kraig Weaver from The Block pours a sample of his first batch of whiskey.  - LINNEA COVINGTON

Kraig Weaver from The Block pours a sample of his first batch of whiskey.

Linnea Covington

Sunday 1st November
Vegans willing to venture into the depths of Mordor (sorry … Colorado Springs) will be richly rewarded this week. From Sunday, November 1st to Saturday, November 7th, over twenty restaurants and drinking establishments are offering specials for plant-based eaters. There’s Oaxacan food from Azteca Gourmet Tamales; Pub grub and vegan beers from Cerberus and Trinity breweries; steaming noodle bowls from Rooster’s House of Ramen; Salvador bites from Monses Taste of El Salvador; and more. Most places are set up for both in-house and take-away meals. A full list of participating restaurants and menus can be found on the event website.

You voted, so you don’t give a shit about the state of the country. Good for you! As we all know, anyone who cares even remotely about what’s happening in A.’s good old USA needs a drink, stat. So after picking up your “I Voted” sticker, head to Block Distilling Co., 2990 Larimer Street, where you can get this little piece of glue for a half price cocktail between Sunday November 1st and Tuesday November 3, if we can all raise a common glass to the end of the revolting 2020 election cycle. Details can be found on the distillery’s Instagram page.

In the past three years, the Chili, Booze & Brews Festival has been one of the largest fundraisers for the Morgan Adams Foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research. But this year the festival will be a bit broader. Rather than having multiple restaurants, distilleries, and breweries competing for top honors under one roof, Chili, Booze & Brews takes the form of a passport filled with offerings and dozens of participating restaurants and bars. The fun runs November 1st through December 13th, so you can eat your way through many different varieties of chilli (red, green, vegetarian, and wildcard) as well as enjoy liquor and foam from some of Colorado’s best suppliers. Passports are now available; There are three different tiers there, ranging from $ 30 to $ 90 per person, but all have the option to vote for your favorite and receive stamps at each stop to earn points towards prizes and online auction opportunities. Visit the Chili, Booze & Brews website for a full list of participating establishments and to purchase your passes.

Read on for more tasty events beyond this weekend …

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