The perfect food and drinks in Denver this week

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Acres Farm (at their booth at Union Station Farmers’ Market) will be supplying the produce for this week’s Ital Dinner Series at Bruto.

Linnea Covington

This week brings a progressive dinner, Rasta dinner series and a kind of memorial for the Slow Food Nations and ends with Colorado Restaurant Day, a special celebration of the industry on September 12th, as stated by Governor Jared Polis.

Read on to find this week’s best food and drink events, as well as future events to put on your calendars.

Tuesday, September 8th
If wings are your thing, you’ve probably explored Metro Denver’s many saucy options – and you know two of the best wing flingers are the Piper Inn at 2251 South Parker Road and Crush Pizza & Tap at 1200 West 38th Avenue. But how are you going to try them head-to-head at their best when the two restaurants are a dozen or so miles apart? All month long, you’ll just have to make one stop as Crush is kicking off a monthly sauce swap, and Piper Inn’s Golden Goat Sauce (a Carolina-style honey-mustard barbecue sauce) will be available on Crush’s Wings from now on in late September. The pizzeria recommends a table reservation or you can order the wings to take away or to be delivered. And if the piper is more your style, try Crush’s honey sriracha sauce on a basket full of wings while you’re there.

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Bigsby's folly

Wednesday September 9th
Everything old is new again: drive-in cinemas, anti-mask organizations, even progressive dinners. Visit the latter on Wednesday September 9th with the RiNo restaurant tour Sip, Snack and Stroll. Choose your start time (4pm to 7pm every hour) and your starting location: Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse (3636 Chestnut Place), Blue Moon Brewing Co. (3750 Chestnut Place), or Bigsby’s Folly (3563 Wazee Street). Enjoy bites and a drink at each location, then move on to the next location on the list as you wish. The route between restaurants is an easy 1 mile loop and of course you’ll stop along the way to drink and feed. In a year that feels like a forced march through the worst of times, this is a hike that only leaves a series of good times. Get tickets for $ 65 on Eventbrite.

Thursday September 10th
Rastafarian cuisine, known as Ital, isn’t a foodway that many Denverites are familiar with. Guests can correct this starting Thursday, September 10, when Chef Taj Cooke (formerly of Mother Tongue and the late, defendant Biju’s Little Curry Shop) opens his two-month Ital Dinner Series at Bruto (on the Dairy Block at 1801 Blake.) Road). While Italian cuisine is not particularly standardized among Rastas, most practitioners stick to a vegetarian diet with an emphasis on whole foods that come straight from the earth. Cooke will create three courses (all vegetarian) with products from Denver’s Acres Farm and from fellow chef Chris Starkus’ Lost Creek Micro Farm. Seats ($ 75 per person, minimum two people per booking) are available on Tock after 5:30 PM; Both zero-safe and soft drink pairings will be available for $ 25 to $ 35. Mark your calendar for future dinners scheduled for September 17th, October 15th, and October 22nd (all Thursdays).

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Tonight, you can also prepare dinner with famous chef Thomas Keller, who is teaming up with Niman Ranch and Marczyk Fine Foods for a master class that supports the Niman Next Generation Scholarship Fund, which helps young farmers learn their skills. The kit, which will be available at both Marczyk locations for $ 200 (for two), includes Niman pork chops, apple wood-smoked bacon, and Thomas Keller-made veal stock for his pan-fried pork chops; The menu is rounded off with mashed potatoes, blister cauliflower and spiced apple cider. For an additional $ 29.99, Marczyk is offering a mise-en-place kit that includes all of the additional ingredients required in these recipes. Log in, pick up the goods and then cook a storm in your kitchen with Keller; He will give tips and answer questions. Reservations are limited; find out more here.

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In a surprising turn of events, we - avowed omnivores - drool over the Bindery's vegetarian options on their Summer Slow Down menu.  - DANIELLE LIRETTE

In a surprising turn of events, we – avowed omnivores – drool over the Bindery’s vegetarian options on their Summer Slow Down menu.

Danielle Lirette

Friday September 11th
The huge Slow Food Nations festival was supposed to take over Larimer Square on the weekend of September 11th, but Mother Nature had other plans in the form of the coronavirus. While the festival has long been canceled, the Bindery, 1817 Central Street, has saved the dates anyway and will instead offer a Summer Slow Down takeaway menu from Friday, September 11th to Sunday, September 13th. The $ 75 three-course meal includes pickled peaches with goat cheese, chilled zucchini tarragon soup, puttanesca panzanella, and lemon chicken scaloppine. For those who don’t want chicken, the Bindery also offers a vegetarian substitute, a roasted red pepper relleno with a green mole (this is noteworthy as mole can lure even the fiercest carnivores to plant-based foods, and we expect the Bindery’s Version as outstanding). Order from Tock by Wednesday, September 9th, 5:00 p.m. at the latest, pick-up between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. all weekend.

And mark your calendars …

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