The perfect food and drinks in Denver this week

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Celebrate (for no special reason) on Thursday with a wine dinner at the Foraged.

Courtesy of Foraged

There’s something in the air that makes us go out and party (totally responsible, masked, socially aloof, of course) … but we just can’t tell what it is.

Either way, there are seven great food and drink events this week to kick off a special Denver Restaurant Week, as well as other events in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

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Stanley Marketplace Facebook

Monday 9th November
On Monday, November 9th, the Stanley Marketplace is launching a three-week canned food promotion. Three stores in the mall on 2501 Dallas Street in Aurora (Create Cooking School and clothing retailers June Ruby and Steele Angel) are accepting donations of long-life food through Monday, November 30th. Donations go to We Don’t Waste, which collects unused groceries from caterers, restaurants, and other establishments and distributes it to Front Range Boards and other nonprofit organizations. If you donate while driving, you will receive a 10 percent discount from the companies mentioned above. Learn more on Stanley’s Facebook page, which is where you can also see which items cannot be accepted, such as (and we can’t quite believe it needs to be said) opened or expired groceries.

Tuesday November 10th
Seven Grand, the whiskey bar on 1855 Blake Street, is hosting a bourbon basics class on Tuesday, November 10th. From 7pm to 8.30pm you will be guided through a tasting and learn more about the history of the American whiskey brand, then you will go home with a “souvenir” Bourbon 101 booklet (in case you taste something too enthusiastic and end up forgetting what you have learned ). Tickets for $ 20 are available on Eventbrite, along with an optional whiskey tasting glass.

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Oak at Fourteenth turns ten this month.  - OAK ON THE FOURTEENTH

Oak at Fourteenth turns ten this month.

Oak on the fourteenth

Wednesday November 11th
On November 14th, 2010, Boulder’s Oak at Fourteenth opened its doors to a great roar … and then closed almost immediately due to a devastating kitchen fire. A decade later, the restaurant is facing an even greater challenge, but it still needs a week to celebrate its tenth anniversary. From Wednesday November 11th through Sunday November 15th, the eatery at 1400 Pearl Street in Boulder combines a birthday party with its annual Truffle Week. House guests can order from one of the finest menus that include fried pickles. Duck liver pate with tinned plums; Gnocchi with egg yolk, Gruyère fondue and truffle; Lamb Bolognese; the dry-aged burger “Umami-Bombe” with truffle aioli and crispy maitake mushrooms; and many, many others. White and black truffle upgrades will also be available. Oak is open for dinner from 5pm to 9pm on these days; Book your place on OpenTable.

Veterans Day falls on Wednesday this year (it falls on November 11th each year), and a number of Denver venues have specials for former (and in the same cases active) service members. All Post Brewing Co. locations (Lafayette, Longmont, Denver, and Boulder) give veterinarians a free pint of beer, and the Bacon Social House outposts in Denver and Littleton give veterinarians a free appetizer. Finally, a number of restaurants in the area are offering 50 percent off appetizers for both active service and veteran take-out and take-away appetizers: The Hornet, Acova, Reiver’s Bar and Grill, and Spanky’s Roadhouse in Denver; T Street in Lakewood; and Great Divide Brewery & Roadhouse at Castle Rock all have that offer. As always, you will need to provide proof of service.

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Corrida contributes some of his recipes to the cookbook Bite of Boulder.  - DANIELLE LIRETTE

Corrida contributes some of his recipes to the cookbook Bite of Boulder.

Danielle Lirette

Thursday November 12th
On Thursday, November 12th, the Foraged (1825 Blake Street) downtown is hosting a six-course wine dinner with combinations of Freemark Abbey Wines from Napa Valley. Expect a pistachio-crusted chèvre salad and Asian pears with Sauvignon Blanc; Kabocha gnocchi, pine nuts, brown butter and sage accompanied by chardonnay; grilled game and vegetables with sesame juniper salsa and merlot; and short rib, mushroom confit and mole negro with cabernet. Tickets are $ 100 per person plus tax and tip for 6:30 p.m. dinner; Secure yours by calling the restaurant at 720-826-2147.

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Instead of First Bite, Boulder County’s annual fall dining week, 2020 will be releasing A Bite of Boulder, a cookbook of over forty recipes from thirty area restaurants. Half of the proceeds from the sale of cookbooks go directly to the featured restaurants. So not only do you get recipes from Japango, West End Tavern, Santo, Corrida, Oak at Fourteenth and more, but you also endorse your local favorites. The book will be released on Thursday, November 12th; You can pre-order yours now for $ 29.99 on the First Bite website. And November 12-15, you can get more bang for your buck as nearly a dozen restaurants have specials like do-it-yourself sushi, paella, and burger kits for your purchase. For full details and pricing, see the Launch Weekend section of the website.

Friday November 13th
Surprise! Denver Restaurant Week is just around the corner. No, February hasn’t quite crept in yet. Visit Denver has announced a fall version of the popular event that will last ten days from Friday, November 13th through Sunday, November 22nd. Visit the event website for attendees (there are also long-time favorites like Ace Eat Serve and Root Down as newcomers to the dining scene like the 5th String and Attimo Wine on the list) and menus at price points of 25, 35 and 45 US Dollar. And with Denver restaurant capacity being a quarter of its usual capacity, reservations are more important than ever. Make sure you do yours with custom restaurants.

Read on for more tasty events beyond this weekend …

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