The very best food and drinks in Denver this week


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This week’s culinary calendar is presented to you with the letter P: think of Palomas, an inauguration of the President, pot stickers and a cocktail class on pouring – along with the word “move”.

After you’ve digested all of that, read on over the coming weeks to add fun food and drink events to your culinary calendar.

Monday 18th January
Both Stem Ciders locations (the original taproom at 2811 Walnut Street and Acreage at 1380 Horizon Avenue in Lafayette) will be showcasing the company’s new Paloma Cider (made from grapefruit and lime puree) at a keep on Monday, January 18 the Glass offering. Show up in the taprooms (Lafayette opens at noon, Denver at 1 p.m.) and for $ 12 you can get a cute printed glass and two Paloma pins to consume on-site. Would you prefer to take it with you? For three dollars more, you can pre-order the glass and a four-pack of the cider on the Acreage website for pickup at both locations. Please visit Stem’s Instagram page for more information.

Wednesday January 20th
On Wednesday, January 20, Denver soul food and barbecue expert Adrian Miller celebrates the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris with Presidential Soul: A Virtual Presidential Inauguration Event. Participants will receive recipes for four tribute menus prepared by chefs across the country; Music and dance; Discussions with black chefs who worked for previous presidential administrations and were the subject of Miller’s second book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families From the Washington to the Obamas; and author Jesse J. Holland, who wrote two books on the history of enslaved people in Washington, DC and the White House. Buy your ticket (USD 46 before January 15, USD 70 after) on Eventbrite, where you will also find the program for the entire evening from 6:40 pm. A portion of ticket sales go to food organizations that benefit BIPOC employees, including the nutrition programs at Spelman College and the James Beard Foundation Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans.

Thursday January 21st
Dumpling expert Penelope Wong has not stopped bringing pot stickers, bao and noodles to places across town since launching her scarlet food truck in 2019. It’s less of an event than the chance to sit on a large patio ( yes, mid-January) to sit and warm up with wontons and wine. Wong’s Yuan Wonton will be at the winery from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., but the truck only accepts pre-orders, so keep an eye on his Instagram stories for details.

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Whiskey not included.

Courtesy of Stranahan

Friday January 22nd
Stranahan’s whiskey distillery offers the cheapest virtual cocktail class you’ve ever seen – so to speak. On Friday, January 22nd, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Stranahan’s bartender will show you how to prepare two drinks: the Snow Dance (whiskey, grapefruit juice enriched with rosemary, lime and spicy coconut-pineapple nectar) and the Lady Soul (whiskey, simple syrup and orange). The course costs just $ 10 per device – if you already have all of the ingredients and tools at home. You can add a cocktail shaker and jigger set for $ 50 (not essential, especially if you have a shot glass, pint glass, and spoon at home) or an ingredient set for two for $ 20 (more important, especially if you can’t) bothered making the mixers listed above). And … oh yeah, the whiskey that isn’t in the ingredient kit and starts at $ 45 a bottle. So … maybe it’s not as cheap as you thought it was. But do you remember in the Before Times that on a Friday night you paid $ 75 for four cocktails in a bar without even thinking about it? Visit Stranahan’s website to book the course, then collect your mixes and concoctions from the distillery at 200 South Kalamath Street starting Thursday, January 21st at 5pm.

Read on for future food and drink events ….

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A still from the documentary “Food Fighter” about an event planner who has become an activist against food waste.

Courtesy of the Flatirons Food Film Festival

Thursday, January 28th
Important props for the Flatirons Food Film Festival, one of the few food events that knows the real meaning of the word “postpone”. As in: The festival was postponed from October 2020 to January 2021. We ask other food event organizers to take a page from the book by FFFF and no longer claim, “Our bacon brownie burger party has been postponed from July 2020 to July 2021”, “when they actually mean:” We canceled our overcrowded festival this year because the world is on fire. “In addition to the correct and not too frequent understanding of the term, the festival has made another great decision to hold the celebration from Thursday 28 January to Friday 5 January. February, living completely online after leaving his restaurant Bucato (Funke); local chefs struggling to maintain their traditional eating habits (Gather); the search for elusive wild cocoa and the perfect, sustainable chocolate (Setting the Bar ); and a historical piece about a chef who sought fortune in the early 19th century Wild West (First Cow). You can get an all-access pass to see the entire F estivalplan – ten feature films and three short films – for only 90 US dollars or two-, four- and six-packs for 22 to 80 US dollars on the festival website.

Sunday February 14th
We can usually predict with some accuracy what a Valentine’s Day meal in a restaurant will look like (Prix-Fixe menu, crowded dining room, rushed waiters). This year? Any kind of prediction is a stupid task, especially when the world’s favorite epidemiologist (call me Dr. Fauci) cannot predict whether or not restaurants will be open. So stay home and invest your money in a charity fundraiser for Denver Urban Gardens (DUG), a nonprofit dedicated to developing community gardens across the city, on Sunday February 14th. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. you can prepare a cocktail or a non-alcoholic drink, fattoush, winter vegetable roast with chicken, falafel or tofu and a pistachio pastry with chef Biju Thomas (from Mixn Match and the late, lamented Biju’s Little Curry Shop). Order a $ 250 VIP dinner set for two on the DUG website and pick it up at the outfit offices at 1031 33rd Street. You can also choose to purchase your own ingredients with the Table for Two package (including an ingredient list and access to the party) for $ 150.

Sunday February 21
If your love of wine in wine boxes is waning and your income is growing at the same time, sign up for Frasca’s wine course series. Each lesson includes six bottles of wine, a workbook, recorded course video, and access to a live question and answer. Visit Tock to choose one of three courses (or enroll for all of them, though for $ 350 per person you’d better be a charged learner): the Rhone Valley (Q&A is due Friday the 19th March planned); Reisling (Q&A will take place on Friday, March 26th); and Soil and Minerality (Q&A on Friday April 2nd). You will collect your course materials on Sunday, February 21st, giving you a month to sip, study, and discuss questions before the Q & As (all at 5:30 p.m.). Pickup locations in Denver and Boulder are available; More information is available on the Frasca website.

Wednesday March 24th
The Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center in Denver generally hosts its massive JAAMM (Jewish Art, Writers, Films, and Music) festival over several months this fall, with live cultural events across the city. In 2020, of course, that was turned on its head. The silver lining: The festival lasts a full twelve months (starting last year and well into 2021), and all programming is virtual. On Wednesday March 24th, James Beard Award-winning author of The Cooking Gene, food historian and rousing Instagram presence Michael Twitty will speak about the Passover celebration. Tickets for the 7pm talk, $ 18, are available now on the festival’s website, where you can also view previous events upon request.

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