The very best foods and drinks in Denver this week


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This week marks the beginning of your quest for the best chilli in town, the best wine pairing of the month (Halloween candy plus Infinite Monkey Theorem), and your last chance to grab Taco Omakase. Read on for six of the best Denver food and drink events.

Monday October 26th
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.

Tuesday October 27th
Has there ever been a more appealing fusion phrase than “Taco Omakase”? We don’t think On Tuesday October 27th, meet Bruto (1801 Blake Street) for the final dinner at Chef Michael de Leon’s Pinchi Umami Dinner Series. In true omakase style, there are no menu details to be found; Just come with a love for tacos and a sense of adventure. ) However, if you’re ready to scour social media, posts will point out mole niggers and nice plates.) Dinner is $ 75 for seven courses and – alcohol pairs are extra – and seats are still available for the 5:30 p.m. seating on Tock free .

Wednesday October 28th
Everyone loves Halloween candy; Not everyone loves dressing up in public, fighting costumed crowds, and acting like a drunken fool on a night when drinks are weak, sugary, and overpriced. Adults who have the taste of candy for kids and the taste of beverages over 30 will enjoy Infinite Monkey Theorem’s Wine and Treats event on Wednesday October 28th. From 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the tasting room at 3200 Larimer Street will sell two different wine flights for $ 15 each; each variety is paired with a classic confection. Whether it’s a trick or a treat depends on your taste buds; We’re particularly looking forward to Sauvignon Blanc paired with Butterfingers and the Blind Watchmaker paired with Reeses’ peanut butter cups. Riesling with Laffy Taffy and Rosé with Twizzlers? Not as much. Reservations are not required; Details can be found on the winery’s Facebook page.

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts is partnering with Burns Family Artisan Ales to offer an online cooking class on the nuances of using brews in your food, how hops respond to heat, and how to maintain the bitter or sweet flavors of a particular beer in your Cook. For $ 50, you get all the ingredients, recipes, and a zoom link to make IPA spiked mushrooms on toast (call it “elevated shit on a clapboard” if you’re feeling cheeky), juniper steak with tartiflette (that Savoyard) cheese potatoes), amber ale pan sauce and IPA ice cream. Pick up your ingredients at school at 43 West Ninth Avenue on Wednesday, October 28th, then turn on for class at 6pm. We’ll also stop by 2505 West Second Avenue Brewery to sip some of Burns’ delicious and notoriously alcoholic beers for dinner.

Katrina sets up an ofrenda for Dia de los Muertos every year.

Katrina sets up an ofrenda for Dia de los Muertos every year.

Kachina Cantina

Thursday October 29th
The Germanic inability to locate Oktoberfest in the right month has nothing to do with the stubborn refusal of Americans to celebrate the Día de los Muertos on the right date (at least Oktoberfest actually extends into October). No matter what we tell the Yanquis, the holiday actually falls on November 1st and 2nd. That doesn’t bother Kachina, who likes to advertise her (admittedly delicious-sounding) Día de los Muertos-inspired specialties – chileatole verde, a corn soup with epazote, cotija and lime; Chicken and chilli rellenos; and Pato con Mole, roast duck breast with mole, cranberries and sweet potato hash – from Thursday 29 October to Saturday 31 October. Meals are served from 3pm to 10pm and while you are there you can visit the restaurant’s website for details and reservations.

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 comes with a bottle of bourbon from Friday October 30th to Sunday November 8th The fall meal includes a choice of kale or pumpkin salad, honey-roasted chicken or sweet potato pot pie, and pumpkin panna cotta or chocolate silk pie for two, and a full bottle of brandy for just $ 100. Choose from dinner or restaurant pick-up (1529 South Pearl Street) by calling 303-777-0500 to make dinner reservations. Delivery is also possible; Visit the Denver Distillery website for more information.

Read on for more tasty events beyond this weekend …

Pick up baked goods at Brightmarten and help people avoid evictions.EXPAND

Pick up baked goods at Brightmarten and help people avoid evictions.

Danielle Lirette

Pick up baked goods at Brightmarten and help people avoid evictions.EXPAND

Pick up baked goods at Brightmarten and help people avoid evictions.

Danielle Lirette

Saturday October 31st
Is Halloween even a thing when we’ve already had eight months of pathetic terror alternating with just mind-numbing fear? Probably not, so if your appetite for dressing up like something disturbing and taking pictures of something equally terrible isn’t what it was in 2019, we get it. If you want to take it easy on Saturday, October 31st, stock up on the CHOW (Culinary Hospitality Outreach & Wellness) fundraiser for rent reduction in Colorado. Goodies such as Pumpkin Danishes, Hand Pies, Cookies (for humans and dogs), Cinnamon Rolls, Hot Fudge and more on the event website by Wednesday, October 28th, 8:00 p.m., for collection between 9:00 a.m. and pre-order at noon on October 31 at Brightmarten, 730 South University Boulevard. The proceeds will go to the Resident Relief Initiative, which provides emergency aid to people at risk of eviction. The Colorado Restaurant Association raises $ 2,500 in purchases, so feed this carbohydrate monster for a good cause.

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, which will run for ten days from Friday November 13th through Sunday November 22nd. The menus will be posted on the event website on Monday, October 26th. Get Tock and OpenTable for a quick reservation.

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