The very best issues to do to eat and drink in Denver this weekend


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Pack up and get out there this weekend as there is a ton of great food and booze that you don’t want to miss. Whether you fancy a late brunch, dinner with five year old Bar Dough chefs, or live music on a heated deck, you’ll be amazed when you see your friends’ Instagram accounts filled with fun … and you were not there. Read on for the best events this weekend and more in the weeks ahead.

Break out the EPP reader;  that could be a ghost hovering around your spirits.EXPAND

Break out the EPP reader; that could be a ghost hovering around your spirits.

Seven big ones

Friday October 23
On Friday, October 23, the Seven Grand whiskey bar, 1855 Blake Street, meets with Denver Local Tours for a haunted Whiskey Society event that is sure to stir emotions. whether it is fear, skepticism, or downright cheerfulness will vary from person to person. Start with a cocktail at the Seven Grand, then embark on a one-hour LoDo ghost tour. You’ll stroll downtown hearing stories of the strange (for the skeptics) and supernatural (for the superstitious) events before heading back to the bar for a whiskey tasting. Sign up for one of four $ 40 tours (at 3pm, 4pm, 3pm, 5pm, 30pm, and 6:45pm) on the Denver Local Tours website.

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 from 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 go on sale in three different tiers on Friday, October 23rd, ranging from $ 30 to $ 90 per person, but all have the option to vote for your favorite and earn stamps at each stop to earn points for Collect prices and online auction opportunities. Visit the Chili, Booze & Brews website for a full list of participating establishments and to purchase your passes.

Do you remember the good old days when the terraces were crowded?  Neither do we, but at least Ace has live music for social distancingists.

Do you remember the good old days when the terraces were crowded? Neither do we, but at least Ace has live music for social distancingists.

Ace Eat serve

Saturday October 24th
Few things are more satisfying than a steaming bowl of soup on a crisp fall day – especially when it comes to your mom’s homemade soup (none of Campbell’s crap). Well, you may not be able to get your mom’s home cooked food, but you can get home cooked food from someone at the first Pozole Festival on Saturday October 24th at the Rise Westwood Collective, 3738 Morrison Road. The Latin American-owned company collective brings together ten professional and home cooks to serve their best pozole recipes from 3pm to 9pm; We bet Las Madres will crush the pros. There is a $ 2 nominal fee that is used to support Re: Vision, a nonprofit cooperative and Rise’s sister organization. Meal tickets cost $ 3 at the box office or $ 25 for ten upfront tickets. Reservations are required; Make yours on the festival website.

Temperatures are cooling down, but that doesn’t mean Ace Eat Serve’s patio does the same. The Pan-Asian Ping-Pong Palace kicks off Saturday, October 24th, with live music itchy on its sprawling terrace at 501 East 17th Street. The patio is partially heated with fire pits and mushroom stoves, but our best advice is to pretend you’ve just come down a mountain, snuggle up, and hug your inner après-ski. Music runs every Saturday from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm; Terrace reservations are available on OpenTable.

Sunday October 25th
Admit it: brunch can be boring. Bottomless Bloodies, Eggs Benedict, Lather, Rinse, Repeat. If you love brunch but want something a little different, check out Opera on Tap Colorado’s Bloody Maria Callas virtual brunch on Sunday, October 25th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. The fundraiser for the nonprofit (which aims to attract people through appearances in non-traditional venues like bars) will include a silent auction, performances, and the singers’ favorite brunch recipes. Tickets for the virtual event are $ 20 on Eventbrite; Visit the Tap website for details on Opera.

You won't be late for brunch at Brass Tacks.EXPAND

You won’t be late for brunch at Brass Tacks.

Jill Hapak

If you love drinking during the day but aren’t excited to start in the morning (or – be honest – you’re still sleeping off last night’s drinks), head to Brass Tacks, 1526 Blake Street for a lazy brunch on Sunday, October 25th (and every Sunday as long as there are idlers). From 12 noon to 4 p.m. there is chilaquiles, a breakfast burrito or the in-house chicken sandwich, the Chick-Fil-Ain’t, which is served with waffle fries, but without allegations of homophobia. Reservations are recommended (as always with brunch, regardless of the time); Do them on Resy.

Highland’s Bar Dough was on everyone’s lips when it opened five years ago, and we are excited – especially in the gruesome 2020 – that it will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Sunday 25th October. Bar Dough celebrates the occasion with a kitchen get-together of chefs from past and present (including Max MacKissock, Blake Edmunds, Carrie Baird, and Russell Stippich) for a family selection. Each chef brings one of their biggest hits back onto the menu, and each course features multiple dishes from alumni as well as current staff. Evening reservations ($ 55 per person) are available from 5:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. for groups of two, four, six, or eight people; Now do yours on Tock.

Read on for more tasty events beyond this weekend …

Wednesday October 28th
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 28, then turn on for class at 6 p.m. We’ll also stop by the brewery at 2505 West Second Avenue for some of Burns’ delicious and notoriously high-ABV beers for dinner.

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 rental convenience in Colorado. Pre-order 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 28 at 8:00 p.m. 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 threatened with 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 that 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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