Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Chops, latkes and more
From sour beer to facial hair to a debate between latke lovers and hamantasch supporters, here's a taste of the next seven days in food:
Monday, February 22:
Café Gondolier, 1600 Pearl Street in Boulder, will donate 15 percent of the day's sales to the Boulder County AIDS Project as part of Eat Out for Boulder County AIDS Project. Call 303-443-5015 or visit www.bcap.org.
As part of Mountain Sun's Stout Month, the brewery is sponsoring a Nihilist Vintage Tasting at Vine Street Pub & Brewery, 1700 Vine Street, from 4:20 to 6 p.m.; call 303-388-2337 or visit www.mountainsunpub.com.
The February meeting of the Society for the Pursuit of Hoppiness will cover Sour Ales Deconstructed: Deciphering Flavor Components of Complex Beers at the Avery Tap Room, 5763 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder. For info, call 303-440-4324 or visit www.averybrewing.com; RSVP by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, February 23:
Blue Rox Grill, 9271 Park Meadows Drive in Lone Tree, is hosting the first in a series of monthly wine dinners, with a reception, a starter, two choices of entrée and dessert. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and costs $45; call 720-873-8800 or visit www.blueroxgrill.com.
Tahona Tequila Bistro, 1035 Pearl Street in Boulder, will donate 15 percent of the day's sales to the Boulder County AIDS Project as part of Eat Out for Boulder County AIDS Project. Call 303-938-9600 or visit www.bcap.org.
Great Divide Brewing Company hosts its monthly beer and cheese pairing from 5 to 8 p.m.; five Great Divide beers will be paired with five artisan cheeses. RSVP to email@example.com, and get more information at 303-296-9460 or visit www.greatdivide.com.
The National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Candlelight Vigil will take place at 5 p.m. at the Wellshire Event Center, 3333 South Colorado Boulevard, with a wine reception following. Call 303-322-3373 or visit www.eatingdisorderfoundation.org.
Wednesday, February 24:
Fleming's Steakhouse, 191 Inverness Drive West in Englewood, hosts a four-course dinner at 6:30 p.m. with Kelly Fleming and her Napa Valley vintages. The dinner is $85, including wine, call 303-768-0827 or visit www.flemingssteakhouse.com.
Asti D'Italia, 14648 Delaware Street in Broomfield, hosts A Taste of Italy: North West, a four-course meal featuring an array of dishes paired with wine. It's $50 in advance, $60 at the door; call 303-357-3900 or visit www.astiditalia.com.
Thursday, February 25:
From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Congregation Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, hosts A Taste of Seven Continents, with wines and foods from around the world; proceeds benefit the Denver International Program. Admission is $40 to $55; call 303-871-4487 or visit www.dipusa.org.
Adam Avery of Avery Brewing and Jonas Nemura of California's Bruery will pair their brews with five courses, two beers per course. The dinner takes place at Pizzeria Basta, 3601 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder; call 303-997-8775.
Friday, February 26:
Max Watman will discuss and sign Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw's Adventures in Moonshine at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue. Call 303-322-7727 or visit www.tatteredcover.com.
Black Mountain Lodge at A Basin hosts Dinner in the Dolomites. Visit www.arapahoebasin.com.
Saturday, February 27:
The (sold-out!) inaugural Boulder SourFest tasting will feature at least 35 sour ales from across the nation, as well as the opportunity to meet their brewers. Head to the Avery Tap Room, 5763 Arapahoe Avenue, from noon to 5 p.m. if you want to scalp a ticket. To see if any have turned up in the meantime, call 303-440-4324 or visit www.averybrewing.com.
The Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life presents its new round of Cooking Demos: The New Irish Cuisine from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway. This time the subject is Traditional Irish Baking, and the class is free. Call 720-865-1206 or visit www.denverlibrary.org/fresh.
Vine Street Pub, 1700 Vine Street, will host the Chop Month Competition, a celebration of wacky facial hairstyles. The King of Chops will appear on his throne, and there will be bagpipe playing, live haircuts and more. The fun starts at 10 p.m.; call 303-388-2337 or visit www.mountainsunpub.com.
Sunday, February 28:
Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery, 1535 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts its own Boulder Chop Month Competition, a celebration of wacky facial hairstyles. The King of Chops will appear on his throne, and there will be bagpipe playing, live haircuts and more. It starts at 10 p.m.; call 303-546-0886 or visit www.mountainsunpub.com.
Which best captures Judaism's gastronomic gestalt -- the hamantasch or the latke? Buntport players, scholars from the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver, students and concerned citizens will weigh in during the Great Hamantasch-Latke Debate, hosted by Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street, at 7:30 p.m. Samples will be available for purchase; admission is $5 to $7. For info, visit www.du.edu/cjs.
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