The Eight Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar, May 1-5
You can only hope to be as geeky (or adorable) as these little guys on Star Wars Day.
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Happy May Day, everyone! In lieu of protesting the corrupt capitalist culture and celebrating the proletariat, we present for your consideration a pair of trivia nights, a pair of pizza events, and the return of a slew of food trucks, a meal mark of spring. Have a tasty week, then get back to laboring. Here are the eight tastiest events on Denver's culinary calendar through May 5. (Watch for a Cinco de Mayo-specific list coming later this week.)
DJ Rockstar Aaron hosts Forbidden Bingo this week. No, it's not Chinese history-themed bingo.
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Monday, May 1
Never kicked off your week by winning a dildo at trivia? Well, here's your chance to rectify that: Marion Street Tavern, 1223 East 13th Avenue, is welcoming DJ Rockstar Aaron to host Forbidden Bingo tonight. From 7 to 10 p.m., you'll get happy-hour pricing and the chance to win prizes provided by Romantix. Chances are the host will make you blush as much as the prizes; if that happens, just knock back another dirty martini and your embarrassment will be a thing of the past.
Every year, grizzly bears wait for the salmon spawning....oh, wait....
Tuesday, May 2
It's a Denver tradition much like the salmon run: Every May, food trucks return to Civic Center Park, swimming upstream until, exhausted, they find their birthplace, spawn and then die. Okay, not really...but Civic Center EATS is a highly anticipated annual event — and like ravenous grizzly bears, Denverites will stand in the middle of the park, grabbing food left and right. Channel your inner bear and head to Civic Center Park, where the feeding frenzy kicks off today. Food trucks will be on site Tuesday through Thursday this year, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check out the Civic Center Conservancy website for a complete vendor lineup and schedule.
For dinner, teachers and school employees should check out Chipotle (various locations) today from 3 p.m. to close. Show your school ID — pre-school through college — and receive a buy-one, get-one-free entree as a token of Chipotle's appreciation and support of education. Sorry, hungry students don't qualify; this BOGO deal is only good for teachers and support staff.
Pizzeria Locale's wood-fired oven will host the folks from Pasquale Jones on Wednesday.
Courtesy of Pizzeria Locale
Wednesday, May 3
Boulder's Pizzeria Locale, 1730 Pearl Street, will seem a bit different tonight when the folks from Pasquale Jones, the lauded and very of-the-moment (think: no phone number, no reservations, just come in!) NYC restaurant, take over the joint and makes use of Locale's wood-fired oven. Check out Pasquale's website for its take on wood-fired food, and if it looks smokin' to you, call 303-444-3003 for reservations. This is a one-night affair, and seatings start at 4:30 p.m. More info about the takeover team is up on Pizzeria Locale's website.
The new carbonara pizza at Pizzeria Locale, which will only be available through the end of May.
If you can't make it to Boulder tonight, Pizzeria Locale at 550 Broadway also has a deal going on: Over the past few months, the joint has been running occasional monthly pizza specials, with 50 percent of sales going to benefit food-based organizations. Today the beneficiary will be Culinary Quick Start, a training program offered by the Emily Griffith Technical College. Enjoy a pie (check out May's special creation, a delicious carbonara pizza we wrote about here, or select from the regular menu) from 4 to 9 p.m. and contribute to the free four-week program that trains unemployed youths and adults to work as prep cooks in Denver's exploding restaurant scene. Unfortunately, the donation isn't automatic, so make sure you mention the fundraiser at the register to ensure your dollars do good.
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