A duo of cheese nights, a pair of tequila dinners, a world-renowned chef, Daniel Day-Lewis, and watching naked people get painted while you munch on pancakes at 2 a.m.: You can't make this stuff up. Dive into the weird, wild world of Denver food events for the week of April 24-28. And don't forget to make dinner resevations for Thursday night — one of the biggest nights of the year for culinary fundraisers.
Monday, April 24
Who loves a good, cheesy pun? We do, and so do the folks at Strange Craft Beer Company, who are hosting A Strange Cheese Incident tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the brewery, located at 1330 Zuni Street. You'll get five Strange brews and five cheeses provided by the Truffle Cheese Shop; tickets are $25 and can be had at eventbrite.com or at the brewery. There are sure to be some natural pairings, because after all, what does cheese like to drink? Morbier, of course!
Tuesday, April 25
Expand on your love of meltable dairy products by taking a cheese-making class at Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria tonight. Learn to make ricotta, mozzarella and crème fraîche (technically not a cheese, but still delicious, so we'll give it a pass) while enjoying a glass of wine from Lala's excellent selection and some cheese-centric dishes. Class runs from 4 to 5 p.m. and is just $20; call 303-861-9463 for reservations. Our only quibble? Too bad you won't learn how to make Jay Z's favorite — Brieoncé, of course!
Before Daniel Day-Lewis was a grizzled, gaunt Abraham Lincoln, he played a floridly romantic, pre-Revolutionary War faux Indian with cheekbones that could cut diamonds. Join the Alamo Drafhouse, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton, for a flashback to Sir Day-Lewis's early career and a hearty meal at The Last of the Mohicans Beer Dinner with Left Hand Brewing Co. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $50, which includes four meat-forward courses, four fine ales and 112 minutes of flowing hair and the most sentimental take on the French and Indian War ever to hit the silver screen. You can nab tickets at Alamo's website.
Wednesday, April 26
The Rackhouse Pub, 2875 Blake Street, will be hosting The Blue Bench Thing tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event benefits The Blue Bench, a local nonprofit dedicated to eliminating sexual assault and reducing its impact on individuals. For $50, you'll receive drinks, heavy appetizers, access to a silent auction and live music. Purchase tickets and find out more about the organization at the Blue Bench website.
Wednesday, April 26
Sol Cocina, 250 Columbine Street, is breaking out the Patrón tonight — but the bar won't be pouring shots. This is Roca Patrón, the tequila company's high-end line; blanco, reposado and añejo sips will be paired with four courses from SOL's kitchen, including ginger and mushroom sopes with chipotle cream sauce, and pork-belly confit with chicharrón and shishito peppers. The evening begins with appetizers at 6:30 p.m.; tickets ($80) are available at universe.com.
Frasca Food and Wine (1738 Pearl Street in Boulder) is no slouch when it comes to bringing in guest chefs; the elegant Italian eatery has hosted the likes of Marcus Samuelsson and John Besh, as well as brewers like Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Evil Twin Brewing. But Frasca has outdone itself with tonight's guest chef: Nancy Silverton. She's been the subject of Chef's Table this season, and has thrice won James Beard awards for Outstanding Chef, Outstanding Restaurant and Outstanding Pastry Chef. Silverton's tasting menu and wine flight will run you $175 per person, but you'll also bring home a signed copy of her most recent cookbook, Mozza at Home. See Frasca's website for more info, then call 303-442-6966 for reservations (and hope there are seats left).
Thursday, April 27
Project Angel Heart is a nonprofit organization that delivers meals to those coping with life-threatening illnesses at home. Each year, Dining Out for Life raises funds to help keep the food rolling to those in need. Thursday, April 27, marks the 22nd annual Dining Out for Life, and you can contribute simply by going out to dinner. At more than 250 participating food and drink establishments around metro Denver, 25 percent of your bill will be donated to Project Angel Heart. Citywide, the total can add up to more than $300,000, which will go specifically toward supporting those living with HIV/AIDS. Take a look at the organization’s list of participating restaurants and breweries at the Dining Out for Life web page, then book a table at one of your favorites.
Mas tequila? Sí, claro. If you can't make it to Sol Cocina's dinner on Wednesday, or if you just want more — no judgment here — try the pairing at Del Frisco's Grille tonight. Instead of tequila neat, you'll be treated to cocktails made with the spirit; blanco tequila with lime, orange liqueur and jalapeños and añejo with blackberry purée and ginger liqueur are just two of the drinks that will be served alongside four courses. It's not just the drinks that will boast booze; agave spirits will also make an appearance in the food, which includes wings in tequila barbecue sauce and ceviche with silver tequila. Dinner will run $75 per person; call 303-320-8529 to book your table, then head over to the restaurant, 100 St. Paul Street, at 6:30 p.m.
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Friday, April 28
So you love pancakes, but last week's Easter Bunny pancake breakfast was too early for you? Dig face painting, but not interested in waiting in a line full of eight-year-olds getting made up as unicorns and Spidermen? Then the Pancakes and Booze Art Show is for you. Kicking off at a much more reasonable 8 p.m., the event features body painting (the grown-up version), DJs, more than seventy emerging visual artists, and, of course, free pancakes. City Hall, 1144 Broadway, will be hosting the festivities until 2 a.m., and tickets are a bargain at $5 (advance) or $10 (at the door). Get more details and a link to tickets on the event's Facebook page.