Valentine's Day events are like a book of chocolates...
Valentine's Day events are like a book of chocolates...
Hideya HAMANO

Fifteen Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar for Valentine's Day Weekend

Did you wait to make your Valentine's Day plans? It's not too late! Although most tables at our Ten Best Date-Night Restaurants in Denver are booked, many other spots are offering special, prix-fixe romantic meals. There are lots of lovely events, too; we offered a sample in the fourteen tastiest places to celebrate this weekend. But we've found still more great Valentine's Day deals, as well as some other worthy culinary activities around town — including a special night for singles. Keep reading for all the tasty details.

Friday, February 12  

Just in time for Valentine's Day weekend, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will launch the museum's new temporary exhibit, Chocolate, which will explore the roots of the “food of the gods,” from its early cultivation among the ancient Maya to its status today as one of the world’s favorite indulgences. The exhibit is free with general admission, and will run through May 8. For more information, head over to dmns.org

MAX's Wine Dive is joining the bottomless mimosa revolution this weekend. Beginning today the restaurant will be offering $15 bottomless mimosas for brunch every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. You can get your mimosa on starting at 11 a.m. on Fridays and Mondays, and 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Make your reservations by calling the restaurant at 303-593-2554. 

Ratio brings beer, comedy music and more together for an anniversary celebration this weekend.
Ratio brings beer, comedy music and more together for an anniversary celebration this weekend.
Via the Ratio Beerworks Facebook page

Ratio Beerworks is celebrating the brewery's one-year anniversary with a whole weekend of music, crepes, comedy, special tappings and more. The festivities begin today with a few special releases, as well as a special edition of Ratio Comedy. Hosted by Andrew Bueno, the lineup will feature Los Angeles-based comedian Allen Strickland Williams, along with Nathan Lund, Matt Monroe, Timmi Lasley, Meghan DePonceau, Miriam Moreno and Ian Douglas Terry. Saturday the brewery will release its anniversary brew, as well as live music from The Gamits and Matt Pryor, frontman of The Get Up Kids, as well as a Weezer Tribute Band. Sunday you can nurse your hangover at the brewery's crepe brunch. For a complete list of events, special tappings and beer releases, check the event's Facebook page.    

if you want to celebrate Valentine's Day early, Baur's Restaurant will be serving a four-course, prix fixe meal for $75 per couple, with optional wine pairings for an additional $18; the menu is available all weekend. Baur’s will also feature live music on both Friday and Saturday night from 8 p.m. to midnight, and on Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be a $10 cover for guests not dining at the restaurant. Make your reservations by calling Baur's at 303-615-4000.   

A whole loaf of love.
A whole loaf of love.
Grateful Bread

Saturday, February 13

Grateful Bread is offering a lovely Valentine's special: The bakery is bringing back its Holiday Chestnut Bread from the Bien Cuit cookbook for today only. The bread will be available starting at 10 a.m. and will go fast; for more information check out the Grateful Bread Facebook page.

The Boulder International Film Festival will host a Mardi Gras-themed "Foovie" (Film + Movie) event and benefit from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at eTown Hall. Foovie-goers will get a sneak peek at the BIFF 2016 short comedies while noshing on food from Guillaume's European Catering and washing it down with beverages from Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Boulder Beer. There will also be giveaways — including a chance to win passes to this year's BIFF — along with live music, dancing and post-movie desserts and sparkling wine. Tickets to the event are $95 and benefit BIFF and the Colorado Film Society. Get your ticket and all the details here.

The Irish Snug will be hosting a release party with Ft. Collins Brewery, where singles and couples alike can mix and mingle over a tasty, seasonal brew. The party will be rocking Under The Snug all night. For more information, call the Snug at 303-839-1394. 

Today and tomorrow Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House, will be offering a four-course, prix-fixe menu for $75 per person, with optional wine pairings for $35 per person. The menu includes French foie gras mousse, butter-poached Maine lobster with coconut pumpkin risotto, NY beef strip loin and veal cheek raviolis, and Tahitian vanilla bean cheesecake with cranberry compote. See if there are any reservations left by calling the restaurant at 303-640-1012.   

Coohills is serving up a special Valentine's weekend menu today and tomorrow. The restaurant will offer a European-inspired, six-course menu with optional wine pairings for $85 per person, $135 with pairings. Reservations are required at 303-623-5700 to make yours.  

The Mercury Cafe kicks off its Valentine's Day festivities at 7 p.m. tonight with the cafe's annual Valentine's Flamenco Performance featuring Maria Vasquez; tickets are $20. There will also be live music by Taeogi, The Raven & The Writing Desk, and Space Suit for Indians, at 8 p.m. in the Dance Hall; you can check out the live music for $12. On Valentine's Day, dinner will be accompanied by the theatrical show Lovers Split Strangers, a "dark, perverse, romantic comedy" featuring pop-culture and political characters like Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Kim Kardashian. For details, call the cafe at 303-294-9258.

Keep reading for Sunday's tastiest culinary events.

Heart overload.
Heart overload.
Ken Hamblin

Sunday, February 14 

Start your Valentine's Day off right at Mezcal's romantic Spanish guitar brunch. From noon to 3 p.m. today, you can enjoy $7 bottomless mimosas and $2 Exotico bloody Marias while you dine and listen to the soothing sounds of live Spanish guitar. For reservations and more information, call Mezcal at 303-322-5219.

Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club is hosting a late dinner and a show tonight at 9 p.m. For $75 per person, you'll get a welcome cocktail, four courses of New Orleans-inspired food, and a ninety-minute performance by Wellington Bullings and Scott Martin Trio. Make your reservations here.   

Add a little spice to your love life at Taste of Thailand, which will be featuring a special four-course, Valentine's Day Thai menu that is sure to heat up your night. For reservations, call 303-762-9112

McLoughlin's will be hosting Solo Sunday for all you single folks.Those who want to avoid the dreaded V-Day can take part in trivia and happy-hour specials from 7 to 10 p.m.; the pub will also be offering an appetizer and two drinks for just $12. For more information, call the pub at 303-573-5131. 

Postino LoHi is spreading the love this Valentine's Day by offering guests a free glass of rose. It's that simple, but if you really feel the need you can call the wine bar at 303-433-6363 for more information. 

On Valentine’s Day, the Hard Rock Cafe is offering a three-course dinner with special cocktails in the private Red Rocks room overlooking the 16th Street Mall, where guests will be serenaded by a live guitarist. Reservations start at 5 p.m.; call 303-623-3191 to see if any are left.

Duo Restaurant will be serving a four-course aphrodisiac menu to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day. Guests can choose from three options for each course; the meal is $55 per person. For reservations and more information, contact Duo at 303-477-4141. 

For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to cafe@westword.com.

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