Goodbye 2015, hello 2016! Finish the year with a flourish by celebrating this city's food scene. From a mac-and-cheese class to a plethora of New Year's Eve events, the culinary calendar is overflowing this week. Here's just a taste of what's on tap:
Monday, December 28
Tuesday, December 29
Think "outside the box" for The Art of Cheese at Haystack Mountain Goat Creamery's Mac & Cheese Family Event today. Bring the whole family (or a group of friends) to learn how to make some easy cheeses and then turn them into a variety of gourmet homemade mac-and-cheese dishes, which you can then devour on the spot. Guests who bring three or more participants to the all-ages class will receive 25 percent off the $39 class. Get your gooey fix from 3 to 5 p.m.; Register for the course and learn more at theartofcheese.com.
Wednesday, December 30
Starting today, noodle enthusiasts can head to the Noodles & Company Facebook page to get a coupon for a free bowl of spaghetti, which can be redeemed on National Spaghetti Day, January 4.
Thursday, December 31
The Farm House Restaurant at Breckenridge Brewery will be serving up a New Year's Eve dinner complete with rare beers from Breckenridge Brewery and cocktails from Leopold Bros. There will be a welcome beer reception from 8 to 8:30, followed by a five-course dinner, with each course to be paired with a beer and cocktail. Reservations are required; make yours for $55 per person or $95 per couple, at breckbrew.com. You can also check out the full menu here.
Union Station will be party central on New Year's Eve, with a free countdown party in the Great Hall — and specials in the restaurants around the building. Find out more here.
Rioja will be holding a Black and White New Year's Eve feast, with fresh black truffles from the Perigord in France and white truffles from Alba, Italy. The four-course tasting menu is $125 (the regular dinner menu will also be available). For details and reservations, call 303-820-2282.
Bistro Vendome chef Adam Branz is offering a four-course tasting menu honoring Julia Child using recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking on New Year's Eve. The prix fixe dinner is $50 per person, but the regular menu is also available. Call 303-825-3232.
Parisi and Firenze a Tavola are both celebrating the New Year with special multi-course menus. Firenze will feature four courses for $75, and Parisi will be serving a two-course meal for $45. Call 303-561-0234 to make your reservations.
Baur's will be open for regular dinner service from 5 to 7:30 p.m., when diners can order off the restaurant's standard menu or indulge in a special, five-course tasting menu prepared just for New Year's Eve. After the regular dinner service, things get a little more interesting. At 8 p.m. Baur's will be holding a NYE masquerade ball, complete with live music from the Terri Jo Jenkins Quartet, and a complimentary champagne toast. Your $75 ticket includes the special five-course tasting menu, live music, a toast, a mask and all the dancing you can handle. For those who want to skip dinner and just enjoy the music, there is a $20 cover. For reservations, call Baur's at 303-615-4000, and check out the menu for the evening at baursrestaurant.com.
Don your best period attire and head to the West End Tavern in Boulder for the tavern's Roaring Twenties Party. Travel back to the Roaring Twenties with swingin’ music, champagne and bourbon specials, a prime rib dinner, and a champagne toast at midnight. For more info, call 303-444-3535.
Viand Modern American is serving a three-course meal for $65, with optional wine pairings for an additional $80. For reservations, call the restaurant at 303-534-0404.
Begin your New Year's Eve at Lala's Wine Bar with a three or four-course meal prepared by chef Marco Elder. Guests can choose from a 4:30, 6:30 or 9 p.m. seating, and there are also two tiers of pricing and options for courses. Call 303-861-9463 to make your reservation, and check out the menu at lalaswinebar.com.
To ring in 2016, St Julien Hotel & Spa is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration featuring music by the Hazel Miller Band. For $150 per person, guests can also enjoy reserved seating, light fare, a balloon drop at midnight and a champagne toast. Black, gold and silver attire is encouraged, and a full bar with an ice luge will keep you loose all night. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the party runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. For reservations and more information, call the hotel at 720-406-9696.
Wonderland Brewing Company is offering a chance to celebrate the New Year and still get to bed early. The brewery is celebrating a New York-style New Year's Eve with a toast at midnight Easter time — 10 p.m. in Denver. There will be $1 off pints from 6 to 10 p.m., food from Talarico's Italian Taste, half-price ping pong, live music and more. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.
End the year with a bang at The Fort Restaurant. A professional cannoneer will shoot off a six-foot replica of an 1870s cannon each hour from 6 to 9 p.m. and The Fort will be offering a special prix-fixe, four-course menu. For reservations, call 303-697-4771.
The Nickel is cooking up not one, but two special menus for New Year's Eve. For $65 per person, guests can enjoy a five-course menu; for $95 per person, diners can indulge in a nine-course menu that includes foie gras; octopus with eel sauce; and pork belly and pork loin. Dinner service will be available from 5 to 11 p.m. Save a table by calling 720-889-2128.
New Year's Eve is also Basta’s six-year anniversary, and it will be celebrating by offering a special supplement menu, with decadent items like white truffles, caviar and bottarga. For reservations, call 303-997-8775.
Friday, January 1
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Kill that New Year's Day hangover with a chili cook-off at West End Tavern. Three West End chefs will be cooking up three kinds of chili for guests to sample and judge, while enjoying drink specials and football. Head over to thewestendtavern.com for more information.
Ignite Burgers & Lounge is helping you kick the hangover with a Walk of Shame New Year's Day Brunch, featuring bottomless mimosas and bacon bloody Marys and live music from Rob Drabkin. The brunch will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Ignite at 303-296-2600 for more information.
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