We've had a good run of warm days recently, which can only mean one thing this time of year in Colorado: Bad weather is on the way. Although the weather is threatening to get nasty this weekend, you don't have to spend your days off locked up at home. There are plenty of tasty events on the culinary calendar, celebrating everything from bacon and beer to pancakes and booze. Keep reading for the scoop.
Friday, April 15
Today is your last chance to support Denver's budding chefs during the Cook Street School of Culinary Arts' Restaurant week. Every evening for the past week, the Cook Street Cafe has been transformed into a fully functioning restaurant where students prepare a three-course meal under the guidance of Cook Street's chef instructors. Dinner is $25; check out the menu and make reservations here.
Traveler and culinary adventurer Peggy Markel will lead a Moroccan cooking class today at Food Lab, 1825 Pearl Street in Boulder. The cooking class features a complete cultural experience, with stories, music, visuals and a sit-down meal with paired wine. Tuition is $95; get all the details at foodlabboulder.com.
Pancakes and Booze brings together two pretty great things in one great event. The underground-art show will feature more than eighty artists, live body painting, free pancakes, live music performances and more. It starts at 8 p.m. at City Hall, and admission is $5 at the door. Check out pancakesandbooze.com.
Bruegger’s Bagels will offer its annual $10.40 Tax Day special. To cash in on the deal, head to brueggers.com by the end of the day, and sign up to receive a Big Bagel Bundle, which includes thirteen New York-style bagels and two tubs of cream cheese for just $10.40. The offer can be redeemed today through Monday, April 18.
The Dairy Center for the Arts will hold three screenings of the culinary documentary King Georges this weekend. The film follows Georges Perrier, owner of Philadelphia's famed Le Bec-Fin, as he passes the restaurant to a protégé, chef Nicholas Elmi. The film will show at 2:30 and 7 p.m. today, and at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $11, $8 for students and seniors, and $6 for members, and can be purchased here.
Saturday, April 16
Get your sweet tooth ready for spring with Stir Cooking School's Spring Fruit Dessert class, which will teach you how to use a variety of seasonal fruits in pies, cakes, tarts and more. The class is $75 per person and starts at 11 a.m. Register and learn more at stirtolearn.com.
The Colorado Brewery Running Series kicks off its 2016 season today. The 5k run starts at 11 a.m. at the Renegade Brewing Company tap room, and will end at the Renegade Brewing Company’s brand-new brewhouse, where everyone will receive a free beer to enjoy alongside live music, food trucks, local vendors, and more. At 1 p.m., there will be an additional .9 mile sprint back to the Renegade tap room, and the first person back will receive a free growler. The race is $30 per person and includes a beer and a pint glass; 10 percent of the entry fee will be donated to the Denver Dumb Friends League and the Park People. For a full schedule of races or to register, visit breweryrunningseries.com.
During Cheese + Provisions' Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day, guests will be able to sample from a tasting bar of raw-milk cheeses. The shop’s owners, Steve and Kim Duty, will be discussing the importance of the FDA’s newly revised stance in its controversial raw milk cheese–testing programs, and Cheese + Provisions will also offer a 10 percent discount on all raw milk cheese products. For more information, head over to cheeseandprovisions.com.
Your two favorite vices will be front and center at today's Bacon and Beer Classic. A festival of epic proportions, the Classic will offer Denver foodies and football fans alike the opportunity indulge in delicious suds and grub at Sports Authority Field. More than twenty local restaurants will provide bacon-centric dishes, with over fifty breweries offering craft beers to wash it all down with. There will also be giant Jenga, a photo booth, a bungee run, bacon- and beer-inspired tattoos, a bacon-eating contest, and more. Tickets are $69 for general admission or $109 for VIP. There will be afternoon (1 to 4 p.m.) and evening (7 to 10 p.m.) sessions; grab tickets at baconandbeerclassic.com.
Naturally Boulder will host a Conscious Business Summit today at the Impact Hub, 1877 Broadway in Boulder. The summit is designed to give socially and environmentally conscious entrepreneurs and industry professionals looking to “do good” a chance to learn and connect. Tickets, which include breakfast and lunch, are $66 for Naturally Boulder members and $75 for non-members. For more information, visit naturallyboulder.org.
Every Saturday and Sunday during April, Denver Deep Dish — our Best Chicago-Style Pizza winner — is offering up buy-one-get-one-free brunch items and bottomless drink specials. For more information, visit denverdeepdish.com.
Sunday, April 17
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Stir Cooking School has a class for all you singles: The school's NON Date Night was created to give singles a fun, and educational, night of cooking during which students can mingle while learning to cook a multi-course meal from scratch. Class costs $75 and starts at 5 p.m.; sign up at stirtolearn.com.
Govnr's Park is throwing the seventh annual Govnr's Park Beer Festival today, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be over 100 beers to sample, as well as raffles and giveaways. Tickets are $20, and proceeds will benefit Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods. For more information, head over to the event's Facebook page.
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