Good taste: The Fourth Story has more going for it than just Sunday brunch (see review above). At 6:30 p.m. March 24, the eatery will host the Great Divide Brewing Company for a beer tasting accompanied by a four-course dinner (cost still to be determined). Two days later, at 3 p.m. March 26, the restaurant will offer an afternoon tea tasting. Chris Chantler of Vail Mountain Roasters will present an assortment of fine teas to match the tea plate created by Fourth Story pastry chef Alicia Creager; the tab for that event is $17.75, and reservations are suggested. At 7 p.m. that evening, Wayne Deason of the Single Malt Scotch Society will lead a Scotch tasting complete with four courses of food; the cost is $55 per person. Wine will be the focus at 6:30 p.m. March 31, when the Fourth Story's winemaker's dinner features Kent Rosenblum offering tastings of his vino from Rosenblum Cellars. For more information on any of these events or to make reservations, call 322-1824.
Larimer Square's owners have devised a series of theme dinners at their LoDo eateries. On March 19, Santa Fe cuisine will be paired with pinot noirs at Cadillac Ranch, 1400 Larimer Street; the price is $30 per person. On March 25, Josephina's, at 1433 Larimer, will serve Italian sparkling wines with food from Franciacorta; that dinner is also $30 per person. And on March 26, Champion Brewing Company, at 1442 Larimer, will throw a clambake complete with microbrews for $25 per person. For reservations, call 685-8138.
Meanwhile, over at Bruno's at, 2223 South Monaco Parkway, the wines of Sardinia and southern Italy will be featured at a 6:30 p.m. dinner on March 24; matched with the wines will be such tempting dishes as lamb osso bucco (the kitchen does a wonderful job with lamb) and sweetbreads-stuffed ravioli. The cost is $45 per person; call 757-4500 for the required reservations.
Better taste: If Valentine's Day didn't do it for you and you were too drunk on St. Patty's, then The Great Sex Weekend ($19.95), by Pepper Schwartz and Janet Lever--the "Sex and Health" columnists for Glamour--has a few local suggestions for where you and yours can get it on. In Denver the authors recommend the Loews-Giorgio Hotel (4150 East Mississippi Avenue) and the Oxford Hotel (1600 Seventeenth Street) as being particularly sex-friendly; in Boulder, the Hotel Boulderado (2115 13th Street) gets the nod. There's a special bonus at all three of these locations (which the authors fail to mention): When you get tired of doing it, you can do the next best thing--eat--at Tuscany at the Loews-Giorgio, or McCormick's in the Oxford, or Q's at the Boulderado. Fortunately, the book does include a section on sexy things you can do in restaurants.
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Open-and-shut cases: Cornucopia Unlimited, a wonderful gourmet marketplace, has opened in the University Hills Shopping Center, at 2780 South Colorado Boulevard. Cornucopia offers imported cheeses, vinegars, oils, meat rubs and sauces, mustards, Valhrona chocolates and a whole selection of hot and cold deli items. I tried the excellent corned beef sandwich ($5.95), which contained top-grade corned beef and lots of it, along with Swiss, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing. Also good was the marinated grilled chicken breast panino ($6.50), which got much of its unique flavor from artichokes and Caesar dressing. Each sandwich comes with chips and your choice of some unusual side dishes, including wild rice or Caesar salad. And add another Indian restaurant to the area's slowly growing ranks: India's Grill, at 6014 South Holly Street, is being billed as the "largest Indian restaurant in the state." All I ask is that the food be done right.
We need more good breakfast spots, too, so it's news that the Overtime Bar & Grill, at 1050 West Evans Avenue, is adding breakfast to its menu. The eatery has been serving lunch and dinner for two years and now also offers the morning basics--omelettes, French toast, over-easys--along with an early happy hour (two-for-one drinks from 7 to 9 a.m.) for those getting off the late shift. And we can welcome back the Italian Fisherman, at 13250 East Mississippi in Aurora; the restaurant was closed for 128 days after October's blizzard knocked the heck out of the building. But that disaster gave the owners a chance to do about $375,000 in renovation work, and they're about to release a new spring menu, too.
Free beer alert: Head to Rock Bottom Brewery (1001 16th Street) from 6 to 6:30 p.m. March 19 to have your thirst quenched by members and volunteers of the Denver Fire Department, who will draw free pints for passersby. The brew is Rock Bottom's annual Fire Chief Ale, and a percentage of the profits from the ale's sale--it will be available through April 12--goes to the fire department and the Denver Burn Fund.