This week's forecast looks warm -- especially with the twentieth annual edition of Dining Out for Life, a benefit for Project Angel Heart, on the calendar for April 24. But there are other opportunities to do good while enjoying good food this week; keep reading for a taste of culinary events around town.
Monday, April 21
Join chef Will Harris and support Work Options for Women while nourishing your body and feeding your mind at Cafe Options from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight. Harris will be teaching participants how to make a hearty green salad with quinoa, whirlpool egg, citrus, cashews and carrot dressing. The finished product is a great example of a healthy, vegetarian, gluten-free and protein-packed meal that's quick and easy. Class is $75; go to WOW's website for details.
Tuesday, April 22
Join Slow Food Denver and Chipotle at The Source for a special screening of the James Beard Award- nominated documentary Eating Alabama. The film follows a young couple who return to Alabama on a journey to eat the way their grandparents did -- both locally and seasonally -- and their struggles after finding out how much the food system has changed since their grandparents' time. Admission is free, and there will be food and drinks available for purchase; sales will benefit Slow Food Denver. Visit Slowfooddenver.org for more information.
Stir Cooking School will be shaking up several different classic cocktails and teaching participants their secrets at a Cocktails 101 class. Martinis, margaritas, Manhattans, mojitos and sidecars will be the featured drinks of the evening. Class starts at 6:30 p.m. and tuition is $55; visit Stir's website or call 720-287-4823 for more information.
Wednesday, April 23
Smashburger is opening its 25th Colorado location today in Centennial, at 15795 East Arapahoe Road, Suite D. Through July 14, this Smashburger will be accepting donations for Jessie's Homes for Families, an organization that provides shelter, nutrition and resources to homeless families living in the Denver metro area. Get more information about Jessie's Homes for Families here and visit the Smashburger website.
Thursday, April 24
This is the twentieth anniversary of Dining Out for Life in Denver, and more than 250 Denver and Boulder‑area restaurants will donate 25 percent of their food sales today to Project Angel Heart, which provides life-sustaining meals for Coloradans suffering from life-threatening illnesses, including HIV and AIDS. This year Project Angel Heart hopes to raise more than $340,000 from the benefit. For more information, including a list of participating restaurants, visit the Project Angel Heart website.
Friday, April 25
During the first Burger Night of spring, both locations of Marczyk Fine Foods (17th Avenue and Colfax Avenue) will be cooking up Niman Ranch burgers freshly ground on-site, then serving them on fresh brioche buns with all the fixin's, including Marczyk's bacon aioli, for $8.99. The grills at both Marczyk stores will be fired up each Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. through September. Get all the delicious details here.
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