Mother's Day is just around the corner, which means you're probably looking for a way to impress Mom while getting out of making a meal for the whole family. Here are ten ideas for lunch, brunch, dinner and a good time on Saurday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14 — from cooking classes to colorful cocktails to a shopping adventure with food and drinks. There's a good time for every kind of mother out there!
Stir Cooking School
215 Zuni Street
Here's an idea: take your mom to a cooking class on Saturday, May 13, then get her to cook you a meal on Mother's Day. Sounds devious, but mom will actually love Stir Cooking School's fun and interactive classes. The Mom's Day special is called the Modern British Brunch workshop, and it starts at 11:00 a.m. Recipes include triple chocolate dried cherry scones with whipped butter; savory bread pudding with sausage, kale and cheddar; Waldorf chicken salad tea sandwiches; classic eggs Benedict; and raspberry lemon pancakes with triple cream. The class is $75 per person; tickets can be purchased on Stir's website.
Ale House at Amato's
2501 16th Street
Brunch at a popular LoHi beer bar doesn't seem like a big deal, but if you're a little cash strapped and still want to treat your mom right, this one's free — but only for moms. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; kids ten and under eat for $5.99 with the purchase of a regular brunch entre. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the restaurant's Yelp reservation page.
Denver Flea at the Denver Sports Castle
If your mom's into shabby chic and is a bit of a packrat, treat her to a day at the Denver Flea, the semi-regular bazaar filled with arts, crafts, food, home decor, antiques and lots of weird stuff. More than 200 vendors will be peddling their wares, along with food trucks, booze stations and other goodies. Beverages, wrangled by Drink RiNo, will include cider, beer and wine from Our Mutual Friend, Stem Ciders and Infinite Monkey Theorem, and food will be provided by Street Frites, Wheels on Fire and Barbed Wire Reef. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there's a $5 admission charge — plus the price of whatever your mom picks out for herself.
The Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery
2990 Brewery Lane, Littleton
Moms aren't Colorado moms unless they dig yoga and beer. Fortunately, the Farm House has both needs covered. Bring your mom to the brewery restaurant at 9 a.m. for Yoga in the Yard (note to cheapskates: it's free). Then follow up with Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you score a reservation, mom also gets a free tulip and brewery tour. For brunch reservations, call the restaurant; for a brewery tour between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., reserve a space (required) at breckbrew.com/about/tours.
Just Be Kitchen
2364 15th Street
Mothers are nurturing by nature, but turn the tables this year and take your mom somewhere nurturing where your family can feed both body and soul with nourishing and delicious paleo eats. Whether your mom prefers paleo, gluten-free, healthy or just plain satisfying, Just Be has just the right dish. And instead of a boring, watery mimosa, buy your mom a special Mother's Day Bullet Coffee, made with locally roasted beans from Method Roasters, brewed then blended with grass-fed butter and MCT oil (for a slow release of caffeine), and infused with fragrant rose petals and dark chocolate. She'll have so much energy you won't be able to keep up with her.
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100 West 14th Avenue
Palettes is the perfect spot for art lovers looking for a Mother's Day Brunch. Along with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or a mimosa, mom can enjoy a classic and classy brunch menu loaded with churro doughnut holes with Nutella caramel and citrus curd dips; winter squash and goat cheese tortellini with fava beans, confit pearl onions and red beet butter; or a traditional eggs Benedict on a housemade English muffin with Canadian bacon and Hollandaise. Call ahead for reservations.
2920 Larimer Street
This one's for hip moms who know what's happening in Denver's hottest neighborhoods. Indulge in craft beer from Ratio and sweet treats from Church of Cupcakes from 2 to 5 p.m. in the brewery taproom with Heart Tattoo Blackberry Wit, Rented World Session IPA and Dear You Citra Hopped French Saison, an excellent alternative to champagne. For $16 (pre-tax and fees), Mom gets a flight of three cupcakes and three tasters of Ratio beers. Advance tickets can be purchased online.
250 Columbine Street
Venture to Cherry Creek to regale your mom with a rainbow array of Sol's FroMos — frozen mimosas that come in pink guava, apricot, prickly pear, charred pineapple, mango and orange flavors for $12 each, but make sure she also gets her complimentary “MOMosa" (this one's just standard orange juice and bubbly). Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; reservations are encouraged.
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Sushi Den, Izakaya Den and Ototo
Pearl Street and East Florida Avenue
Do brunch Japanese style this Mother's Day at one of the Den Corner restaurants, which are increasing their Sunday hours for the holiday, with Sushi Den opening for lunch, Izakaya Den opening for full lunch and dinner service, and Ototo expanding serving hours. Whisky and sake flights as well as fun dessert cocktails are great options for Mom to go with sushi, noodle bowls and other tempting dishes. Ototo will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 9 p.m. (reserve a table here) and will be pouring shochu pumpkintinis and sake dreamsicles. Izakaya Den and Sushi Den will also be open for lunch at the same time and for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. (reserve here).
8171 South Chester Street, Centennial
Uncorked has two classes for Mom and the whole family for Mother's Day. First there's the Family Day Out — Mother’s Day Brunch class for $100 (for two people) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., then there's a Lunch class from 2 to 5 p.m. for $89 per person. For the first, the class includes booze-free spritzers and four different dishes. The second is only for those eighteen and older and includes Kir Royale (for those 21 and up) as well as an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. See the restaurant's website for details and reservations.