Fear not if you and your date don't have reservations for Valentine's Day — or even if you don't have a date. There's a cornucopia of tasty events in Denver before, during and after V-Day, from a brewery art show to ’80s speed dating to a pagan-influenced feast. Take a look at the most delicious events happening this week.
Monday, February 13
Big Choice Brewing in Broomfield is letting local artists put their hearts on display for the Heart Art Show tonight. The brewery invited the public to decorate special hearts for display and to sell, with proceeds going to the American Heart Association. Plus, Big Choice will tap the first beer in its new experimental series, the Cherry Cobbler Sour Brown. The party starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m.; get more info on the Facebook event page.
Grab a Chipotle burrito and support a great nonprofit today. At the Chipotle outfit at 371 East Alameda Avenue, 50 percent of your purchase between 4 and 8 p.m. will benefit Work Options for Women, helping at-risk women obtain jobs and lasting experience in food service. Stop by and mention the fundraiser for your chance to help.
Tuesday, February 14
Valentine's Day is one of the biggest nights of the year, and restaurants all over town are hosting special dinners and experiences for hungry couples. For a taste of the possibilities, check our list of Ten Delicious, Non-Traditional Valentine's Day Options in Denver and the Colorado Concierge's Ideas for a Couple's First Valentine's Day Together.
Nobu Matsuhisa is visiting his namesake Denver restaurant, Matsuhisa, today; he'll be on hand during dinner service to personally prepare some dishes, meet guests and sign cookbooks. Find out more here.
To celebrate the opening of Sweet Cooie's today, the ice cream shop is hosting a contest for kids: They can submit a Valentine comparing a parent to an ice cream flavor, and the best answer wins complimentary ice cream for their family – up to six people – on one special visit. And if the winning ice cream flavor isn’t already offered at the shop, Sweet Cooie’s will create it and offer it for one month. Deadline is February 28; find out more here.
For a quieter special-occasion dinner with a taste of the seaside, try the Chowder Room. Its four-course menu offers seafood choices from oysters Venitienne with caviar to seared Hokkaido scallops, plus filet mignon and lobster tails for an add-on. The basic price is $65 per person; check online at the Chowder Room site for reservations.
La Loma's new downtown location is offering Valentine's Day specials for dinner, like the strawberry-crush margarita with a floater of champagne, spicy ceviche and the classic heart-shaped, cinnamon-sugar-dusted tortillas — plus a rose for the ladies. Check on reservations online at the La Loma Site.
Turn your single V-Day experience upside down at Hudson Hill tonight with Stranger Danger Valentine's Day Speed Dating. The evening begins with an hour of casual speed-dating among like-minded singles, followed by an awards ceremony and an ’80s-flavored singles' mixer where you can track down someone who caught your eye. Happy hour is going on all night long, and your $25 admission includes a free drink and goes to help support Project Angel Heart. For tickets, e-mail email@example.com with your name, age, gender, occupation and two hobbies; you'll get a link to buy tickets.
For the broken-hearted or merely hard-hearted, Englewood Grand is hosting a singles' party where you can drink and dance your cares away. At Singlewood Grand tonight, the $5 admission gets you a cookie and cocktail in either Love or Hate flavors. Take your stand and groove out to jazz from 8 to 11 p.m. Find out more at the Englewood Grand Facebook event page.
Wednesday, February 15
Epic Brewing presents a new kind of beer-pairing event tonight: The RiNo taphouse is partnering dark, barrel-aged sours with pitch-black stories from the master of Mile High noir, Manuel Ramos. Beginning at 7 p.m., Epic brewmasters will serve samples and explain their characteristics and their connection to one of Ramos's pieces. The author will read from his books Desperado and My Bad and sign copies, and the brewery will also feature the noir-inspired artwork of Leslie A. Aguillard. Space is limited, so stop by Epic to sign up starting at 5:30 p.m.
Sample the steamy true history of Valentine's Day at Spuntino's latest wine dinner. Inspired by the Festa di San Valentino and the pagan fertility festival Lupercalia (traditionally celebrated today), the menu includes unconventional proteins, astringent flavors of blood orange and pecorino, and rich Italian wines. The five-course menu costs $110, with wine pairings included; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to check on reservations.
Buy a pizza at either of the two Pizzeria Locale locations in Denver any Wednesday this month, then show a valid lift ticket or 2016-’17 Colorado ski pass and you'll get a second pizza for free.
Thursday, February 16
At 6:30 p.m., the Four Seasons Market in Wheat Ridge is offering a free class called "Managing Mood With Essential Oils." Participants can make a free rollerball with essential oils to help address a variety of mood-management needs. Make and take a rollerball for $5 or make 5 for $20. RSVP to email@example.com; find out more here.
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Dine out tonight to help needy families at EDGE Restaurant & Bar. This year's EDGE Out Childhood Hunger cocktail mixer and fundraiser will support No Kid Hungry Colorado's Cooking Matters program, helping families with ways to prepare inexpensive yet healthy meals. Tickets include a cocktail and light appetizers, and attendees can bid on a silent auction throughout the night. Tickets are $35 to $100; find out more on the Facebook event page.
Jamie White of Alice 105.9 has a special treat for the ladies tonight starting at 7:15 p.m.: a screening of the BDSM sequel Fifty Shades Darker at the Alamo Drafthouse. Your $20 admission includes a glass of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Only a few tickets remain, so find yours online at the Alamo site.
For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.