The Year of the Rooster is nearly upon us, with Chinese New Year traditions celebrated at restaurants like Lucky Cat and Ace. But it's not too late to say goodbye to the Year of the Monkey, with a late-night ski party, a long-running beer festival and a cocktail competition. Also this weekend: unlimited crab for brunch, or beer and booze aplenty. Here are the twelve tastiest food events around town:
Friday, January 27
The second of the Source's After Hours parties goes down after the SIA Snow Show, where pounding beats and poured cocktails will help attendees achieve that just-off-the-slopes look. Starting at 11 p.m.,
DJ Soigné Vest will be on the boards and the RiNo Yacht Club will serve a special cocktail menu, featuring adult Capri Sun pouches, milk punch with jelly beans, and the star of the evening: $2 Montucky Cold Snacks. The party goes until 2 a.m., and admission is free for those 21 and over. Get more details at the Facebook event page.
Denverites don't need much of an excuse to turn any weekend into a mini-beer fest, what with so many craft breweries to visit and new beers to sample. But if you want to taste a broad range of beers in a specific style, let the pros handle the beer wrangling so that you can get down to drinking. The Winter Brew Fest gathers the best seasonal beers from Colorado and beyond under one roof at Mile High Station from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight and tomorrow. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite; pick a night for a $35 general admission ticket or spring for VIP at $45, which gets you in the door an hour early and includes a beer-and-cheese sampling. Otherwise, you can take your chances at the door for $10 more, cash only.
The latest round of the annual Pairsine Mixology and Culinary Competition is dubbed “Shaken Not Stirred” and presents the ten top-scoring winners from the 2016 Denver International Spirits Competition. Up to ten mixologists will each be assigned one spirit and given the task of creating a custom cocktail with it; the mixologist will be paired with a chef, who'll have the job of creating a gourmet food pairing. The culinary competition runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield; get tickets, $75, here.
Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House in LoDo is toasting veterans tonight. Your purchase of whiskey, moonshine and vodka from Vail-based 10th Mountain Distillery goes directly to benefit the Vail Veterans Program. Guest bartenders from the distillery and Inspirato will be making special cocktails with the goods. The benefit begins at 4 p.m. and goes until close.
The soon-to-open Dairy Block development in LoDo needs quite the labor pool to power the new Maven Hotel and Kachina Southwestern Grill, and to that end, Sage Hospitality Group is holding job fairs this weekend for more than 140 positions, from hospitality professionals to cooks and bartenders. The fair will be held inside the Oxford Hotel, with interviews for the Maven happening today from 2 to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and for Kachina tomorrow from 2 to 6 p.m. Fill out an application and get more info at Sage's online job site.
Saturday, January 28
The Four Seasons Farmers & Artisans Market is holding its second annual art fair from 9 to 3 p.m. today, with art, crafts and jewelry from a dozen local artisans. And there's plenty of food-related stuff to browse through, too. The market is located at 7043 West 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge; find out more at fourseasonsfam.com. (You can also learn more about the big outdoor market planned for this summer on the website.)
The Year of the Rooster begins tonight, but Chinese New Year celebrations are already happening around town. At Lucky Cat in Lowry, chef Troy Guard and his team are setting out a rooster of their own with a whole roasted chicken, served family style with steamed rice, crab rangoon, stir-fried broccoli and fortune cookies, of course, all for $20. Advance notice of twelve hours is required, or just just stop by for a serving of dumplings stuffed with ham hock soup, ground pork and gingered black vinegar.
Ace Eat Serve in Uptown has a New Year celebration menu of its own: check out traditional specialties like egg drop soup, turnip cake with lap cheong sausage and ma po tofu, along with more eclectic selections from the regular menu. Tonight from 7 to 9 p.m., the bar will be decked out in lanterns and lucky red envelopes diners can find, along with $4 Tsing Tao specials and a brand-new cocktail inspired by the Year of the Rooster. Make a reservation online at Ace's website.
Denver's biggest Chinese New Year party gets even bigger with the bash starting at 6 p.m. at the McNichols Building. As always, there will be acrobatic performances, dragon dances, music and a decadent banquet with food provided by Work & Class, Pinche Tacos, MiJo, Ace Eat Serve and more. Tickets are $225 or $100 for young professionals under 35; proceeds benefit the Nathan Yip Foundation; head to the website for tickets and more information.
Beyond the initial buzz of coffee-infused beers, there's a delicate science in creating them and a greater variety of brews than ever before. Learn more about the confluence of beans and hops and sample the results at the Cool Beans Beer & Coffee Fest at the Ratio Beerworks taproom. Ratio and Novo Coffee have joined forces to create beers with unique coffee varietals, and you'll get to taste everything from a chai-espresso Scotch rye to a Bloody Mary beer, along with doughnut holes from Glazed & Confused, breakfast burritos from Illegal Pete's, and more. The tasting runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and admission is $25; get your tickets online at Two Parts.
10 Barrel Brewing, the pride of Oregon, makes its first physical step into Colorado with the opening of a new pub at 26th and Walnut streets. Pray 4 Snow and Joe IPA have been pouring here for a while, but tonight is the bar's Grand Opening Block Party, complete with beer and grub, the 10 Barrel ski/snowboard rail jam and a raffle to benefit Big City Mountaineers. The free, all-ages party goes from 4 to 10 p.m. tonight.
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Sunday, January 29
Crab legs are a staple of any classy seafood brunch. But bottomless crab? Dungeness and snow crab with all the fixings, without end? That's a special occasion, and that's the Bottomless Crab Brunch at Jax Fish House in Glendale. For $48, you get all of the above and plenty of butter and lemon, as well as unlimited sides like crispy potatoes, biscuits and gravy, grits and okra and more. An extra $15 gets you unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys. The special meal is going on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today only; make your reservation online at the Jax Fish House site.
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