This weekend you can enjoy the culinary arts at Artopia, head to prom, roll sushi and a joint, sip a limited release marg or dive into Denver Restaurant Week. Keep reading for a taste of whats on the culinary calendar this weekend.
Friday, February 20
Denver Restaurant Week starts today. Restaurants all over Denver will be offering special, multi-course meals for a fixed price of $30 per person. The eating orgy runs through March 1; for more information, including menus and participating restaurants, head over to denver.org.
A Coppola Wines rep will guide guests at the Cherokee Ranch and Castle through a wine and food pairing from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, when they can sample limited production Coppola wines, paired with hors d'oeuvres, all in the Castle's Great Hall. Tickets are $69; for more information click here.
James McWilliams, author of The Modern Savage and professor at Texas State University, will be giving a speech entitled “The Myth of Humane Meat and Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals” at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Clubhouse at 3030 O’Neal Parkway in Boulder. It's sponsored by the Boulder and Denver Vegan Meetup Group, and admission is $5 to $10; for more information, click here. McWilliams will also be speaking at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 South Monroe Street.
Everyone knows that food and weed go together like two peas in a pod, but you've never paired the two like this before: Green Labs is holding a sushi and joint rolling class at 7 p.m. today. Wine will also be available. Tickets are $65; for more information, click here.
Steve's Snappin' Dogs is celebrating its ten-year anniversary this weekend with free food for customers, including Twinkies and cupcakes, limeade and samples of its new beer: Steve's Snappin' Ale, brewed by Bull & Bush.
Saturday, February 21
Bristol Brewing is hosting the eleventh annual Firkin Rendezvous from 1 to 6 p.m. in its fermentation room to benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild. The event will feature one-of-a-kind, cask-conditioned ales from 37 Colorado craft breweries; Bristol Brewing has created two cask ales for the event: Winter Warlock Barrel Aged with Vanilla Bean and El Darillo Imperial IPA. Both of them will only be available at the festival. Tickets are $35 or $10 for designated drivers; grab yours here.
LUPEC Denver is hosting Fire & Ice Prom 2015, benefiting the Prom Dress Exchange, a local non-profit that provides gently used formal wear for students who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend prom. Fire & Ice will be at Syntax Physic Opera, and will feature all the things you remember from prom: dancing, corsages, boutonnieres, photo booth pictures and formal wear, as well as a silent auction and lots of cocktails (all legal this time). The prom starts at 7 p.m. and will run until midnight; there is a $10 suggested donation and LUPEC Denver is asking attendees to bring unneeded formal wear, shoes and accessories. For more information, click here.
Perfect Pairings 2.0 "Romanced Re-imagined" will bring wine, chocolate, food, sommeliers and a live art show to Larkspur in Vail from 6 to 10 p.m. this evening. Larkspur chefs will prepare eight dishes that will be paired with with selected wines by certified sommelier Jarrett Osborn and other local wine experts. Tickets are $200 per person or $350 per couple; visit vailsymposium.org to get yours.
Celebrate the culinary arts as well as music, fashion and visual art at Artopia, Westword's annual arts extravaganza. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and tickets will be $50 at the door — but you can still get them for $30 here through February 20.
Sunday, February 22
Book Bar is hosting a wine dinner and book signing with Connie Ruel, restaurateur and author of Passions of a Restaurateur, at 6 p.m. today. There will be five courses, all paired with wines. The dinner is $65 per person and reservations are required; call 720-443-2227.
Atticus will be teaming up with Crazy Mountain Brewery for a community-style dinner at 6:30 p.m. featuring a lineup of beers paired with food cooked by chef Matt Mine. The "Hogs & Hops" menu will feature a whole roasted hog, red beans and rice, cornbread, caramel bacon popcorn and three Crazy Mountain Beer pairings; there's also a kid's menu. Dinner is $45 for adults and $10 for kids; for reservations, call 720-459-8273.
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings — and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.