February in Denver is all about stouts and oysters.You can sip and slurp your way through the next four weeks with Oyster Month at all Jax locations, and Stout Month at all the Mountain Sun Pub spots, including Vine Street, Mountain Sun and Southern Sun. But you can also sink your teeth into many more events this week, including boozy dinners, charity nights and, yes, free tacos! Keep reading for all the tasty details.
Monday, February 1
Work & Class is celebrating the restaurant's second anniversary with a black-and-gold charity birthday bash. The party will feature plenty of good food, drinks, music and a whole lot of heart. Tickets are $60 per person, which includes food and drinks from 6 to 11 p.m. Want to skip dinner? A $30 ticket gets you in the door at 9 p.m., and includes drinks. The event will benefit Denver Urban Scholars; for tickets and more information, head over to workandclassdenver.com.
Conscious Alliance, a local non-profit that ties the music and food industries together to serve communities in crisis nationwide, is celebrating over $1 million worth of goods and services donated, and more than two million meals served. The Alliance will hold a special benefit with Umphrey's McGee at the Fillmore Auditorium from 6:30 to 11 p.m. tonight. Guests at Umphrey's McGee: Reel to Real will experience a screening of a Nothing Too Fancy Music retrospective, followed by a live set from the band, complete with the stories behind the songs. Tickets to Reel to Real are $179, grab yours and get all the details here.
Free tacos! Torchy's Tacos officially opens at 7 a.m. tomorrow, but it's throwing a party from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at 1085 Broadway, where the first link in the Austin-based chain will be serving up free tacos, chips and dip, and drinks. Find out more on the Torchy's Facebook page.
Tuesday, February 2
Rioja continues the restaurant's Sips and Snacks Series as it delves into classic cocktails this evening. Diners can stop by the bar to enjoy four tastes of some classic libations paired with four snacks — for just $15. For more information, call Rioja at 303-820-2282.
Dive into the world of sommeliers during a screening of the film SOMM: Into the Bottle at the Sie FilmCenter at 6 p.m. tonight. The evening will start with a reception featuring food and wine pairings; a Q&A with several local Somms will follow the film. Tickets to the event are $50 and can be purchased here.
Wednesday, February 3
To kick off its Adult Winter of Reading program, the Denver Public Library is holding a kickoff Trivia Party at Jagged Mountain Brewery starting at 7 p.m. tonight. Test your knowledge for a chance to win two lift tickets to Winter Park, among other prizes; as an added bonus, $1 from every beer you drink goes back to the library. RSVP and learn more on the event's Facebook page.
Kent Denver School will host the seventh annual “Give Your Love to Breakthrough” to benefit Breakthrough Kent Denver, a non-profit education program for highly motivated but underserved DPS middle-school students. This year’s event features an authentic Southern meal prepared by chef, author and James Beard Award-winner John Besh. Tickets to the event — which includes dinner, an open bar, and auction and entertainment — are $125, or $350 for VIP, which adds a one-hour reception with Besh starting at 5:30 p.m. For tickets and more information on Breakthrough Denver, visit breakthroughdenver.org.
Thursday, February 4
It's the ultimate food/beer pairing dinner (and "not a crafty ladies event"). Tonight chefs Elijah Odell of Highland Tap and Burger and Jensen Cummings of Brewed Food will host a Brewed Food dinner at Highland Tap, with each course incorporating actual ingredients from all six New Belgium Brewing Beers (yeast, wort, barley, hops). Tickets are $50; find out more on the Highland Tap Facebook page.
A brand ambassador from Patron will be at 6 to 8 p.m. for tonight's Meet the Maker event at La Biblioteca, talking about the tequila while the bar offers complimentary tastings of Patron.La Biblioteca will also feature a special Patron cocktail all evening. For reservations and more information, contact the restaurant at 720-904-0965.
Friday, February 5
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In honor of the Broncos' trip to the Super Bowl, the Marczyk Fine Foods location at 770 East 17th Avenue is bringing back Burger Night — make that Burger Night Lunch — for one day only. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. guests can grab a just-grilled Niman Ranch burger with all the fixings for just $8.99. Call Marczyk at 303-894-9499 for more information.
Asian Avenue magazine is partnering with the Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network to welcome the Year of the Monkey at the eighth annual Lunar New Year Banquet at Kings Land Chinese Seafood. The event will feature a ten-course Chinese dinner, a performance by the Qing Wei Lion and Dragon Cultural Troupe,a silent auction and gifts. The evening gets under way with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $40, $30 for seniors and students, and can be purchased here.
Organic Sandwich Company is celebrating its one-year anniversary in Boulder today, and giving back to the community with a weekend of freebies today. The sandwich will be giving away slices of anniversary cake today, and housemade chocolate chip cookies all weekend. For more information, call the shop at 720-639-3986.
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