May has arrived, with good weather reports and a weekend full of fun. Not only is this Cinco de Mayo weekend, but eateries in the city's arts districts will be hopping on First Friday. You can also taste Jeff Osaka's noodle soup and get into the dark side of the Fourth. But save some room -- and cash for Women Cook! on Monday. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.
Friday, May 2
If you can't wait until late summer to try Jeff Osaka's ramen at his upcoming restaurant, Osaka Ramen, you can sample his noodles tonight. Osaka will be part of a pop-up dinner at Berkeley Supply Company, 4405 West 43rd Avenue, where he will be selling bowls of his Tonkotsu Ramen for just $5. All proceeds from the pop-up will go to Project Angel Heart. Osaka will start serving up the soup at 7 p.m. and has just a hundred bowls, so get there early.
It's First Friday, and RiNo will be celebrating. Starting at 6 p.m., Infinite Monkey Theorem will party '70s style with wine, music, pizza and '70s duds galore. And admission is free! Visit the IMT website or call 303.736.8376 for more information.
Also in RiNo, Kassia's Pasta Farm invites you to the re-launch party of its mobile pasta bike. The bike will be setting up shop at Mile High Winery and serving up pasta, green chili and free pie, while supplies last; there will also be music and wine, of course. And for each bowl of pasta served, a buck will go to UrbiCulture Community Farms -- a multi-plot farm committed to providing food to people of all income levels by sustainably growing affordable, local food in the Denver metro area. You can learn more about Kassia's Pasta Farm and bike on its Facebook page.
Saturday, May 3
Cinco de Mayo is Monday, but Denver will be celebrating this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, Civic Center Park will be full of festivities, including chihuahua racing, a taco-eating contest and a green chile cook-off. More than 400,000 attendees are expected at the 27th annual event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.
Sunday, May 4
May the fourth be with you! It's a geeks' culinary fantasy come true tonight at Session Kitchen, which will be holding a Star Wars themed dinner at 7 p.m. complete with knee-slappingly punny dishes like Flan Solo, Luke...I am your Fava and Chewbaklava. Costumes are strongly recommended; there will be a costume contest. Tickets are $60, call 720-763-3887 to reserve your spot.
Monday, May 5
Work Options for Women, a Denver non-profit, will be holding its tenth annual Women Cook! fundraiser tonight.WOW's mission is to "help impoverished women gain the skills and confidence they need to work their way out of poverty and become gainfully and permanently employed in the food service industry." And helping out on that mission at this event will be some of Denver's top female chefs, including Jennifer Jasinski, Samm Sherman and Carrie Blake, who will be serving up signature dishes. WomenCook! runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street. Tickets are $125; to purchase yours, or for more information, visit workoptions.org.
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