Saturday is Earth Day, and there are plenty of things to celebrate about this big old world of ours — whether you're a tree-hugger or not. From KFC (Korean fried chicken) to creamy ginger-beet soup, from gose to stout, from high-end shopping to porch drinking, there's something for everyone this weekend.
Friday, April 21
It's Friday, but get your Sunday Bird from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at The Source, where the San Francisco-based Korean fried chicken joint will be serving Denverites bites like popcorn chicken with kimchi salt and gochujang and kimchi fried rice with chicharrones. RiNo Yacht Club is getting in on the action, too, with a speciality cocktail for the lunch. For more details, check out the Source's website, and head over to 3350 Brighton Boulevard hungry.
Little by little, the weather's warming up, and the day is coming when all we want to do is sit on the patio with an ice cold beer — but not flavorless corporate swill. Gose is a perfect, tart summertime beer, and Big Choice Brewing, 7270 West 118th Place in Broomfield, is going all in on gose with its Beer Name Gose Here contest. Starting today, the brewery will release a different gose each Friday: This week's flavor is pineapple, but prickly pear, basil mandarin, apple and pomegranate beers are also in the works. Show up at the brewery to grab a punch card (the sixth week's pint is free), rank the brews and submit a beer name. Check out the Facebook event page for details, including prizes for the winning beer name.
Saturday, April 22
Do good for the planet before drinking your beer: Join Breckenridge Brewery, 2990 Brewery Lane in Littleton, in cleaning up part of the Platte River Trail. Show up from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and help the South Suburban Park Foundation and other businesses in the area clean up a portion of the trail that abuts the brewery's property. What's in it for you (other than self-actualization)? Twenty percent off food and beverages at the Farm House Restaurant for the rest of the day. Head to the Breckenridge website for details on the cleanup and to RSVP.
It's not just Earth Day today — it's Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day. If wrapping your head around the idea of appreciating the entire planet is too overwhelming, try honoring just one of the best things on the planet: cheese. Check out Mondo Market at the Source, 3350 Brighton Boulevard, for a free raw-milk cheese tasting from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Haystack Mountain Cheese will be on hand for part of the afternoon, and shoppers will get 15 percent discounts on selected raw-milk items. More info is available on the market's Facebook page.
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We reported several weeks ago that Govinda's Garden Cafe, one of the very few entirely vegan eateries in Denver, will be closing its doors April 29. Join Govinda's at 1400 Cherry Street today for one last Earth Day buffet starting at 5:30 p.m. The menu includes veggie and spinach enchiladas; carrot, ginger and chile soup; cashew mac and cheese; corn, pepper and coconut curry and more for just $17.95. See the full menu at Govinda's website. Reservations are accepted for parties of four or more; call 303-333-4000 to make sure you don't miss out.
A less communal, but equally vegan Earth Day dinner is taking place at Jill's Restaurant & Bistro tonight. From 6 to 8:30 p.m., 100 percent of dinner proceeds will be donated to Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which treats and releases 3,400 wild animals per year in Colorado (see the organization's website for more information about its mission as well as for a ton of adorable animal pics). For $49.95, diners will enjoy a six-course vegan dinner, including beet soup with coconut and candied ginger, and cassoulet with smoked tofu and lentil sausage; check out the complete menu at the restaurant website, and ensure your seat by calling 720-406-7399.
Sunday, April 23
We've all had one of those nights where we come home from the bar and pull up Amazon.com, only to forget about our drunken shopping spree until being surprised two days later with the arrival of a duvet cover bearing Nicolas Cage's face. (Haven't we?) This is your chance to leave childish things behind and up the fancy factor by drinking, eating and shopping your way across Boulder at the Taste of Pearl. From 2 to 6 p.m., enjoy bites from fifteen Boulder restaurants paired with tastes from Colorado wineries and distilleries, all hosted by galleries and boutiques on Pearl Street. Tickets are $65 and include unlimited samples, a wine glass, wine tote and discounts at participating wineries, distilleries and retail locations. A limited number of tickets are available, so get yours at the event website ASAP.
If you're not into shopping on Sunday afternoon, you're definitely into beer (there are only two kinds of people in the world and all that). Head over to the Avery Brewing Company Tap Room at 4910 Nautilus Court in Boulder, where the latest in Avery's Barrel-Aged Series will be released today. Islay Stout has been aged in Scotch barrels from the Isle of Islay in Scotland; taps will start flowing at 11 a.m., and bottle sales will start at 1 p.m. (though the line is likely to start forming much, much earlier). A limited number of cellared beers, including Twenty-Two, 2010 The Czar and 2014 Mephistopheles, will also be available for purchase.