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The Five Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week


click to enlarge Enjoy great wine and food in the Blanchard Family Wines tasting room, which looks out onto Dairy Block's alley. - MARK ANTONATION
Enjoy great wine and food in the Blanchard Family Wines tasting room, which looks out onto Dairy Block's alley.
Mark Antonation
We hope you had a chance to honor those who fought for our country this Memorial Day weekend (and maybe also to swill some cheap rosé). With the long weekend behind us, here are five great food and drink events through the end of May, plus more in the days ahead.

click to enlarge A Food Bank of the Rockies mobile distribution site. - COURTESY FOOD BANK OF THE ROCKIES FACEBOOK
A Food Bank of the Rockies mobile distribution site.
Courtesy Food Bank of the Rockies Facebook
Tuesday, May 28
While many children look forward to the end of the school year the way a puppy looks forward to finding your new shoes, one in six Colorado kids (over 15 percent!) are ambivalent about the arrival of summer — because they depend on school lunches for regular meals. So Food Bank of the Rockies is partnering with organizations around the state to operate the Summer Food Service Program, where kids under eighteen can show up for free breakfasts and lunches — no income requirements or registration needed — at locations around their communities. The kickoff event is on Tuesday, May 28, at Hinkley High School, 1250 Chambers Road in Aurora, where from 9 a.m. to noon, kids can get a free meal and participate in activities while parents shop the mobile food pantry. Get details and find locations offering meals for children on the Food Bank's website.

Wednesday, May 29
Another day, another round of pink drinks. But Avelina, 1550 17th Street, goes beyond just wine this summer as it serves up a quartet of rosy beer, cocktails and yes, wine, every Hump Day through the summer months. From 3 to 6 p.m., get Denver Beer Co.'s Princess Yum Yum, a rosé martini, and still or sparkling rosé for just $6 each along with some prime patio time.


Thursday, May 30

Illegal Pete's at 1851 West 38th Avenue is wrapping up Mental Health Awareness Month on Thursday, May 30, with a fundraiser benefiting the Second Wind Fund, an organization dedicated to removing barriers to treatment for young people at risk of suicide. Half of sales from 5 to 11 p.m., as well as all the proceeds from "pay what you want" pints from Cerebral Brewing, will be donated to Second Wind, and comedian Christie Buchele (and others) will be taking the stage from 9 to 11 p.m.

Summer is the time for porch pounders, as the ubiquitous "Rosé all Day!" promotions indicate, but if you're looking for other varietals this week, consider Blanchard Family Wines. On Thursday, May 30, the Blanchard tasting room, 1855 Blake Street, is releasing its latest vintages and teaming up with tasting-menu specialist Via Alba for a five-course meal starting at 7 p.m. You'll get salt cod fritters and fresh oysters on the half-shell paired with sauvignon blanc; saffron risotto and foraged mushrooms with pinot noir; and a decadent lemon ricotta cheesecake with chamomile honey and hazelnuts alongside a crisp viognier. While knocking back glass after glass of ice-cold wine on your patio is indeed a seasonal delight, savoring — not swilling — your beverage with excellent food is a timeless pleasure. Tickets, $98, are on sale on Eventbrite.

click to enlarge Uchi's bar will play with light and color at the Chroma Mixology pop-up on May 31. - MARK ANTONATION
Uchi's bar will play with light and color at the Chroma Mixology pop-up on May 31.
Mark Antonation
Friday, May 31
If you want your drinks to not only make you feel tipsy but also look good on the ’gram, you'll want to hit up Chroma Mixology on Friday, May 31. The pop-up bar (put on by Thrice and hosted at Uchi, 2500 Lawrence Street) will combine light projections, silent disco and seven rainbow-hued cocktails for an immersive art experience from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.; there will also be an aura reader on hand to tell you what color you're projecting into the universe. Find out more on Thrice's website, then RSVP on Eventbrite.

Keep reading for future food and drink events.