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The Five Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Courtesy Jovanina's Broken Italian
Join guests both seen and unseen at Jovanina's Broken Italian this week.
This week boasts the Fourth of July, but we've got five great food and drink happenings for you, including a duo of DIY events, a month-long party in Boulder, and a Denver restaurant tour that offers something spooky along with its savory side. Keep reading for those, plus more events rounding out this summer.

click to enlarge West End Tavern's rooftop patio will be the site of a brew bash this Jul-IPA. - COURTESY BIG RED F
West End Tavern's rooftop patio will be the site of a brew bash this Jul-IPA.
Courtesy Big Red F
Monday, July 1
Boulder's West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street, is celebrating eleven years of hoppy (and recently hazy) brews with its annual Jul-IPA festival. During July, more than a dozen rotating IPAs will grace the Tavern's taps, and the month is bookended with two events: Brewery Wars on Monday, July 1, where you'll taste twelve ales from local breweries and vote for your favorite ($15); and a rooftop party on Saturday, July 28 ($35) with eight brews, barbecue, Breckenridge Bourbon and live music. One hundred percent of proceeds from the pair of parties will go to SPAN, a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting victims of violence through counseling, legal advocacy and housing services. Visit West End Tavern's website for more info about Jul-IPA and to purchase tickets for both events.

Tuesday, July 2
Fiction Beer Company, 7101 East Colfax Avenue, has been brewing beers in a book-themed taproom for more than four years, so it makes sense that on Tuesday, July 2, you'll be able to craft your own tome — out of origami. If  you've always wanted to get crafty while sipping your brew but were concerned that knitting needles and sewing machines weren't entirely safe when paired with a pint, this may be the night for you; after all, the worst that can happen is a paper cut. From 6 to 8 p.m., you'll get gorgeous graphic squares of paper and instructions in making a book that might well be more three-dimensional than the characters in the last novel you read. Get tickets ($27 for one or $50 for two) on Eventbrite.

click to enlarge This looks tasty, but you can do even better. - FLICKR/PHIL ROEDER
This looks tasty, but you can do even better.
Flickr/Phil Roeder
Wednesday, July 3
So you said you'd bring a dessert to your neighbor's Fourth of July barbecue tomorrow, but it's Wednesday night, the King Soopers cupcake selection has been picked over, and the last time you brought those squishy frosted sugar cookies to a potluck, Karen from down the street rolled her eyes and made a snarky comment about store-bought baked goods. Fortunately, My Make Studio, 6460 East Yale Avenue, is here with some last-minute magic in the form of its flag cake class. Starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, you'll get a four- or six-inch baked cake, two hours of instruction and all the materials you need to create your patriotic masterpiece. The $55 to $75 fee is money well spent (especially since it includes making Karen eat her words), but visit the studio's Facebook page for a coupon code before registering for class on the My Make Studio website.

Thursday, July 4
The Modern Eater is a combination podcast and public-access television show, filmed in a commissary kitchen and updated for the digital age by turning to Facebook instead of late-night cable for an audience. Last summer, the show launched a series of summer dinners with local chefs, breweries and distilleries taking center stage, and on Thursday, July 4, it's kicking off a second summer dinner series with an all-American barbecue from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Studio Kitchen Colorado, 490 Decatur Street. For $80 (though industry folks get a $30 discount — email [email protected] for the code), guests will be treated to local beer and spirits, a butchering demo, five courses of ’cue from pitmasters Jason Nauert (Beasts and Brews) and Jeff Gebott (Sugarfire), and great views of the fireworks going off at Broncos Stadium. Future guests throughout the summer include Jim Pittenger (Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs), Justin Brunson (Old Major, Royal Rooster) and Top Chef alum Brother Luck. Visit the Modern Eater website for more info and to snag your ticket.

click to enlarge We can't guarantee you'll encounter a ghost on the new  Nightly Spirits haunted restaurant tour, but you will see these spirits at Brass Tacks. - MARK ANTONATION
We can't guarantee you'll encounter a ghost on the new Nightly Spirits haunted restaurant tour, but you will see these spirits at Brass Tacks.
Mark Antonation
Friday, July 5
Tour company Nightly Spirits has been leading haunted pub crawls in Denver — and across the country — for over five years, but beginning Friday, July 5, it's branching out. Instead of finding spirits in bars, the newest tour takes on Denver's haunted restaurants. Every Tuesday through Saturday, tours will depart Rose & Thorn (1433 17th Street) at 2:30 p.m., then continue on to Brass Tacks, the Celtic on Market and Jovanina's Broken Italian, for tales of ghostly basements and eerie subterranean tunnels. Tours last about three hours and cost $63, which includes seven different bites from participating eateries and the chance to increase your odds of seeing spirits by imbibing some. Visit the Nightly Spirits website for more info.

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