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The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Sarah McGill
The bison behind the bar at High Lonesome is here to oversee your bourbon consumption.
It's all about the beverages this weekend: From bourbon to bubbly to boba tea, there's a drink for every palate.  If you're all about the big game, check out our list of Sunday specials; for non-Super Bowl events over the next few days, as well as big culinary dates to put on the calendar, keep reading.

Friday, January 31
Women who know that relaxing with a good whiskey cocktail isn't just the purview of 1960s-era husbands, who return from the office each night just to loosen their ties and slump grumpily into an armchair to sulk while nursing a tumbler of booze for a few hours, will want to consider Women Who Whiskey's Old Fashioned class on Friday, January 31. The High Lonesome, 3360 Navajo Street, welcomes pro whiskey taster Jackie Zykan to teach a class on mixing the classic spirit; starting at 5 p.m., the free class welcomes women over 21 to learn how to make three different varieties of the drink. Ladies, learn more on Facebook, then RSVP to [email protected] to ensure your spot in class (seating is limited); gentlemen, try not to brood too much about being excluded, and try mansplaining the difference between whiskey and whisky to some of your buddies for a change.

click to enlarge Hotel Teatro's Study, where you'll get schooled on champagne. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Hotel Teatro's Study, where you'll get schooled on champagne.
Danielle Lirette
Saturday, February 1
Now that the holidays are behind us and your mind is unclouded by merriment, cheer or the desire to chug as many drinks as quickly as possible to mitigate the awkwardness of family gatherings and work parties, you'll recall that you drank some very regrettable champagne during December (or maybe you don't remember, but trust us — you did). Bubbly may be celebratory, but that doesn't mean it's all good. Luckily, you can start honing your champagne-tasting skills now so you know what to serve, order and avoid like the plague in eleven months' time. Hotel Teatro, 1100 14th Street, is hosting a tasting class on Saturday, February 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., with a pair of the Nickel's sommeliers guiding you through tastings of capital "C" champagne and other sparkling wines and giving advice on pairings. Tickets, $45 on Eventbrite, include a charcuterie plate with nuts and fruit, and invaluable knowledge that will help you avoid a bad bubbly hangover the next time someone decides to pop a cork. NOTE: This event was previously scheduled for Sunday, January 19.

Groundhog Day is nearly upon us, and we're praying that the furry little guy won't see his shadow — because we're sick of winter. Lola Coastal Mexican, at 1575 Boulder Street, is there for us, though, even if Punxsutawney Phil isn't. Come to the breezy Mexican eatery from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, for its Cabo Beach Party, where you'll find beachy cocktails, cerveza by the bucket, and plenty of light and bright food specials, including ceviche, aguachile, tiraditos and other antojitos. DJ CRL CRRLL will be spinning tunes, and you'll get a shot or a beer on the house if you arrive dressed in your best tropical beachwear. There's no charge for admission, but feel free to call ahead to 720-570-8686 for a reservation.

click to enlarge A few of Bambu's refreshing che (desserts) and smoothies. - MARK ANTONATION
A few of Bambu's refreshing che (desserts) and smoothies.
Mark Antonation
Sunday, February 2
Sunday, February 2, may be an orgy of Americana for most (we hear there's a soccer game or something happening?) but you can also get a taste of other cultures at a free Lunar New Year celebration. Bambu, 1147 South Federal Boulevard, is hosting a bash at 1 p.m. with lion and dragon dancers, drum performances and li xi (decorative red envelopes traditionally filled with cash and symbolizing good fortune given to children on holidays). The boba tea shop is also offering 50 percent off all its tea (including milk teas) to celebrate the occasion (see, those red envelopes are lucky already). Details are up on Bambu's Facebook page, and don't forget to visit its website, too, where you can see a selection of over-the-top tea and smoothies.

Now Pho, at 1195 South Federal Boulevard, is also celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Rat with performances by lion dancers from the Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center. The acrobatic dancers will perform on six-foot-high poles, and there will also be a dragon dance, drumming, music and more. Come early for the 1 p.m. show and stay for a bowl of pho.

The folks behind Stout Street Social and Humboldt Farm Fish Wine are opening up a taco joint in Five Points, and they've decided to go hard by hosting a soft opening on Sunday, February 2 — with an all-you-can-eat spread for just $15 during the big game. From 3:30 through the final whistle, Su Taco, 2124 Larimer Street, will be serving bottomless tacos, enchiladas, chips and queso, wings and — most deliciously — churros, all for a bargain-basement price. The joint's TVs will be tuned to the game and its full bar will be pouring, so with all the money you'll save on food, you can get an extra drink or seven. Take a peek at Su Taco's Facebook page for more details.

Keep reading for future food and drink events to fill your calendar....