This week, feast with your eyes and your belly, as well as on the generosity of organizations distributing personal protective gear to local restaurants. Then keep reading for future events, as well as ongoing virtual happenings almost every day of the week.
Wednesday, June 10
We've all been served a disappointing restaurant dish at some point, which can prompt dark thoughts of "I could do better than this myself." But could you? Find out whether you'd be able to take the heat at Mugaritz, one of the world's most renowned restaurants, in the documentary Stage: The Culinary Internship. The film, currently available for streaming through Denver Film's Culinary Cinema program, follows a cohort of chefs as they undertake a grueling nine-month apprenticeship. Stream the film for $9.99, then tune into Denver Film's YouTube channel on Wednesday, June 10, at 6 p.m. for a live Q & A with director Abby Ainsworth. NOTE: This event was previously scheduled for Wednesday, June 3.
Thursday, June 11 Denver's Iconic Medical Group is teaming up with iconic Denver restaurateurs Toshi and Yazu Kizaki (Sushi Den, Izakaya Den and Ototo) to donate 20,000 face shields to independent restaurants that can't afford to purchase personal protective equipment for their staff. On Thursday, June 11, the rooftop of the Sushi Den parking garage, 1530 South Pearl Street, will serve as a distribution site from 10 a.m. to noon; restaurant representatives can park for free on the lower level of the garage and present their ID and proof of restaurant affiliation to collect a box of 100 face shields. You're required to wear a face mask, and the team is requesting that only independent restaurants — no corporately owned or chain restaurants — that are in financial need and haven't received any federal funding show up.
You can now eat in French 75's dining room, but if you're not comfortable with that, the eatery is hosting a virtual wine dinner on June 12.
Friday, June 12 If you're looking to indulge in a fancy, French-y feast but don't want to spend several hours slaving over a stovetop — or you just don't have the emotional fortitude to deal with the firsthand knowledge of exactly how much butter goes into French cooking — visit French 75's website to order its virtual wine dinner for Friday, June 12. Expect four courses paired with three wines: escargot in a garlic and caramelized-onion puff-pastry tart served with chardonnay; cured salmon salad with balsamic vinaigrette, castelvetrano olives and feta with sauvignon blanc; duck two ways — confit leg and roasted breast — with raspberry jus and pinot noir; and chocolate chiffon cake with hazelnut chantilly cream. Dinner for two and drink pairings will run you $155; pick up your order at 717 17th Street between 1:45 and 4:45 p.m. before tuning in to Zoom with your fellow diners at 6 p.m. Find details and the full menu on the bistro's Facebook page.
Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, so go the farmers returning to Union Station.
Ashton Ray Hansen
Saturday, June 13 While it took a bit longer than in prior years, Union Station's plaza, 1701 Wynkoop Street, is finally host to the Union Station Farmers' Market, which launches at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 13. Like its Boulder sibling, the market looks very different than years past, when you could stroll leisurely through the vendors, sampling bites, sipping your latte and stopping to chat with farmers and French bulldogs. This year, you must reserve your shopping window (among other changes) — slots are available every ten minutes from 9 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. on Eventbrite — and because market occupancy is maxed out at 24 shoppers, you're encouraged to keep your visits short and efficient. To that end, you can pre-order produce on Boulder County Farmers' Market's website, where you'll also find a complete list of market rules.
Create your own Super Mega Bien-style meal at home (bonus points if it's served from your bar cart).
Sunday, June 14 Denver chef/restaurateur Dana Rodriguez invites you to gather around her home dinner table — virtually, of course — on Sunday, June 14, for a cooking class in which she re-creates some of the bold Latin flavors she's known for at Super Mega Bien. The online demo begins at 5 p.m., and for $30, you'll get recipes that serve two and a demo of how to make beet salad with lemon crema and pepitas, carne asada with zippy chimichurri, and silky butterscotch pudding with Butterfinger crunch, plus the chance to ask the always-entertaining chef any questions (we expect her to answer them with her trademark irreverence, swearing and good humor). Sign up for the class on the Chefstreams website, where you can find additional classes from chefs around the country. The business is donating all of its profits for the month of June to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Black Lives Matter and National Bail Out.
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