This weekend kicks off the first-ever fall Denver Restaurant Week, and also includes such tasty activities as coffee classes, a casual beer dinner, a bake sale and girl power (though not of the Brit-pop variety).
After you've digested all that, keep reading for future food and drink happenings in the days leading up to Turkey Day (see our list of Thanksgiving deals here).
Friday, November 13
Surprise! Denver Restaurant Week is here. No, February hasn't snuck up on us quite yet. Visit Denver has created a fall version of the popular event that will run for ten days, from Friday, November 13, through Sunday, November 22. Visit the event website for participants (including longtime faves like Ace Eat Serve and Root Down, as well as newer arrivals on the dining scene such as the 5th String and Attimo Wine) and menus at the $25, $35 and $45 price points. With Denver restaurant capacity a quarter of what it usually is, reservations are more important than ever. Make sure you're making yours with individual eateries, or order your meal to go.
You need a cup or three of joe to get you up in the morning, right? Us, too. And apparently so does everyone else in Denver, because Saturday, November 14, boasts a pair of coffee-centric events. Show up at 49 West 11th Avenue at 8 a.m. (relax — there will be coffee) for a brew-your-own open house hosted by Roam Bravely, a small-producer coffee subscription service based in Denver. The open house runs until 1 p.m., and you can sample the brews and hear about upcoming brewing classes offered by the company. Then hit up Copper Door Coffee Roasters not too far away (900 West First Avenue) for an introductory class on coffee roasting from 9 to 10 a.m. Tickets for the class, $25, are on sale now on Eventbrite.
On Saturday, November 14, Englewood market/garden/cafe Grow & Gather, 900 East Hampden Avenue, is hosting a casual and ultra-local beer dinner — inside its own greenhouse. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., guests will nosh on comforting fall faves like butternut squash soup and roasted Brussels sprouts, bacon vinaigrette salad, sliders and falafel, all paired with brews from local outfits 4 Noses, Outer Range, Burns Family, Avery and Black Shirt. The pairings have been put together by Tim Ryan, just a regular guy who really, really likes beer (he's gamely described as a beer enthusiast, consumer and unpaid promoter in the event description). Tickets, $150, are on sale now on Eventbrite, where you can also find the full menu and pairings.
Sunday, November 15
Improper City, the food-truck roundup at 3201 Walnut Street, is hosting a fall bake sale on Sunday, November 15, from 2 to 5 p.m. After staggering out of brunch, you're sure to need some carbs to soak up all those bottomless Bloody Marys, so hit up the patio for hand pies from Bubby Goober's (with a name like that, as they say, the flavors like salted caramel apple, bourbon pear with chai glaze and cherry-amaretto have to be good); maple nut, chocolate sprinkle and pumpkin cheesecake doughnuts from Pandemic Donuts; cupcake jars from Flick of the Whisk in pumpkin chocolate chip, funfetti, Oreo and more; and Flourshop cookies in too many flavors to list — though we will shout out lemon-lavender, brown-butter oatmeal and pecan and double peanut butter varieties. Entry is free, but please RSVP on Eventbrite.
The Spice Girls may have sold out when they announced that they were no longer about girl power (now it's the watered-down "people power," blecch), but Sunday Vinyl, 1803 16th Street, is still keeping the faith...as far as faith goes when it comes to Top 40 music. On Sunday, November 15, the wine bar and restaurant is hosting a Sunday Vinyl Session with sommelier Maia Parish, who will be serving a flight of bubbles from all-female producers, and DJ Desire, who will be spinning tunes from female artists (though not necessarily the Spice Girls). Reservations are available from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tock; the $60 ticket price (plus tax and tip) includes the aforementioned bubbles and beats, as well as three bites from the kitchen.
Keep reading for more tasty happenings beyond this weekend...