Things to Do

Bread, Bacon and Beer: Ten Tastiest Culinary Events This Weekend

Now that Left Hand Brewing has turned 21, it's old enough to drink legally -- and it will be celebrating circus-style with Nitro Fest, just as Boulder kicks off its own restaurant week. And in Denver, bacon and beer will be joining forces. Keep reading for a taste of what's on this weekend's culinary calendar.

See also: Twelve Late-Night Spots That Make Industry Folks Very Happy

Friday, November 14

The ninth annual Taste of the Holidays will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Whole Foods Tamarac, with live music, food, beer, wine and spirits. Admission is $10 and proceeds will benefit the Denver Dumb Friends League; learn more

Rose Levy Beranbaum will be talking about her book, The Baking Bible, at 7 p.m. today at the Tattered Cover on Colfax.

Arvada's Annual Wines for the Holidays will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Lamar Street Center. You can sample wines from Turquoise Mesa, Balistreri Vineyards, Spero Winery, Creekside Cellars, Augustina's Winery, Avanti Winery, Kingman Estates Winery, Verso Cellars and Redstone Meadery; hors d'oeuvres will be supplied by Lost Weekend Grill, 3 Sons Italian Restaurant & Bar, Cheesecake Therapy, La Patisserie Francaise, Kristo's Olive Oil, Luke's a Steak Place, Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Noodles & Company and JR's Smokehouse. There will also be live music, a silent auction, and more. Tickets are $35; you can get yours here.

During First Bite Boulder, more than fifty of Boulder's top restaurants will offer a special three-course, $27 prix fixe dinner menu to diners. Boulder's restaurant week kicks off today and runs through November 22; for more information, head to

Saturday, November 15

Easy Yet Impressive Breads, a class with chef Chris Hoffman, will take place at Bones from noon to 2 p.m. today. Hoffman will demonstrate three different bread styles suited for gatherings. To reserve your spot, $55, call Bones at 303-860-2929.

The Library Cafe Fundraiser, hosted by the Boulder Farmers' Market from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, will feature seasonal food and drink from four trios of community farms, local chefs and breweries; a silent auction of local food and drink items; a farmer poetry slam and a raffle of a full-season Oxford Gardens CSA share. Local farms, chefs and breweries participating in the event include Cure Organic Farm, The Kitchen restaurants, Oxford Gardens, Café Aion, Toohey and Sons Organic Farm, Riffs Urban Fare, Ollin Farms and Niwot Market. The event supports local food education and outreach initiatives, and will include a preview of the market's plans for the new Library Cafe. The fundraiser is at the Boulder Public Library; for more information, visit

Left Hand Brewing is throwing a full-on festival for its 21st birthday from 3 to 7 p.m. today. Nitro Fest will be the first exclusively nitrogenated beer fest, bringing together a collection of rare, out-of-state nitrogenated styles from over 21 craft breweries, along with snacks and circus acts.Tickets are $50; get yours here.

In advance of the November 16 Denver Bacon and Beer Festival, organizers Denver Off the Wagon and EatBoston are hosting the second annual Bacon and Beer Chef and Brewer Dinner at The Lobby at 6 p.m. tonight. The dinner will feature five courses prepared by five local chefs, paired with beer from five Denver-area breweries (plus a welcome beer, Breckenridge Brewery's 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout). Pairings include squash and bacon-spiced surette from Harman's John Little paired with Crooked Stave Autumn Surette; celery root purée with pork belly, fig and frisee from Drew Watson of Hops & Pie, paired with Copper Kettle's French Saison; and bacon-wrapped pork belly meatloaf served over parsnip puree with caramelized wort catsup and crispy sprout leaves from The Lobby's Brandon Muncy, paired with TRVE Brewing's Dunwich Robust Porter. Tickets, $65, and full details are available here; a portion of proceeds from tickets sales benefit Project Angel Heart and Metro CareRing.

Sunday, November 16

The Denver Bacon and Beer Festival will bring together two of your favorite vices from 2:30 to 5 p.m. today at The Curtis. More than twenty breweries will be on hand to pair their beers with 26 bacon-filled treats from local restaurants. Tickets start at $46.50, proceeds benefit Project Angel Heart and Metro CareRing. For more information, go to

The SmOAKED Pop-Up will be popping up at The Source today and next Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This pop-up from OAK and Acorn will feature baby-back ribs, burnt ends, chicken wings, pork shoulder and much more.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to [email protected].