Brush up on your cooking and drinking skills this week at one of several educational events around town. If you'd rather let someone else do the cooking, there are plenty of delicious activities that come pre-cooked, too. Keep reading for a taste of this week's culinary calendar.
Monday, November 2
Frasca Food and Wine will host Richard Betts at a dinner and whiskey-tasting to celebrate the release of his next book, The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Betts will guide guests through ten whiskeys. The dinner is $250 per person and includes the meal, a ten-whiskey flight, a signed copy of book, tax and gratuities. Seating is limited, so call Frasca at 303-442-0608 to reserve a spot.
Tuesday, November 3
The Denver Botanic Gardens and Chipotle will wrap up the 2015 Chipotle Sustainability Food Film Series today with a screening of Hanna Ranch. The film is $5 and begins at 6:30 p.m.; dinner from Chipotle will be served at 6 p.m. and is included in the ticket price. You can learn more and register for the screening here.
Join the Denver Voice for its annual Wine and Appetizer evening at Marlowe's Restaurant at 6 p.m. tonight. The evening includes a holiday-gift themed silent auction, meet-and-greet with Voice vendors, and wine and appetizers pairings. Tickets are $50 in advance and $75 at the door, get yours here.
From 6 to 10 p.m. Root Down will be serving up a four-course, organically-sourced, completely gluten-free and raw-vegan dinner prepared by chef Daniel Asher.The meal is $41 per person; save a spot by calling Root Down at 303-993-4200.
Wednesday, November 4
TAG will host winemaker Tadeo Borchardt, who will be pouring wines from Neyers Wines to complement a five-course meal by chef Troy Guard. The dinner is $89 per person and will start at 7 p.m. For reservations and more information, call the restaurant at 303-996-9985. You can check out the full menu here.
Thursday, November 5
Work Options for Women will hold its monthly cooking class today with guest instructor Jake Grant, executive chef of Euclid Hall. The class will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cafe Options, and tickets are $50; purchase yours and learn more here. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the class will benefit Work Options for Women.
Pizzeria Locale Boulder is hosting a special Apertivo Hour today from 4 to 6 p.m. The apertivo snacks will include $2 prosciutto platters and $2 tartine open-faced sandwiches, as well as drink specials including $2 Peroni and $4 Contratto spritz. Call 303-442-3003 to make your reservation.
All through November, the Denver Bicycle Cafe is donating $1 to Trips for Kids Denver/Metro for every pint of Mockery Brewing’s Rakau IPA that is poured from the new Confluence Tap Handle. To celebrate the installation of the new handle, the cafe will be throwing a free launch party from 6 to 8 p.m. For more on the Confluence Tap Handle mission and the launch party, check out the event's Facebook page.
Friday, November 6
Coohills will be celebrating the restaurant's four-year anniversary with a special wine dinner tonight. The five-course dinner will feature five wine pairings from Franciscan Estate Wines; winemaker Marla Carroll will be on hand to answer questions and educate guests on the wines. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $85 per person; for reservations call 303- 623-5700.
The Santa Fe Art District will close off the street for the second time this year to hold a special First Friday, featuring the usual art walk activities as well as an outdoor saloon with local breweries and distillers. The all-local outdoor saloon will be set up from 7 to 10 p.m. at 733 Santa Fe Drive, in the parking lot north of Su Teatro. The First Friday Festivities will also serve as neighborhood's opening event for Denver Art Week, which runs through November 14. For more information, visit denver.org.
The Republic of Tea will be popping up in Whole Foods SouthGlenn this weekend. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., today through Sunday, the Republic of Tea’s entire collection of 300 premium teas and herbs will be available at the pop-up market. For more information, click here.
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts welcomes Strange Craft Beer Company for the schools Bites n' Brews class today. The course will guide students through the complexities of cooking with beer, as well as pairing craft beer with food, as they cook and enjoy a menu complete with beer pairings from Strange Craft. The course will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuition is $99; register and learn more at cookstreet.com.
Punch Bowl Social will be hosting a Never Summer & Breckenridge Brewery Opening Day Party today from 6 to 10 p.m. The party will take over the parking lot at Punch Bowl and will feature swag giveaways, live art and music featuring Nuns of Brixton (The Clash cover band), a special showing of the Never Summer movie This Ain't a Movie at 9 p.m., free board waxing from 7Twenty Board Shop, plus a mechanical bull, sledge-hammer game, bowling and more. For more information, call Punch Bowl at 303-765-2695.
For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to [email protected] And watch for our big Halloween events calendar for the weekend.