Fourteen Best Food & Drink Events in Denver February 22-25

Start the week off right with by chilling with cheap margaritas — because today is National Margarita Day, as designated by everyone who loves tequila. After that, there are still plenty of culinary activities to keep you busy all week, from a documentary celebrating a piece of Denver's barbecue history to an immersion in regional Italian cuisine to everyone's favorite fortnight of forks: Denver Restaurant Week.

Monday, February 22 
Bruce Randolph was a legendary Denver restaurateur who offered free Thanksgiving meals at the barbecue restaurant he founded in 1963 at the age of sixty. Randolph passed away in 1994 and his Five Points restaurant is long-gone, too (an outpost of Daddy Bruce's Bar-B-Que closed in 2012). But his legacy lives on in Keep a Light in the Window, a locally made documentary that will be part of the 2016 Denver Film Festival. Catch a preview at 1 p.m. today at History Colorado, 1200 Broadway. The program is $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers; call 303-447-8769.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is taking advantage of the light of the moon during the new monthly Full Moon Experience at the Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks.  Participants can take a self-guided skin or snowshoe tour to the top of Ten Peaks and warm up inside the Umbrella Bar while enjoying a buffet dinner under the moonlight, including fondue, salad, soup or chili, dessert and one complimentary wine or beer; additional beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets to the event are for sale at the Adventure Center in advance for $30. For more information visit

Music Director of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Josep Caballé-Domenech will be behind the bar tonight with several other local celebrities at Colorado Mountain Brewery to raise funds for Philharmonic community outreach programs. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. attendees at this free event can sip brews and order grub; all tips collected from the celebrity bartenders, and 10 percent of sales from Colorado Mountain Brewery, will be donated to the non-profit organizations. See the Colorado Springs Philharmonic website for more details.  

Hideaway Kitchen + Bar is hosting a Piemonte Wine Dinner tonight at 6:30 p.m. The five-course dinner will be paired with five wines, and is $75 per person. Seating is limited and reservations can be made by calling 303-526-0556.

Today is National Margarita Day, and quite a few restaurants around town are celebrating with deals on the tangy tequila cocktail. MAX's Wine Dive will be offering guests buy-one-get-one-free margs all day long. The Blue Bonnet has all-day discounts on its House Margarita ($3.50), perfect margarita ($4.25) and blue margarita ($4.25), all made with Sauza Blue Reposado tequila.  And Fire Restaurant in the Art Hotel on Broadway is slinging a Fire & Blood Orange Margarita made with Peligrosso Blanco tequila, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, blood orange and lime.

The Big Red F restaurant group is also mixing discount margaritas at three of its restaurants. At Lola Mexican Fish House, the first 100 Casamigos tequila coin-style margs will be free once the doors open at 4 p.m., and happy-hour pricing will be in dffect for several other tequila-based cocktails. In Boulder, Centro Latin Kitchen will pour $3 Suerte margs and Zolo Grill will have happy-hour prices from 11 a.m. to close for house Zoloritas and house coin Margs.

Keep reading for more tasty events this week.