The Four Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Mark Antonation
The bar at Bigsby's Folly.
So you say you need to stay in and recover from Christmas Day? Sounds boring. The world doesn't stop turning just because you drank a bit too much eggnog, so don't be dull. Here are four of the best food and drink events from Tuesday, December 26, through Friday, December 29.

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Spend Boxing Day at Three Lions.
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Tuesday, December 26
Sadly, there's no boxing on Boxing Day (unless you had enough the day before and ended up throwing a few punches at your most unlikable family member in the wee hours of the morning, but that's a different story). But if you really need your sports fix after Christmas NFL games, visit The Three Lions, 2239 East Colfax Avenue, for a different brand of football. The pub will be open bright and early at 5:15 a.m. on Tuesday, December 26, for fans of English Premier League soccer, or just revelers who never made it to sleep the night before. See the pub's website for the day's complete lineup.

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Have a seat at Bigsby's bar and blend a bottle.
Mark Antonation
Wednesday, December 27
If you like wine but haven't found the right bottle — you know, the one that makes the clouds part and angels sing when you take your first sip — maybe you need a custom blend, something different than all the other GSM wines on the market. Enter Bigsby's Folly Craft Winery, 3563 Wazee Street, which is hosting a Winemaker for a Day event on Wednesday, December 27. For $75, aspiring negociants (wine blenders) will sip, swirl and stir their way to their own custom concoction, taking home a bottle to enjoy; you'll get a discount on the blending session if you purchase an additional five bottles. The session runs from 6 to 8 p.m.; visit Bigsby's Facebook page for details and reservations.

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Rebel's community table will host a Filipino kamayan dinner on December 28.
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Thursday, December 28
Filipino food is long overdue for a breakout role in Denver's restaurant scene, but we're optimistic that 2018 is the year. There have been an increasing number of Filipino pop-up dinners in town lately; the latest is at Rebel Restaurant, 3763 Wynkoop Street, on Thursday, December 28. The eatery is no stranger to serving adventurous (even challenging) food to Denver diners, and this Kamayan feast is no exception. Dishes will be served family style on banana leaves, with no utensils except your hands; expect whole octopus cooked in adobo; the ever-popular lumpia; shrimp and kabocha squash in coconut milk; and crispy pata (deep-fried ham hock traditionally served with a tangy vinegar dipping sauce). Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and will run you just $45; call 303-297-3902 for your seat at the (community) table. Find out more at Rebel's Facebook page.

Poka Lola Social Club could be a stop on the Taste of LoDo tour.
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Friday, December 29
If you haven't already stuffed your out-of-town friends and family with more food than they can handle this week (or if you're a relative newcomer to Denver yourself), Local Table Tours can give you a tasty overview of downtown's bustling restaurant and bar scene. Join Orion Carrington (host of Comcast's Let's Eat Denver and emcee of the Denver Burger Battle) for his A Taste of LoDo tour on Friday, December 29, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Each tour is unique, but typical stops include Euclid Hall, Zoe Ma Ma, Hearth & Dram and one of our favorite new bars, Poka Lola Social Club. Find out more and reserve your spot for $79 at

If you're the planning type, keep reading for future food and drink events.