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The Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Nothing says "I love you a latke" like, well.....
Nothing says "I love you a latke" like, well..... Bridget Wood
It's your last chance this year to drink like a Spaniard, sprout some ’shrooms and dig into Hanukkah delicacies. Keep reading for four foodie festivities from Friday, December 27, through Sunday, December 29, then start marking your calendars for further fun during the month of January.

Friday, December 27
On Friday, December 27, LoDo nightclub-cum-restaurant Rose & Thorn, 1433 17th Street, is deviating from its mission of serving cocktails with "artisan infused ices" (popsicles, to the less pompous) and hosting a Spanish wine dinner to benefit the nonprofit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The five-course menu includes such offerings as wasabi-cured trout with beet and lime gelée, venison tenderloin accompanied by a yuca galette, and dulce de leche cheesecake; tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner ($120) are on sale now on Eventbrite.

click to enlarge Will these taste better if you grow them at home? Give it a shot! - LINNEA COVINGTON
Will these taste better if you grow them at home? Give it a shot!
Linnea Covington
Saturday, December 28
You make your own sourdough bread from a starter you've lovingly fed and babied, you brew your own kombucha, you grow your own weed. What's the next step for a devoted DIYer when you've mostly mastered the art of self-reliance (and definitely have the humblebrag down pat)? On Saturday, December 28, you can wrap up 2019 by learning how to cultivate your own mushrooms. From noon until 3 p.m., Mushroom Cult will teach you how to get started on your quest to sprout non-psychedelic ’shrooms in agar plates at Four Seasons Farmers & Artisans Market, 7043 West 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge. You'll head home with spore cultures and a new hobby for the new year; visit the market's Facebook page to sign up for the $43 class.

Sunday, December 29
Christmas dinner is over: The goose is devoured, the cookies are long gone, the fruitcake has been rewrapped in foil and shoved to the back of the deep freeze for another year. But that doesn't mean the holidays and their accompanying deliciousness are done: On Sunday, December 29, a pair of tasty and festive Hanukkah events celebrate the eighth night of the Festival of Lights. From 4 to 5 p.m., it will be raining money at Glendale's Infinity Park, 4599 East Tennessee Avenue, as a helicopter flies overhead dropping gelt (chocolate coins) on the crowd below. Latkes and doughnuts will also be on hand, and there will also be singing and menorah lighting. Admission is free when you RSVP on the WCRJ Community Center website; visit the event Facebook page for more details. Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street in Aurora, is also throwing a sweet party with its Chanukah Candyland from 4 to 6 p.m. that includes a giant candy menorah, doughnut decorating, latkes with applesauce, and edible menorahs and dreidels; take a look at the Facebook page for more info and to RSVP for the free event.

And if you're planning ahead...
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Amy Antonation knows that street tacos are infinitely superior to tacos that come covered in squiggles of crema, and she will stab you with her knitting needles if you try to convince her otherwise.
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