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The Best Food and Drink Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

If you hit up Frozen Matter or Sweet Action on Sunday, July 19, opt for Sophie's Strawberry and all the proceeds will go to a good cause.
If you hit up Frozen Matter or Sweet Action on Sunday, July 19, opt for Sophie's Strawberry and all the proceeds will go to a good cause. Danielle Lirette

click to enlarge Learn how to make laksa, noodles in a rich coconut curry broth, at Cook Street; this vegan version is from Hella Herbivore. - COURTESY HELLA HERBIVORE
Learn how to make laksa, noodles in a rich coconut curry broth, at Cook Street; this vegan version is from Hella Herbivore.
Courtesy Hella Herbivore
Contribute to a trio of local fundraisers, shop in person and skip slaving over the stove this weekend with these seven sweet (and savory!) happenings on our food and drink calendar. Then keep reading for more events worth putting on a future culinary alendar.

Friday, July 17
Element Knife Co., a local knife shop specializing in Japanese cutlery, has put together a basket of blades and accessories that will be raffled off to benefit Black Lives Matter 5280. Purchasing a $10 ticket enters you in a drawing for the bundle, which includes an elegant chef's knife, a sharpening stone, tongs, tweezers, the most adorable skull-shaped spoon in the history of spoons, and more. Snap up as many raffle tickets as you like, to increase your odds of winning, on Element's website (the prize package is valued at $500) before a winner is randomly chosen on Monday, August 31. A second raffle is planned to benefit the family of chef Brandon Foster, a beloved and well-known fixture in Denver's dining scene, who died unexpectedly earlier this month; keep an eye on the shop's website for updates.

There's more to southeast Asian food than pho and panang curry, and while Vietnam and Thailand are well represented in the minds of adventurous diners, neighboring countries are often given short shrift when considering the region. On Friday, July 17, expand your mind and your palate at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts' Southeast Asian street food class. Some familiar dishes are on the menu (chicken satay and dipping sauces from Indonesia; som tam, or green papaya salad, from Thailand), but you'll also be whipping up Malaysian laksa (coconut curry and tamarind soup with noodles), Laotian khao tom (sweetened sticky rice steamed in banana leaves), Filipino turon (fried bananas) and more. Visit Cook Street's website for the complete (and completely mouth-watering) menu and to register for the 6 p.m. class ($119).

The first Chipotle opened in 1993 on East Evans Avenue and caused a stir with its signature rice; now that recipe is available grain-free. - ANTHONY CAMERA
The first Chipotle opened in 1993 on East Evans Avenue and caused a stir with its signature rice; now that recipe is available grain-free.
Anthony Camera
Who's the best judge of cauliflower in all of ’Murica? Us, that's who: National chain Chipotle has tapped Denver as one of just two test markets (the other? Wisconsin) for its new menu item, cauliflower rice. Now you can get your baby-arm-sized burrito with grilled and riced cauliflower — seasoned with lime juice, cilantro and salt — rather than the familiar seasoned white rice that took the town by storm nearly thirty years ago. Call ahead to your nearest location to ensure that it's offering the menu item (just 54 restaurants in the country are hawking the brassica) and be prepared to pony up a $2 surcharge for a taste.


click to enlarge This green chile pie from Tilford's Pizza at Edgewater Public Market is topped with eggs, chiles and bacon or sausage. - COURTESY EDGEWATER PUBLIC MARKET
This green chile pie from Tilford's Pizza at Edgewater Public Market is topped with eggs, chiles and bacon or sausage.
Courtesy Edgewater Public Market
Saturday, July 18
Brunch — the booziest of meals — is slowly making a return to the Denver dining scene as restaurants cautiously expand their hours. On Saturday, July 18, Edgewater Public Market, 5505 West 20th Avenue, is launching brunch service with a surprisingly affordable menu; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, you can knock back a Bloody Mary, Irish coffee or Aperol spritz from Roger's Liquid Oasis for just $6 each. In fact, the most expensive drink on the list rings in at $10 — and that's for two (count ’em, two) witbiermosas from Barquentine Brewing Co. (the market's resident brewery). The tight but equally reasonable food menu tops out at $13, with items like green chile or caramel apple pie pizzas; a salmon croissant with chive cream cheese; an Ethiopian burrito (you knew it had to happen sooner or later at a food hall with a real Ethiopian restaurant as a vendor) with eggs, jalapeño, garlic, potatoes and berbere-spiced beef tibs; and a decadent Brie Benedict crepe with oozy cheese, ham, over-easy egg and Hollandaise. Seating — including expanded outdoor space as well as on the rooftop with views of Sloan's Lake — is first come, first served.

If you've shopped all of Etsy (and possibly Amazon) since March, you're not alone — and you're probably desperate for some in-person retail therapy. Denver Bazaar is finally returning with an IRL marketplace on Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19. Sloan's Lake Summer Bazaar, 1565 Raleigh Street, will be opening  with some changes to accommodate COVID-19 (extra-wide streets, socially distant vendors and a two-hour shopping window), but with the same mix of craft, food and fashion vendors. Also making a return is the Shop & Sip ticket, $20, which now gets you unlimited spritzes, margs or beer while you shop. Guests who aren't looking to get snockered can guarantee their entry with a $5 advance purchase. Tickets for two-hour shopping blocks — from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday — are available on the Bazaar's website. Also keep an eye on the marketplace's Facebook page for a list of vendors.

click to enlarge If you hit up Frozen Matter or Sweet Action on Sunday, July 19, opt for Sophie's Strawberry and all the proceeds will go to a good cause. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
If you hit up Frozen Matter or Sweet Action on Sunday, July 19, opt for Sophie's Strawberry and all the proceeds will go to a good cause.
Danielle Lirette
Sunday, July 19
Sunday, July 19 is National Ice Cream Day, but (more important) it's also going to be muggy and creeping up on ninety degrees: perfect weather for indulging in an ice-cold cone. And most important, it's the day that ice cream shops across Denver and Boulder are donating proceeds from sales to nonprofit organization Sophie's Neighborhood, which was founded by Hosea and Lauren Feder Rosenberg (Blackbelly, Santo) after their three-year-old daughter, the eponymous Sophie, received a diagnosis (just one of thirty in the world) of Multicentric Carpotarsal Osteolysis (MCTO) Syndrome. Participants include Sweet Action Ice Cream and both locations of Frozen Matter, all of which will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from Sophie's Strawberry scoops; Steuben's Uptown, which includes all frozen treats (including shakes, floats and popsicles) in its offerings; and Stapleton's ChoLon, where sales of Vietnamese coffee ice cream and doughnuts will benefit the organization. For a complete list of the nearly twenty participating sweet shops, visit Sophie's Neighborhood website, where you can also get the skinny on future fundraisers.

Sunday supper: a time-honored way of beating the Sunday blahs and putting you in a good place to start the work week — unless it's approximately a billion degrees, or the last time you cranked up the stovetop you ended up with a pan more closely resembling something from the Pleistocene era than a lovely serving of risotto. On Sunday, July 19, you can beat the heat (both in and out of the kitchen) by taking advantage of the second of Two Parts' monthly Sunday Supper series. For $70 ($60 if you opt for the vegetarian or vegan meal), you get dinner and drinks to take out for two, a curated playlist to relax to, and a $10 donation made on your behalf to Denver's Juneteenth Music Festival. Super Mega Bien, 1260 25th Street, is preparing dinner, which includes braised lamb, housemade tortillas and chocolate tortas with dulce de leche mousse, and Infinite Monkey Theorem is doing drinks in the form of a four-pack of rosé. Visit the website to order and to keep abreast of upcoming efforts.


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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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