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The Five Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Liquor in the front, poker in the rear.
Liquor in the front, poker in the rear. Danielle Lirette
Get crabs, get high, and enjoy tits and toast this weekend: Here are five of the best food and drink shenanigans around town from Friday, August 2, through Sunday, August 4. Can't get enough? Keep reading for more exciting excursions throughout the rest of the month.

click to enlarge Glendale's Jax Fish House boasts two great views for August: the food and the Front Range. - COURTESY JAX FISH HOUSE
Glendale's Jax Fish House boasts two great views for August: the food and the Front Range.
Courtesy Jax Fish House
Friday, August 2
Kick off the first weekend in August with a vengeance at Jax Fish House, 650 South Colorado Boulevard in Glendale, at the first of five crab boils this month. Starting at 3 p.m. every Friday from August 2 through August 30, the rooftop bar (one of our favorites in town) will be serving heaping helpings of blue crab (not pictured above; we know those are snow crab legs), corn, potatoes and andouille for $48; to add to the party atmosphere, there will also be live soul music on deck plus $3 beers and $7 glasses of wine. Add great views of downtown and the Front Range plus free parking (yes, Virginia, there really is free parking in Denver), and this is a summer event you'll want to make a tradition. Details are up on Jax's website.

click to enlarge Get cold drinks and even colder dessert at Concourse this weekend. - COURTESY CONCOURSE RESTAURANT MODERNE
Get cold drinks and even colder dessert at Concourse this weekend.
Courtesy Concourse Restaurant Moderne
Saturday, August 3
Take to the skies with a pairing sure to lift your spirits: Concourse's cocktail and ice cream pairing on Saturday, August 3. Chef Lon Symensma's Stapleton eatery at 10195 East 29th Drive is teaming up with neighbor Constellation Ice Cream for cold drinks (that don't contain a drop of rosé) and luscious, custardy ice cream from the folks behind Little Man. From 4 to 8 p.m., choose from one of three full-sized drink-and-scoop duos: the Very Superior Courvoisier cocktail served with Mexican chocolate ice cream; the vanilla-and-chocolate Harlequin with banana pudding; or Concourse's take on the Aviation, the Biplane, with lemon-lavender-poppyseed ice cream — or get mini versions of all three in a flight. Both options are $15. And parents with little ones in tow (as if there were any other kind of of Stapleton customer) can order a root beer float made with the ice cream shop's signature salted Oreo flavor to keep the little one occupied on the afternoon plane ride.

Beer and Buffalo wings are a classic combo, and they're even more delicious when you're supporting a good cause by consuming them. On Saturday, August 3, a pair of fundraisers are benefiting kids, so show up at one (or both, if you're feeling ambitious). Odyssey Beerwerks, 5535 West 56th Avenue in Arvada, is hosting Porter for Porter from noon to 11 p.m.; 10 percent of all beer sales will go to offset medical expenses for four-year-old Porter, a superhero fan and leukemia patient. There will also be an archery booth, food truck and magician on hand for entertainment. Meanwhile, Buffalo Wild Wings, 980 Sergeant Jon Stiles Drive in Highlands Ranch, is donating 10 percent of all proceeds to nearby STEM School Highlands Ranch, the site of a fatal shooting in May. The wing emporium is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., so you've plenty of time to stuff your face....uh, make a difference to your community.

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
Sunday, August 4
It's been while since we've pimped a burlesque brunch in this space, and oh, how we've missed the chance to make jokes about bottoms and bottomless Bloody Marys. Luckily, the Rackhouse Pub, 2875 Blake Street, is bringing booty back to brunch on Sunday, August 4, with its Rise and Grind brunch. Doors open at 10 a.m., when a mere $10 gets you an all-you-can-eat buffet; performances by Parker Go Peep, Bettie Belladonna, Annie Panties, Damien de Bauchery and other sultry folks begin at 11 a.m. Benedicts and boobs, muffins and moneymakers, pancakes and pasties will all be on the menu; get the details as wells as dancers' bios on the event Facebook page.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know Asian street food is big in Denver. Dumplings are pleated and steamed in seemingly every kitchen around town, noodles have never lost their cachet, and bao buns are being stuffed with every ingredient imaginable. Dip your toe in the waters of southeast Asian cuisine on Sunday, August 4, at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts' class on the region's casual dishes. For $89, you'll make (and eat!) Indonesian satay (chicken skewers), Malaysian laksa (rice noodles in coconut curry and tamarind), Laotian khao tom (sweet sticky rice) and more in the school's kitchen at 1937 Market Street. The class runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; pay your tuition and find the whole menu at Cook Street's website.

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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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