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The Five Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

There's no ghost at Brass Tacks. (There's definitely a ghost.)
There's no ghost at Brass Tacks. (There's definitely a ghost.) Mark Antonation
It's all bourbon, brunch and more brunch, as mid-morning meals dominate Denver's choice events this weekend. Once you've recovered from your boozy, breakfast-y outings, keep reading for a look at six great happenings for the rest of July and August.

Friday, July 5
Tour company Nightly Spirits has been leading haunted pub crawls in Denver — and across the country — for over five years, but beginning Friday, July 5, it's branching out. Instead of finding spirits in bars, the newest tour takes on Denver's haunted restaurants. Every Tuesday through Saturday, tours will depart Rose & Thorn (1433 17th Street) at 2:30 p.m., then continue on to Brass Tacks, the Celtic on Market and Jovanina's Broken Italian, for tales of ghostly basements and eerie subterranean tunnels. Tours last about three hours and cost $63, which includes seven different bites from participating eateries and the chance to increase your odds of seeing spirits by imbibing some. Visit the Nightly Spirits website for more info.

Laws Whiskey House, 1420 South Acoma Street, offers tours of its distilling operation year-round, but from Friday, July 5, through Sunday, July 7, lucky visitors will get a special treat. In celebration of the distillery's eighth year making whiskey, guests on the one-and-a-half-hour tour will sample the usual suspects, including the current batch of Four Grain Bourbon, plus a taste of the very first barrel of bourbon Laws ever produced — at no extra charge. Tours are just $10 and run throughout the day, but they're filling up fast, so visit the distillery's Facebook page for details on the anniversary special, then book your spot without delay on the Laws Whiskey House website.

click to enlarge On July 6, there will be one more place in town to get Little Man Ice Cream. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
On July 6, there will be one more place in town to get Little Man Ice Cream.
Danielle Lirette
Saturday, July 6
Dead & Company is returning to Folsom Field this weekend for a pair of shows, and Jill's Restaurant, 900 Walnut Street in Boulder, is rolling out the psychedelic carpet in honor of the band, with its Cosmic Charlie Brunch on Saturday, July 6. Call 720-406-7399 to book your table for one of the two seatings (9:30 to 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to noon), where you'll be treated to some pre-concert jams by Dead cover band Peak2Peak, as well as themed menu items like the Terrapin Egg Station, Friend of the Devil Frittatas, Me and Bobby Mac and Cheese, and, of course, Bloody Jerrys. Brunch runs $49.95 for adults and $24.95 for the littlest fans under twelve; find details and the complete menu on Jill's website.


No matter how many ice cream shops owner Paul Tamburello opens, the lines at the iconic milk can that houses Little Man Ice Cream never seem to get any shorter. But on Saturday, July 6, there's another place in town to dig into the sweet treats: Little Man Ice Cream Factory, 4411 West Colfax Avenue, is opening its doors to the public at noon. Guests who come dressed as ice cream factory workers (go literal with a hard hat and worker's boots, or whimsical with cotton candy hair and a maraschino cherry nose) will have the chance to win an ice cream-making party for twenty people, and the agenda includes a stilt walker, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and presentation of the first scoop off the line to longtime west side residents before sales begin at 12:40 p.m. Visit Little Man's Facebook page for more details.

click to enlarge Rock Steady hosts the Hustler's Brunch on July 7. - MICHAEL EMERY HECKER
Rock Steady hosts the Hustler's Brunch on July 7.
Michael Emery Hecker
Sunday, July 7
Want to make Sunday Funday more productive? The Hustler's Brunch aims to get entrepreneurs, business owners and influencers out of bed and into the groove on Sunday, July 7. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rock Steady, 2100 Curtis Street, will host the event, where people can network while getting their brunch on. There will be live music and a Q&A panel with local athletes and entrepreneurs (including former and current Denver Broncos Omar Bolden and Will Parks). The "Health Is Wealth" edition of the quarterly gathering costs just $15, or $25 if you want bottomless mimosas (because what's better for your health — bodily and business — than drowning in gallons of champagne and OJ?) on Eventbrite.

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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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