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The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

With a little practice, you can learn how to make an apple pie as beautiful as this version from the Bindery.
With a little practice, you can learn how to make an apple pie as beautiful as this version from the Bindery. Linnea Covington
If you don't have — or want — tickets to GABF this weekend, don't worry: We've got you covered. There's plenty of beer, booze and bites to go around without standing in that giant line outside the Colorado Convention Center. Keep reading for the details, plus future food and drink events throughout October.

click to enlarge In the kitchen at Coohills, which will be turning out a five-course feast on Friday. - JACQUELINE COLLINS
In the kitchen at Coohills, which will be turning out a five-course feast on Friday.
Jacqueline Collins
Friday, October 4
Whether your poison is ale or aquavit, you've got to lay down a good base of food before you get too deep into the weekend's drinking. Our pick: Coohills' Friday, October 4, feast. The dining room at 1400 Wewatta Street is serving five courses and ten brews for its Pliny'd Be Proud dinner, including rabbit mortadella with peppadew chimichurri and Boulevard's Tank 7 and Love Child No. 9; roasted scallops, coconut beurre blanc and chili oil alongside Crooked Stave's Von Pilsner and Member Berries Tempranillo; and spiced porter cake with pear and ginger and Dry Dock's 2014 Bligh's Barleywine and Pumpkin Double Porter. While the meal is sure to be delicious, beer geeks shouldn't get their hopes up — neither Pliny the Younger nor the Elder (nor, for that matter, any Russian River brew) will be in attendance, making the name of the $85 dinner a bit baffling. But one look at the full menu on Coohills' Facebook page should assuage you; email [email protected] or call 303-623-5700 to reserve your spot.

click to enlarge Marczyk's annual pig roast is the closest thing Uptown has to a neighborhood picnic. - COURTESY MARCZYK FINE FOODS
Marczyk's annual pig roast is the closest thing Uptown has to a neighborhood picnic.
Courtesy Marczyk Fine Foods
Saturday, October 5
The appearance of October atop your calendar means a few things: It's officially spooky season, and Thanksgiving and holiday decorations are going to start sprouting like poisonous little mushrooms any day now. But there's one holiday tradition we can never get enough of, no matter what time of year it pops up — pie. Sweet, savory, deconstructed, hand, pot....any and all pies are the way to our hearts. And if you don't know how to construct a crust from scratch, get ready to remedy that so you can wow your judgy family members this year. Four Seasons Farmers & Artisans Market, 7043 West 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge, is offering a pie crust workshop from 10 to 11:30 am. on Saturday, October 5. Just $15 will get you all the ingredients and instruction you'll need to go home with two pie crusts, plus enough apples to cook up two pies as American as...well, you know. And while perfecting pie crust does take practice, we promise it's not as difficult as the grocery-industrial complex makes it seem; rehearse during the week (your co-workers will love you), then bring your peerless pie back to the market on October 12 for its Apple Baking Contest; get all the info on the market's website.

The Uptown location of Marczyk Fine Foods, 770 East 17th Avenue, is hosting the seventeenth edition of a great fall tradition: its annual pig roast. On Saturday, October 5, a Niman Ranch pig comes off the coals at 11:30 a.m., and $15.99 will get you a plate of succulent goodness plus housemade baked beans, slaw, cornbread and potato salad. When the tradition started back in 2002, the stretch of 17th Avenue where the market stands was a lot grittier (someone had to stay up all night to guard the cooking pig), but now it's a family-friendly event and an excellent way to ensure you don't do your grocery shopping while you're hungry. The roast runs through 2 p.m.; details are up on the store's website.


Yes, you can still get tickets for the Saturday night session of the Great American Beer Festival — but if you don't want to drop nearly $100, don't want to dodge dude-bros vomiting into trash cans and don't want to experience the analysis paralysis that comes with navigating 800 breweries and 4,000 brews, spend your day at Cerveceria Colorado, 1635 Platte Street, which is throwing a Great Mexican Beer Fiesta on Saturday, October 5. From 1 to 8 p.m., the Denver taproom will be pouring five brews from craft breweries south of the border alongside its own Mexican-inspired creations. There will also be lucha libre wrestling, food trucks and vendors selling piñatas, jewelry, clothing and accessories and snacks. Entrance is free; find more info — including guest beers — on Cerveceria's Facebook page.

click to enlarge Citizen Rail is moving the party to Hotel Born's back yard on Sunday. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Citizen Rail is moving the party to Hotel Born's back yard on Sunday.
Danielle Lirette
Sunday, October 6
Celebrate the slow slide into autumn at Hotel Born, 1600 Wewatta Street, where Citizen Rail will be hosting a free barbecue on Sunday, October 6. The restaurant is trying to determine what burger should appear on an upcoming menu, so it's giving away sliders from 4 to 7 p.m.; there will also be live music, lawn games and a backyard (cash) bar for boozy beverages. Take a look at the restaurant's Facebook page for event details.

Denver's Harvest Week sold out quickly, but a few more seats opened up last week. The $55 dinners include a vegetarian meal with chefs from Luca, Urban Farmer, Acreage and the Regional; a zero-waste dinner from Super Mega Bien, Vesta and Bistro Vendôme; plus a straight-up eclectic meal combining the vastly different styles of Mercantile & Provision, Vine Street Pub, Rio Grande and Flagstaff House. All dinners start at 6 p.m. at the GrowHaus, 4751 York Street; watch harvestweek.com for any updates on ticket availability.

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