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The Seven Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Get your last-minute glühwein at Christkindl Market this Monday.
Get your last-minute glühwein at Christkindl Market this Monday. Jacqueline Collins
With Christmas falling on the most annoying weekday this year (Wednesday), you might think Denver's restaurant scene would be sluggish. Not so: Here are seven savory food and drink happenings around town from Monday, December 23, through Friday, December 27, plus more in the winter days and nights to come.

click to enlarge The Christkindl Market is serving $1 off drinks all day December 23 — as long as you come dressed like a doofus. - JACQUELINE COLLINS
The Christkindl Market is serving $1 off drinks all day December 23 — as long as you come dressed like a doofus.
Jacqueline Collins
Monday, December 23
Christmas (and the window for one-day shipping from Amazon) is fast approaching, but you can still get in some last-minute shopping — and Christmas cheer — at the final day of the Christkindl Market, 1515 Arapahoe Street, on Monday, December 23. Conspicuous consumption kicks off at 11 a.m. and runs until 9 p.m.; alcoholic consumption is encouraged, with $1 off drinks if you show up in a onesie. So dig that flannel abomination out of the back of the closet — you know you bought one for a bar crawl back in ’17 — and celebrate the reason for the season (that would be continuing the tradition of embarrassing pics of you in PJs). Details are up on the Market's Facebook page.
 

click to enlarge If you enjoy just one gift on Christmas Eve, let it be Lady Jane's half-off everything. - MARK ANTONATION
If you enjoy just one gift on Christmas Eve, let it be Lady Jane's half-off everything.
Mark Antonation
Tuesday, December 24
Lady Jane, our favorite new bar this year, is cementing our loyalty with its Christmas Eve special: Everything found within the four walls of the breezy retro bar at 2021 West 32nd Avenue is 50 percent off on Tuesday, December 24. That means $6 cocktails, beer and wine ranging from an incredible $1.50 to $8 and snacks that start at just $2. So whether you need some sustenance after frantic final shopping, you need to escape the family or you need to get some booze into your belly, Lady Jane is the place to do it. The bar will be open for its regular Tuesday hours (4 p.m. to midnight); get more info on Lady Jane's Facebook page.

Last Christmas Eve saw disappointed diners (Jewish and otherwise) heaving sighs of dismay as Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen took a hiatus from hosting its annual Jewish Christmas meal. But on Tuesday, December 24, the Chinese-Jewish deli mashup pop-up — inspired by the tradition of Jewish families heading out for a feast of Chinese food on the eve of a Christian holiday — is back at the eatery's Stanley Marketplace location, 2501 Dallas Street in Aurora. From 6 to 9 p.m., people of all faiths are invited to gather for Reuben egg rolls, smoked salmon rangoon, teriyaki kippered salmon and kung pao pastrami, along with beer, wine and spiked cider and cocoa. Proceeds from ticket sales ($70 for early-bird orders placed by Monday, December 8, on Eventbrite, $80 thereafter) will benefit Conscious Alliance, a nonprofit feeding the hungry via food drives at concerts and the sale of music-themed art and memorabilia.

click to enlarge Highland Tap & Burger welcomes all to its Orphans' Christmas. - WESTWORD FILE PHOTO
Highland Tap & Burger welcomes all to its Orphans' Christmas.
Westword file photo
Wednesday, December 25
Highland Tap & Burger, 2219 West 32nd Avenue, is opening its doors on Christmas Day for its annual orphans' Christmas; the bash, which has been happening for nearly a decade now, promises free food and drink to whatever motley and merry assortment of folks show up from 1 to 5 p.m. It also serves as a fundraiser for various causes around town; this year, the beneficiary is Denver Public Schools. In lieu of a cover or canned goods, you're asked to show up with cash or a pre-paid debit card to donate to the cause. 


Spend a delightful December 25 with the family — not your own, of course, but the Burnses of Burns Family Artisan Ales. The taproom at 2505 West Second Avenue will be open from 4 to 10 p.m., and they're giving you the best gift of the day: 25 percent off your tab, so you can enjoy the brewery's delicious high-alcohol brews for less. There will also be a potluck (if you just can't pass up the opportunity to inflict your Grandma's green bean casserole on fellow drinkers, you're in luck) and live music starting at 7:30 p.m. Visit Burns's Facebook page for details.

click to enlarge Didn't get enough of this on Christmas? Head to Baere on Boxing Day. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Didn't get enough of this on Christmas? Head to Baere on Boxing Day.
Linnea Covington
Thursday, December 26
In the event you didn't get enough cheese on Christmas Day (sadly, the Yule table isn't known for its preponderance of cultured dairy products), you'll want to head to the underrated Baere Brewing Co., 320 Broadway, on Thursday, December 26, for its Truffle Cheese Shop pop-up. From 4 to 8 p.m., you can build your own cheese and beer board with help from the Truffle's friendly staff, who will be there to provide you with pairing ideas from the brewery's roster of great sour ales as well as more conventional brews. Take a look at Baere's Facebook page for more info.

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.

And if you're planning ahead...
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