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The Ten Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Drink beer for a good cause at Breckenridge Brewery's One Stop Christmas Shop.
Drink beer for a good cause at Breckenridge Brewery's One Stop Christmas Shop. Danielle Lirette
The holiday bacchanals have started in earnest. You may have stuffed yourself silly on Thanksgiving, but that's no reason to practice restraint now — not when there's an endless orgy of eating and drinking that continues through December. Here are ten food and drink happenings to keep you busy through Friday, with a couple of additional events to put on the calendar for the future.

click to enlarge Dough-nate a toy to a kid in need, get a free doughnut at Voodoo this month. - AARON THACKERAY
Dough-nate a toy to a kid in need, get a free doughnut at Voodoo this month.
Aaron Thackeray
Monday, December 2
You need a stiff cup of coffee and a sugary sweet doughnut to get you going on Monday morning, right? Stop by Voodoo Doughnut, 98 South Broadway, at any time with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy and you'll get a free cake doughnut topped with brightly colored sprinkles (you'll still have to spring for the cup of joe). The toy will go to the Together 4 Colorado Toy Drive, and you'll go to the office high on sugar and caffeine. Running late Monday morning and don't have time to stop? No worries; Voodoo is open 24/7, and this deal is good through Sunday, December 22. Take a look at the shop's Facebook page for more info.

Tuesday, December 3
Thanksgiving has passed, and you now have our permission to crank up the Christmas music, dig out the decorations and trim the tree. Get started the right way at Breckenridge Brewery, 2990 Brewery Lane in Littleton, with its One Stop Christmas Shop on Tuesday, December 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. We recommend showing up early, because the first fifty folks who order a twelve-pack of the brewery's Christmas Ale will get to take home a free Christmas tree. If you can't strap it to your itty-bitty Yaris (or you sensibly ordered a Lyft to get to the party), Breckenridge will even deliver it for you — again, free of charge — at a later date. Even if you're not among the first to rush the bar, order the holiday brew anyway, since the purchase of every pint means a full meal donated to Food Bank of the Rockies. Then stick around for a gingerbread house-making class and shopping from thirteen local vendors. Visit the brewery's website for details and a link to sign up for the class.
click to enlarge Congress has done at least one thing right in the past hundred years. Cheers to Repeal Day (which deserves two days of celebration)! - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Congress has done at least one thing right in the past hundred years. Cheers to Repeal Day (which deserves two days of celebration)!
Danielle Lirette
Wednesday, December 4
What do you get when you cross two regional specialties (St. Louis barbecue and Colorado weed), former Denver Broncos and a pair of competitive eaters? That would be Rocky Mountain Hi, a mashup of two of chef/restaurateur Mike Johnson's food-service concepts, Sugarfire Smoke House and Hi-Pointe Drive In. Both joints originated in St. Louis, with Hi-Pointe dubbing itself "the munchie capital of the Midwest" and Sugarfire expanding outside the region only in 2018. But on Wednesday, December 4, the two menus are colliding at the Westminster Sugarfire outpost at 14375 Orchard Parkway for a Mile High-themed menu, with items like bacon blunts (bacon-wrapped mac and cheese), the Denver Burncos (a burger stuffed with cheese and burnt ends), the Dabwood (a burger served with brisket, turkey, bacon and hemp aioli) and Hot Cheeto mac and cheese cupcakes. There will also be appearances by former Broncos including Mark Jackson (you can beg him to take the field again; he'd probably be an improvement to this year's team) and competitive eaters vying to ingest as many pounds of food as they can in twenty minutes. The fun starts at 11 a.m. with the celebrity appearances at 5 p.m. Visit Sugarfire Westy's Facebook page for more details.

The lesser known but at least as culturally significant cousin to Christmas Eve has arrived: Repeal Day Eve. Remember that long-ago night in 1933 when adults around the country sleeplessly awaited the arrival of the end of Prohibition, at Hearth & Dram's Pappy Repeal Dinner on Wednesday, December 4. At 6 p.m., the four-course, six-drink meal begins with a welcome cocktail, followed by pairings that include smoked duck and foie gras sausage with Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year; a sixty-day dry aged steak with mushroom ragu and Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year; and housemade ice cream with Pappy Van Winkle Reserve 20 Year. Call the restaurant (1801 Wewatta Street) at 303-623-0979 to reserve your spot for $145.

click to enlarge Dry Land Distillers is selling an eggnog gift set this season in addition to its annual ’Nog-Off. - DRY LAND DISTILLERS
Dry Land Distillers is selling an eggnog gift set this season in addition to its annual ’Nog-Off.
Dry Land Distillers
Thursday, December 5
There are two kinds of people in the world: people who love eggnog, and total monsters. Even if you eschew traditional holiday trappings — decorations, music, gifts, good will toward men — there's something fundamentally Christmasy about what's essentially a boozy melted milkshake that warms the cockles of the heart. And Longmont's Dry Land Distillers, 471 Main Street, takes its nog seriously. Starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, the tasting room is hosting its annual ’Nog-Off; order a flight of three different recipes and vote for your favorite. The winner will become the distillery's go-to recipe for the season. Voting will continue through 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, when the ultimate victor will be announced and you can settle in for eighteen days of amazing eggnog. Details are available on Dry Land's Facebook page.


Thursday, December 5, is a day that will live in...wait, what's the opposite of infamy? In particular, drinkers who enjoy post-Prohibition luxury will want to hit up the Cruise Room, 1600 17th Street, which has been open for exactly 86 years, for its annual celebration of Repeal Day — and its birthday. You'll get 1933 pricing on five classic cocktails; your first Tom Collins, martini or sazerac will set you back just 35 cents, while a Side Car or Old Fashioned will run you a whopping fifty cents. The good times (and good prices) run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., with live jazz until 6:30. More information is available on the bar's Facebook page.

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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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