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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

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It's that time of year again. No, not the holiday season — something much better. It's truffle season, when bristly hogs and (increasingly) adorable curly-haired doggos snuffle through the forest, uprooting pungent fungi. Oak at Fourteenth, 1400 Pearl Street in Boulder, is passing the harvest on to you with its truffle menu, available only at dinner from Thursday, December 5, through Saturday, December 7. The à la carte dishes range from $12 to $42 and include options like savory two-year-old Parmigiano Reggiano ice cream with a drizzle of olive oil and shaved truffles; prime rib with white Italian truffles and rich mushroom jus; an Umami Bomb Burger made of dry-aged beef, aged cheddar and truffles; and Japanese rice with Wagyu beef jerky and truffle shavings. Make your reservation at 303-444-3622.

Folks who don't drink booze but love the bar experience (the giant ice cubes, the tiny umbrellas) can scratch their itch on Thursday, December 5 at Dry Curious, a mixer for the sober and "sober curious" (also known as light drinkers). From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the space at 3899 Jackson Street will be the site of three non-alcoholic beverage stations, plus a panel discussion on sobriety. Tickets, $25, are available now on Eventbrite.

What's your favorite holiday movie? Say Love Actually again — I dare you. If your cinematic tastes run more Grinch than Good King Wenceslas, make a visit to Steuben's, 523 17th Avenue, on Thursday, December 5, for its annual toy drive — and this year, rather than asking you to don an ugly sweater, the eatery is telling you to come dressed as your favorite Quentin Tarantino character, which just means donning that oversized black suit that's been lurking in the back of your closet since 1994. But don't start the Pulp Fiction fest quite yet, boys: You've still got to show up with a toy (worth $10 or more, cheapskates) and you'll get your first drink free. For the rest of the night (9 p.m. to midnight) drinks are just $5, and all gifts will be donated to kids living in Denver Housing Authority homes. Find more details on Steuben's Facebook page.

click to enlarge Order homemade tamales for the holidays or learn to make your own at Re:Vision. - RE:VISION WESTWOOD FOOD COOPERATIVE
Order homemade tamales for the holidays or learn to make your own at Re:Vision.
Re:Vision Westwood Food Cooperative
Friday, December 6
Looking to learn how to make traditional Latin American tamales for this holiday season? Westwood food co-op and business incubator Re:Vision, 3738 Morrison Road, is offering four tamale-making classes in December that cover different countries' versions of the dish. Starting Friday, December 6, you'll learn how to make Mexican tamales in a two-hour class that begins at 6 p.m. Future classes are scheduled for Saturday, December 7, at 10 a.m. (covers Guatemalan-style tamales); Friday, December 13, at 6 p.m. (Mexico); and Saturday, December 14, at 10 a.m. (Puerto Rico). Each class costs $20; sign up for them on Re:Vision's website, where you can also place your holiday orders for pork, chicken, vegetarian, vegan and sweet tamales, if you can't attend class.

Saturday, December 7
On Saturday, December 7, chef Edwin Sandoval, who's turning out some of our favorite Latin American food at his Xatrucho pop-ups around town, is setting up shop at Fort Greene, 321 East 45th Avenue, for late-night noshing. From 8 p.m. until last call, Sandoval will serve his creative cuisine, with all menu items under $12. This version of Xatrucho's menu will include fried chicken roulade with mole gravy; squash soup with crema catracha, plantains and sofrito jam; red beans and rice with and egg and optional achiote porchetta; and pork tenderloin with chimichurri and citrus aioli.

And if you're planning ahead...

Saturday, January 11
Is it too early to start planning your New Year's resolutions? Not if yours is to eat more oatmeal. On Saturday, January 11, the City of Lafayette is holding its 24th annual oatmeal festival. That's right: In the realm of quirky agricultural festivals around Colorado, this one celebrates neither peaches nor Pueblo chiles, but porridge. A massive breakfast of 200 gallons of oatmeal with 100 different toppings, 4,000 oatmeal pancakes and 1,200 oatmeal muffins will be served from 7:30 a.m. to noon, At 9:30 a.m., you can take to the streets in a 5K run (and walk, if you're not looking to exceed the speed of an ocean of oatmeal oozing down the course). Breakfast runs $8, or $20 with race registration; find out more on Lafayette Chamber of Commerce'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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