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The Seven Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

American Bonded's bar is pouring whiskey on Wednesdays starting this month.
American Bonded's bar is pouring whiskey on Wednesdays starting this month. Danielle Lirette
I scream, you scream, we all scream for good booze: From brews to bourbon, this week's culinary calendar is packed with the best in local and international beverages. Take a look at the hottest seven food and drink happenings over the next five days, as well as upcoming events to put on the calendar.

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The Thai ice cream sandwich at Melted, which includes sweetened condensed milk and sprinkles.
Linnea Covington
Monday, January 13
Melted, the ice cream shop from the folks behind bougie bistros Oak at Fourteenth, Acorn and Corrida, is finally hosting its grand opening on Monday, January 13. The dessertery, which turns out soft serve (both in cones and in Thai ice cream sandwiches) and fresh-baked cookies inside The Source, 3350 Brighton Boulevard, will be opening its doors from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with dessert samples as well as passed bites from sister restaurant Acorn. Get details on the Source's Facebook page and prepare for a sweet start to the week.

Tuesday, January 14
Witness the exhaustion of the anti-Trumper: As fervent as they are about ensuring the swamp is drained in ten months, the constant outrages of the past three years combined with the ridiculously large field of Democratic candidates have depleted many to the point at which watching the debate on Tuesday, January 14, seems an exercise in futility and self-flagellation (especially if you're participating in Dry January and are unable to self-medicate). But Cerveceria Colorado, the Mexican-inspired brewery at 1635 Platte Street, is encouraging participation in the political process by staging a Democratic Debate Bingo starting at 6 p.m. Mark off a square every time Biden inserts foot in mouth, and go home with a Crowler of beer, which will at least help dull the pain as the race heats up. See the taproom's Facebook page for more details.

The City of Denver wants to help you figure out how to reduce your food waste with its Striving for Zero Waste: Food Waste Reduction 101 Workshop on Tuesday, January 14. Come to room 4.H.2 of the Wellington Webb Building (201 West Colfax Avenue) from noon to 1 p.m. and learn about which plastics are recyclable, how to save money by minimizing food waste at home, and how the City and County of Denver is tackling the issue. The session will also provide information on composting and recycling to get you started on a zero-waste lifestyle; find out more here.

Wednesday, January 15
American Bonded, 2706 Larimer Street, has started a new weekly series, Whiskey Wednesdays. Come Hump Day, the Five Points bar will offer specials of the amber liquid, including flights, tastes from rare bottles and whiskey cocktails when doors open at 4 p.m. The real deal to look out for, though, is the joint's break-even  bottle night, which will be occurring periodically — and with little notice on the establishment's Facebook page. But the potential to score a screaming deal is so good, you won't mind the effort it takes to stay up to date; the last break-even bottle was Pappy Van Winkle 15 year (which you can find listed online for upwards of $1,000), which was sold at the bargain basement price of $5 per ounce through a raffle system. Thirsty attendees must enter a free drawing for a dram starting at 6 p.m. and be present at 9 p.m. to get the goods if their name is drawn.

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Uchi's chefs will be creating dishes to pair with rare sakes on January 16.
Danielle Lirette
Thursday, January 16
Japan's Niigata prefecture — one of the top sake producing regions in the country — is known for its high-quality beverages, and on Thursday, January 16, you can taste some of the brews that rarely make it out of the Land of the Rising Sun at Uchi. The spot at 2500 Lawrence Street is hosting a sake dinner at 6:30 p.m., with four inventive courses (lamb belly with matcha salsa, hirame crudo and cherry blossoms, duck confit with persimmon kimchi and shortrib accompanied by miso and cherry mostarda) served alongside sake pairings. Tickets for the luxe dinner, $115, include tax and tip and are for sale now on Eventbrite, where you can also find info on the sakes, some of which are being shipped from Japan especially for the feast.

Friday, January 17
Dinner and a movie isn't a new concept, but rarely do cinematic and culinary themes line up as perfectly as they do at the Fort Restaurant's screening of classic Western Shane on Friday, January 17. The Morrison restaurant (19192 Highway 8) modeled after early nineteenth-century Bent's Fort is the perfect setting for the tale of Alan Ladd's mysterious gunslinger whose attempt to settle down as a farmhand in 1889 Wyoming results in nothing but blood and tears. The accompanying four-course meal harks back to Colorado's culinary history, with touches like pepitas and buffalo sirloin. Tickets for the 6 p.m. show are just $49 and include one drink; visit the Fort's website for details and to purchase tickets.

Denver Distillery has been holding down its spot at 244 South Broadway for a couple of years now, and on Friday, January 17, it will be celebrating its terrible twos with a bourbon launch and anniversary party. From 6 to 11 p.m., the Paddy Hooligans will provide live music, and just over 350 bottles of bourbon (aged in new American oak and finished in French cabernet sauvignon barrels) will be available, with $5 of each purchase going to the Morgan Adams Foundation, a nonprofit organization funding children's cancer research. There's no cover, but you're required to RSVP for the 6 p.m. bash on Eventbrite or the distillery's Facebook page — and as everyone knows, any toddler is much more palatable with a good amount of whiskey in them (or in you), so don't delay snagging your spot at the bar.

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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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