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The Five Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Boulder's Winter Market has tasty treats for good girls and boys this weekend.
Boulder's Winter Market has tasty treats for good girls and boys this weekend. Boulder County Farmers Markets
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have all come and gone, leaving us in the no-man's land of the weeks before Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa: The massive deals have dried up, the holidays aren't quite imminent (leading to a false sense of security), and most of us are focused on simply negotiating lousy weather, never-ending social obligations and family dynamics. But lest you drop the ball on conspicuous consumption (of both the literal and capitalistic variety), we're here with a handful of holiday shopping opportunities — plus great drinking and dining to fuel yourself in the weeks ahead.

click to enlarge Re:Vision will teach you how to make tamales for the holidays. - RE:VISION
Re:Vision will teach you how to make tamales for the holidays.
Re:Vision
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.

click to enlarge Get to Safta's bake sale early for a shot at scoring one of its baharat apple pies for $25. - COURTESY SAFTA
Get to Safta's bake sale early for a shot at scoring one of its baharat apple pies for $25.
Courtesy Safta
Saturday, December 7
Where can you get festive food gifts for everyone on your list: your gluten-free mom, your colleague who shows up at work with cookies that resemble hockey pucks, your sister who brings her ill-behaved dog everywhere, and your mother-in-law who's never met a chili flake in her life? Shop for this motley crew at the Women's Bean Project Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the women's employment training program will transform its production facility — a decommissioned firehouse — at 3201 Curtis Street into a fun and cozy holiday marketplace, with allergy-friendly soup and cornbread mixes, foolproof cookie mixes, dog treats, spice blends and more for sale. Visit the Bean's Facebook page for details on the sale, plus a discount code to use for 20 percent off your purchase.

Inspired by the Populist's June bake sale to benefit Planned Parenthood, Safta, at 3300 Brighton Boulevard, is taking up the torch on Saturday, December 7, with a second fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to Safta pastry chef Liliana Myers, vendors include bakers from Reunion and Moxie Bread companies, Blackbelly, Dio Mio and Work & Class. Most items will ring in at $5, with a selection of Myers's holiday pies — pumpkin, sweet potato, bourbon pecan and apple baharat (a Middle Eastern spice blend) — for $25 or $30. All proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, and if you'd like to raise more than the Populist's effort (a whopping $25,000), we recommend lining up at Safta's counter very, very early to purchase tokens that can be used to buy baked goodies.


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 an egg and optional achiote porchetta; and pork tenderloin with chimichurri and citrus aioli.

click to enlarge Aspen Moon Farms is just one Colorado farm still selling local produce during the winter months. - BOULDER COUNTY FARMERS MARKETS
Aspen Moon Farms is just one Colorado farm still selling local produce during the winter months.
Boulder County Farmers Markets
Sunday, December 8
Think that just because there's snow on the ground (and, God help us, on the streets, in an endless cycle of melting and re-freezing) there aren't any local foodstuffs for sale? Think again: Boulder County Farmers' Markets is holding its 13th annual Winter Market on Sunday, December 8 — and as with its summer cousin, there are plenty of Colorado farmers on hand to sell you the perfect holiday gift along with your dinner ingredients. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., over fifty growers and producers (and an equal number of artisans) will set up shop at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont, with cold-weather veggies, local meat, cheese, honey, condiments, chocolate and holiday baked goodies from gingerbread people (men have dominated this shape of cookie for too long) to tamales. Entrance to the indoor market is free, and if you can't make a sizable dent in your holiday shopping, you're not really trying. Visit the market's Facebook page for a complete list of vendors and gift ideas.

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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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