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The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Don't skip the bar at Denver Bazaar.
Don't skip the bar at Denver Bazaar. Danielle Lirette
Take advantage of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals to stock up on booze and provisions for the holidays, and see an irreverent version of A Christmas Carol and more the weekend after Thanksgiving; then fill the rest of the month with more food and drink fun.

Friday, November 29
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Holy-Shit-It's-the-Day-Before-Christmas-WTF-Am-I-Gonna-Do Tuesday: Whatever you call your biggest shopping day of the year, there are plenty of fine dining gifts you can give the picky, hard-to-please or impossible-to-shop-for people (sorry, loved ones) in your life. Here are a few goodies you can pick up starting Friday, November 29. Through Sunday, December 1, swing by any of Joshua Pollack's restaurants serving East Coast specialties (Rosenberg's, Lou's, Famous Original J's) to purchase a $50 gift card, and get a free $10 gift certificate for yourself. Secret Sauce restaurants (both Steuben's locations, Ace Eat Serve and Vesta) are offering the same deal for in-store purchases, plus a $40 bonus card if you splurge on a $200 gift certificate. Finally, our favorites (because they can be purchased in your own house while eating leftovers in your pajama pants — or, if you're living dangerously, no pants at all): Through Wednesday, December 4, get a $75 gift certificate to craft brewery and Italian restaurant Liberati for just $50 on the Liberati website; and Postino wine bar is offering a $30 bonus card with the purchase of $100 in gift cards on its website through Monday, December 2.

More food and drink deals on Black Friday can be found at the Proper Pour at the Source (3350 Brighton Boulevard), which is offering a whiskey tasting from 1 to 3 p.m., with select bottles (including all tasting bottles) on sale for 10 percent off. Then return on Small Business Saturday (Saturday, November 30) for a 15 percent discount on wine and 10 percent off beer and spirits when you present a receipt from any neighboring business at the Source.

Finally, Denver Bazaar is setting up shop at Northfield Stapleton, 8340 Northfield Boulevard, from noon on Friday, November 29, through 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 1. In addition to vendors selling infused maple syrup and olive oil, coffee and tea, spices and cakes and cookies (all of which make great gifts), you can treat yourself with the Shop & Sip package, $30, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Think of it as self care; it includes unlimited local brews and wine (from Station 26, Elvtd Seltzer, Westminster Brewing Co. and Buckel Family Wine, among others), a commemorative drinking vessel (so, unlike your last drunken Amazon spending spree, you'll recall the event), and a BOGO Breweries coupon book with two-for-one deals at 25 taprooms around town. Get your ticket and a complete listing of participating brewers and winemakers on Eventbrite.

click to enlarge Don't expect a traditional production of A Christmas Carol at Ratio this weekend. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Don't expect a traditional production of A Christmas Carol at Ratio this weekend.
Danielle Lirette
Saturday, November 30
How many ways can you regurgitate A Christmas Carol? If you're a sucker for top hats, waistcoats and poncy accents, the sudden preponderance of Charles Dickens's seasonal story won't bother you in the least, but if you don't go weak in the knees for a period piece, your chances of escaping the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future in the next 26 days are still slim to none; it's just that at least one of those ghosts will be played by Jim Carrey in a missing-the-mark remake. But don't despair, Christmas cynic: Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer Street, is hosting the debut of Audacious Theatre's Christmas production, Drunk Christmas. It's an abridged version of the tale, with interactive goodie bags (think a red-and-green Rocky Horror Picture Show), a drinking game and a bake sale. Tickets for the 7 p.m. performance are just $15 on Audacious Theatre's website. Can't find it in your heart to leave the house the weekend after Turkey Day, Ebeneezer? The show will be staged at breweries around town through December 21.

If your holiday feast was cat-astrophic (or even if it was purr-fect) and you still have family lingering about on Saturday, November 30, that you're desperate to escape, consider Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue's Cat Crawl. The annual fundraiser will not only get you out of the house, but also put you in costume so the paw-sibility of Great-Aunt Millie discovering your whereabouts that evening are low. For $20 (all of which benefits RMFR) and the cost of a kitty costume, you'll check in at Bang Up To the Elephant, 1310 Pearl Street, before making your way to three other Capitol Hill bars between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. for free and discounted beverages. Snap up (fee-free!) tickets now on the Rescue's website.

click to enlarge ViewHouse Ballpark is setting up a winter wonderland in an outdoor heated tent starting December 1. - AARON THACKERAY
ViewHouse Ballpark is setting up a winter wonderland in an outdoor heated tent starting December 1.
Aaron Thackeray
Sunday, December 1
On Sunday, December 1, ViewHouse Ballpark, 2015 Market Street, is jumping on the Christmas bar bandwagon with a nod to the most innocuous of wintry drinks: White Claw. While the only thing particularly topical about the popular hard seltzer line is the vague allusion to snow in its name (where are the limited-edition seasonal flavors: pumpkin spice, apple pie, Christmas cookie?), it seems to be enough to serve as the foundation for the White Claw Winter Wonderland pop-up that will run through January 31, with drink specials, holiday decor and Insta ops galore. Bonus: Show up with a new, unwrapped toy for the bar's toy drive through December 15 and get a free can of Claw or peppermint chocolate martini to boot. A silent disco, ugly sweater party and craft nights are also planned throughout this month; visit ViewHouse's website for the details.

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