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The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Learn how to make laksa, noodles in a rich coconut curry broth, at Cook Street; this vegan version is from Hella Herbivore.
Learn how to make laksa, noodles in a rich coconut curry broth, at Cook Street; this vegan version is from Hella Herbivore. Courtesy Hella Herbivore

Yes, you do have to file your taxes this week — but then you can cheer up with deals on wine, creative cocktails crafted from unusual spirits, a rooftop concert with high-end food and drinks, and more. Here are our six picks for food and drink events around town over the next few days, plus future dates to mark on your calendar.

Monday, July 13
Denver's Capital Grille outpost, at 1450 Larimer Street, launches the Generous Pour on Monday, July 13. Through September 6, diners can order dinner at the modern steakhouse and, for just $28, add any of seven different wines to their meal. Reds, whites and rosés from around the world are represented. Find out more about the bottles (including glimpses of the artwork adorning their labels) and make a reservation on the eatery's website.

click to enlarge Ironton Distillery is mixing up unusual cocktails come Wednesday night. - COURTESY OF IRONTON DISTILLERY
Ironton Distillery is mixing up unusual cocktails come Wednesday night.
Courtesy of Ironton Distillery
Wednesday, July 15
Food Kitchen Collective (a coalition of local organizations and businesses helmed by the Havana Business Improvement District and Aurora Sister Cities International) will be setting up shop in the parking lot of the Stampede, at 2430 South Havana Street in Aurora, to distribute groceries to people in need on Wednesday, July 15. The goal is to hand out 1,000 bags of food, all of which have been purchased from Aurora businesses; it's a double whammy of do-goodery, as each purchase supports not only hungry people, but also local restaurants and grocers. If you're in need, show up between 2 and 5 p.m.; if you want to help, visit the Collective's donation page, where you can give funds, non-perishable food items, your time or your business's resources.

Ironton Distillery, 3636 Chestnut Place, is celebrating the launch of two unusual spirits on Wednesday, July 15, with a distiller's dinner. The drinking establishment's new kitchen is aiming high, with a four-course menu that includes housemade stracciatella cheese, roasted asparagus and artichokes with walnut romesco, and grilled lemons and scallops with succulent pork belly and smoked-apple glaze. Each dish will be paired with a cocktail made from Ironton's new Nordic Gold aquavit (a Scandinavian grain liquor heavily spiced with caraway or dill) and Olde Alchemist genièvre, the bold Dutch/French precursor to London gin. Tickets for the 7 p.m. meal will run you $70 and are available now on Eventbrite, where you can also find the full menu.


October's annual bRUNch Run, complete with booze and bites at the finish line, has proven to be a popular 5K/10K race in a town where people are just as obsessed with an after-work run around Wash Park as they are with bottomless mimosas. So the folks behind the event have chosen Wednesday, July 15 (which fortuitously comes at the end of a punishing heat wave, if not a global health crisis), to kick off Run Fast, Sip Slow — a new speed training series leading up to a virtual one-mile race on Saturday, August 15. Register on bRUNch Running's website by Tuesday, July 14, and you'll get a four-week training program dedicated to helping you better your time, with trainer support and swag like run logs, water bottles and race medals for $14.99. While the virtual race won't include Bloodys and Benedicts at the finish line — you'll have to make your own — it will give you a leg up on the competition come fall.

click to enlarge Corrida's rooftop hosts the first Dine From Out There dinner with live music. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Corrida's rooftop hosts the first Dine From Out There dinner with live music.
Danielle Lirette
Thursday, July 16
Dining out can be tricky these days: nabbing a table and navigating limited menus, changing etiquette standards (hint: you can't go wrong if you wear a mask) and monitoring other diners' behavior and your own anxieties. Seeing live music? Even more so. But on Thursday, July 16, Boulder's Corrida, 1023 Walnut Street, is hosting Dine From Out There (from the folks at music festival producer Live From Out There) so you can indulge your love of fine dining and funk music. Members of Big Gigantic and the Motet will play a set on Corrida's rooftop patio while guests are treated to a three-course meal with drink pairings. The surf-and-turf-themed menu includes dishes like roasted octopus and cuttlefish with romesco; spring onion falafal with Rancho Gordo beans and tomato and garlic confit; and Wagyu New York strip loin with harissa-spiced patatas bravas. Tickets are already sold out for the 8:15 p.m. set, but you can still snag seats for the 5:30 p.m. slot; find the full menu and secure your ticket, $225, on Tock, and stay up-to-date on future installments in the series on Live From Out There's website.

Friday, July 17
There's more to southeast Asian food than pho and panang curry, and while Vietnam and Thailand are well represented in the minds of adventurous diners, neighboring countries are often given short shrift when considering the region. On Friday, July 17, expand your mind and your palate at Cook Street School of Culinary Art's Southeast Asian street food class. Some familiar dishes are on the menu (chicken satay and dipping sauces from Indonesia; som tam, or green papaya salad, from Thailand), but you'll also be whipping up Malaysian laksa (coconut curry and tamarind soup with noodles), Laotian khao tom (sweetened sticky rice steamed in banana leaves), Filipino turon (fried bananas) and more. Visit Cook Street's website for the complete (and completely mouth-watering) menu and to register for the 6 p.m. class ($119).

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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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