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The Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Stoic & Genuine's OysterFest runs through October 11.
Stoic & Genuine's OysterFest runs through October 11. Marc Piscotty
Feed your inner twelve-year-old boy's hunger for mildly sophisticated innuendo about aphrodisiacs and racks of ribs — then drink your way through the vice presidential debate.

Here are our picks for the best food and drink events this week; keep reading for future food fun and games to mark on your calendar.
Monday, October 5
On Monday, October 5, Union Station's swanky seafood shack, Stoic & Genuine, 1701 Wynkoop Street, is launching its first-ever OysterFest. The week-long even runs through Sunday, October 11, and includes oysters in all sorts of preparations. There will be oyster po' boys, oyster confit, oysters Rockefeller, oysters with caviar, oysters with foie gras, oyster shooters, oyster martinis, barbecue shrimp, lemon shrimp, pepper shrimp...sorry, wrong seafood. Two Buck Shuck Oyster Hour runs from 2 to 5 p.m. with rotating oyster selections, and you'll be able to catch lunch and dinner specials as well.
click to enlarge THE PIG & THE SPROUT
The Pig & the Sprout
Tuesday, October 6
Union Station neighborhood eatery The Pig & the Sprout, 1900 Chestnut Place, is taking advantage of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to double down on double entendres (literally). Ordering the joint's Nice Rack entree (smoked ribs in house barbecue sauce, slaw, sweet-potato fries and cheddar-jalapeño cornbread) eleven months of the year will result in a donation of $1 per half-rack and $2 per full rack to Vail's Shaw Cancer Center. But order in October and the restaurant will double that. Take a look at The Pig & the Sprout's Instagram page for more details.

Wednesday, October 7
While there's no doubt that 2020's presidential election is more important than in years where the sitting POTUS wasn't a mentally unstable, self-admitted sexual harasser, the same cannot be said about the series of painful presidential debates that are currently being inflicted on the nation. (Seriously, who are the people who need to see Trump and Biden on the same stage in order to decide who they'll vote for?) But for those of you masochists who plan to tune in to the vice-presidential debate on Wednesday, October 7 — we have an inkling of hope that it will be slightly more civil than 45's last effort — settle in at Hamburger Mary's, 1336 East 17th Avenue, and start pounding drinks to dull the pain of every interruption and inane question and answer. The bar and grill will be offering red, white and blue Jell-O shots for the evening and encourages guests to arrive prior to the 7 p.m. debate to snag a seat; see its Facebook page for details. 
An impressive of array of Del Maguey mezcal bottles, several of which will be poured at Santo's upcoming mezcal class. - SANTO
An impressive of array of Del Maguey mezcal bottles, several of which will be poured at Santo's upcoming mezcal class.
Santo
Friday, October 9
If you still think most mezcals have a worm lurking at the bottom of the bottle, or that the spirit is good for shooting instead of sipping, you need to sign up for Santo's virtual Mezcal 101 tasting ahora mismo. On Friday, October 9, the New Mexican eatery is teaming up with reps from Del Maguey (one of the most recognizable mezcal producers, thanks to its colorful labels) for a webinar from 7 to 8:30 p.m. You'll get 2-ounce tastings of three different selections, each distilled in a single Oaxacan village (Chichicapa, Minero and Santo Domingo Albarradas), three copitas (adorable handmade cups commonly used to sip the spirit in Oaxaca) and a bag of Santo's green chile popcorn to munch on while you learn about the mezcaleros and terroir that influence each bottle. The kit runs $55 and can be picked up at Santo, 1265 Alpine Avenue in Boulder, on October 9 prior to the start of the online event. Visit Tock to secure your spot (where you can also order from the regular dinner menu if you don't consider popcorn a complete meal) or the restaurant's website for more info.

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