Things to Do

The Five Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Cory Gardner will tell on you if you take part in Election Day drink specials.
Cory Gardner will tell on you if you take part in Election Day drink specials. Photo by Brandon Marshall
It's Election Week. We're tired of the endless ads, text messages lighting up our phones and fliers dumped in our mailboxes. It's all over (well, everything except the numbing certainty that regardless of the election outcome, we're all still stuck inside for a long winter because people don't understand how germs work) after Tuesday.

Here's where you can eat and drink your feelings all week long, as well as suggestions for more things to do in the weeks to come. 
click to enlarge We never make it to Lola without having at least one marg. - LOLA COASTAL MEXICAN
We never make it to Lola without having at least one marg.
Lola Coastal Mexican
Monday, November 2
No, Día de los Muertos isn't the Mexican version of Halloween (even though we do like to celebrate it as a more emotionally resonant, less skimpy-costume-centric alternative to October 31). On Monday, November 2, Lola (1575 Boulder Street) is celebrating the holiday with tamales, live music and specials on El Tesoro tequila cocktails. Order a family-sized platter of eight tamales in your choice of pork, duck with mezcal demi or queso and green chiles, and if you order any of the aforementioned drink specials, you'll be entered to win a free bottle of tequila. The menu will be available starting at 4 p.m. (make reservations on Lola's website), with live music starting at 5:30 p.m.; find details on Lola's Instagram page.
click to enlarge Get Organic Sandwich Co.'s turkey-cranberry creation for half price when you do your civic duty. - COURTESY ORGANIC SANDWICH CO.
Get Organic Sandwich Co.'s turkey-cranberry creation for half price when you do your civic duty.
Courtesy Organic Sandwich Co.
Tuesday, November 3
Look, we all just want to eat (and drink) our feelings after casting our ballots on Tuesday, November 3 — and a few places are giving you the opportunity to do just that at a discount. Organic Sandwich Co.'s Boulder location, 1500 Pearl Street, is offering a half-off sandwich to folks who come in sporting an "I Voted" sticker (and if you wear the shop's T-shirt, you'll get the sandwich for free). Meanwhile, all locations of Next Door American Eatery are offering an all-day happy hour that includes $5 margaritas, $10 pitchers of Avery IPA and $10 for five tacos, Nashville hot chicken sliders or cheeseburger sliders.

Wednesday, November 4
The kitchen at 2400 Curtis Street has housed plenty of professional bakers over the years; these days, it appears to be an art gallery and studio space. But the kitchen is still there, and on Wednesday, November 4, you can learn about the mysteries of pâte à choux at a cream puff, éclair and gougère class from 6 to 9 p.m. For $59, you'll get all the supplies and know-how you need to turn a single choux pastry recipe into separate sweet and savory bites, plus you'll sound real impressive when you talk about your homemade French pastry (which somehow sounds more daunting than even sourdough bread). Purchase your ticket on Eventbrite.
click to enlarge Bonbons x Bruz Beers. - BRUZ BEERS
Bonbons x Bruz Beers.
Bruz Beers
Thursday, November 5
Midtown dessert bar Bonbons (located nowhere near the middle of Denver, at 1675 West 67th Avenue) is teaming up with neighboring breweries for a three-course beer-pairing dinner on Thursday, November 5. Expect gnocchi with pancetta and capers paired with FlyteCo Brewing lager; flatiron steak and mashed potatoes with a Belgian-y brew from the always excellent Bruz Beers; and apple cake with vanilla custard sauce served with a tart gose from Odyssey Beerwerks. The meal, $50, kicks off at 6 p.m.; call 720-845-2186 for required reservations.

Friday, November 6
Boulder's Basta (3601 Arapahoe Avenue) is teaming up with its Denver sibling, the Wolf's Tailor, for a series of collaborative dinners this month. Starting Friday, November 6, the Boulder dining room is launching Basta East, a prix fixe menu for $48 per person. Beverage pairings are available for $40 (for merely tasty beverages) to $70 (for reserve wines). The menu is offered Friday and Saturday evenings through the end of the month, with seatings for two, four or six people at 5:30 or 7:30 p.m. Visit Tock to reserve your seat.

Keep reading for more tasty happenings beyond this weekend...

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