This weekend brings a multi-day pop-up of a popular but now-shuttered Denver eatery, sweets by the pound and the scoop, a unique pulque pairing dinner, and a tipsy version of what's sure to be the next official Summer Olympics event. For both online and live Father's Day events on Sunday, June 21, visit our list of delicious Dad's Day specials that you can present to your father or keep for yourself (we won't breathe a word). Then keep reading for future events worth planning ahead for, as well as virtual happenings that are still going strong.
Those who have been craving a sausage fest of the best sort since the late, great Euclid Hall closed in March will want to stop by Ultreia, 1701 Wynkoop Street, this weekend for a miniature version of the beer-and-brat hall's menu. From Friday, June 19, to Sunday, June 21, you can snag grill kits comprising kielbasa, mustard and slaw ($5) or Euclid's signature brat burger with Jarlsberg cheese, Thousand Island dressing and slaw on a pretzel bun ($8). Preorder for pick-up between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m., or if you feel lucky, punk, take your chances and stop by the restaurant to see if any packages remain. And on Saturday and Sunday, the kitchen will be turning out some of Euclid's greatest hits from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. — the above-mentioned brat burger, pad Thai pig ears, fried cheese curds and duck poutine among them; Ultreia will also break out some brews from Euclid Hall's excellent cellar collection. The same rules apply for pre-orders; visit Ultreia's website for the full menu and to guarantee you don't miss out on any of your faves.
Got a craving for candy, but the idea of visiting a crowded sweet shop with open bins of hard candy that have been pawed by the sticky hands of toddlers makes your stomach turn in the best of times? On Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20, the century-old Denver institution Hammond's Candy Factory, at 5735 Washington Street, is holding its annual summer sidewalk sale, with treats neatly packaged (and protected from free-floating germs) and plenty of room for social distancing while you search for sweet deals in the open air. Show up between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for goodies; if you arrive before 2:45 p.m. on Friday, you can also take advantage of a free factory tour. Find out more on Hammond's Facebook page.
Juneteenth, the date that enslaved people in Texas finally learned the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued — two and a half years after the fact. Sadly, the arrival of equality and justice for black Americans has been delayed far longer than that, so this Juneteenth, all Little Man Ice Cream Co. outposts (Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th Street and 4411 West Colfax Avenue; Sweet Cooie's, 3506 East 12th Avenue; Constellation Ice Cream, 10175 East 29th Drive; and Dang! Soft Serve, 2211 Oneida Street) are donating 100 percent of their profits to Black Lives Matter 5280, the Center for Black Equity, NAACP and Chinook Fund. Visit your nearest location's website for hours, then visit in person for sweet scoops at the same time you're doing something sweet for your community.
In Denver, it's not officially summer for another 24 hours, but in Peru, the capital of Cuzco is celebrating the Festival of the Sun, a tribute to the return of the sun god Inti on the winter solstice. Pre-Columbian brewery Dos Luces Brewery, 1236 South Broadway, is kicking off its celebration of the momentous event (which, happily, coincides with the ability of Denverites to finally, finally, leave our damn houses) on Friday, June 19. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., chef Andrea Murdoch (Four Directions Cuisine) will serve three courses inspired by indigenous food — Inka trail mix with Denver's own Cultura Craft Chocolate, bison arepas with avocado and elderberry, and frozen custard with blue-corn sugar cookies — all paired with Dos Luces chicha and pulque, including a preview of the brewery's newest imperial chicha, Tupac Amaru III, made with mango and chiles de arbol. The entire feast runs $50 per person. On Saturday, June 20, guests have two more opportunities to try the brand-new brew: at a 2 p.m. vertical tasting of four varieties (bourbon and barrel-aged, sour cherry and mango-chile, $20) and at 5:30 p.m., when you can guarantee a seat inside the brewery, a taster of the Tupac and a plate of bites from Four Directions Cuisine, all for $15. Get tickets — which are in extremely short supply because of limited seating inside the brewery — now on the Dos Luces virtual storefront.
Longmont distillery Longtucky Spirits, 350 Terry Street, is not only marking its third year in business; it's also in the midst of rebranding as Abbott & Wallace Distillers. To celebrate both — as well as the launch of its newest bourbon — the distillery is holding an epic sporting (and drinking) event on Saturday, June 20. The party starts at 4 p.m., giving you plenty of time to get pleasantly swozzled before the main event, the Distiller Olympics, starts at 5 p.m. Take the field on one of five AstroTurf lanes (set up six feet apart) to compete in a grain-bag toss and stack, a barrel roll, a packaging championship, posting a selfie while holding a baby (aka a 25-pound sack of grain), shaking and serving a drink, and sanitizing everything you've touched before crossing the finish line. Visit the distillery's Facebook page for details and instructions on entering.
So you've spent months mastering that finicky sourdough starter and you can't bear the thought of taking on another months-long project, but you're not quite ready to rush down to LoDo for un-socially distanced mingling with maskless, sweaty bar-goers. The Art of Cheese, a Longmont cheesemaking school, is setting a completely safe and achievable goal with its Seven Day Cheese Challenge, which starts Monday, June 22. Join an instructor via Zoom every day at noon through Sunday, June 28, and learn to make seven different cheeses (which can of course be used to top your perfect sourdough boules): mascarpone, paneer, chèvre, quark, cottage cheese, feta and a hard Italian-style variety. You'll also get bonus recipes that pair nicely with cheese as apps or dessert, recordings of the sessions for reference, and access to three months of weekly Cheese Chats, where you can follow up with live questions, troubleshooting and show and tell. Find out more and register for just $89 on the Art of Cheese website, and by the time the second wave of COVID-19 hits, you'll be a skilled enough maker to ride out quarantine redux in style.
On Monday, June 22, the Bindery's kitchen at 1817 Central Street is being taken over by SoulNia, a Denver catering company that crafts soul food with all the love you might expect, but none of the meat. Starting at 6 p.m., SoulNia will be serving a four-course vegetarian menu that includes zucchini fritters with savory dill, shallot and cumin crème fraîche atop salad, pepitas and garlic dressing; homemade cornbread with slow-braised collard greens and vegan mac and cheese; and sweet-potato casserole with pecan crumble and ginger, honey and cardamom whipped topping. Drink pairings are included in the $79 price (which includes tax and tip). In addition, 20 percent of ticket sales will be split between donations to the Center on Colfax (an LGBTQ+ community center) and Black Lives Matter 5280 — and the Bindery will match those donations. Call the restaurant at 303-993-2364 to reserve a table or to order the feast for takeout.
What happened the last time you drank four cocktails in one night? Hopefully, you didn't text an ex, and hopefully, it wasn't too sloppy (spoiler: yes, you did, and yes, it was). If that's how you roll, Stranahan's has an event that will keep you from drunkenly hitting "send": its virtual cocktail and calligraphy class on Thursday, June 25. For $60, you'll get a half-bottle (four servings) of one of the distillery's classic or seasonal cocktails (such as the Strawberry Swing or Stranhattan), pens and pencils, a lettering workbook, Lettermate diecut, and blank cards with envelopes, plus virtual instruction via Zoom from 6 to 8 p.m. Order your kit on Stranahan's website no later than Wednesday, June 24, then retrieve your supplies from the distillery, 200 South Kalamath Street, between noon and 7 p.m. from Friday, June 19, through Thursday, June 25. And if you just can't resist dredging up a postage stamp and mailing a beautifully lettered card requesting a booty call to your last hookup....well, at least it will look lovely.
Remember all the chatter during the depths of Colorado's stay-at-home order about how dining out would look different once restaurants were allowed to reopen? Well, that time is now and (if the artist's rendering is accurate) it looks fucking awesome. On Friday, June 26, get a glimpse of the future when Smok, 3330 Brighton Boulevard, partners with the Family Jones for a whiskey dinner that will be staged in the former parking lot in front of the Source Market Hall. Diners will enjoy cool wood-and-canvas geodesic domes that provide both seating and shade, and will get a barbecue platter (pulled pork, burnt ends, coleslaw, beans, pickles and bread) and bourbon praline ice cream, plus two cocktails per person and a bottle of the Family Jones's newest bourbon to take home. Visit Eventbrite to book a table for two ($100), four ($175) or six ($265) diners; seatings are available at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
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