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The Five Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Basque in the glory of El Five's seven-course dinner tonight.
Basque in the glory of El Five's seven-course dinner tonight. Danielle Lirette
This weekend, your Whittier neighbors become farmers' market vendors, El Five becomes a Basque eatery, and a food hall becomes a music and comedy club. Find out how to experience these tasty events below, then read on for more deliciousness in the coming weeks.

Friday, October 9
On Friday, October 9, El Five, 2930 Umatilla Street, is kicking off two months of Friday and Saturday night Basque tasting menus. The seven-course spread, inspired by the wine and cuisine of the northern Spanish state, includes foraged mushrooms with sofrito and black garlic; bacalao served alongside leeks and piquillo potatoes; Iberico pluma (pork loin from Iberian hogs) with sherry and romesco; oxtail stew; and Basque cheesecake. All courses in the $95 meal can be paired with Spanish wines (both red and white) for an additional $45. Reservations are available for parties of four to six people on Tock at 6:15 or 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through the last weekend of November. Dates have already begun to sell out, so book now.

Saturday, October 10
Love the farmers' market, hate the groups of people aimlessly milling about? Shop with a purpose (getting to know your neighbors) and a purpose (moving past that gaggle of people congregating in front of the bread table) at the Whittier Walking Farmers' Market on Saturday, October 10. Show up at East 30th Avenue and Race Street between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and stroll from yard to yard in the Whittier neighborhood; residents will be selling homemade sourdough bread, fresh herbs, pickles, baked goods, broth, pet treats and other handmade items likes soaps, masks, art and jewelry. What's Happening Catering and Philly Italian Water Ice (that's what they call Italian ice in Philadelphia, where redundancy rules) will also be on hand to feed the people. Visit the Market's Facebook page for a list of vendors, addresses and a QR code to an interactive map.

click to enlarge Squash it at the Denver Central Market this Saturday and Sunday. - THE DENVER CENTRAL MARKET
Squash it at the Denver Central Market this Saturday and Sunday.
The Denver Central Market
If you haven't gotten your fill of pumpkin spice lattes this fall, hope is not lost. Rather than making yet another trip to the Starbucks drive-thru, keep it a little more local and and visit the Denver Central Market, 2669 Larimer Street, for its Pumped Up on Pumpkin Festival. You can get autumnal delights from all market vendors from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 11. We're making sure to bring home pumpkin caramel kouign amann (a flaky French pastry) from Izzio, pumpkin pie ice cream from High Point, honey and squash pizza from Vero, and chocolate-covered waffles, maple bonbons and jack-o-lantern lollipops from Temper, among other delights. Even Crema will be whipping up "fall lattes" (don't even think about calling them PSLs).

Normally, the second week in October brings a packed schedule of food and film events to Boulder as part of the Flatirons Food Film Festival. This year, of course, everything's been turned upside down, and the fest has been delayed until January 28 of next year. But you can still tune in on Saturday, October 10, when the FFFF is screening a preview of Gather, a documentary about Native Americans fighting to restore their traditional foodways. The evening includes a chef's demo from the owners of Tocabe, a Native American Eatery, at 5:30 p.m., and the film screening at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the film director and participants. Viewers can also pre-order dinner from Tocabe — braised bison and wild rice bowl ($15) or three sisters wild rice bowl ($13) — by emailing [email protected] by 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7; pick-up is at Tocabe, 3536 West 44th Avenue, on September 10 after 12 p.m. or Savory Spice Shop, 2041 Broadway in Boulder, on September 10 after 2 p.m. Tickets for the festival preview, $24, are on sale now at Eventive. See the Flatirons Food Film Festival website for complete details.

click to enlarge Sunday night is variety night outdoors at Edgewater Public Market. - COURTESY OF ROGER'S LIQUID OASIS
Sunday night is variety night outdoors at Edgewater Public Market.
Courtesy of Roger's Liquid Oasis
Sunday, October 11
The best thing about a food hall is the variety, so what better location for a variety night than Edgewater Public Market, 5505 West 20th Avenue, where the expansive venue's main bar, Roger's Liquid Oasis, is hosting a free evening of music and humor with local talent. Come to the market at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, and hang out until 8:30 to catch the full show. This is a kid-friendly event, except for the booze from the bar, of course. And guess what? Sunday Variety Night is socially distanced and outdoors for your health and safety, because that how we're all living these days.

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