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The Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Beast + Bottle is one of several restaurants around town where you can pick up farmers' market finds this summer.
Beast + Bottle is one of several restaurants around town where you can pick up farmers' market finds this summer. Mark Antonation
It's back to basics this week with Basta (and the debut of Basta East), as well as brunch from Beast & Bottle and Biju Thomas (of the now-shuttered but much beloved Biju's Little Curry Shop).

Then keep reading for more food and drink happenings in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.

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, chef/owner Kelly Whitaker is launching Basta East, a prix fixe menu for $48 (plus a 20 percent service fee) per person, at his third eatery (keep up with us here), Dry Storage, at 3601 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder — in the same Peloton apartment complex as Basta. 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.

Saturday, November 7
This week has brought beautiful, bright second summer days. But we are fully in the grip of autumn, so Uptown eatery Beast & Bottle, 719 East 17th Avenue, is cooking up a farm-to-table harvest brunch for takeout-only on Saturday, November 7. The meal serves two ($45) or four ($85) and includes butternut squash and pecan coffee cake, carrot cake pancakes (with cream cheese, naturally), bacon, a Gruyère frittata, turnip and tater hash, and cabbage salad with golden beets and poppyseed dressing. A vegetarian version, subbing smoked eggplant for bacon, is also available. Pre-order now on Beast's storefront, and pick up your spread between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Folks in the southeast metro area can take a culinary trip to Southeast Asia on Saturday, November 7, as Uncorked Kitchen, 8171 South Chester Street in Centennial, hosts an afternoon Thai cooking class from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Get hands-on instruction (not virtual, not live-streamed, but someone else's actual hands in front of your actual eyes) in making spring rolls with sweet chile dipping sauce and shrimp pad thai. The class is $69 per person and includes all equipment and ingredients (no more scrounging around in your drawer to figure out if you have the right kind of knife). There are still a handful of seats left; register now on Uncorked Kitchen's website.

Sunday, November 8
Unless you're a very, very lucky human, you probably can't entice Biju Thomas to come into your kitchen and cook you a meal. But on Sunday, November 8, you can pretend he's standing at your stovetop during the Global Livingston Institute's virtual cooking class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. You can purchase tickets at three different levels: $25 (includes a link to watch the class but doesn't allow you to ask any questions); $111 (entitles you to an interactive link as well as a list of ingredients to purchase); and $250 (which includes a link that will allow you to pester Thomas will all sorts of questions, but also includes delivery of all fully-prepped ingredients to your doorstep). Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward the institute's mission of job creation and community development in East Africa. Visit the Global Livingston Institute website to purchase your ticket.

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

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