The Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

The Aether Lounge yurts on the rooftop patio of Corrida are first-come, first-served.EXPAND
The Aether Lounge yurts on the rooftop patio of Corrida are first-come, first-served.
Courtesy Corrida
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Sign up for a springtime bottle club, get tipsy in a tent, nibble nitro ice cream and cross your fingers for buttermilk pie this weekend.

Keep reading for more of Denver's food and drink events this weekend and in the days beyond, right up to Feast-To-Go, Westword's celebration of the resilient restaurant scene.

Friday, March 26
RiNo's Ironton Distillery, 3636 Chestnut Place, has just launched a new bottle-of-the-month club. And because we're rapidly approaching patio season, the Slopeside Sips program not only includes a bottle of spirits each month and 10 percent off additional bottle purchases, but also two cocktails to drink on the distillery's lovely (and dog-friendly!) patio. The club is $50 per month, or $540 if you commit to a full year; see Ironton's website for details.

The Inventing Room's Whizz Poppers, made of freeze-dried saltwater taffy.EXPAND
The Inventing Room's Whizz Poppers, made of freeze-dried saltwater taffy.
Courtesy the Inventing Room

Saturday, March 27
Boulder's Corrida, 1023 Walnut Street, has been serving a five-course prix fixe dinner in rooftop yurts, decked out in cowhides and furs, since January. And it will continue to do so; visit the Corrida website to see the $90 menu, then call 303-444-1333 to reserve your seat. But what if you're feeling impulsive and madcap and don't want to wait to make a reservation? Consider Corrida's new Aether Lounge, which will be open now through May 1. The rooftop yurts seat five, are open for walk-ins only and come stocked with Aether-brand gear. (It's unclear whether the puffy jackets adorning the walls are designed to be used for warmth or just ambience, but in the midst of a pandemic, we always recommend you BYOPJ.) The lounge has a tiny drink list of just four high-end liquors and one cocktail; at a whopping $25 each, you're definitely not going to be camping out in your tent. The good news though, is that it will be money well spent, because $5 of each Aether Old Fashioned cocktail sold will be donated to the Boulder Homeless Shelter. Find out more on Corrida's Instagram page.

Highland dessert shop the Inventing Room, 4433 West 29th Avenue, is reopening on Saturday, March 27 — sort of. You won't be able to drop in for nitro ice cream on a whim just yet, but you can book tickets for the shop's Future of Dessert demonstrations on Saturdays and Sundays going forward. The demos will host up to twelve guests ($15 each) and include a taste trip through glow-in-the-dark goodies; freeze-dried caramels, taffy and cheesecake; and liquid nitrogen ice cream sundaes. The 45-minute experience must be booked in advance on the Inventing Room's online storefront. Reservations are currently available through mid-May, with some dates already fully booked. Now, if only the minds behind the candy could predict the Future of Everything Else.

Door Prize's buttermilk pie may make an appearance at its next pop-up.EXPAND
Door Prize's buttermilk pie may make an appearance at its next pop-up.
Courtesy Door Prize

Sunday, March 28
Door Prize, the roving meat-and-three project, is making an appearance at Fort Greene, 321 East 45th Avenue, on Sunday, March 28. From noon to 5 p.m., the kitchen will dish up the Southern tradition of...well, a meat of your choice with three sides. The menu hasn't been announced, but previous pop-ups offered barbecue chicken, meatloaf, pickled shrimp, ribs, sweet potato casserole, grits and gravy and buttermilk pie. Follow Door Prize's Instagram page for more details.

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You won't be hearing from this dude at the Women in Wine webinar. You do have to look at him, though, because there are no photos of Colorado women making wine.
You won't be hearing from this dude at the Women in Wine webinar. You do have to look at him, though, because there are no photos of Colorado women making wine.
Courtesy Colorado Wine Board

Wednesday, March 31
On Wednesday, March 31, the Colorado Wine Board is hosting a Women in Wine webinar to close out Women's History Month. Clara Klein (sommelier at Sunday Vinyl), Natalie McAnulla (wine buyer at HB Liquors), Jenne Baldwin-Eaton (winemaker at Plum Creek Winery and viticulture program director at Western Colorado Community College) and Ashley Hausman (consultant and Master of Wine) will be discussing industry trends, food pairings and how the industry can become more diverse. Tune in to the Colorado Wine Facebook page at 4:30 p.m. for the conversation.

March will go out like a lamb (or a Laws) when Bistro Vendôme, 1420 Larimer Street, hosts a Laws Whiskey dinner on Wednesday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. The four-course feast includes a spring-y English pea Scotch egg with green garlic crème fraîche; lamb bruschetta with Muenster cheese, blood orange and pickled mustard seeds; and wild boar in espresso mole. Diners will also get six different pours of Laws whiskeys (including both bonded and non-bonded versions of the distillery's rye and bourbon, as well as bourbon aged in a Calvados barrel), and distillery founder Alan Laws will be on hand to talk about the beverages. Make your reservation, $95, on Tock.

Saturday, April 3
Boulder County Farmers Markets (BCFM) didn't die off during COVID, and they're returning much closer to their usual opening dates this year — in the case of Boulder and Longmont, on Saturday, April 3. Both markets will be open for in-person shopping every Saturday through late November — in Boulder from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 13th Street between Arapahoe Avenue and Canyon Boulevard, and in Longmont from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road. Certain restrictions from last year are still in place (no dilly-dallying, no pets, no fondling the melons, no music), and shoppers are still encouraged to pre-order and reserve their shopping/pick-up time. However, in a nod to normalcy, customers without a reservation will be accepted (though they may have to wait a bit for entry). The markets will continue to offer curbside pick-up and delivery, and other markets are expected to open in May (Boulder's Wednesday night market and Denver's Union Station) and July (Lafayette). See the BCFM website for complete details.

Aminata and Rougui Dia normally cook French food — but on April 6, they're bringing Senegalese dishes to your plate.
Aminata and Rougui Dia normally cook French food — but on April 6, they're bringing Senegalese dishes to your plate.
Courtesy of Le French

Tuesday, April 6
South Denver's Le French, 4901 South Newport Street, serves — no surprise — French food. Its menu is chock-full of classics like the croque monsieur, escargots, boeuf Bourguignon and savory crêpes. But starting Tuesday, April 6, the bistro will be serving a Senegalese menu to honor the roots of its owners, sisters Rougui and Aminata Dia (Aminata was born in Senegal; both sisters grew up in Paris). Lunch and dinner offerings include sandwiches with black-eyed peas or chicken yassa (a lemon-y, onion-y, mustard-y preparation); lamb cooked slowly in peanut and tomato sauce and served with sweet potatoes and yucca root; and tinaali, a vegetarian entree made of sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas, creamed cornmeal and tomato broth. On April 6, the eatery will be donating 100 percent of net sales to Friends of Guéoul, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships, computers and other resources to female Senegalese students; the restaurant will continue to donate 10 percent of sales through Saturday, April 10 (the last day the menu is offered). 

Wednesday, April 7
Spring is the time of year to sign up for community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. But what if the idea of receiving a box full of fresh fruits and veggies every week makes you want a drink because you're never going to use up that bundle of chard that takes up your entire crisper drawer? Good news! You can now get less "agriculture" and more "sweet, sweet booze" in your CSA with Cocktail Caravan's community supported cocktail (CSC) program. Sign up on the bartending service's website and you'll get a bottle of freshly pressed mixer made with ingredients from local farms each week, starting Wednesday, April 7. Each bottle makes five cocktails (or non-alcoholic cocktails). Mixers include combos such as grilled Palisade peach, thyme and lemon, or cucumber, ginger, serrano, lime and basil. The CSC runs nine weeks and will cost you $144. You can also sign up for summer or fall shares (also nine weeks, also $144), or save by getting the whole season through October 6, for $392.

Thursday, May 13
For years, Westword celebrated the Denver dining scene at Feast, an annual eating extravaganza that filled the McNichols Building with tables hosted by local restaurants, sampling their best dishes. Given the pandemic, Feast has pivoted and turned into Feast To-Go, a drive-thru event at Stanley Marketplace on May 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. that will again celebrate the city's resilient restaurants. At Feast To-Go, you'll be able to try food from a dozen restaurants and trucks that we’ve honored with Best of Denver awards over the past few years, along with beverages; you can enjoy your goodie bags and restaurant samples at an impromptu picnic or simply take them home...without ever leaving your car. Tickets are now on sale here.

Know of an event that belongs on this calendar? Send information to cafe@westword.com.

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