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Denver Restaurant Week is kicking off, a Top Chef contestant is hosting a pop-up, Oyster Month arrives at Jax Fish House and more.
Cuba Cuba is one of the over 200 restaurants participating in this year's Denver Restaurant Week.
Cuba Cuba is one of the over 200 restaurants participating in this year's Denver Restaurant Week. Molly Martin
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February is nearly over — though we do get one extra day this month, and you can make the most of it with these Leap Day deals, including free guac from Chipotle.

This week also brings the start of Denver Restaurant Week's twentieth edition. To celebrate, we've got the story behind how this beloved event came to be.

March 1 marks the start of Oyster Month, too, and Jax is bringing plenty of ways to celebrate. Other culinary happenings include a pop-up from a Top Chef contestant, two whiskey pairing dinners, a Latin Supper Club and more.

Be sure to bookmark this page — we update it weekly with the best food and drink events in metro Denver. Here are the highlights for the next seven days, as well as upcoming events to put on your calendar:
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It's time to #EDF at Cantina Loca.
Molly Martin
Wednesday, February 28
Dana Rodriguez's Cantina Loca has launched #EDF (aka eat, drink...we'll let you guess what the "f" stands for) nights on Wednesdays. It's a "party with live music, flowing drinks and one-night-only specials," the cantina says. This week's edition is the Fuego y Hielo winter patio party complete with games, giveaways, a DJ and an ice luge from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy all-you-can-drink beverages for $50 or free-flowing food and libations for $70. 

Guard and Grace is hosting the second in its series of monthly wine dinners. This four-course meal includes dishes like Japanese A5 tenderloin, seared scallop in XO beurre blanc, and gold leaf-painted truffles, along with pairings from Napa Valley's Dana Estates. Tickets are $275 per person.

Local Jones inside the Halcyon hotel in Cherry Creek is hosting a collaborative whiskey dinner with Woodinville Whiskey Co. at 6 p.m. The four-course tasting menu with whiskey pairings is $95 per person with an optional $35 cocktail pairing. Reservations are available on Eventbrite.

Thursday, February 29

The twentieth anniversary of the Boulder International Film Festival will kick off with CineCHEF, during which eight local Boulder chefs will create dishes inspired by films. More details, including ticket options that start at $120 per person, are available online.

Yardbird in RiNo is celebrating Leap Day with a 7 p.m. multi-course bourbon dinner with pairings like hamachi crudo with Blanton’s Bourbon & Traveller Whiskey, smoked-chicken raviolo with Weller Special Reserve, and coal-fired New York strip with black garlic potato purée and aged sherry glacé paired with the Revolver cocktail (Traveller whiskey, espresso liqueur and orange bitters). Tickets are $125 per person.

Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 10
Denver Restaurant Week is returning for its twentieth-anniversary year. For the 2024 edition, diners will be able to enjoy multi-course prix fixe meals at participating restaurants for $25, $35, $45 or $55 per person. Menus are now live at denverrestaurantweek.com, and reservations are encouraged. Read all about the origins of Denver Restaurant Week here.

Sunday, March 3
It's Oyster Month at Jax Fish House. In addition to a full month of oyster specials, Jax is hosting Bubbles & Pearls: The Kick Off from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at all locations with an all-you-can-eat and drink menu featuring a selection of oysters including raw oysters, oyster sliders, oysters Rockefeller, chargrilled oysters, fried oysters and Buffalo-style oysters paired with French fries, hush puppies, bubbles, wine and beer. This event is $125 per person, and tickets can be purchased for each location at jaxfishhouse.com. On March 24, it will be offering Bubbles & Pearls: The Throw Down, a party with four oyster stations and plenty of bubbly for $225 per person.
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Chef Manny Barella will make his television debut on the upcoming season of Top Chef.
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Monday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 5
Chef Manny Barella is set to compete on the upcoming season of Top Chef, but you can get a taste of his fare before its debut at his Mientras pop-up at Cantina Loca every Monday and Tuesday through March 19. The four-course meal includes options like beef tartare with salsa macha XO, smoked lobster tetela and birria mafaldine for $110 per person, with an optional cocktail pairing for $50. Book tickets at mannybarella.com.

Tuesday, March 5
Cafe Brazil (4408 Lowell Boulevard) is launching Latin Supper Club, a series of twelve fundraising dinners hosted by owner and chef Tony Zarlenga alongside MasterChef Mexico's chef Pablo Aya. The inaugural event is a five-course meal that features guest chef Zuri Resendiz, Chopped champion and owner of El Luchador. Proceeds go to the Sabor Comunitario program for Hispanic students; tickets are $150. Upcoming editions include guest chef Luis Gurrola of Necio Mexican Kitchen on March 19; the winner of the 2023 Hispanic Top Chef title, Carolina Zubiate, on April 9; and Ms. Betty’s Cooking co-owner Tajahi Cooke on April 23.

Michelin-starred Frasca in Boulder continues its twentieth-anniversary celebration with its second guest chef dinner. This one features James Beard Award winner and Top Chef alum Gregory Gourdet. Tickets are $550 per person.

Colorado Sake Co. at 3559 Larimer Street is one of only fifteen sake breweries in the U.S., and it's now hosting a Sake 101 tour every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for $10 per person. The price includes a sake tasting and a discount on purchases made after the tour; you can also add on a menu tasting and a half flight. Reservations are available on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, March 6
Stay Tuned at 2162 Larimer Street is hosting a Vinyl + Vine dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. with fare from Somebody People executive chef Justin Freeman and hand-selected wines from vineyards in Italy. Tickets are $65 per person and include dinner plus six pours of vino.
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Bowl of ’Zole will take place on March 28.
Bowl of ’Zole
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March 11: Movie-and-dinner pairing nights have returned to Bistro Vendôme (2267 Kearney Street). Next up: The French Connection. The evening begins at 6 p.m. and includes a four-course meal for $65 per person; reservations can be made on OpenTable. Upcoming movie nights include Cleo on March 25.

March 13: Stoic & Genuine at Union Station is kicking off an izakaya dinner series with a six-course menu from culinary director Tim Kuklinski, plus pairings from sake expert Katrina Schlom of Momentum Beverage. The meal is $175 per person, and tickets are available on OpenTable. Additional dinners in the series are set for May 22 and July 24.

March 28: Agave spirit and pozole tasting event Bowl of ’Zole returns to the Skylight event space (833 Santa Fe Drive) from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets start at $55 and are available online.

March 30: Collaboration Fest is returning to the Westin Westminster. Tickets are $55 (general admission) or $75 (VIP).

April 14: The Colorado Wine Walk is back at the Dairy Block, with pours from twelve local wineries and live music. Tickets, which start at $45, are on sale now.

Know of an event that belongs on this calendar? Send information to [email protected].
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