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The Best Restaurant Takeout and Online Culinary Events This Weekend

Hey, procrastinators! You can order this spread through Sunday morning, and Mom will never know the difference.
Hey, procrastinators! You can order this spread through Sunday morning, and Mom will never know the difference. Courtesy Denver Central Market

Make some fresh pasta, kick off festival season with a new kind of event, get a free baking lesson and score some last-minute treats for Mom this weekend. Then keep reading for future events to plan for, plus ongoing online happenings.

click to enlarge If you haven't yet made it in to Attimo's tasting room (it just opened in January), now you can get a peek when you pick up your Pasta Party package. - COURTESY ATTIMO
If you haven't yet made it in to Attimo's tasting room (it just opened in January), now you can get a peek when you pick up your Pasta Party package.
Courtesy Attimo
Friday, May 8
Starting Friday, May 8, new Denver winery Attimo, at 2246 Larimer Street, is bringing on Rebel Bread baker/owner Zach Martinucci for a series of online classes that will pair perfectly with Attimo's Italian varietals. Every Friday through May 29, the Pasta Party series tackles a different fresh pasta or bread recipe. First up: northern Italian flatbreads tigella and piadina, followed by hand-rolled pasta (you'll learn ten different shapes), gnocchi and sfoglia. Each class is $30 (including instruction and recipes); you can also add on ingredient kits, snacks and side dishes for $2 to $12, and bottles of wine starting at just $15. Sign up on Attimo's website.

Saturday, May 9
Yes, you're stuck inside, and yes, you've reached the end of the Internet. But that doesn't mean you can't still have fun online. The Front Porch Festival kicks off what would have been the start of festival season on Saturday, May 9, with a full day of music, art, food and drink — all of it streaming online from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. For $25, you'll get access to cooking demos of seared squash with Honduran sofrito from chef Edwin Sandoval of Xatrucho; chocolate hazelnut babka from Safta pastry chef Liliana Myers; beer and wine tastings from Joyride Brewing and Infinite Monkey Theorem (beverages aren't included, but they're available for pre-order); a cocktail hour led by Death & Co.'s head bartender, Alex Jump, that focuses on maximizing your home bar; and more. See the entire lineup and purchase your ticket on the Front Porch Festival website.

click to enlarge Getting ready for the Long I Pie virtual bake club. - LONG I PIE
Getting ready for the Long I Pie virtual bake club.
Long I Pie
Sunday, May 10
Coronavirus hasn't been kind to anyone, but among the many groups being hit hard by the ravages of the current health crisis are procrastinators. Gone are the days of frantically searching the Internet late Saturday night for brunch restaurants that might have walk-in availability on Mother's Day. The new normal includes pre-ordering several days (if not more) in advance, which renders day-before planning difficult, if not impossible. Still, we've rounded up a few more options for last-minute celebrations. American Elm, 4132 West 38th Avenue, is offering its brunch package for pre-order through 5 p.m. on Friday, May 8 (c'mon, man — you have to plan a little bit); brunch for two ranges from $50 to $105 depending on whether you opt for just food (quiche, a giant cinnamon roll, bacon, hash and fresh fruit) or add flowers, mimosas or both; there are also four-person options starting at $95. You have until Saturday, May 9, to order brunch for takeout from The Feedery, 900 East Hampden Avenue, plus you'll get 10 percent off your meal (eggs Benedict, salad and blackberry tart, $18 per person) if you order a hanging plant. Finally, order a Mother's Day brunch box ($160) filled with a flower bouquet, bagels, salmon, cream cheese, granola and fixings, box of chocolates, bottle of bubbly and OJ from Denver Central Market's website through (gasp!) Sunday; you can pick it up at the market at 2669 Larimer Street.

Long I Pie owner Shauna Lott Harman has been peddling pies for years, but has had to hit pause because of the current pandemic. Despite the shutdown, Harman still makes sure her love of baking gets shared with anyone who wishes to bask in it, even if she isn't doing much baking right now. Each Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m., Harman is hosting a free virtual baking class on Zoom, where's she's turned out carrot whoopie pies, homemade Oreos, biscuits, cornbread and more; upcoming classes will include soft pretzels, pizza dough and cookies. To sign up, email [email protected] or message Long I Pie's Facebook page and you'll receive a link to the class.

click to enlarge Denver Bazaar looks different in 2020. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Denver Bazaar looks different in 2020.
Danielle Lirette
Thursday, May 14
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts had recently moved into new digs at 43 West Ninth Avenue when COVID-19 shuttered the dining rooms of restaurants and bars across the state. While we're still waiting (and waiting...and waiting) for guidance on when businesses will be allowed to reopen, Cook Street has reopened with a slate of online classes that have been selling out. Its next class, A World of Taste: Thai Online, is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, at 6 p.m. and still has a few slots available. The menu includes satay with peanut sauce, fried rice, vegetarian yellow curry, and Thai basil and coconut ice cream. Tuition is $45 per person and includes ingredients for one, recipes and a Zoom live stream. Sign up on Cook Street's website, where you can also see upcoming classes in case you miss out on this one.

Popular pop-up shopping destination Denver Bazaar has had to rethink its business model — after all, tipsy shopping and close talking in a bustling market space aren't exactly copacetic these days. So the bazaar has teamed up with local producers and restaurants to shift operations online while giving consumers the same access to local food, drink and handmade items. Visit Denver Bazaar's website to order farmers' market items, cocktails and family meals, then schedule your pick-up location and time. Current locations are Highland Tap & Burger (2219 West 32nd Avenue) on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m.; Sloan's Lake Tap & Burger (1565 North Raleigh Street) Fridays from 3 to 8 p.m.; and Belleview Station Tap & Burger (4910 South Newport Street) Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market is looking to add more items and locations, so stay tuned to its website; also note that orders must be placed no later than 6 p.m. on Tuesday for the current week.

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Amy Antonation knows that street tacos are infinitely superior to tacos that come covered in squiggles of crema, and she will stab you with her knitting needles if you try to convince her otherwise.
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