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The Best Online Culinary Events and Takeout Specials This Weekend

Run for the Roses' bangin' breakfast sandwich is one of the food options to go with its to-go cocktails.
Run for the Roses' bangin' breakfast sandwich is one of the food options to go with its to-go cocktails. Mark Antonation
Celebrate a bar's birthday with takeout booze (we all know the drinks are the most important part of the party anyway), learn to cook like a native (and not just of Colorado), and preserve a veneer of normalcy by hitting up a farmers' market and scheduling Sunday supper this weekend. Then read on for online events every day of the week.

Friday, May 1
Stylish subterranean bar Run for the Roses, at 1801 Blake Street, has the good fortune of having stayed in business for a year (an accomplishment in the best of times) and the bad luck to be celebrating the milestone in the weirdest of times. But it's still mixing up a storm on Friday, May 1, though the party will have to be on your patio instead of at its polished wooden bar. While the bar spot has ceased its delivery offerings, it's offering one last to-go hurrah before it closes and reopens (someday). Order one of six house cocktail batches, each of which comprise four drinks and range in price from $30 to $50. Because the current state of affairs requires you to order food with your booze, you'll also have to order one of Run for the Rose's snacks, which include high-end deviled eggs and $4 snack packs of Ruffles. Order on Tock for pick-up on Friday, May 1, between 2 and 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 2
Farmers' markets (and the growers that supply them) aren't exempt from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, and just like their food-service siblings, bars and restaurants, the markets are being forced to make adjustments this growing season. From delaying opening dates to more substantial changes like implementing online ordering systems or even going entirely virtual, it's not quite business as usual this spring. Still, a pair of markets in the metro area are sprouting on Saturday, May 2. Metro Denver Farmers' Market is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or sellout) for on-site operations in the Southwest Plaza parking lot at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Bowles Avenue in Littleton. And while Wheat Ridge's Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market (7043 West 38th Avenue) operates year-round, it's launching online ordering for daily pick-up at the market or for deliver on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; details and fees are up on its website. Keep visiting Colorado Proud's website for updates on your favorite market's status, as well as a guide to polite market behavior (Wear a mask! Don't fondle the produce! And wash your damn hands!).

Last year, Andean native and chef Andrea Murdoch teamed up with Comal Heritage Food Incubator for her inaugural Warrior Goddess dinner to advocate for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. This year, Murdoch will be cooking from her own kitchen, and you can join in the cooking and eating, as the event has been transformed into an online cooking class on Saturday, May 2. From 6 to 7 p.m., she'll whip up dishes inspired by her heritage, including "missing sister" salad made with just two of the three sister companion crops of corn, beans and squash, and turkey and sage meatballs over cornmeal mush (polenta, if you're fancy) using grain from Bow & Arrow Brand, located on southwestern Colorado's Ute Mountain reservation. Sign up for the demo, just $12.50 on Eventbrite, and you'll receive a link to the meeting, recipes and an ingredient list via email. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center.

You can still snag Dio Mio's fresh noodles, but you'll have to plan ahead for them; currently, they're only available on Sundays. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
You can still snag Dio Mio's fresh noodles, but you'll have to plan ahead for them; currently, they're only available on Sundays.
Danielle Lirette
Sunday, May 3
RiNo's purveyor of handmade pasta, Dio Mio, recently shuttered its door most days of the week in anticipation of reopening when the City of Denver gives the go-ahead. But fans of its toothsome noodles can still get the goods on Sundays, when the eatery is offering meal kits to go. While we won't guarantee the pasta will be cooked to perfection — that's up to you — you can purchase a family meal that feeds four to six people on Dio Mio's online storefront. Place your order no later than 8 p.m. on the previous Friday for pick-up at 3264 Larimer Street between 1 and 4 p.m. on Sunday. This week's offering includes fusilli with pesto, smashed cucumber salad and fresh bread for $40; next week's menu features cavatelli all'amatriciana and broccoli rabe (price TBD). You can add on extra pasta for $10 per pound and raise a glass to the day restaurants reopen with reasonably priced bottles of wine.

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