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The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Mark your calendar for Mardi Gras.
Mark your calendar for Mardi Gras. Jim Wills
From CSAs to cigars and pie to partying, the days ahead have events for every DIY-er and discerning diner. Here's our roundup of the eight best culinary happenings for the week; then keep reading for more food and drink goings-on through April.

click to enlarge By the time you see this, it's already too late. - MARK ANTONATION
By the time you see this, it's already too late.
Mark Antonation
Monday, February 24
Boulder residents may have to endure yet another round of snow shoveling this week, but before you know it, the white stuff will melt, mud season will arrive and local farms will be posting luscious pics of their community-supported agriculture (CSA) boxes on Instagram. Pay attention to your FOMO, because most CSAs have already sold all their shares by the time you're salivating over that selection of summer squash on social media. But you can still get to Boulder County Farmers' Markets' CSA share on Monday, February 24. From 6 to 8 p.m., more than fifteen local growers and ranchers will be on hand at Sanitas Brewing Co., 3550 Frontier Avenue in Boulder, with info about their 2020 CSAs. Veggies, meat, flowers, eggs and dairy are all represented; RSVP to the free event on Eventbrite (where you'll find a list of confirmed vendors) and you'll be entered into a raffle. And if you sign up for a CSA, you'll get a free brew from Sanitas.

click to enlarge Dot your "i"s and make sure you get tickets to Uchi's beer dinner. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Dot your "i"s and make sure you get tickets to Uchi's beer dinner.
Danielle Lirette
Tuesday, February 25
Tuesday nights might not be your first choice when it comes to tearing it up, but Mardi Gras comes just once a year — so suck it up and celebrate on the day itself: Tuesday, February 25, not the weekend before or (abomination of all abominations) the weekend after, when Lent is already in full swing. Here are three of the most enticing parties in town: From 6 to 8:30 p.m., Commissary (the former Mister Tuna at 3033 Brighton Boulevard) hosts a bacchanal with bites, beverages and a brass band. Chef/restaurateur Troy Guard will be on the line, and he's bringing in reinforcements in the form of Louisiana boy and Houston chef Drake Leonards of Eunice, and the evening's menu boasts instant classics like shrimp po' boy sliders, crawfish hand pies and Cajun duck poppers. Entry ($45 or $65 on Night Out) includes a drink, unlimited apps and a chef demo for VIP ticket holders. Comal, 3455 Ringsby Court, is opting for a slightly more subdued sit-down dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wine and cocktail pairings (plus tax and tip) are included in the price — $75 for community seating or $125 for one of just six chef's counter seats that includes additional bites and drinks — and the four courses promise goodies like pickled mussels, gumbo with confit chicken and tasso ham, and banana pudding with rum sauce. Find the full menu and tickets on Eventbrite. Finally, all Jax Fish House locations are handing out beads (no flashing required) and masks, so that no one can tell who you are as you stuff your face full of delights like king cake beignets, gumbo, $3 grilled oysters and bottles from NOLA-based Abita Brewing Co. Feeling brave? Down a 22-ounce Hurricane and take home the commemorative glass — if you can find home after that drink. There's no cover for the party, but reservations are encouraged; find out more on the Jax Fish House website.

East meets West on Tuesday, February 25, when sushi powerhouse Uchi, 2500 Lawrence Street, hosts the second in its series of brewery dinners. This time, the partnership is with the homegrown Post Brewing Co., and staple brews Howdy (a Western — whatever that means — pilsner), Top Rope (a Mexican-style lager) and Townie (English IPA) paired with dishes like fried fish with vinegar aioli, ceviche and duck confit. The 6:30 p.m. dinner will run you $115 (includes tax and tip), with tickets for sale on Eventbrite. Can't make it this month? Future installments include dinners with brews from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. on March 31 and Crooked Stave on April 28; keep up to date on the restaurant's Facebook page.

click to enlarge A decadent key lime pie from Fish N Beer. - LINNEA COVINGTON
A decadent key lime pie from Fish N Beer.
Linnea Covington
Wednesday, February 26
Regular readers already know of our affinity for pies: sweet, savory, elegant, rustic, handheld, served by the slice — all are the way to our heart and guaranteed to put us in a blissful, pie-induced trance. But we have nothing on Boulder pie expert John Lehndorff, who has served as organizer of the Great American Pie Festival and head judge of the National Pie Championships (be right back; we're taking a break to seethe with jealousy). On Wednesday, February 26, the man, the myth, the pie legend will be giving a lecture at Niwot's Left Hand Grange, 195 Second Avenue, on the history of pies in Boulder County. Attendees will get "pie-related" refreshments (hmmmm) starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a talk that spans the genesis of National Pie Day, pie-adjacent artifacts, tips and tricks to judging a slice, and a Q&A on how to turn out your own flaky, tasty masterpiece, all for just $5 at the door. Details are up on Lehndorff's Facebook page, and you can see more of his writing — including a list of Denver's top hand pies — on his website.

Thursday, February 27
There are still a few places in Denver where you can puff a stogie in public (no, that's not a euphemism), but none quite so old-school luxurious as Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, 8100 East Orchard Street, where the paneling is dark, the seating is leather and the ashtrays are heavy enough to play a supporting role in a James Bond caper. On Thursday, February 27, the cigar lounge is offering a deal in honor of National Cigar Day: an Oliva Melanio Robusto and pour of Woody Creek Rye Whiskey for just $35. So smoke up, McLovin: Life's short.

click to enlarge Turtle Boat's non-poke creations are sure to be as colorful as its exterior. - MARK ANTONATION
Turtle Boat's non-poke creations are sure to be as colorful as its exterior.
Mark Antonation
Friday, February 28
Does poke and pulque sound like an uncommon combo? On Friday, February 28, visit the Green Mile, where Dos Luces Brewery and nearby poke purveyor Turtle Boat are teaming up for a five-course beer dinner starting at 7 p.m. The taproom, at 1236 South Broadway, is hosting the feast, which goes well beyond raw fish in a bowl: Pairings include a cheese board with boozy lime agua fresca; braised oxtail and mofongo with pulque; pan-seared tilapia paired with chicha; and panna cotta served with new release jamaica pulque. Visit Dos Luces's website to see the entire menu and purchase your $65 ticket.

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