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The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

What's more punk than a posh downtown development project? Answer: anything.
What's more punk than a posh downtown development project? Answer: anything. Danielle Lirette
Show up for soup, silent film, succulents, sex and overall strangeness this week as Denver braces for more snow and an extended cold snap. But keep reading: While we can't predict the weather for the next two months, we can give you a heads up on great food and drink happenings around town.
click to enlarge Culinary Quick Start at Emily Griffith Technical College provides free food-service education. - EMILY GRIFFITH TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Culinary Quick Start at Emily Griffith Technical College provides free food-service education.
Emily Griffith Technical College
Monday, February 10
The Emily of Emily Griffith Technical College, 1860 Lincoln Street, was indeed a real person (she had perfect skin and a fierce hat game) born on February 10, 1868, who also appreciated the value of a square meal. After founding the school that bears her name, she continued to support students who worked long hours and attended class in the evenings by providing free soup at dinnertime. Now the College is celebrating her birthday in the same spirit: From Monday, February 10, through Friday, February 28, the campus is accepting donations of shelf-stable lunch and snack foods to stock the student food pantry. You can drop off items anytime between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., but if you show up on Monday between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., you can get a free bowl of beef or veggie soup in the onsite cafe. It's the birthday gift that gives back to the community.
click to enlarge Don't just choose two: Get all the drinks at Bar Helix. - MARK ANTONATION
Don't just choose two: Get all the drinks at Bar Helix.
Mark Antonation
Tuesday, February 11
Get messy at Bar Helix on Tuesday, February 11 — not because you'll drink too many of the swanky bar's excellent cocktails (though you definitely will) — but because the spot is partnering with A Damsel's Locket to host a gardening night. Starting at 6 p.m., the non-profit mobile art studio that provides therapeutic workshops to victims of domestic violence will guide customers through planting a miniature succulent garden. Tickets, $32 without drinks, $38 with one specially created cocktail of vodka, lemon and hibiscus, on Eventbrite include all your materials but don't cover food or additional drinks, so we recommend you arrive at the bar, 3440 Larimer Street, early and get your nibbles in before you start to get down and dirty.
click to enlarge The Preservery is bringing back its silent film series in conjunction with the Denver Public Library. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
The Preservery is bringing back its silent film series in conjunction with the Denver Public Library.
Danielle Lirette
Wednesday, February 12
On Wednesday, February 12, the Preservery, 3040 Blake Street, is continuing its occasional silent film series with a screening of 1920's The Symbol of the Unconquered. Writer/director Oscar Micheaux, one of America's first black filmmakers, made more than forty feature films — an impressive number by any definition, but especially since nearly half of them were released in in the decade after the massively influential, popular and racist Birth of a Nation (1915). The tale of Eve Mason, a black woman who inherits valuable land but is threatened by the Ku Klux Klan unless she sells, lights up the silver screen starting at 7 p.m.; to ensure a front-row seat, reserve a table by calling 303-298-6821 or book via OpenTable. Can't spare the time for dinner and a movie this week? Micheaux's 1925 film Body and Soul will be shown the next Wednesday, February 19. Visit the restaurant's website for more details. 
click to enlarge Find true love at Recess Beer Garden this week. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Find true love at Recess Beer Garden this week.
Danielle Lirette
Thursday, February 13
Even if you're lucky enough to find your human soulmate, there's no guarantee they'll give you unconditional love, For that, you have to go to the dogs. On Thursday, February 13, the Tails & Ales event at Recess Beer Garden, 2715 17th Street, will help you find puppy love. From 5 to 8 p.m., $10 will get you admission, two drinks, two raffle tickets and the company of adorable, adoptable doggos from Life is Better Rescue. Gaze into the eyes of good boys and girls just begging you to take them home — it'll easily be the most productive (and rewarding!) evening you've spent trolling the bars in ages. All proceeds from ticket and raffle sales, as well as a silent auction, will go to the Life is Better; find out more and secure your entry on Eventbrite.

Chocolates in mid-February are nothing new — but dinosaur-themed sweets paired with a lecture on the sex lives of the giant reptiles? That's an evening not to be missed. On Thursday, February 13, join Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center, 17681 West Alameda Parkway in Golden, for Salacious in the Cretaceous. Not only will you learn how the gorgosaurus got it on, you'll also be making your own chocolate lollipops and leptoceratops. The fun runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; visit Dinosaur Ridge's website for details and to purchase your tickets ($20) to the steamiest, sexiest, sweetest scientific lecture in town.
Friday, February 14
Give Valentine's Day the finger by heading to the Dairy Block, 1855 Blake Street, to hang for perhaps the most unusual (and frankly, mildly incomprehensible) event of the month: French Punk. Starting on Friday, February 14, every weekend boasts new events: an un-Valentine's drag show and a pair of drag brunches with performers from the unsettling and deeply entertaining Dragula on February 14 through 16; a French Punk disco and bazaar on February 21 and 22; and live music and a leap year party on February 28 and 29. Cocktail bar Run for the Roses will also be running a pop-up with presumably anti-establishment drinks (hopefully served at an anti-establishment price) all three weekends. A look at event planner Thrice's website raises more questions than it answers: Will there be mimes,  will slam dancing be allowed, and just how punk can something on the Dairy Block really be? But that's where you can find event details and a link to tickets, which start at $65 for Friday's show and run the gamut for the rest of the events. One thing we are sure of: A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which works to end hate crimes and support the LGBTQ+ community. 

Keep reading for more food-related fun through mid-March.

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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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