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The Five Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Pi Day? We don't know her. Pie Day, on the other hand.....
Pi Day? We don't know her. Pie Day, on the other hand..... Courtesy of Shauna Lott Harman
The holiday season is officially here, and no matter what your traditions — pumpkin pie, tamales, glitzy cocktails or shopping, shopping, shopping — there's something to catch your interest this week. Keep reading for the best food and drink events over the next five days, and then keep reading for more tasty fun in December. 

Monday, November 25
It's going to be a long, long week for Long I Pie. As befitting a bakery that specializes in flaky pie crusts filled with all kinds of sweet and savory insides, the outfit has been busy gearing up for Thanksgiving. And while baker Shauna Lott Harman has sold out of Turkey Day pre-orders, you still have a chance to get your mitts on some of her delicious creations this week — whether you're shopping for yourself or your dinner companions. Starting with a wine and pie pairing at Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer Street, on Monday, November 25, when $25 will get you three pies and three pours from 5 to 8 p.m., Long I will then match up pastries with cider at Stem on Tuesday, November 26, and with beer at Ratio on Wednesday, November 27. There will also be a limited number of whole pies available for sale, so show up early to snag dessert for the spread. Visit Long I Pie's website for details on her pie pop-ups.

Tuesday, November 26
What is it about the holidays that entices red-blooded, apple pie-eating, coffee-loving Americans to forget the Boston Tea Party and go nuts for mid-day meals of tiny sandwiches and tea served on delicate patterned china? We don't know, but the arrival of holiday tea parties in November and December is as reliable as the return of the 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story to TBS. This week's entry into the fray is Thanksgiving tea at Cherokee Castle, 6113 North Daniels Park Road in Sedalia. On Tuesday, November 26, the gates open at 11:45 a.m. for an elaborate spread of tea with sweet and savory accompaniments, followed by a one-hour tour of the Scottish-style castle. Book your afternoon ($50 to $60, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menus available) on the Castle's website.

click to enlarge Ever partied with Santa in the hot tub? The Jingle Bowl is your chance. - SIPPIN' SANTA
Ever partied with Santa in the hot tub? The Jingle Bowl is your chance.
Sippin' Santa
Wednesday, November 27
Ever wonder how Santa makes it to all the houses around the globe in a single night? Booze, boys and girls: Lots of sugar and lots of booze keep the old man energized and awake as he dashes down chimneys and races over endless suburban sprawl. So obviously, tiki drinks are the best beverage choice for His Claus-ness. Luckily, he can make a pit stop at the Arvada Tavern, 5707 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard in Arvada, starting on Wednesday, November 27, to refuel. The eatery is hosting Sippin' Santa, an unholy combination of kitsch — Christmas and tiki — resulting in festive, frou-frou drinks like the Festivus Flip (bourbon, rum, amaro and pomegranate) and Christmas Eve of Destruction (rum, lime juice, nutmeg syrup and Benedictine). The pop-up bar will be in residence daily at 4 p.m. through December 28 and — miracle of Christmas miracles — this joint actually takes reservations. Find out more and book your seat at the bar on the Arvada Tavern's website.

Thursday, November 28
Not into Thanksgiving — either the food, the family or the fraught history of the day? You can still get a great meal on Thursday, November 28, without all the baggage at Re:Vision co-op, 3738 Morrison Road. Chef Edwin Sandoval of Xatrucho is serving a family meal from 2 to 6 p.m. that's inspired by the custom of restaurant family meal (no actual family required); the menu includes seven à la carte items — all priced under $12 — including dishes like squash soup with fried plantains and annatto-marinated pork tenderloin basted with garlic-ginger butter. Reservations aren't required — just walk up to the window and order with an adventurous palate. Can't get away on Thursday? The same menu will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Black Friday, when you can also shop the co-op's holiday market and get the first look at its newest art show, which is dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Find more information on Re:Vision's Facebook page.

click to enlarge Feeling generous — to others or to yourself? Get $240 worth of food at Ace Eat Serve for $200. - MARK ANTONATION
Feeling generous — to others or to yourself? Get $240 worth of food at Ace Eat Serve for $200.
Mark Antonation
Friday, November 29
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Holy-Shit-It's-The-Day-Before-Christmas-WTF-Am-I-Gonna-Do Tuesday: Whatever you call your biggest shopping day of the year, there are plenty of fine dining gifts you can give the picky, hard-to-please or impossible-to-shop-for people (sorry, loved ones) in your life. Here are a few goodies you can pick up starting Friday, November 29. Through Sunday, December 1, swing by any of Joshua Pollack's restaurants serving East Coast specialties (Rosenberg's, Lou's, Famous Original J's Pizza) to purchase a $50 gift card, and get a free $10 gift certificate for yourself. Secret Sauce restaurants (both Steuben's locations, Ace Eat Serve and Vesta) are offering the same deal for in-store purchases, plus a $40 bonus card if you splurge on a $200 gift certificate. Finally, our favorite (because it can be purchased in your own house while eating leftovers in your pajama pants — or, if you're living dangerously, no pants at all): Through Wednesday, December 4, get a $75 gift certificate to craft brewery and Italian restaurant Liberati for just $50 on the Liberati website.

Keep reading for future food and drink fun.

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