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The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Whether you like a sweet or savory brunch, Denver Milk Market's FEM has crepes for you.
Whether you like a sweet or savory brunch, Denver Milk Market's FEM has crepes for you. Bridget Wood

Indulge in the unexpected this weekend with brunch at night, beer for breakfast and dinner in an art gallery. Here are six of the best food and drink events in town from Friday, January 17, through Sunday, January 19, plus ten more through mid-March.

click to enlarge Go on, do it — order a mimosa on Friday night. - BRIDGET WOOD
Go on, do it — order a mimosa on Friday night.
Bridget Wood
Friday, January 17
Though it boggles the mind, we've heard from reliable sources (okay, that one Lyft driver) that Sunday Funday is actually a bigger day for drinking than Friday or Saturday nights. On Friday, January 17, you can see whether that's true at Denver Milk Market's Bingo Brunch at Night. All of the Sunday mid-morning classics — bacon, Bloodies, Benedicts — will be available from 5 to 11 p.m., with bingo starting at 9 p.m., well after you're buzzed. So find out firsthand whether the bar(s) at 1800 Wazee Street are as busy at the beginning of the weekend as they are at the end of it; details are up on the Market's website.

The dinner-and-movie doubleheader isn't a new concept, but rarely do cinematic and culinary themes line up as perfectly as they do at the Fort's screening of classic Western Shane on Friday, January 17. The Morrison restaurant (19192 Highway 8) modeled after early-nineteenth-century Bent's Fort is the perfect setting for the tale of Alan Ladd's mysterious gunslinger whose attempt to settle down as a farmhand in 1889 Wyoming results in nothing but blood and tears. The accompanying four-course meal harks back to Colorado's culinary history, with touches like pepitas and buffalo sirloin. Tickets for the 6 p.m. show are just $49 and include one drink; visit the Fort's website for details and to purchase tickets.

Denver Distillery has been holding down its spot at 244 South Broadway for a couple of years now, and on Friday, January 17, it will be celebrating its terrible twos with a bourbon launch and anniversary party. From 6 to 11 p.m., the Paddy Hooligans will provide live music, and just over 350 bottles of bourbon (aged in new American oak and finished in French cabernet sauvignon barrels) will be available, with $5 of each purchase going to the Morgan Adams Foundation, a nonprofit organization funding children's cancer research. There's no cover, but you're required to RSVP for the 6 p.m. bash on Eventbrite or the distillery's Facebook page — and as everyone knows, any toddler is much more palatable with a good amount of whiskey in them (or in you), so don't delay snagging your spot at the bar.

click to enlarge Denver Beer Co.'s beer garden in Arvada. - MARK ANTONATION
Denver Beer Co.'s beer garden in Arvada.
Mark Antonation
Saturday, January 18
Denver Beer Co. knows how to lure your sorry ass out of bed bright and early on a weekend morning; its annual two-day Beer, Bacon and Coffee Fest at the taproom's Arvada outpost (5768 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard) sells out every year. Starting at the unholy hour of 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, and Sunday, January 19, the fest features all the salty, porky, bitter, black, boozy goodness that you can fit in your belly until 11 a.m. So whether you're hitting the taproom after a restful night's sleep or just wrapped up a graveyard shift, this fest is sure to start the day off right. Tickets are $45 on the brewery's website and include a breakfast burrito (veggie option available), bottomless brews (coffee and beer) and bacon and a commemorative mug (because everyone knows you're not really an alcoholic if you're drinking beer out of a coffee cup before 9 a.m.).

click to enlarge The Study inside Hotel Teatro, where you'll learn all sorts of things — including how to identify good and bad bubbly. - THE NICKEL
The Study inside Hotel Teatro, where you'll learn all sorts of things — including how to identify good and bad bubbly.
The Nickel
Sunday, January 19
Now that the holidays are behind us and your mind is unclouded by merriment, cheer or the desire to chug as many drinks as quickly as possible to mitigate the awkwardness of family gatherings and work parties, you'll recall that you drank some very regrettable champagne during December (or maybe you don't remember, but trust us — you did). Bubbly may be celebratory, but that doesn't mean it's all good. Luckily, you can start honing your champagne-tasting skills now so you know what to serve, order and avoid like the plague in eleven months' time. Hotel Teatro, 1100 14th Street, is hosting a tasting class on Sunday, January 19, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., with a pair of the Nickel's sommeliers guiding you through tastings of capital "C" champagne and other sparkling wines and giving advice on pairings. Tickets, $45 on Eventbrite, include a charcuterie plate with nuts and fruit, and invaluable knowledge that will help you avoid a bad bubbly hangover the next time someone decides to pop a cork. NOTE: This event has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 1 at 2 p.m.

Nonprofit art gallery Leon, 1112 East 17th Avenue, is combining the visual and culinary arts on Sunday, January 19, with the launch of its Fine Mess Supper Club. From 5 to 8 p.m., an intimate group of just twenty lucky souls will be treated to a five-course meal from chefs Luke McDonald (Coohills) and Anthony Urbany (Devil's Food) in the gallery, where the current exhibition Beasts of Burden by street artist bunny M. will be the conversational catalyst. Tickets, $85, include tax and tip; visit Leon's Facebook page for details and info on future installments of the monthly series, then email [email protected] or call 303-832-1599 to claim your spot.

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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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