Monday, March 16
There are plenty of restaurants that don't open on Mondays, but Frasca, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, has a longstanding tradition of serving prix fixe menus along with stellar wine pairings on the first day of the work week. On March 16, the Boulder eatery is welcoming California reps and wine from Grgich Hills Estate (the winery that shocked poncy French palates at the Paris Wine Tasting of 1973 — sometimes hyperbolically referred to as the "Judgment of Paris" and subject of the 2008 comedy Bottle Shock, which starred the late, great Alan Rickman). The four-course menu costs $65, with wine pairings running an additional $55; seatings start at 5:30 p.m. Learn more about the dinner and the winemaker on Frasca's website, then make your reservation on Tock.
NOTE: This event has been postponed as of Monday, March 16. We really, really love street tacos (some of us would even fist-fight to assert their superiority over fancy-shmancy "innovations") but when a good cause and great chefs are involved, we'll put aside our principles — at least for a moment. And that moment has come, as on Wednesday, March 18, Kachina Cantina, 1890 Wazee Street, is launching Tacollaboration; the eatery is serving tacos created by some of our favorite chefs in town (Jen Jasinski of Ultreia; Paul C. Reilly of Coperta; Sheila Lucero of Lola Coastal Mexican; Josh Gordon of Safta; and Kachina's own Cesar Tamariz) through Saturday, March 21. The kitchen is rolling out a rotating roster of the tacos, including rajas con queso, "mermaid" octopus, arabes, quail and dessert varieties; each taco costs $5, and 10 percent of proceeds will go to World Central Kitchen, the disaster relief organization founded by chef José Andrés. Visit Kachina's Facebook page to find out what night your favorite dish will be served.
Thursday, March 19
NOTE: This event has been rescheduled for June 25. City Park's SAME Cafe, 2023 East Colfax Avenue, is celebrating fourteen years in business this year; it's a major accomplishment for any restaurant, made even more impressive because the cozy lunch spot is a nonprofit, donation-based eatery that has never put a price on its menu. Diners pay what they can, either in greenbacks or volunteer hours, and regardless of financial status, everyone enjoys healthy food while being treated with dignity. And in keeping with its mission, the enterprise's annual fundraiser on Thursday, March 19, the So All May Eat Gala, is an egalitarian affair: Attire is "Colorado dressy," which means anything from cargo pants to custom gowns, and while tickets cost $75 (which includes small plates from SAME chefs and students in the cafe's Cook to Work culinary education program; desserts from local sweet shops, including the Inventing Room; a silent auction; and wine provided by Wines off Wynkoop), there are also pay-what-you-can and volunteer options. The fun runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Space Gallery Annex, 95 South Cherokee Street; find all the details on SAME's website.
Tuesday, March 31
NOTE: This event has been canceled due to the coronavirus state of emergency. It will be rescheduled for a later date. On Tuesday, March 31, the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, will host the fifth annual Eat Colorado Food Show, where food buyers and producers can connect. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., approximately 100 Colorado growers, food and beverage makers and distributors — including Ela Family Farms, ACRES at Warren Tech, Cooper's Small Batch Hot Sauce, Happy Leaf Kombucha, Wood's High Mountain Distillery, Polidori Sausage and Strava Craft Coffee — will be on hand to discuss their products. In addition, expect speakers talking about the Colorado grain industry and the increasingly popular "zero proof" beverages and gathering spots. Attendance is free and open to the public; register on the event website.
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