Eating Adventures

A Denver Tasting Menu for Every Night of the Week

Mister Tuna is a great setting for sampling test dishes from the kitchen.
Mister Tuna is a great setting for sampling test dishes from the kitchen. Mark Antonation
From a bottomless wine supper to a fancy date-night feast, tasting menus are culinary gifts from Denver’s talented chefs and restaurateurs. Don’t waste precious summer hours trying to decide on only one restaurant or meal; instead, indulge each night of the week with these worthy menus crafted by passionate culinary teams.

click to enlarge Do dinner and a movie at Bistro Vendôme. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Do dinner and a movie at Bistro Vendôme.
Danielle Lirette

Monday: Movie Night at Bistro Vendôme

1420 Larimer Street

Give Netflix and that Pinterest recipe a night off by attending Monday Movie Nights at Bistro Vendôme, where  Colorado ingredients are incorporated into classic French cuisine. The food-and-movie pairing, a passion project for manager Missy Ihli and her team, transforms the dining room into an intimate cinema while serving a five-course dinner inspired by each movie, all for $55 per person. The bistro pours significant thought and reflection into each program. For example, the June 17 movie pick, Ma Vie en Rose, isn’t the Edith Piaf biopic, but rather the heart-wrenching story of a young child navigating gender and familial acceptance, chosen in honor of Pride month (shown in French with English subtitles). Upcoming features include Les Miserables on July 1 and Fried Green Tomatoes on July 15. (Movies and dates are announced three months at a time on the Bistro Vendôme website.)

click to enlarge Mister Tuna is your Tuesday night option in RiNo. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Mister Tuna is your Tuesday night option in RiNo.
Danielle Lirette

Tuesday: Test Kitchen Tuesday at Mister Tuna

3033 Brighton Boulevard

Located in RiNo’s bike-accessible Industry building, Mister Tuna, a member of the TAG Restaurant group, highlights chef Tristen Epps’s weekly inspirations for Test Kitchen Tuesday, with a four-course tasting menu priced at $38 per person, plus $20 for an optional drink pairing. The chef, who demonstrated his on-the-fly menu creativity by winning an episode of Chopped, playfully uses only four emojis to write up his weekly tasting menu. With limited tasting dishes available, reservations (requesting Test Kitchen Tuesday) are highly recommended.

click to enlarge Knife skills are on display at Sushi Sasa every night of the week. - SUSHI SASA
Knife skills are on display at Sushi Sasa every night of the week.
Sushi Sasa

Wednesday: Moriawase Jou at Sushi Sasa

2401 15th Street

Omakase is the Japanese poster child for chef’s choice menus and are certainly a must-try at Sushi Sasa, but the restaurant also offers another tasting option: moriawase jou. This premium menu selection is a sushi roulette that gives the chosen chef free rein to design a plate of choice, offering a sampling of sashimi and one sushi roll for each guest. Costing $50 per person, the moriawase jou includes an elevated version of miso soup and a side salad. While visiting Sushi Sasa, be sure to visit the renovated bathrooms for an intriguing Japanese toilet experience; you can thank us later.

click to enlarge Dishes are always garden-fresh at Bittersweet. - MARK ANTONATION
Dishes are always garden-fresh at Bittersweet.
Mark Antonation

Thursday:  Four Courses at Bittersweet

500 East Alameda Avenue

Exhibiting kitchen creativity and highlighting chef/owner Olav Peterson’s dedication to seasonal ingredients since 2011, Bittersweet’s four-course Thursday Tasting Menu elevates seasonal fruits and vegetables with complementing proteins. The serene patio, surrounded by a staff-tended garden, is the ideal backdrop for conversing and enjoying the art of multi-course dining. As a full team collaboration, the menu cleverly concludes with a dessert and an unique cocktail designed each Thursday. Priced at $50 per person including wine pairings, Bittersweet’s tasting menu is a tribute to field ingredients composed into artisan cuisine, and is the perfect slowdown in advance of the weekend.

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Staci Berry is a Louisiana transplant living in Denver since 2012. She enjoys fancy feasting with friends and the dirtiest martinis possible.