The Eight Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Infinite Monkey Theorem invites you to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22.
Infinite Monkey Theorem invites you to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. Danielle Lirette
Two longtime Denver traditions mark this weekend: the Smoking of the Weed and the Running of the Cherry Creek. There are plenty of other things going on, too, some of which won't even require to you to light up or lace up. Here are eight of the best food and drink events over the next three days, as well as more dates to mark on your culinary calendar.

click to enlarge Local favorite RiNo Yacht Club is hosting Uchi for a pop-up happy hour on Friday, April 20. - MARK ANTONATION
Local favorite RiNo Yacht Club is hosting Uchi for a pop-up happy hour on Friday, April 20.
Mark Antonation
Friday, April 20
We've written about Austin-based sushi bar Uchi's expansion to Denver before. And while we may not be on the edge of our seats over another culinary import descending on the Mile High City to universal fangirling while simultaneously overshadowing excellent local options, there's no doubt that diners can't get enough of the hype. Make up your own mind at two Uchi pop-ups at the Source, 3350 Brighton Boulevard. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 20, Uchi apps will be passed at RiNo Yacht Club, while hometown-hero bartender McLain Hedges mixes drinks. The event is free, with a cash bar, but reservations at are required. And on Saturday, April 21, Uchi will offer a seven-course dinner with cocktail pairings for $95 at the Source; spots are still available for the 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. seatings, but they're going fast, also at

If you care about 4/20, you've probably already got plans for the day that will render you incapable of appreciating fine dining this evening. That's why TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, is lowering the sophistication of its usual menu at the same time it's elevating the usual munchies. The 420 Dinner will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 20, with fancy versions of your favorite midnight snacks: Think Flamin' Hot Cheetos fried pickles; a haute Hot Pocket stuffed with lobster; tater tots topped with lamb ragout and dates; and a Ho Ho made with hazelnuts, satsuma oranges and dacquoise. Reserve your seat, $74.20 (of course), by calling 303-996-9985.

click to enlarge Avanti Food & Beverage is celebrating Record Store Day Makes sense, right? - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Avanti Food & Beverage is celebrating Record Store Day Makes sense, right?
Danielle Lirette
Saturday, April 21
Rise and shine, girls and boys! Despite its unfortunate proximity to 4/20, Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21, kicks off bright and early, as Twist & Shout opens its doors at the eye-rubbing hour of 8 a.m. This matters because 1) vinyl is the only way to listen to music, man, and 2) the sooner you snag some records, the sooner you can head over to Avanti Food & Beverage and start drinking. From 2 to 7 p.m. a slew of special Dogfish Head beers will be on tap (including 2013 Rhizing Bines imperial IPA, 2016 World Wide Stout, and both 2015 and 2018 120 Minute IPA ), and if you purchased a record at Twist & Shout, you'll get $3 off your first pint of 60 Minute IPA or SeaQuench Ale. You'll also get the chance to win a limited-edition Crosley record player as well as one of just a hundred 7" pressings of Wayne Coyne's The Story of Yum Yum and Dragon; find out more at Dogfish Head's website.

For a mellower day (and one that will satisfy your desire to sleep in and sleep off any residual munchies), learn to make pasta like a nonna at Palizo Italiano's pasta-making class on Saturday, April 21. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., chef Alvaro Granados will transform the kitchen at 1472 South Pearl Street into a hands-on classroom to teach you how to transform flour, water and eggs into perfect al dente noodles. The class ($65) includes lunch, pasta to take home, and a wealth of knowledge that would make Lidia Bastianich proud. Reserve your spot by calling 720-379-8595 or emailing [email protected]

The Denver Gluten-Free and Allergy-Friendly Expo will fill the National Western Complex from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, and again from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22. For $5 to $35, you can sample gluten-free products, study more than 100 brands from around the country, and listen to educational lectures. Find out more and get tickets here.

click to enlarge The Cherry Creek Beer Garden opened in March 2018. - ALANA WATKINS
The Cherry Creek Beer Garden opened in March 2018.
Alana Watkins
Sunday, April 22
Tired of the tedious trek to your standard brunch destination for the same eggs and bacon dishes you've had every Sunday for the past six weeks? Fish N Beer, 3510 Larimer Street, is usually locked up tight during brunch hours, but this Sunday, April 22, the crew will offer a one-day-only brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. While the normally seafood-heavy fish house won't serve an entirely aquatic brunch, you'll be able to fill up on Potato N Lox (kind of like hash browns with thin-sliced smoked salmon) or Octopus N Avocado toast with braised tomatoes and scallions. For something more fowl than fish, there will be the Dirty Bird Benedict, which turns out to be buttermilk biscuits topped with fried chicken breast, cheddar cheese and habanero Hollandaise. And while you'll have to spring for your own entrees and drinks, the restaurant will pass out complimentary house-baked sweet treats and pastries.

So you're registered for that Denver tradition, the Cherry Creek Sneak. Before you brave the morass of construction and lousy parking that is Cherry Creek (especially on a weekend with a major event), you'd better plan how you're going to make it out alive before you dehydrate or starve to death. Not to worry: The Cherry Creek Beer Garden and Moxy Bar, 240 Josephine Street, are giving 20 percent off food and drinks to racers (or walkers; we don't judge) all day Sunday, April 22. So make sure you fortify yourself and replace all those electrolytes before you battle the walking dead to get out of the ’hood.

The Slow Food Nations festival is returning to Denver this July, but food fans eagerly awaiting that event may not realize that Slow Food Denver puts on events throughout the year. On Sunday, April 22, the chapter is celebrating Earth Day with Earth Day Dig In at Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery, 3200 Larimer Street. For $25, guests will hear a presentation from John Coykendall, master gardener at Tennessee's Blackberry Farm; see a screening of the documentary Deeply Rooted: John Coykendall's Journey to Save our Seeds; dine on a lunch of New Orleans-style red beans and rice and Frozen Matter ice cream; and witness a seed-saving demo from Seeds Trust, an organization dedicated to sustainable agriculture through maintaining heirloom, open-pollinated seeds. Get your tickets at

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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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