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The Five Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

You could be a lucky dog at Ace's Chinese New Year celebration.
You could be a lucky dog at Ace's Chinese New Year celebration. Anna Regan
Chilly treats, Chinese New Year, cuisine from South America and a coffee class are all on the roster this weekend. Here are the five best food and drink events on the Denver culinary calendar for the next few days...and others to watch for in the weeks ahead.

Friday, February 16
Every dog has its day, but pooches get a whole year starting this weekend, according to the Chinese calendar. Whole fried fish, ping-pong and scratch tickets are a great way to celebrate Chinese New Year on Friday, February 16. Join Ace Eat Serve (501 East 17th Avenue) for food and drink specials — like that fish served Cha Ca Ha Noi style (with pickled shallots, ginger and charred pineapple), a Year of the Dog cocktail and discounted Tsingtao beers from 6 to 11 p.m. Grab your lucky red envelope for prizes like gift cards, free ping-pong time and complimentary beers.

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Courtesy CREAM
Saturday, February 17
It might be the depths of winter, but when has that stopped hungry Denverites in search of good ice cream — or a good deal? Ice cream parlor CREAM Belmar is opening at 7357 West Alaska Drive in Lakewood on Saturday, February 17, and to celebrate the momentous occasion, it's giving away its specialty — ice cream sandwiches — to all comers between noon and 7 p.m. CREAM's Facebook page has the details.

Peru offers one of the most diverse culinary landscapes of any country, far beyond ceviche and the frothy cocktails called pisco sours. Comunidades Unidas Peru wants you to learn more about Peruvian food — and to enjoy a taste of the country's cooking. From 3 to 5 p.m. at the Posner Center for International Development (1031 33rd Street) on Saturday, February 17, chef Francesca Ruiz of Los Cabos restaurant will teach you how to make ceviche with sweet potatoes; paella with saffron rice, shrimp, chicken, red peppers and pork; mango mousse; and sangria. Tickets are $45 each at eventbrite.com and include three courses, sangria and two glasses of wine. You might have too much fun to remember the recipes, so chef Ruiz will also send you home with recipe cards. Vegetarian and alcohol-free options will be available for food and drink.


Saturday, February 17, is the last day at Parisi Italian Market & Deli (4401 Tennyson Street) to enjoy a Julietta pizza (pesto, mozzarella, artichokes, olives, mushroom and sausage), named in honor of Julieta, a seventeen-year-old friend of Parisi's owner who has been undergoing treatments for a brain tumor for the past several months. For each pizza sold, the restaurant will donate $10 to TeamJules to help the family with medical expenses. Pies are $13 for an eleven-inch and $17 for a fourteen inch for either dine-in or takeout orders. If you can't make it in for the tasty fundraiser, you can also donate directly to the TeamJules GoFundMe campaign.

click to enlarge DANIELLE KROLEWICZ
Danielle Krolewicz
Sunday, February 18
So you're feeling nervous and jittery at the thought of serving your friends the perfect cup of espresso — or maybe you just drank too many of your own practice rounds. Build confidence in your coffee game with an Espresso 101 class this Sunday, February 18, at Copper Door Coffee's west-side location (900 West First Avenue at the Yard on Santa Fe). The class is open to the public for $50 each, but you'll learn to pull a shot like the pros. Pick up a ticket at eventbrite.com, then give it your best shot from 2 to 4 p.m.

Keep reading for more tasty events beyond this weekend...
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