The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Join the club at Charcoal Bistro.
Join the club at Charcoal Bistro. Westword file photo
Bobsleds, beads, birds and, of course, beer — always beer — are on the menu this week. And, yes, Valentine's Day is coming right up. Here are our favorite food and drink events over the next five days, as well as others to put on your calendar for the weeks ahead.

Monday, February 12
The folks at Ursula Brewery are right: Cupid is stupid. If you agree (or if you just want some beer on a Monday), visit the taproom, 2101 North Ursula Street in Aurora, between 3 and 9 p.m. on February 12 to vent your spleen while abusing your liver. Ursula's anti-Valentine's Day event will provide the supplies to create mean cards and transform nice conversation hearts into nasty ones. After drowning your sorrows and regaling the barkeep with slurred stories of your past VD mishaps, take to the dance floor for a ’90s dance party. Facebook has event details, but really all you have to do is show up with resentment in your heart and an antipathy toward happy couples. Cheers!

click to enlarge It's Mardi Grand this week. - COURTESY OF ENGLEWOOD GRAND
It's Mardi Grand this week.
Courtesy of Englewood Grand
Tuesday, February 13
It's Fat Tuesday, y'all, and that means beads. Englewood Grand, 3435 South Broadway, is throwing a party everyone can enjoy: The joint's Old Hollywood-esque sign will be the only thing flashing the patrons (you can still throw purple plastic baubles at it if you want). On Tuesday, February 13, customers of all genders can enjoy Sazeracs, Vieux Carrés, live jazz and king cake (a $50 bar tab will go to the customer who finds the baby) with their tits and dignity intact. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 7; visit the bar's Facebook page for details.

click to enlarge Kaos Pizza is for the birds this week. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Kaos Pizza is for the birds this week.
Danielle Lirette
Wednesday, February 14
Kaos Pizzeria won't be seating you and your baby at a candlelit table on Valentine's Day — unless your baby happens to be a turkey vulture. This is the second year that the pizza place at 1439 South Pearl Street is celebrating the love between people and raptors with Birds of Prey on Valentine's Day; from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14, owls, kestrels, the aforementioned turkey buzzard and representatives from Nature's Educators will be on hand to interact with diners and educate them about raptors. There will also be bird-themed pizza specials (we're guessing quail eggs will grace some pies), and 15 percent of the night's profits will go to the nonprofit organization, which aims to educate people about wildlife. And despite those talons, we promise that no one will rip your heart out at this Valentine's Day dinner. Check out Kaos's Facebook page for more information.

click to enlarge Watch the Winter Games at the Source. - TIMOTHY HURSLEY
Watch the Winter Games at the Source.
Timothy Hursley
Thursday, February 15
The Winter Olympics are a week along at this point, and if you're interested in going somewhere fun to watch the games — without having to wait for a table like it's an Olympic sport — go to The Source, 3350 Brighton Boulevard. Starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, through Saturday, February 17, the big screen at RiNo
Yacht Club will be airing the competition while the bar whips up themed cocktails and Injoi Korean Kitchen serves food from the host nation. Find out more on Facebook, and don't feel like a traitor to your homeland for chowing down on that Korean fried chicken: Just call it KFC, and we won't tell a soul.

Wind down the work week with a civilized wine happy hour at Charcoal Bistro, 1028 South Gaylord Street, on Thursday, February 15. The restaurant's newly minted Wine Club is having its second gathering this month, and Napa and Sonoma Valley wines are on the menu. For $30, diners will get three glasses of wine (chardonnay, dry rosé and cabernet) and paired appetizers — a bargain if you've paid attention to wine prices by the glass lately. The sipping and swirling starts at 6:30 p.m., and Charcoal recommends reservations. Find out more about the club and secure your spot at

click to enlarge COURTESY CREAM
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.

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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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