The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

The Colorado Symphony comes to Blue Moon this week.
The Colorado Symphony comes to Blue Moon this week. Danielle Lirette
This week we celebrate a birthday, booze at cost and food traditions straight from the 1970s while preparing for Passover and the overthrow of the patriarchy — all while filling up on good food and drink. Here are the six best food and drink events from Monday, March 5, through Friday, March 9.

click to enlarge Citizen Rail's bar is the place to be Monday night. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Citizen Rail's bar is the place to be Monday night.
Danielle Lirette
Monday, March 5
Booze markups are a bitch; everyone knows that's the biggest profit margin in a restaurant. So let's raise a collective toast to Citizen Rail, 1899 16th Street, as it brings the high end to the hoi polloi with its Break-Even Bottle series. On the first and third Mondays of March and April, the restaurant will serve select top-shelf booze at cost. This Monday, March 5, it will be Angel's Envy Cask Strength Bourbon for a measly $5.59 per ounce. Future installments include Ichiro's Malt and Grain Japanese Whisky for $3.22 per ounce; A.D. Laws Sauternes Finish Bourbon at $2.19 per ounce; and Hazelburn 13-Year Oloroso Cask Single Malt for $3.26 per ounce. Visit Citizen Rail's Facebook page for dates and details, and get there at the stroke of 5 p.m. — the bar is only opening one bottle of each.

Tuesday, March 6
Passover is sneaking up on us (it begins in a mere three weeks, on March 30) but there's still time to prepare for the most beloved part of any holiday — sweets. Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, is hosting You Are Invited to Bubbe's Kitchen, a series of Jewish cooking classes; this Tuesday, March 6, students will learn about Passover desserts in plenty of time to get their shopping done and maybe even practice making a kugel or two at home. The class runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is a bargain at just $10 per person; visit the temple's Facebook page for details and for upcoming classes, which include gefilte fish and bagels and lox. If you get lucky, you'll get to drink the traditional four (count ’em, four) glasses of wine at class — just watch out for that state-dependent learning.

click to enlarge Tammen's Fish Market will be making a calamari salad with heirloom tomatoes, olives and parsley vinaigrette for Denver Central Market's Progressive Dinner. - MARK ANTONATION
Tammen's Fish Market will be making a calamari salad with heirloom tomatoes, olives and parsley vinaigrette for Denver Central Market's Progressive Dinner.
Mark Antonation
Wednesday, March 7
Elevate that oh-so-crafty Blue Moon beer with Beethoven and Brews on Wednesday, March 7, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., when the Colorado Symphony's ongoing series hits Blue Moon Brewing Company, 3750 Chestnut Place; its largest performance group to date will take advantage of the expansive taproom to serenade drinkers with a selection of classical music while the suds flow. For $65, guests will enjoy a performance by symphony musicians, plus appetizers and two pints; $85 VIP tickets include a brewery tour, VIP seating, souvenir glassware and an additional tasting. Because no one in Colorado can truly enjoy a happening without a beer in hand, these events sell out quickly, so nab your ticket at And if you miss out on this one, you can always book the next event in the series, at Left Hand Brewing on Wednesday, May 30.

When was the last time you went to a progressive dinner? Hell, when was the last time you heard of a progressive dinner? We're guessing it was when your parents — or grandparents — went to one back in the ’70s. What's old is new again on Wednesday, March 7, when Denver Central Market, 2669 Larimer Street, hosts a Walking Progressive Dinner. Instead of hopping in your car and driving from house to house for each course, you'll get eight dishes, one from each of the Market's vendors, without having to search for a new parking spot each time. Dinner will run you $45 per person or $60 each with wine and cocktail pairings, and seatings start at 6:30 p.m.; call The Local Butcher at 303-297-3953 to make your reservation. The full menu is up at Denver Central Market's Facebook page.

click to enlarge Drink bourbon on International Women's Day — or any day. - FLICKR/JOSEPH NOVAK
Drink bourbon on International Women's Day — or any day.
Thursday, March 8
Thursday, March 8, is International Women's Day, and women-centric events organizer Moxie Collective is busting out the bourbon and belly laughs for broads with a sense of humor at its Make Your Mark event. From 7 to 10 p.m., the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, will host a standup revue with an all-female lineup (including Janae Burris, Trista Pickell, Jacki Carr and more) that will prove, once and for all, that women are funny. Maker's Mark will provide the cocktails, along with the chance to purchase limited-edition bottles celebrating the day. Gather up your girls — and your guys, as all are welcome to this event — and get extremely affordable tickets ($20) and the compete lineup at Moxie's Facebook page.

Friday, March 9
At the corner of West Colfax Avenue and Pierce Street in Lakewood, someone is having a birthday party. Nope, it's not inside the pink palace that houses Casa Bonita; it's at Westfax Brewing, 6733 West Colfax Avenue. And while Westfax, sadly, doesn't offer endless sopaipillas, it's almost certain you'll have a much better time at the brewery's birthday. Starting Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m., there's a wing-eating contest in conjunction with the release of Concussion Protocol, a Belgian quadrupel ale (as if your belly will be able to accommodate wings and a quad). The fun continues through Saturday, March 10, with beer releases every two hours starting at noon; a blueberry sour and three IPAs are on deck throughout the afternoon. Comida food truck and Crisp Barber Shop will also be on site offering sopes and shaves, respectively (here's hoping some ale-loving women get their legs shaved — why should men have all the fun?). Get the full schedule at Westfax's Facebook page.

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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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