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The Four Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

You're wearing what on Saturday night?
You're wearing what on Saturday night? Flickr/Tricia Hall
The holidays are officially upon us. If you're not still doing your dishes, braving DIA's holiday hordes or trying to amuse your parents, you just might have time to enjoy one or two of our four favorite food events this weekend.

click to enlarge Go to Olive & Finch for post-Thanksgiving goods. - MARK ANTONATION
Go to Olive & Finch for post-Thanksgiving goods.
Mark Antonation
Friday, November 24
So the hungry horde at your house for Thanksgiving swept through your kitchen like a swarm of army ants, destroying everything in its path and leaving nothing behind but the perfectly picked-clean bones of the bird. And they're not leaving until Sunday! What to feed them in the meantime? Visit Olive & Finch Eatery & Bakery's Feast at the Finch, a three-course dinner offered each Friday through Christmas. For just $20 ($10 for kids over four, free for little ones four and under), everyone can eat their fill of a garden salad, their choice of O&F's dinner entrees and a dessert from the eatery's excellent pastry case. It's a hell of deal, and even if you have a fridge full of leftovers but just aren't a fan of turkey sandwiches, your secret is safe with us. Note: This deal is available only at the Cherry Creek location, 3390 East First Avenue.

If you're not up for another big dinner with the family, run away to C Squared Ciders, 2875 Blake Street, for some liquid fortification. The cidery will be releasing Cousteau, its first high-end, barrel-aged cider, at 4 p.m., when a limited number of bottles will be available for purchase before they hit liquor stores the following week. Hang out at the release party until the wee hours, and your last few hours with your nearest and dearest will go swimmingly.

click to enlarge Help this little guy out at Saturday's Cat Crawl. - FLICKR/CAROLINA BARRÍA KEMP
Help this little guy out at Saturday's Cat Crawl.
Saturday, November 25
Your kitty companion can get turned on with Cat Wine and Fur Loco; now it's time to take it to the next level and head out on the Cat Crawl. Clip on kitty's harness and join the fun on Saturday, November 25, at a pub crawl benefiting the Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue. The fur will fly and claws will come out....okay, maybe don't bring your feline. But you can dress up like one as you drink at five fine Uptown establishments, starting with the Denver Bicycle Cafe, 1308 East Seventeenth Avenue, at 6:45 p.m. For $15, you'll get four shots and a beer taster along the way, but like any entitled puss, you'll no doubt be able to convince the humans around you to dole out drinks according to your whim. Get your tickets meow at rmfr-colorado.org; the price skyrockets to $25 on the day of the event.


click to enlarge The Beaujolais Community Night is your best bet if you're feeling let down after Thanksgiving. - COURTESY OF THE KITCHEN
The Beaujolais Community Night is your best bet if you're feeling let down after Thanksgiving.
Courtesy of The Kitchen
Sunday, November 26
We're planning on spending the Sunday after Turkey Day giving thanks that the company has gone home, drawing the curtains, turning off the lights, turning on the Netflix and celebrating the blessed, blessed solitude. But if you're the outgoing type and your guests' departure (or your own) has you feeling a bit lonely, make reservations for the Kitchen's Beaujolais Community Night on Sunday, November 26, at 6 p.m. Both the Boulder (1039 Pearl Street) and Denver (1530 Sixteenth Street) locations will be participating, albeit with different menus. You'll get three courses of French cuisine with wine pairings for just $50; additional wine pairings are available for $25 more. Go to thekitchenbistros.com to check out the menus and to book a seat next to your new best friends.

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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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