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The Eight Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar, April 21-23

Korean fried chicken comes to the Source, but only for one day.
Korean fried chicken comes to the Source, but only for one day. Courtesy of Sunday Bird

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We reported several weeks ago that Govinda's Garden Cafe, one of the very few entirely vegan eateries in Denver, will be closing its doors April 29. Join Govinda's at 1400 Cherry Street today for one last Earth Day buffet starting at 5:30 p.m. The menu includes veggie and spinach enchiladas; carrot, ginger and chile soup; cashew mac and cheese; corn, pepper and coconut curry and more for just $17.95. See the full menu at Govinda's website. Reservations are accepted for parties of four or more; call 303-333-4000 to make sure you don't miss out.

A less communal, but equally vegan Earth Day dinner is taking place at Jill's Restaurant & Bistro tonight. From 6 to 8:30 p.m., 100 percent of dinner proceeds will be donated to Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which treats and releases 3,400 wild animals per year in Colorado (see the organization's website for more information about its mission as well as for a ton of adorable animal pics). For $49.95, diners will enjoy a six-course vegan dinner, including beet soup with coconut and candied ginger, and cassoulet with smoked tofu and lentil sausage; check out the complete menu at the restaurant website, and ensure your seat by calling 720-406-7399.
Sunday, April 23
We've all had one of those nights where we come home from the bar and pull up Amazon.com, only to forget about our drunken shopping spree until being surprised two days later with the arrival of a duvet cover bearing Nicolas Cage's face. (Haven't we?) This is your chance to leave childish things behind and up the fancy factor by drinking, eating and shopping your way across Boulder at the Taste of Pearl. From 2 to 6 p.m., enjoy bites from fifteen Boulder restaurants paired with tastes from Colorado wineries and distilleries, all hosted by galleries and boutiques on Pearl Street. Tickets are $65 and include unlimited samples, a wine glass, wine tote and discounts at participating wineries, distilleries and retail locations. A limited number of tickets are available, so get yours at the event website ASAP.

If you're not into shopping on Sunday afternoon, you're definitely into beer (there are only two kinds of people in the world and all that). Head over to the Avery Brewing Company Tap Room at 4910 Nautilus Court in Boulder, where the latest in Avery's Barrel-Aged Series will be released today. Islay Stout has been aged in Scotch barrels from the Isle of Islay in Scotland; taps will start flowing at 11 a.m., and bottle sales will start at 1 p.m. (though the line is likely to start forming much, much earlier). A limited number of cellared beers, including Twenty-Two, 2010 The Czar and 2014 Mephistopheles, will also be available for purchase.

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