The Seven Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

There's not a big-screen TV in sight at Duo Restaurant.
There's not a big-screen TV in sight at Duo Restaurant. Scott Lentz
It's a sports-themed weekend in the Mile High City: Whether you're celebrating the return of the Winter Olympics, Colorado's (second-) favorite recreational activity or seeking out Super Bowl-adjacent activities, there are food and drink happenings designed to fuel your strength and complement your conditioning. Here are seven of the best from Friday, February 2, through Sunday, February 4.

Friday, February 2

Wayward is following up its wildly popular Miracle on Little Raven with a second themed pop-up bar paying homage to the sporting event that launched a thousand human-interest stories: the Winter Olympics. Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 2, the Podium Cocktail Bar will be declared open at 1610 Little Raven Street as a sweaty athlete bursts through the front doors and sets a drink on fire (just kidding). But you will be able to enjoy internationally inspired drinks like the Norwegian Pickle Back (Aquavit, pickle brine, caraway simple syrup and lime) and Oh, Canada (whiskey, bacon, Punt e Mes and sarsaparilla bitters) while nibbling on a South Korean street-food menu and watching athletes compete for the glory of their homeland. You'll need to compete, too — for a space at the bar, which won't be taking reservations. So sharpen your skate blades and prepare to execute the Iron Lotus on Tuesday through Saturday nights for the duration of the Winter Games.

Let it never be said that Guy Fieri isn't a fan of Denver restaurants. From Maria Empanada to Tocabe to Dae Gee Korean BBQ, the spiky-haired one has sung the praises of locally owned eateries on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives over the past several years. The latest stop for the show is the Post Brewing Company. With four locations in Lafayette, Boulder, Longmont and Denver's Rosedale neighborhood, the Post gets love for its fried chicken, house beers and hearty Southern/Midwestern fare. Fieri hit up the Longmont location, but you can go to any of the four Posts for a viewing party on Friday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m. Check the Food Network's schedule for airing times this weekend and beyond if you'd rather watch at home (but then you'd be missing out on chicken and beer).

Saturday, February 3

Valentine's Day is coming up, and with it comes the tired reliance on flowers and chocolate. But if you're a traditionalist, at least make sure you do better than a bag of chalky Hershey's Kisses purchased at the gas station; your sweetheart — or you — deserves better. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, Olde Town Arvada (West 57th Avenue and Olde Wadsworth Boulevard) is hosting A Chocolate Affair, where romantics can try sweet treats at various Olde Town locations. Samples are $1 each (tickets available on site), and you can decide which ones are worth your dime. You might just find something so delectable you keep it for yourself (always our recommendation). Find out more at Olde Town Arvada's website.

If you couldn't get away to the mountains this weekend, visit Black Shirt Brewing Co. for the next best thing — an ’80s Ski Party. Don your teal snow suit and show up on the brewery's patio, 3719 Walnut Street, at 6 p.m. for gear demos, raffles and pints of Electric Ladyland, an oak-aged raspberry saison. Ski-film production outfit Level 1 will be screening its newest film, Habit, at 8 p.m., with a retro dance party to follow. Entry is free; sadly, beers are not (especially given how many of them it will take to make you forget you're wearing that ridiculous neon outfit). Find out more on Black Shirt's Facebook page.

There's a celebratory day for nearly every food substance known to man, and on February 3, it's National Carrot Cake Day. Get your slice of gooey goodness at Ocean Prime (1465 Larimer Street) and do a good deed while filling your cake hole. The restaurant will donate $1 of every slice sold between today and February 9 to No Kid Hungry. And this carrot confection is a doozy, with ten layers separated by slathers of cream-cheese frosting, all doused in pineapple syrup and whipped cream. Just don't go on Sunday, February 4, when the restaurant will be closed (so get one wedge for the road when you go on February 3 — #carrotcaking).

Sunday, February 4
It's Super Bowl Sunday, but what to do if you're a tepid football fan who's tired of watching Tom Brady win, or you just don't care about pigskin at all (unless it's on your plate)? Bruz Beers, 1675 West 67th Avenue, is hosting a Puppy Bowl Watch Party from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, where you can watch beagles and boxers while drinking your Belgians. The taproom welcomes your own furry friend, and pet products purveyor Pet Wants Denver will be on hand with dog treats, food and care products. Visit Bruz's Facebook page for details about this dog day afternoon.

If you hate football and puppies and Belgian beer, we're pretty sure there's no hope for you at all. But even the soulless need dinner, and Duo Restaurant, 2413 West 32nd Avenue, has something in mind just for you. Starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, the eatery will be offering a three-course prix fixe menu in a civilized setting: no televisions, no buffalo wings, no football stadiums constructed from cold cuts. The menu includes offering such as truffle gougères, French onion gnocchi, pork chops with blue-cheese mornay, and Earl Gray pot de crème for just $52 per couple. Duo's Facebook page includes the entire menu, as well as reservation info.

Planning ahead? Keep reading for future food and drink events.
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