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The Nine Best Events on the Culinary Calendar for Memorial Day Weekend

Get a New Haven-style pizza for lunch for just $10 through the end of June.
Get a New Haven-style pizza for lunch for just $10 through the end of June. MVMT Creative
Memorial Day weekend has arrived, and with it the unofficial start of summer. So break out your flip-flops and cutoffs, because warm weather activities like cookouts, ice cream eating and outdoor festivals will fill your days. Here are nine great events from Friday, May 24, through Monday, May 27, plus more to plan for through the rest of summer.

Friday, May 24
Ice cream purveyor Humphry Slocombe (known for bizarre flavor combos like salt & pepper, peanut butter curry and prosciutto) got its start in San Francisco before expanding to Southern California and eventually spreading eastward via Whole Foods stores. This Friday, May 24, the Whole Foods Market at 1701 Wewatta Street is handing out free scoops of Humphry Slocombe's latest flavor to hit the freezers, Mango Mojito. Depending on your perspective, the mix of mango, mint and rum is either refreshingly or disappointingly normal (at least when you compare it to foie gras ice cream), but either way, we won't say no to free sweet treats.

So ubiquitous is the appearance of pink drinks on patios around town come springtime, we're surprised the consumption of rosé hasn't been codified into cultural law. (Much like not wearing white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day, you may think no other beverage except pink wine would be allowable during the summer months.) But while rosé is pervasive, it's also often delicious, so what the hell — we're all in. The Kitchen (1560 Wazee Street in Denver and 1039 Pearl Street in Boulder) is, too, with a curated All Day Rosé menu that kicks off on Friday, May 24, and is available until (you guessed it) Labor Day. Enjoy still or sparkling glasses from around the globe for $11 to $13, plus a spritz ($12) that includes Galliano, pineapple, lemon and mint. And if you want to keep drinking the pink stuff after Labor Day? We won't tell a soul.

click to enlarge Coloradans are a hardy bunch, but hopefully we won't be shivering while eating ice cream in tank tops at the fair this weekend. - COURTESY BOULDER CREEK FESTIVAL
Coloradans are a hardy bunch, but hopefully we won't be shivering while eating ice cream in tank tops at the fair this weekend.
Courtesy Boulder Creek Festival
Saturday, May 25
Frontline Farming, a food-and-farmers advocacy group that farms five acres in metro Denver and hosts a crop  of programs, including pay-what-you-can food stands, will host the People's Gathering, a free conference focused on food justice and cooperative building, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at New Hope Baptist Church's Community Life Center, 3701 Colorado Boulevard. Brandon King, a founding member of Cooperation Jackson, will offer the keynote, talking about how food cooperatives are essential for the security of communities in shifting local and national landscapes. Children's activities will be offered while adults partake of a crop of programs; find out more at tpg.splashthat.com.


Uptown's White Pie pizzeria, at 1702 Humboldt Street, has stuck to dinner service since it first fired up its oven in 2017, but this week it opened its doors to the lunch crowd. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Italian counterpart to the nearby Dos Santos serves a hearty handful of grinders and pies with a few salads tossed in; you'll want to pay a visit ASAP, as every pizza on the lunch menu is just $10 through the end of June. Visit the eatery's website to get a peek at the full lunch menu.

The Boulder Creek Festival, the city's annual Memorial Day weekend bash, returns on Saturday, May 25, and runs through Monday, May 27. As we know, the best reasons to brave the traffic and parking snarls that surround the festival site, which runs along Boulder Creek from 9th to 14th streets, are the dining, drinking and dramatics of your fellow festival-goers. In addition, the wide variety of food trucks on site (you'll be able to nosh on everything from classic fair food like funnel cakes and cotton candy to international fare such as tacos, sushi and noodles), this year brings the Boulder Beer Bazaar from the folks behind Denver Bazaar, where you can sip samples from a dozen local beverage producers while shopping at more than fifty vendor booths. Admission to the festival is free (find the details on the event website), and while there's no charge to browse at the Bazaar, a drink package will cost you $30. Pick one up on the Denver Bazaar website.

Sunday, May 26
Kick off the unofficial start of summer at the legendary Don's Club Tavern (you may know it better as Don's Mixed Drinks). The seven-decade-old dive bar at 723 East Sixth Avenue is firing up its grills and giving away free hot dogs on Sunday, May 26, for its Sausage Fest. Show up promptly at 3 p.m., when the staff will start slinging hot dogs until supplies run out. After you're stuffed full of wieners, ante up for the hot dog toss and raffle; proceeds will benefit the Mountain Pet Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter based in Winter Park (sadly, no wiener dogs make an appearance on its website). Visit Don's Facebook page for details and pics of pup-doptable pooches.

Sunday has arrived, but you're not quite ready to wind down your weekend. So hit the town — but make sure it's the right town. Pass up the usual Denver crowds and choose tiny Silver Plume for an evening of music, food and drinks in the cool mountain air. Silver Plume's only watering hole, Bread Bar (1010 Main Street), invites you to its Great Mountain Honky Tonk, beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. Music will be provided by Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels, Larry Nix and Erika Ryann; JKQ Barbecue and Long I Pie will dish up good eats. Tickets, available at breadbarsp.com, are $15 each. Bread Bar promises beer and cocktails and says brings the kids and the dog, too!

click to enlarge Current and past members of the military can get 25 percent off this spread on May 27. - LAUREN DEFILIPPO
Current and past members of the military can get 25 percent off this spread on May 27.
Lauren DeFilippo
Monday, May 27
If you're partaking in Colorado's healthiest Memorial Day tradition (that would be the Bolder Boulder), bring it down a notch at Twisted Pine Brewing Co., conveniently located near the race starting line at 3201 Walnut Street in Boulder. From 6 to 9 a.m., the brewery will have a hydration station set up, along with stickers declaring "Will Run for Beer." Grab one even if you'll run without beer — even if you're not running at all! — because after the race, that little sticker will entitle you to a free brew between noon and 5 p.m. The brewery will also release a summery gose that afternoon, and will also have massage therapists on hand to soothe your weary muscles. Then indulge in some post-race carb loading (or as we call it: lunch). Find out more at Twisted Pine's Facebook page.

Forget Sunday Funday: At the end of a three-day weekend, it's Monday I'm-Never-Drinking-Again Day. Luckily, Spanky's Roadhouse, 1800 East Evans Avenue, is expanding its weekend brunch to Monday, May 27. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., hungover guests can hunch over a plate of breakfast, hoping hash browns will settle their stomach, or indulge in some hair of the dog at the Bloody Mary bar. As a bonus, active military and veterans will get 25 percent off their meal as long as they present proof of service.

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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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