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The Five Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Enjoy impeccably fresh sushi — and much more — from the Kizaki brothers this week.
Enjoy impeccably fresh sushi — and much more — from the Kizaki brothers this week. Courtesy Sushi Den
This week is starting off right, with a pair of cassoulets and some stiff drinks to keep you warm through the long, winter nights, and will end with a family reunion of the best kind (where everyone has fun cooking and no one gets kicked out into the snow). Here are five of the best food and drink events over the next several days, plus four more in the upcoming weeks.

click to enlarge It's duck, duck, beer at Call to Arms Brewing. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
It's duck, duck, beer at Call to Arms Brewing.
Danielle Lirette
Monday, January 28
There's nothing heartier on a winter night than a steaming helping of cassoulet — all the better if it's packed with duck and served at a great local brewery. On Monday, January 28, Call to Arms Brewing, 4526 Tennyson Street, is inviting Amy Hoyt of local condiment producer OO Mommie to dish up bowls of her duck confit cassoulet from 4 p.m. until sell-out. Hoyt makes her own confit, and all together, the recipe takes three days to complete; it will be served with bread from Raleigh Street Bakery and a pint from the brewery, all for just $13. Reservations aren't required, but you are requested to RSVP on the taproom's Facebook page, where you can also get a glimpse of the preparation of the classic French dish.

click to enlarge Get a gang together at West End Tavern for its Whiskey Smash Up on Tuesday. - COURTESY BIG RED F
Get a gang together at West End Tavern for its Whiskey Smash Up on Tuesday.
Courtesy Big Red F
Tuesday, January 29
Boulder's West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street, is closing out its Kentucky Whiskey Month with a grand hurrah on Tuesday, January 29: the Whiskey Smash Up. Starting at 6 p.m., the kitchen will be turning out five courses (including a green-onion biscuit topped with seared foie gras and satsuma marmelade, monkfish cassoulet, bourbon-praline babka and a peppered beef filet) paired with traditional Bluegrass State libations and their Colorado counterparts; after each course, guests will vote for their favorite dram, and the winning state takes home...well, nothing, but you'll definitely want to take a Lyft home. Tickets to the Colorado v. Kentucky showdown are $60; get them (and the full whiskey lineup) at Eventbrite.

click to enlarge Everything retro is progressive again at the Den Corner restaurants. - COURTESY SUSHI DEN
Everything retro is progressive again at the Den Corner restaurants.
Courtesy Sushi Den
Wednesday, January 30
Forget crockpots, cheese balls and a jug of Carlo Rossi — we have a progressive dinner for you that won't transport you back to 1977. On Wednesday, January 30, Den Corner (Sushi Den, Izakaya Den and Ototo, 1487 and 1501 South Pearl Street) will be the site of a five-course progressive meal that will transport your tastebuds much farther than half a Denver city block. Start at Sushi Den with two sushi courses and sake pairings before continuing to Ototo, where you'll nibble on binchotan skewers of wagyu beef, foie gras, duck and unagi along with craft beer. The night winds down at Izakaya Den with dessert and an after-dinner drink, coffee or tea. At $350 per couple, tickets aren't cheap for this rare opportunity, but miraculously, as of this writing they're still available for both the 6 and 7:45 p.m. seating. And if you need some time to save your pennies, plan ahead for the next installment on Wednesday, February 20 (surely your honey won't mind delaying your Valentine's Day celebration a few more days once they see what's up your sleeve). Visit sushiden.net to score your seats.


click to enlarge Distiller Scott Coburn regards Mythology Distillery's still, which was made in Kentucky by Vendome Copper & Brass Works. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Distiller Scott Coburn regards Mythology Distillery's still, which was made in Kentucky by Vendome Copper & Brass Works.
Linnea Covington
Thursday, January 31
Make sure your Lyft or Uber app is up to date; you're going to need it on Thursday, January 31, when Old Major, 3316 Tejon Street, and Mythology Distillery team up for a craft-cocktail dinner at 6 p.m. The six-month-old distillery is packing its beautifully labeled bottles of whiskey, vodka, rum and gin over to the nearby restaurant, where five cocktails will be mixed to accompany Justin Brunson's four-course spread. Dinner will run you $80 — a steal in a town where you can easily spend $15 on a single cocktail. Reserve your spot by visiting Eventbrite.

click to enlarge Chef Carrie Baird is welcoming her Top Chef competitors into the kitchen at Bar Dough. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Chef Carrie Baird is welcoming her Top Chef competitors into the kitchen at Bar Dough.
Danielle Lirette
Friday, February 1
Before chef Carrie Baird took over the kitchen at Bar Dough, she was on a little TV cooking competition. You may have heard of it: season fifteen of Top Chef, which was filmed in Denver in 2017. Now Baird will join fellow competitors Brother Luck (of Colorado Springs's Four by Brother Luck) and mustachioed top-three finalist Joe Sasto for a Top Chef alumni dinner at the restaurant, 2227 West 32nd Avenue, on Friday, February 1. The six-course menu and wine pairings will run you $130 ($90 without booze), or splurge on a seat in the eatery's private room, which includes a chance to chat with each chef, for $150.  Expect Baird's signature fancy toast, two pasta courses from Sasto and dessert from Luck, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting victims of California's devastating Camp Fire. Call 720-668-8506 for your chance to channel Tom or Padma.

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