The Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Let Adelitas take care of your mezcal needs.
Let Adelitas take care of your mezcal needs. Danielle Lirette

It's a good thing you got paid on Friday (didn't you?) because this week is going to be rough on your wallet — but really, really good to your belly. While most of our food and drink picks from Monday, June 18, through Sunday, June 24, aren't cheap, they promise to serve up some of the best brews, most delicious food and most anticipated events in town. Chow down.
click to enlarge Will Fruition play some Slayer on Monday? We're living in crazy times, so it's possible. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Will Fruition play some Slayer on Monday? We're living in crazy times, so it's possible.
Linnea Covington
Monday, June 18
If ever there was an unlikely pairing, it's heavy-metal brewery TRVE and high-end, farm-to-table restaurant Fruition. On Monday, June 18, though, the two are teaming up to celebrate TRVE's sixth anniversary with a five-course beer dinner at the restaurant, 1313 East Sixth Avenue. Fans of Fruition who are skittish about sampling beer served in an all-black taproom with metal blaring from the speakers will find this a civilized way to investigate the excellent beers; TRVE devotees...well, you'll just have to swap out your Sunn O))) tee for a plain black one and do your best to seem normal for one evening. Dinner runs from 5 to 10 p.m. and will set you back $96; see the full menu and make reservations at Fruition's website.
click to enlarge Cool off at Coohills' Beats on the Creek. - COOHILLS
Cool off at Coohills' Beats on the Creek.
Tuesday, June 19
Coohills' annual Beats on the Creek concert series is back for another year, with '70s cover band Mr. Majestyk's 8-Track Revival taking the stage on Tuesday, June 19, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. As always, the band will set up across the bridge next to the eatery at 1400 Wewatta Street, and guests will be able to hear the show from Coohills' bar and terrace, where they can partake in creative cocktails and luxe bar bites. While admission to the show is free, seating on the terrace can be reserved in advance for minimum $60 tab per person (which isn't hard to hit at this downtown spot, especially when the sun's out and the music is good). Call 303-623-5700 to book your spot, and find the summer's full lineup at Coohills' website.
The bar at Adelitas will thrill your taste buds with mezcal cocktails on Wednesday. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
The bar at Adelitas will thrill your taste buds with mezcal cocktails on Wednesday.
Danielle Lirette
Wednesday, June 20
Cancun? For amateurs. Los Cabos? Puh-leeze. Oaxaca is the hottest of Mexican hot spots, with fantastic food and drink, beautiful Spanish colonial architecture and a wealth of expansive markets selling everything from sopa to summer dresses. If you can't get away this summer, make sure you get to Adelitas Cocina y Cantina's One Night in Oaxaca dinner on Wednesday, June 20. Starting at 6:30 p.m., guests will be treated to six — count 'em, six — mezcal cocktails and five courses inspired by the southern Mexican state, all for $75. We're looking forward to the tlacoyo paired with the Rosita (mezcal, Campari, vermouth and bitters). Get the full menu at Adelitas' Facebook page, then call the 303-778-1294 to secure your spot; reservations are required.
Thursday, June 21
Everything Max MacKissock, Juan Padro and Blake Edmunds touch seems to turn to gold (Bar Dough, Señor Bear), so it's no surprise their French venture, Morin — which will be opening in the former Wazee Supper Club space later this summer — is highly anticipated. And while MacKissock has played coy about what exactly is on the menu, anxious diners can see for themselves at the Morin pop-up on Thursday, June 21. For $60 ($85 with drink pairings), you'll get a sneak peek at what has alternately been termed "dope French food" and the sillier catch phrase "bistronomy." Dinner is served at 2005 West 33rd Avenue (formerly Bremen's Wine & Tap); email [email protected] to reserve a table between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Bon appétit!

So you love a good birthday party, but yours is months away, and none of your friends' parents got it on in October. What to do? We've got a couple of options for you. Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza, 2129 Larimer Street, is celebrating a decade in business on Thursday, June 21, with $10 pizzas all day, plus wine tastings, a DJ, liquor samples and a mural reveal on their patio from 5 to 8 p.m.; info is up on the pizza joint's Facebook page. And ViewHouse Littleton, 2670 West Main Street, is commemorating its first birthday with all the enthusiasm and subtlety of a one-year-old who has just ingested a Big Gulp. Its bash runs from Thursday, June 21, through Sunday, June 24 and includes free cake and champagne for the first fifty guests, caricature artists, fire breathers, a stilt walker, a yoga class, live music and a retro dance party. Visit for the weekend's schedule.

click to enlarge Refined swine at Cochon555. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Refined swine at Cochon555.
Danielle Lirette
Sunday, June 24
Those who don't mind the crowds and revel in seeing and being seen at the summer's hottest food event won't want to delay in buying their tickets for Cochon555, the pork-centric food festival happening on Sunday, June 24. Competitions started in NYC in January and have been popping up in major food cities across the country; things will wrap up here at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, 3801 Quebec Street. Competing chefs Brother Luck (Four by Brother Luck), Adam Brantz (Ultreia), Cindhura Reddy (Spuntino), Kyle Foster (Julep) and Nate Singer (Blackbelly Butcher) will each create the most delectable and luxurious bites using a heritage-breed hog, while winemakers and bartenders keep the booze flowing. Tickets, $130 to $200, are on sale now at Cochon's website.

Keep reading for more notable events further ahead on the culinary calendar.

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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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