The cheese lobby has been hard at work, and Monday, October 15, is yet another national food day. And while we're painfully bored of writing about random food specials, we're including this one because there's nothing that unites us as a nation like fried cheese curds. Wally's Wisconsin Tavern, 1417 Market Street, is offering everyone's favorite deep-fried dairy product for half-price. Just $4 will get you a basket of the bar food that belies the claims of cardiovascular health for vegetarian diets. Doors open at 3 p.m.; find out more on Facebook.
Think it's too chilly to enjoy a scoop of ice cream? Not if you pair it with whiskey. Cozy up with a whiskey flight at West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, at its Whiskey and Ice Cream Tasting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16. Laws Whiskey House and Sweet Cow are teaming up to offer six sweet desserts (vanilla, Dutch chocolate, salted caramel, butter pecan, Butterfinger and vanilla cornflake cookie) with six stiff drinks. Call the bar at 303-444-3535 to secure your spot for just $20.
There are few things as deeply satisfying as chewy, flavorful homemade pasta; our only quibble with the Italians is that they don't actually eat it for every course at every meal. Luckily, Coperta, 400 East 20th Avenue, is rectifying this oversight on Wednesday, October 17, when it will serve a four-course pasta tasting menu for just $39. While the menu includes some familiar dishes — spaghetti cacio e pepe (spaghetti with black pepper and Romano cheese) and ravioli al pato (duck confit ravioli with apple and brown butter sauce) — there will also be some more unusual dishes, like mbruscianta al forno (a baked Calabrian pasta with sausage, tomato and cured egg yolk) and lorighittas al sepia negra (lasso-shaped pasta with squid ink and fennel seed). The impeccable Italian eatery opens for lunch at noon; reserve a table at copertadenver.com.
Here's an idea for true pasta-farians: time your reservations right and hit a noodle two-fer. Rioja's also doing up National Pasta Day on Wednesday, October 17, with a five-course tasting menu that even includes a pasta dessert: chocolate cannelloni with marsala crème anglaise and chocolate-covered espresso beans. Other delights include red wine tortellini stuffed with fontina potato purée, lemon goat cheese gnocchetti, Broncos’ pride soprese (think blue and orange), and corzetti stampi with waygu beef and chanterelles. Reserve by calling 303-820-2282, then get your noodle on at 1431 Larimer Street. Tasting all five courses will run you $60, but you can indulge in the individual dishes for $9, $12, $15, $15 and $9, respectively.
Everyone's favorite Mexican and champion of Den-Mex cuisine, Gustavo Arellano (author of Ask a Mexican and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America), is making an appearance down south on Thursday, October 18 — way, way down south, at the El Pueblo History Museum, 301 North Union Street in Pueblo. As part of History Colorado's Borderlands exhibition, Arellano is delivering a lecture, "Mexican Food Along the Borderlands (That Even Extend to Colorado)." Doors open at 6 p.m. with coffee and biscochitos, followed by the free lecture at 6:30 p.m. that will explore the idea of "real" versus inauthentic Mexican food in America. Details are up at historycolorado.org.
Beer drinkers in the Centennial State are spoiled for choice; given the wealth of local breweries in Denver alone, it's easy to exist inside a Colorado craft-beer bubble and turn up our noses at offerings from elsewhere. But sometimes it's a good idea to see what's going on in the outside world, which is why we're recommending the definitively named The Festival, presented by beer importers Shelton Brothers, Inc. Denver Rock Drill, 1717 East 39th Avenue, is playing host to the beery shenanigans from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 19, and again from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 20. While a few breweries from our state will be making an appearance, you'll want to show up for beers from locations as far-flung as Jordan, Estonia and Sweden. Tickets, $75, are still available on the Shelton Brothers website.
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