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The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

This satiny spaghetti cacio e pepe is one of the four courses on Coperta's pasta tasting menu.
This satiny spaghetti cacio e pepe is one of the four courses on Coperta's pasta tasting menu. Linnea Covington
Noodles, tacos, beer, ice cream, cheese curds — this week is all comfort food, all the time. Take a look at the six best food and drink events from Monday, October 15, through Friday, October 19, and keep reading for more fun stuff happening through next month.

Cheese curds at Wally's. - MARK ANTONATION
Cheese curds at Wally's.
Mark Antonation
Monday, October 15
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.

click to enlarge We won't tell if you mix your whiskey and ice cream to make a boozy float. - COURTESY WEST END TAVERN
We won't tell if you mix your whiskey and ice cream to make a boozy float.
Courtesy West End Tavern
Tuesday, October 16
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.

click to enlarge Ravioli will grace your plate at Coperta on Wednesday. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Ravioli will grace your plate at Coperta on Wednesday.
Danielle Lirette
Wednesday, October 17
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.

click to enlarge Gustavo Arellano is coming to Pueblo for the Sloppers. - GUSTAVO ARELLANO FACEBOOK
Gustavo Arellano is coming to Pueblo for the Sloppers.
Gustavo Arellano Facebook
Thursday, October 18
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.

click to enlarge Black Project is one of the few Colorado breweries pouring at The Festival. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Black Project is one of the few Colorado breweries pouring at The Festival.
Danielle Lirette
Friday, October 19
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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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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