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The Five Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

A lineup of Colorado spirits from 2018's Hearts & Trails fest (now the Colorado Spirits Trail Festival).
A lineup of Colorado spirits from 2018's Hearts & Trails fest (now the Colorado Spirits Trail Festival). Danielle Lirette

'Shrooms, spirits and startups are on the schedule this week as the Denver food and drink scene busts out an eclectic slate of events from Monday, May 13, through Friday, May 17. Keep reading for more soirées that will make you salivate in the upcoming days.

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Find out what this fungi is fit for at BMoCA on May 13.
Linnea Covington
Monday, May 13
While the phrase "Fungal Technologies Workshop" may sound like something coined by an enthusiastic proponent of recently passed Ordinance 301, in fact it's an overview of the non-psychedelic kind of ’shrooms. On Monday, May 13, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street in Boulder, is presenting a lecture that will dive into foraging protocol, how mushrooms influence plant communication, and how to use fungi to create sustainable materials. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is free with $2 admission to the Museum; visit BMoCA's website for details.

A piglet on McCauley Family Farm, which is providing a tour highlighting its regenerative farming practices during Boulder Startup Week.
Linnea Covington
Tuesday, May 14
Boulder Startup Week is in its tenth year of bringing entrepreneurs together to share resources and education about how to build companies from the ground up, and this year it's providing over fifteen free events for those who want to bring their own business ideas to fruition. Starting on Tuesday, May 14, and running through Friday, May 17, venues around Boulder will be hosting networking events, farm tours and workshops on reducing food waste, raising capital, regenerative agriculture, sustainability and accessing data critical to making good business decisions. While the events are free, registration is required; find the complete schedule on the Boulder Startup Week website.

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Big Choice Brewing wants everyone to feel the big satisfaction that comes with a beer after yard work — even if there's no yard in sight.
Big Choice Brewing
Wednesday, May 15
There's not much better than a beer on the patio after you've finished a few hours of yard work. But apartment and condo dwellers, don't despair: Big Choice Brewing, 21 South 21st Avenue in Brighton, is helping the yardless capture that same feeling with its herb planter workshop on Wednesday, May 15. From 6 to 8 p.m., belly up to the bar and order some basil with your brew as you learn about growing requirements for your seedlings, uses for culinary herbs and how to grow a variety of different plants in a small space. Tickets are $25 on Eventbrite and include all the materials for you to create your own planter, as well as the unmatched satisfaction of quaffing a cold one after your hard work.

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High Point Creamery is putting together a flight of five of its original flavors for its birthday.
Mark Antonation
Thursday, May 16
What's a birthday party without ice cream? It's just a sad, deflated meeting — it might as well be happening in your office's conference room, there's so little "party" involved. Luckily, High Point Creamery's birthday celebration is all ice cream. On Thursday, May 16, the ice cream shop that churned out our favorite flavor this year (Salty Dog Chocolate) is celebrating five years in business with $5 gift card giveaways to the first 55 customers through the doors at every location, and original flavor flights (basil and blackberry, blueberry lemon, milk chocolate, mint chocolate bark and brown butter pecan) for just $5. Find the details — and the shop's three locations — on High Point's website, then get ready for the best birthday party you can have without tequila and strippers.

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Punch: the most delicious (and therefore perilous) of all cocktails.
Danielle Lirette
Friday, May 17
What's a semi-professional drinker to do once you've visited every brewery in Colorado?  Tackle the 61 Colorado craft distilleries on the Colorado Spirits Trail, naturally. Visiting all of them will get you swag like free T-shirts and bottles of booze, and you can get a great head start on Friday, May 17, at the Colorado Spirits Trail Festival, when more than fifty of those distilleries will be gathered at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue. From 7 to 10 p.m., sample whiskey, rum, vodka and herbal and fruit liqueurs from across the state without ever having to set foot in a vehicle (your Lyft doesn't count). Tickets, $45 and $65, are still available on the Colorado Spirits Trail website. 

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