This week, step up for a handful of charitable campaigns in between dining and drinking your way across Denver. Here are nine food and drink events from Monday, November 18, through Friday, November 22, plus more to come in December.
If you've ever wondered why the cost of lobster is what it is in the Mile High City, now's your chance to find out. On Monday, November 18, Maine Shack (located a mere 2,029 miles from Maine, at 1535 Central Street) is bringing in guest chef Hugh Reynolds, the owner of Maine's Greenhead Lobsters, starting at 4 p.m. Greenhead supplies all of the seafood house's lobsters, and Reynolds will be available to answer questions about his family-run business — including, presumably, the approximate cost of catching and processing the clawed crustaceans. Those less interested in economics and more interested in their stomachs can enjoy a supper of whole one-pound lobsters (flown in live), clams, slaw and fries for $40, or $60 for two lobsters with the fixings. Info is up on the Shack's Instagram feed.
The holidays are approaching, and people have a lot on their plates. But just for a second, focus less on what goes on the good china and more on the good stuff happening in your life — and, by extension, think of people who have less than you do and what you can do to keep someone fed, warm or just a little happier this season. Local organizations are doing the same with a variety of campaigns this month. Through December 19, all Illegal Pete's locations are accepting donations of new, unwrapped kids' toys; you'll get a free order of chips and queso for your troubles, and toys will go to children at the Ronald McDonald House of Aurora. Boulder's Salt, 1047 Pearl Street, is collecting socks for the homeless through December 31 as part of Colorado's Sock It to ’Em Campaign; all sizes — from babies to adults — are needed, and donors will get a $10 gift card good on a future visit. Finally, Arvada's K & H Home Solutions (not a restaurant, but we're willing to bend the rules for a good cause), at 5805 West 56th Avenue, is collecting donations of food and personal care items for the Community Table food bank through December 20.
Acova, 3651 Navajo Street, is also giving back to the community with its Wednesday, November 20, turkey drive. The eatery is accepting turkey donations (keep that Butterball in the twelve-pound range, please) starting at 5 p.m. for Bienvenidos Food Bank; afterward, you're invited to stick around for drinks and apps. Beers from neighborhood brewery Diebolt will be on hand, with $4 from the purchase of each brew being donated to Bienvenidos as well. Don't have a bird to bring? Representatives from the food bank will be on hand to collect financial donations, too. Find out more on Acova's Facebook page and feel good about giving someone the bird.
Thursday, November 21
As with anything French, there's a long and complex history behind the annual release of Beaujolais nouveau (that's new wine to you heathens). Suffice it to say, the third Thursday in November sees the vintage being released to much fanfare around the world, and in Denver, Le French, 4901 South Newport Street, is celebrating this year's bottles by rolling out a $49, three-course menu of Gallic classics from Thursday, November 21, through Saturday, November 30. Naturally, the 2019 wine is included in the pairings, including a few vintage labels to go with the fresh stuff. Visit the bistro's website for more info and to book your table (that's "table" to you monoglots).
Perhaps the most brilliant fundraiser ever devised is the Dine Out for....conceit. Appealing to our triple desires for convenience, restaurant food and return on investment, it's a nigh-irresistible offer. Just go to a restaurant, eat and drink more than you normally would, and get the satisfaction of knowing that a portion of what you spent is going to a good cause. In case it's not obvious, we fully support this model. On Thursday, November 21, you can Dine Out to End Childhood Hunger at more than 25 Colorado establishments, including Nocturne, the Kitchen, Urban Farmer, Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs and Linger. Between 10 and 20 percent of the restaurants' sales for the day will go to nonprofit organization Cooking Matters, which teaches food skills to families on a budget. Visit its website for a complete list of participating restaurants.
Cue the parade of Christmas-themed bars. On Thursdays, November 21, Death & Co., 1280 25th Street, is opening the doors of Suite 6A, its private mezzanine bar, to serve seasonal sippers through December 28. Every Thursday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m., cocktails like Eight Crazy Nights, Santos El Halper and You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid will be available in the Ramble Hotel's swanky setting, with a buck from each purchase going to local charities like the Gathering Place and Focus Points. As with most of these over-the-top holiday drink extravaganzas, all lists (naughty, nice and reservations) have been thrown out the window, so we recommend you arrive early to ensure your eggnog acquisition.
Friday, November 22
There are plenty of people out there touting the benefits of food as medicine; even a cursory Google search will reveal how to cure psoriasis, cancer, MS, the common cold and a lazy eye via diet. But what about the emotional and mental benefits of food? Specifically, how can making the food you eat lift your spirits and soothe your soul? Writer Gabi Moskowitz (author of deeply relatable titles The Brokeass Gourmet Cookbook and Hot Mess Kitchen) is taking to the stage on Friday, November 22, to talk about just that. Her 7 p.m. cooking and comedy show takes place Friday, November 22, at Boulder's Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road. Tickets are just $15 on Chautauqua's website.
Keep reading for future food and drink fun.