Kids have been back in school for weeks, but it's never too late for grownups to brush up on their ABCs: amaranth, Broncos and cider and charcuterie. And let's not forget the Ds and Es: distilleries and excessive eating. Here are seven of the best food and drink events from Monday, September 10, through Friday, September 14, and five to continue your culinary education in the months ahead.
The great American tradition of co-opting other cultures' holidays for fun and profit arguably peaks in September and October, when slapping "-toberfest" on the end of any- and everything becomes the default marketing move. From Monday, September 10, through Wednesday, October 24, all Snarf's Sandwiches locations are jumping on the bandwagon with Snarftoberfest and the temporary addition of the German Dog to the menu. Stop into any location for the wiener topped with bacon, Swiss cheese (Nicht Butterkäse? Der horror!), mustard, horseradish, sauerkraut and hot peppers. Hot dog!
Just a day after after the hungry-for-victory Denver Broncos unleashed the Chubb on the Seattle Seahawks, the team is opening Mile High Stadium, 1701 Bryant Street, to Denver diners hungry for food, booze and NFL stars. On Monday, September 10, Taste of the NFL welcomes more than thirty of the town's top eateries (Mister Tuna, Beast + Bottle and Stoic & Genuine are just a few), which will take the field from 7 to 9 p.m. to offer unlimited food and drinks to ravenous diners. Current and former players will be mingling (and resignedly accepting your sports analyses and coaching advice); cheerleaders and chefs will also be on hand. Tickets start at $100 and benefit Food Bank of the Rockies. Get yours on the Broncos' website.
Denverites interested in the excellent cured meats coming out of Boulder's Blackbelly but uninterested in driving up Highway 36 for a taste can enjoy charcuterie without the hassle on Tuesday, September 11, when Stem Ciders brings in Boulder's best to its Denver taproom, 2811 Walnut Street, for an evening of pork and cider. From 5 to 8 p.m., $20 will get you four charcuterie offerings paired with four ciders. Reservations aren't required; just show up (preferably early, as there are a limited number of pairings available).
Comal Heritage Food Incubator, 3455 Ringsby Court, is closing out its Native Flavors Cooking Class series this month, but there's still time to get in on the action — and, more important, dinner. Don't despair if you've missed the first three weeks of the series; there's still time to register for the last two classes ($55 each or $105 for both at eventbrite.com). The penultimate class takes place on Wednesday, September 12, at 6 p.m., and will teach you how to whip up amaranth corn pudding while you sip on beer and wine. The last in the series is more a dinner than a class, though there will be a bonus lesson thrown in while you munch on a variety of delicious and comforting indigenous dishes from the Americas.
West Highland (or the Northside, if you're an old-Denver devotee) is a great restaurant neighborhood, so it's no surprise the sixth annual Taste of Highlands at West 32nd Avenue and Osceola Street in Highlands Square on Thursday, September 13, is set to be a great evening of eating. Tickets, $40 to $60, entitle attendees to tastes from fifteen uber-local eateries, including the Wayback, FNG, Mizu Izakaya, Duo and Mas Kaos, from 6 to 8 p.m.; there will also be live music and adult beverages for purchase until 9 p.m. The event benefits food recovery and redistribution organization We Don't Waste; visit tasteofhighlands.com for details, tickets, and a list of all participating restaurants.
Landlocked locavores can find plenty to love in the Centennial State: beer, spirits, chiles, game. One thing we're sadly lacking? Seafood (unless you count Rocky Mountain oysters). That doesn't mean you can't get good fish in town, though — and you can even sit down to a seafood-heavy meal with a local twist, thanks to Mario's Ocean Club. On Thursday, September 13, the fish house at 560 South Broadway is hosting a distiller's dinner, with four courses paired with six cocktails, all using Mile High Spirits products. Three seatings (6, 7 and 8 p.m.) are available for $50; call the restaurant at 303-777-3474 to reserve your spot.
It's harvest time, and if you want to preserve the taste of fall apples, pears and cantaloupes into the cold winter months ahead, Arcana, 909 Walnut Street in Boulder, will help you out at its canning and preserving class on Friday, September 14. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., chef Kyle Mendenhall will welcome a lucky few into the restaurant's kitchen and teach them how to create fruit preserves (though the techniques you'll learn can be equally applied to veggies and herbs.) Everything you need to go home with four jars of summery goodness will be provided, though overachievers are welcome to bring extra fruit and jars for additional jam. Call the restaurant at 303-444-3885 to reserve your spot; the class will run you $65 or $100 per couple.
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