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The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Learn how to make three versions of the Old Fashioned on Friday night.
Learn how to make three versions of the Old Fashioned on Friday night. Mark Antonation
This week, pair beer with sushi, get messy with polenta, enjoy a local's TV debut and learn how to mix a mean drink in a free, ladies-only class — and that's just the start. Here are the best food and drink events on the culinary calendar this week, plus nine more events coming up.

Monday, January 27
Don't just get on board with Meatless Monday so you can have more alliteration in your life; do it because it's delicious. At least that's the case at Famous Original J's Pizza, at 715 East 26th Avenue. Starting Monday, January 27, the Five Points pizza joint will be serving vegan pies on the last Monday of every month through the end of 2020. Choose between the Veggie, with assorted veggies and almond ricotta; the White Pie, with garlic sauce, artichoke, spinach and coconut bacon; the Margherita, with tomato, basil and almond ricotta; and the Cheese, with Violife mozzarella and almond ricotta. All of these will be served by the slice at the shop from 5 to 10 p.m., or as whole pies for delivery; order at Vegan ice cream from Sherry's Soda Shoppe (a new ice cream shop from Famous Original J's owners, opening soon right next door) will also be available.

click to enlarge Settle in for sushi at Ratio Beerworks. - RATIO BEERWORKS
Settle in for sushi at Ratio Beerworks.
Ratio Beerworks
Tuesday, January 28
Old-school pairing rule: Don't serve red wine with fish. Modern pairing rule: Nothing goes better with Scotch ale than sushi. Or so says Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer Street, which is hosting Brewshi, a sustainable sushi pop-up from chef Blayne Ochoa (formerly of Bamboo Sushi, currently of Uchi) on Tuesday, January 28. The sushi knives come out at 4 p.m. and will stick around until 9 p.m., so come early for the best selection of fresh, jewel-toned aquatic eats. Visit Ratio's Facebook page for event details and @brewshi1 for pics of the mouthwatering morsels.

click to enlarge Learn the ABCs and 123s of cooking at Stir starting this Wednesday. - COURTESY STIR COOKING SCHOOL
Learn the ABCs and 123s of cooking at Stir starting this Wednesday.
Courtesy Stir Cooking School
Wednesday, January 29
If you've been white-knuckling it through Dry January with nary a thought to the rest of your 2020 resolutions, you're in luck: The torture ends in a just a few days, and on Wednesday, January 29, Stir Cooking School, 3215 Zuni Street, has just the thing to distract you for a few hours. At 6:30 p.m., the Highland kitchen kicks off its three-part Learn to Cook series, with the first session equipping you with techniques needed to whip up white cheddar mac and pork chops with cider jus, among other delights. Future classes on February 5 and 12 will cover a whole roasted chicken (a deceptively difficult but nevertheless attainable feat) and pot pie with from-scratch crust. Learn more and sign up for the class ($230) on the school's website and you'll be cooking in no time.

Thursday, January 30

In Colorado, the idea of a "pot-to-table" dinner conjures images of something that's most certainly not a cooking vessel (even if you can get baked with it). And while there are plenty of pairing meals for diners who'd rather smoke than sip in the Mile High City, White Pie's pot-to-table polenta feast on Thursday, January 30, is definitely not of that ilk. Instead, creamy, cheesy polenta will be poured directly from its pot onto one of the restaurant's marble community tables, where it will be topped with goodies like bone marrow, meatballs and roasted veggies and accompanied by a handful of sauces, including pesto, romesco and olive oil. The $45 price tag also includes a small starter, dessert and a glass of house wine; the messy, mouthwatering fun starts at 7 p.m. at the pizza place at 1702 Humboldt Street. Ensure you don't miss out — there are just twenty seats available — by snapping up your ticket on Eventbrite or Facebook.

Denver chef Elise Wiggins is known primarily for her Italian fare, thanks to an extended stint at Panzano before she opened her own eatery, Cattivella. But she grew up far from Italy, in West Monroe, Louisiana, and the premiere of her new PBS cooking show, Roots to Ranches, focuses on an ingredient she hunted and cooked as a child: squirrel. On Thursday, January 30, the series debuts at 8 p.m., and prior to the show, Wiggins is hosting a three-course meal to celebrate at Cattivella, 10195 East 29th Drive. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the menu includes truffled shirred eggs with polenta; breaded, fried veal chop and prosciutto; and chocolate zeppole with hazelnut gelato (no squirrel, sadly, as the wily critters aren't USDA-approved). Tickets, $50, include a prosecco toast and viewing party; call 303-645-3779 to book your seat.

click to enlarge The High Lonesome welcomes whiskey-loving women on Friday. - SARAH MCGILL
The High Lonesome welcomes whiskey-loving women on Friday.
Sarah McGill
Friday, January 31
Women who know that relaxing with a good whiskey cocktail isn't just the purview of 1960s-era husbands, who return from the office each night just to loosen their ties and slump grumpily into an armchair to sulk while nursing a tumbler of booze for a few hours, will want to consider Women Who Whiskey's Old Fashioned class on Friday, January 31. The High Lonesome, 3360 Navajo Street, welcomes pro whiskey taster Jackie Zykan to teach a class on mixing the classic spirit; starting at 5 p.m., the free class welcomes women over 21 to learn how to make three different varieties of the drink. Ladies, learn more on Facebook, then RSVP to [email protected] to ensure your spot in class (seating is limited); gentlemen, try not to brood too much about being excluded, and try mansplaining the difference between whiskey and whisky to some of your buddies for a change.

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