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The Four Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

A fanciful churro doughnut from one of the Inventing Room's previous molecular doughnut pop-ups.
A fanciful churro doughnut from one of the Inventing Room's previous molecular doughnut pop-ups. Danielle Lirette
As the credit card bills from December roll in and we're all still recovering from end-of-year overstimulation, bars and restaurants continue to throw things at the wall to see what sticks and what will lure people out of their winter cocoons. So this weekend's calendar is eclectic, with fun for people who want to uphold their New Year's resolutions and people who want to bread them, as well as underfed kinksters and those of us who just want to get drunk on a Sunday.

Friday, January 10
Embrace whimsy during the dark days of January at the Inventing Room, the over-the-top dessert shop at 4433 West 29th Avenue. While chef/owner Ian Kleinman's outfit generally shutters its doors in the winter months, this year it's giving us all a belated Christmas present by expanding its beloved molecular doughnut pop-up; every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the end of winter, Kleinman and company will oversee the exploding whipped cream machine, liquid nitrogen ice cream station and magic chocolate maker from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations aren't accepted for this casual affair (though you can pre-order a minimum of twelve doughnuts); just show up with an open mind and an empty stomach. And with more time than ever to enjoy the wild creations, you don't have to choose just one: Show up every week until you've worked your way through the entire menu, which can be found on the shop's Facebook page.

Curry meets BDSM meets puns on Friday, January 10, at MCA Denver's Black Sheep Friday. The ongoing museum event that mixes up lectures, food and drink flavors and arts and crafts is back with a reprisal of one of its most popular events from the past decade: Thai One On, wherein guests will sample Thai curries while offering guests a shibari (Japanese bondage technique) demonstration. So if you're up for having your tastebuds tickled while the rest of you is straight-up titillated, the 6 p.m. event is free with museum admission ($10 before 5 p.m., $5 after). Visit the Museum's website for the ins and outs of the evening.

Saturday, January 11
So your New Year's resolution was to eat more oatmeal — how fortuitous that on Saturday, January 11, the City of Lafayette is holding its 24th annual oatmeal festival. That's right: In the realm of quirky agricultural festivals around Colorado, this one celebrates neither peaches nor Pueblo chiles, but porridge. A massive breakfast of 200 gallons of oatmeal with 100 different toppings, 4,000 oatmeal pancakes and 1,200 oatmeal muffins will be served from 7:30 a.m. to noon, At 9:30 a.m., you can take to the streets in a 5K run (and walk, if you're not looking to exceed the speed of an ocean of oatmeal oozing down the course). Breakfast runs $8, or $20 with race registration; find out more on the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce website.

click to enlarge Brewery food is more than just pretzels and popcorn at Burns Family Artisan Ales on Sunday. - JONATHAN SHIKES
Brewery food is more than just pretzels and popcorn at Burns Family Artisan Ales on Sunday.
Jonathan Shikes
Sunday, January 12
There's nothing more Colorado than heading over to your local craft brewery and settling in for an afternoon of brews, board games and bites, but heading out to the food truck in between beers can get tiresome. Burns Family Artisan Ales, 2505 West Second Avenue, is solving that problem on Sunday, January 12, by teaming up with caterer Thistle & Mint to serve a pairing dinner within the taproom walls. For $80, you'll get courses like duck-fat potatoes with blue-cheese cream served with an herbed, hop-less gruit, and thirty-day dry-aged steak alongside a robust Belgian quad. And considering it's not unheard of to spend that much on an afternoon of drinks, a few bags of stale pretzels behind the bar and (if you're lucky) an order of loaded tater tots from a truck, the 5 p.m. feast is a steal; visit Burns's Facebook page for the full menu and Tock to book your seat.

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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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