The Five Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

This regal French bulldog might decide the tiebreaker at Pony Up's French dip faceoff.
This regal French bulldog might decide the tiebreaker at Pony Up's French dip faceoff. Mark Antonation
Hotels, haute cuisine and hot sandwiches are on the menu this week as March draws to a close. Here are five of the best food and drink events over the next five days, with more in the weeks to come:

Monday, March 25
Pony Up, 1808 Blake Street, is the undisputed monarch of the French dip in Denver, but on Monday, March 25, its power extends well beyond that of standard royalty. Pony Up is raising restaurants from the dead (sort of), and its powers of resurrection are bringing Rebel Restaurant (which closed last summer) chefs Bo Porytko and Dan Lasiy together again to face off against Adam Vero and Jeff Hickman of Hearth & Dram (which is alive and well near Union Station) in a battle for French dip supremacy. Starting at 6 p.m., you can dig into the two creations for $10 each; Rebel's includes smoked beef cheeks, aji amarillo chiles, pickled cilantro and menudo broth; Hearth & Dram hews slightly more traditional with bacon, tangy sauce gribiche and red eye jus. The winner will be crowned heir to the throne — at least until the next battle.

click to enlarge DANIELLE LIRETTE
Danielle Lirette
Tuesday, March 26
It's a leap of faith to dine at a restaurant that doesn't present you with a menu, but if you visit Beckon, 2843 Larimer Street, you — and your plate — will be in good hands. On Tuesday, March 26, the kitchen will be turning out an extra-special menu as Lance Hanson (producer of CapRock Gin, Mell Vodka and Jack Rabbit Hill Farm Wines) will be bringing his beverages to pair with a six-course menu. Tickets for the meal are on sale for $150 (while that sounds steep, consider an evening at the restaurant will normally run you about $95 — without booze) on Tock. Act quickly if you want to snag a seat at the tiny table; Beckon only seats seventeen, and as of this writing, space is only available at the 8:30 p.m. seating.

click to enlarge Your hometown diner never had a bar this good. - MARK ANTONATION
Your hometown diner never had a bar this good.
Mark Antonation
Wednesday, March 27
Kevin and Ryan Taylor's Broomfield restaurant Hickory & Ash (8001 Arista Place) isn't as trendy as the latest LoDo hotspots, but the classics are classics for a reason — and the parking is way better. Taylor the elder (himself a Denver institution) and his son have targeted the suburbs of late (opening Masa last year in  Broomfield, too), but the joint's Fine Diner Wine Dinner on Wednesday, March 27, is playful and more fun than you'd expect to have outside of central Denver. For $125 (including tax and tip), American diner classics are being reinvented to pair with wines from across the globe: Think egg salad prepared with ostrich eggs; a Monte Cristo with pork belly standing in for ham and turkey; or chicken-fried steak made with short rib instead of a gristly slab of gray meat. Visit Hickory & Ash's Facebook page to see the delightful details, then call 720-390-4400 to reserve your spot.

click to enlarge Moxy's Aereo Plane includes whiskey, Aperal, amaro and lemon juice. - ALANA WATKINS
Moxy's Aereo Plane includes whiskey, Aperal, amaro and lemon juice.
Alana Watkins
Thursday, March 28
Not sure how to spend your Thursday night? We've got your entire evening's itinerary, thanks to a trio of Denver hotels that have helpfully scheduled events all night to keep you fed and watered. Start off at Moxy, 240 Josephine Street, where a barrel of whiskey made exclusively for the bar by Stranahan's will be released with drink discounts (the Aero Plane cocktail, usually $15, is on special for $10) and DJs from 4 to 7 p.m. After your aperitif(s), call a car to ferry you to Palm Restaurant, 1672 Lawrence Street at the base of the Westin Denver Downtown, for a five-course wine dinner with Napa Valley's Dominus Estates; hearty dishes like short rib gnocchi with parmesan and sage, lamb rib in a pistachio nut crust, and filet in demi-glace will serve as a substantial base for the rest of the evening's beverages. Save your seat ($160) by calling 303-825-7256. Finally, stagger the four blocks to finish off with a nightcap at Nativ Hotel, 1612 Wazee Street; Casa Mexico Tequila founder Eric Buccio will be in the house offering personalized tequila tastings from 9 p.m. until midnight. See? That was easy (though your liver may disagree on Friday morning).

Friday, March 29
The Preservery, 3040 Blake Street, has been running its monthly Wing-a-Ling special for a while now, but this week, the RiNo restaurant is revving up the chicken-wing social hour to celebrate three years in business. On Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, guests who purchase a drink between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. will receive a free order of everyone's favorite chicken part; the Preservery's version comes with rosemary and garlic Buffalo sauce and garlicky aioli. Don't be a greedy clucker — you're limited to one order. Details are up on the eatery's Facebook page.

Keep reading for more events in the days and weeks to come.
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