The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Meet (don't eat) this little guy at Goats in RiNo.
Meet (don't eat) this little guy at Goats in RiNo. Kenneth Hamblin III
There's no way this week won't be fantastic: It kicks off with Negronis and wraps up with goats. In between, there's ice cream, pancakes for dinner and more. So get excited for the six best food and drink events in the next few days, and read on for a slew of upcoming happenings in the months of June and July.

click to enlarge Bar Helix has a year-round Negroni program, plus specials on the cocktail this week. - MARK ANTONATION
Bar Helix has a year-round Negroni program, plus specials on the cocktail this week.
Mark Antonation
Monday, June 4
Monday might actually be the best day of the week (for a change!), as it kicks off Negroni Week. From Monday, June 4, through Sunday, June 10, bars and restaurants around town will be serving classic and new-school variations on everyone's favorite red drink. Consider Bamboo Sushi's Negroni and nigiri pairings; Miller & Rossi's Kula Negroni, made with strawberry-infused Campari; and La Cour's Negroni semifreddo (gin panna cotta, Campari granita and candied lemon). At Bar Helix, there's a $5 classic Negroni all week, plus a different $7 variation for each day of the week, Tuesday through Saturday.  Visit for a complete list of participating bars (currently more than 25) and their specials. Each bar has also chosen a charitable organization, so a portion of each Negroni sale will go to a good cause. And don't be fooled: While the beverage looks unassuming, we've been told by Italian bartenders, "The Aperol Spritz is a drink for a woman; the Negroni is a drink for a man."  Ladies, never trust an Italian bartender.

click to enlarge Mad scientist Ian Kleinman uses his powers for good (ice cream), not evil (fussy small plates). - STACEY KLEINMAN
Mad scientist Ian Kleinman uses his powers for good (ice cream), not evil (fussy small plates).
Stacey Kleinman
Wednesday, June 6

The tenth annual  Hot Rocks Griller Challenge will light up Elway’s Cherry Creek again from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This benefit for Denver Health Foundation’s men’s health programs includes an intense competition among thirteen of Colorado’s hottest chefs from top area restaurants; Chris Daniels and the Kings will entertain the crowd. Tickets start at $100; see if you can still snag one at

Did you slack on planning summer activities for your kiddo? Not sure what to do with them now that your daycare provider has thrown up their hands in despair and flounced off in a huff? The Inventing Room Dessert Shop, 4431 West 29th Avenue, is here for the assist. Every Wednesday during June, starting Wednesday, June 6, Ian Kleinman will take children from five to fourteen under his wing for a one-hour discussion of the scientific properties of liquid nitrogen. Of course, he'll be using his signature liquid nitrogen ice cream to grab their attention, but he'll also talk about the science behind pop rocks, carbonation and Twinkies. The free demo runs from 11 a.m. to noon; call 303-960-6656 to reserve your kid's spot at one of the events. And like any beloved babysitter, Kleinman will get them all hopped up on sugar, sending them home with a bag of housemade cotton candy. Fun for all!

Nocturne, at 1330 27th Street, put the "supper" in "supper club" from the moment it opened in 2015. Its Renditions menus — multi-course dinners designed to complement landmark albums — have been a staple since the jazz venue and restaurant opened its doors, and on Wednesday, June 6, the seventeenth Renditions menu will debut with five courses paying homage to Herbie Hancock's 1965 album Maiden Voyage. The Tom Amend Quintet will be performing this album during dinner, and owners Scott and Nicole Mattson and chef Greg Weadick will talk about the link between the music, food and wine starting at 6:30 p.m. Find out more and get your ticket ($79) at Nocturne's Facebook page.

Thursday, June 7
Breakfast for dinner: the beloved institution that's the refuge of harried working moms and feckless dads the world ’round. On Thursday, June 7, Snooze, 1701 Wynkoop Street, is staying open late to offer pancakes for dinner to early birds, night owls, athletes, couch potatoes (hash browns?) and everyone in between. In a partnership with bRUNch Running, diners will meet outside the restaurant at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, before heading out on a 5K or 10K course at their own pace. Afterward, get two drinks and a spread of breakfast tacos and sandwiches, sausage, bacon and pancakes for just $50. Get the details and tickets at the event's Facebook page.

Friday, June 8

Brace yourself for the perfect storm: goats plus a RiNo warehouse plus a food truck equal both an adorable, low-key evening as well as the pinnacle of hipsterism. On Friday, June 8, Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary is launching its "Goats in RiNo" summer movie series. Starting at 6 p.m., LFX Filmworks and Events Space at 1701 31st Street will open its doors to humans and goats alike for a screening of But I'm a Cheerleader. Food truck Vegan Van will be selling human feed, and goat treats will also be available for sale. Get your ticket for just $12 — well worth it to cuddle goats and watch a wonderfully naive Natasha Lyonne — on Facebook.

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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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