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The Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Don't recover by growing roots into the couch this weekend; hang out at Liberati for unique beers, Roman pizza and cozy fireplaces.
Don't recover by growing roots into the couch this weekend; hang out at Liberati for unique beers, Roman pizza and cozy fireplaces. Danielle Lirette
New year, new you (or, if you're less focused on reinvention, new year, new beer). Settle in for some culinary self care, get some help with your (possibly already flagging) resolutions, or admit that January 1 is an arbitrary date and party like a madman anyway at this quartet of food and drink events this weekend, plus a flurry of upcoming fun.

Friday, January 3
Liberati, 2403 Champa Street, knows this weekend is going to be rough. In the past two weeks alone, you've consumed the equivalent of a whole roast turkey, one five-pound bag of mashed potatoes, Belgium's entire annual chocolate production and your body weight in hard liquor; emptied your bank account purchasing presents; and have spent more hours on your feet making torturous small talk at holiday parties than you care to tabulate. So on Friday, January 3, and Saturday, January 4, visit the Curtis Park brewery for its recovery weekend: The taproom has installed cozy electric fireplaces and is serving up steaming soups with a garnish bar, plus Bloody Mary and hot chocolate bars and non-alcoholic seltzer spiked only with replenishing electrolytes. Settle in at the bar for a relaxing and rejuvenating first weekend of the year; see Liberati's Facebook page for more details.

Saturday, January 4
We're four days into 2020 — has your resolution to eliminate grains, sugar, legumes, dairy, alcohol and fun from your diet broken you yet? If not, kudos to you (and sympathy to your friends and family, who we hope aren't bearing the brunt of your withdrawal-induced rage and sanctimony). If you're struggling, though, you can get support on Saturday, January 4, as Sprouts (98 Wadsworth Boulevard in Lakewood) is hosting a giveaway of Whole30 Cookbooks for the first hundred customers from 10 a.m. to noon. Even if you aren't one of the lucky ones walking away with a book, you can meet with a coach who will school you on the program; find out more on the grocer's website.

Sunday, January 5
Your New Year's Eve hangover has gone the way of 2019, and now it's time to make good on your resolution to learn a new hobby. And while YouTube is great for makeup tutorials and movie trailers, it leaves something to be desired when you're trying to learn to make fried Brussels sprouts and the pot of oil on your stove suddenly boils over and catches fire. What next? Will your entire apartment go up in flames before you can Google "How to put out an oil fire"? That's why Cook Street, 43 West Ninth Avenue, offers its Classic Techniques Essentials I class with real, live instructors who are able to give you a hand before you chop your finger off trying to execute a chiffonade. The series of four classes begins on Sunday, January 5, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., then runs weekly through Sunday, January 26. Tuition is $476 on Cook Street's website, where you can also find future class dates if you're still regrowing that finger you lost in a Thanksgiving cooking mishap.


Industry folks for whom the idea of a New Year's Eve off is but a desperate daydream can re-create the event — minus the drunken customers and with themselves on the other side of the bar — at Bierstadt Lagerhaus on Sunday, January 5. Doors to the bash open at 8 p.m.; the night's festivities include a beer pong tournament, mac and cheese bar, $5 liters all night and a countdown starting at "10ish" (according to the bar's refreshingly honest Facebook page). So ring in the newish year with better parking, no cover and less surge pricing.

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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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