Spring has officially sprung in Denver and as the weather heats up, so will the culinary calendar. There's a tasty array of events ahead this week, including enchilada and mole festivals, a full-moon party and more. Keep reading for the details.
Monday, March 21
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse will host a Spring Cigar Dinner at 6 p.m. today, featuring Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky — 12 year, 15 year and Rare Cask, as well as the brand-new Macallan #1 — alongside three Montecristo cigars. For reservations and more information, contact the restaurant at 303-796-0100.
Tamayo launches an Enchilada Festival today that will run through April 18. During the festival, you can sample several varieties of enchiladas inspired by different regions of Mexico. For more information, contact Tamayo at 720-946-1433.
Tuesday, March 22
Zoës Kitchen, a fast-casual restaurant concept featuring Mediterranean-inspired dishes, is opening its first Colorado location at 8501 West Bowles Avenue in Littleton today. To celebrate, Zoës Kitchen is giving away 500 free entrées as well as a chance to win free Zoës's food for a year at the new spot; visit the Zoës Kitchen’s Facebook page for more information on how you can win. This is the company’s 178th location and the first of six planned for the Front Range this year (the others will be in Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder, Broomfield and Westminster). The Littleton restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Join the DaVinci Institute and chef Ian Kleinman at Night with a Futurist: Molecular Gastronomy and the Future of Food. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. you can get a glimpse into the future of food as Kleinman discusses molecular gastronomy, the techniques behind creating a few of his dishes, and the culinary landscape of the future. The lecture is $10 per person; get tickets and more information here.
The Alamo Drafthouse is teaming up with Avery Brewing for a multi-course beer dinner complementing the 1982 flick The Beastmaster. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be paired with three courses and three Avery beers. Tickets are $40; grab yours and get all the details here.
Wednesday, March 23
Join Chowder Room and Odell Brewing Company at 6 p.m. today for an eight-course seafood feast paired with eight beers from Odell. The dinner is $64; call 303-777-3474 to reserve your spot.
Let your creativity flow at the Rialto Cafe's Roaring Art class today. The class, led by the Art Connection, will focus on art deco. For $45 you get all the art supplies you need and a cocktail; additional food and drinks will be available for purchase. RSVP by calling the cafe at 303-260-4732.
Take a self-guided skin or snowshoe trip to the top of Ten Peaks at Crested Butte for this evening's Full Moon Party. After your trek up the mountain, warm up inside the Umbrella Bar while enjoying a buffet dinner under the moonlight that includes fondue, salad, soup or chili, dessert and one complimentary wine or beer. Additional beverages will be available for purchase. The party runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and tickets are $30. Get more information here.
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Thursday, March 24
Chef Dakota Coburn of Centro Latin Kitchen, along with chefs Clint Myers of Zolo Grill and Jamey Fader, founder of Lola Mexican Fish House, will be celebrating mole at Centro's first annual Mole Festival from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. today. Each chef will be cooking up his take on mole, and each dish will be served alongside a special Vago Mezcal pairing from Bar Manager Natalie Dodson. Learn more at 303-442-7771.
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Friday, March 25
Prost Brewing and The Post Brewing have teamed up to create Prost to Post Baltic Porter, and the two breweries are celebrating by throwing a special happy hour and release party. From 4 to 7 p.m. today at Prost, beer drinkers can enjoy pints of Prost to Post, live music, a stein-hoisting competition with prizes, fried chicken from the Post and more. For more information visit postbrewing.com.
Guests are encouraged to get weird at MCA Denver's Black Sheep Fridays. From 6 to 8 p.m. most Fridays, the museum will be serving up beverages and "sophisticated nonsense," and today attendees can get apocalyptic during a Mad Max Purim-themed event. Dress for the fury road with Klezmer music and Hamantaschen. You can join in on the fun for $5; the weirdness changes every week, so check out mcadenver.org to see the full schedule of shenanigans.
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