This week Lola will resurrect the spirit of Buffalo Bill, who opened the first Mexican restaurant in this country when he created a pop-up spot in New York City. You can also taste tequila at Museo de las Americas, sharpen your knife skills or enjoy some real meal deals this week. Here's a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.
Monday, January 12
Frasca Food and Wine welcomes Cantina Terlano with Klaus Gasser and Dieter Kamm for tonight's Monday Night Wine Dinner. It's $50/person for four courses, not including optional wine pairings (ranging from $45 to $50/person). For reservations, call 303-442-6966.
Tuesday, January 13
Tonight Lola is hosting Buffalo Bill's Dinner, "an evening inspired by Buffalo Bill, Colorado's culinary and agriculture history, and Mexican heritage." The menu replicates the one Buffalo Bill served at his restaurant outside of Madison Square Garden in 1886, with several modern twists. Kevin Grossi has pulled together the meal, with help from Michael Baute at Spring Kite Farm. And since this is taking place at Lola, there will be plenty of mezcal and tequila, of course. Steve Friesen of Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave and Gustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican, will both speak. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and tickets, $50 are sold out; to see if there are any openings, call 720-570-8686.
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts is offering a knife-skills class from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The hands-on course focuses on knife identification, maintenance and tricks to ensure a great cut every time; tuition is $89. Register at cookstreet.com.
Lower48 will continue its Tuesday tasting menu series with a three-course, prix-fize meal that focuses on "Smoke." For more information, call Lower48 at 303-942-0262.
Pizzeria Locale in Boulder is launching a new weekly dinner series, Flour and Fire, at 7:30 p.m. The series is designed to showcase Pizzeria Locale's pizza oven, exploring traditional southern Italian cooking "al forno," with head pizzaiolo, Matt Perez, leading the way. The dinner is $45; call 303-442-3003 for more information.
Wednesday, January 14
For the year's first Craft Beer Dinner, Frasca Food and Wine will welcome John Dannerbeck of Anchor Steam Brewers & Distillers at 6 p.m. for a four-course dinner paired with beer. Tickets are $160; call Frasca at 303-442-6966.
From 6 to 9:30 p.m. ,Cook Street School of Culinary Arts will teach you all the basics of bacon -- not just how to cure, smoke and braise pork belly (and you'll cure your own portion), but also where to purchase it and how to store it. Dinner will be served with beer, wine and dessert. Tuition is $99; register at cookstreet.com.
Thursday, January 15
Jeff Miller will be at Tattered Cover on Colfax at 7 p.m., signing and talking about his book Behind the Lines, about one of world's greatest food relief efforts that was founded and supervised by Americans a century ago.
Friday, January 16
Join authors Kristen and Robert Autobee at the Bookbar as they discuss their new book Lost Restaurants of Denver.
Head to Museo de las Americas at 5 p.m. for a Spanish Happy Hour featuring owner/tequilero Carlos Gonzalez of Tequila Proximus. Tickets are $5, or $3 for Museo members, and available at the door.
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