From Burgers to Beer, Eight Tasty Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

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It's already the last weekend in April. If this month has seemed to fly by, it's time to slow down and enjoy the weekend with a few choice events and maybe a couple of drinks. BruFrou will roll into Denver for its second year, Marczyk Fine Foods kicks off a summer tradition and the Museum of Contemporary Art will be pouring Bloody Marys.

Friday, April 24 

Johnson & Wales is hosting Culinary Connections tonight from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This event will feature tastes from local restaurants, a tour of the school's culinary production labs and dining rooms, a student recipe competition and a silent auction. Tickets are $35 and all proceeds benefit Johnson & Wales students; find out more here.

You know summer is near when Marczyk Fine Foods fires up the grills for its weekly Friday Burger Night. Both Marczyk locations will be grilling up freshly ground Niman Ranch burgers, served on fresh brioche buns with all the fixin’s, including market-made bacon aioli, for $8.99. Burger Night runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday through the summer, starting today. For more information, visit marczykfinefoods.com.  

Saturday, April 25

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum will host the second annual BruFrou, a beer-and-food pairing event. The pairing-fest will feature over eighty Colorado brewers and chefs, collaborating on over fifty pairings. New to the event this year are BruFaire, an outdoor spread of all-local artisan food vendors that’s free and open to the public from noon to 7 p.m.; and TastyTalks, a separate, pre-tasting expert panel covering a wide range of beer and culinary-related topics. BrüFrou will be split into two sessions, from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m.; tickets range from $65 to $95. Attendance at TastyTalks, which runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and costs an additional $35, also allows for early-bird admission to the afternoon segment. For tickets and more information, visit brufrou.com.

Barbecue season is just around the corner, so head to the Seasoned Chef Cooking School to get your grill skills smoking. The school is offering a course on barbecue tips and techniques; the menu will feature smoked salmon with with lemon-caper crème fraiche on capellini cakes, smoked tri-tip salad with smoked tomato vinaigrette, smoked summer vegetable salsa and more. Tuition is $69 for the class, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Register and get all the details here

Sunday, April 26     

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is staying up all night this weekend before Myopia, the Mark Mothersbaugh show, finally packs up at 5 p.m. Special events include breakfast burritos at 2:15 a.m. today, Bloody Mary breakfast with Andrew Novick at 9 a.m., and a beer garden at noon. Admission is $5, free to MCA members; find more information here.

To celebrate the fortieth  anniversary of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, Beast + Bottle is hosting a four-course wine dinner with a menu that pays tribute to the album. Each course on the menu will be named after a song on the album, including “Kashmir,” “Down By the Seaside,” “Trampled Under Foot” and “Custard Pie.” Dinner is $56 per person and guests can spend an extra $21 for optional wine pairings. Of course, Physical Graffiti will be played in its entirety. Call the restaurant at 303-623-3223.

ViewHouse downtown will be holding a launch party for Sirvo, a social recruitment and hiring platform for the service industry. The party will feature outdoor games, tournaments, giveaways, drink specials and more. Even better, the occasion will help raise funds for We Don't Waste, a local non-profit that collects excess food from restaurants, caterers and other food purveyors, then distributes it to Denver's underserved populations. For more information, click here

Monday, April 27

Women Cook!, the eleventh annual fundraiser for Work Options for Women, features some of the town's to female chefs cooking up a storm for a great cause. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Temple Emanuel. Tickets are $125 — and if you're lucky, there may still be one left. Try your luck here.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings — and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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