From Whiskey to White Truffles, Ten Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar

There are some big, gigantic events this week. In Boulder, the Big G will be supporting the Kitchen Community at the Kitchen Next Door during a night of big beats and gigantic hearts. Here in Denver, the Denver Whiskey Club will hold its annual Holiday Fundraiser in honor of a fallen hero. And those are just the start of the activities filling the culinary calendar this week. Keep reading for more of the tasty details...

Monday, December 7 

Frasca Food and Wine will hold the restaurant's ninth annual White Truffle and Barolo Dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. This special dinner will feature guest chef Mark Ladner, of Del Posto in New York, and guest winemakers Gaia Gaja and Krug Champagne. The decadent dinner is $970 per person, and includes the truffle-tasting menu and wine pairings. If you can't make the dinner tonight, Frasca will be holding another White Truffle and Barolo Dinner tomorrow night at the same time. For tickets to either night, contact the restaurant at 303-442-0608.

Nocturne will feature a night of whiskey, jazz and food. The supper club welcomes The Balvenie for a scotch tasting paired with live jazz music and small plates. The event starts at 6 p.m. tonight, and is priced at $10 per person. For tickets, click here.   

Wassail Days, a week-long celebration of mulled cider, continues today in Frisco. This year’s Wassail Days will showcase more than sixty local businesses, each sharing their own special wassail recipe for the festival; guests can complete their “12 Sips of Wassail” card, and vote for their favorite recipes. For all the details, visit townoffrisco.com

Tuesday, December 8 

The Kitchen Next Door Boulder will host Big Gigantic for an evening of food, music and charity. Big Gigantic band members Jeremy and Dom will be on hand to entertain guests with a DJ set and to meet with diners. There will also be a silent auction and a true farm-to-table meal. Tickets to the event are $26, and include two silent auction raffle tickets and food; get yours and learn more here. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kitchen Community, a non-profit organization that builds Learning Gardens in schools nationwide.

The Denver Whiskey Club will its annual holiday fundraiser starting at 6:30 p.m. today at Ste. Ellie. The event will raise funds for the Friends of the Denver Fire Department Foundation, in honor of fallen firefighter John Whelan. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased here

Wednesday, December 9 

The West End Tavern will be screening the world-wide premiere of Melting: Last Race to the Pole, today at 7 p.m. The film follows Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters on their 500-mile journey to the North Pole. Larsen, Waters and the filmmakers will be on hand at the premiere, and there will be food and drink specials from the West End and Upslope Brewing. For more information, visit thewestendtavern.com

The Tavern Littleton continues its Christmas Movie Wednesdays with screenings of Elf and It's a Wonderful Life this evening. Kick back and enjoy the flicks while sipping an egg nog martini, adult hot chocolate or a half price bottle of wine. Elf starts at 6:30 p.m. and It's a Wonderful Life will begin at 8:30 p.m. For more information, check out tavernhg.com.  

Thursday, December 10

At 6 p.m. tonight, the Lake House in Evergreen will play host to the eleventh annual community Festival of Lights Chunukah event, coupled with the first ever Latke Cook-Off. Following the Menorah lighting, local cooks will showcase their latke cooking prowess — and you can judge the winner. The first-place prize will be a handmade one-of-a-kind spinning dreidel trophy made by award-winning artist Rachel Tribble. Find more information here.

La Biblioteca has teamed up with Dulce Vida Tequila for a four-course Tapas and Tequila tasting meal starting at 7 p.m. tonight; the dinner is cooked up by chef Robert Juan, and paired with tequila. Tickets are $35; grab yours by calling 720-904-0965.  

Friday, December 11

The Denver Pavilion' Holiday Carousel opens today, and will be spinning guests coming off the16th Street Mall through December 23. Rides are normally $3, but the Pavilions has teamed up with the Food Bank of the Rockies to present the “A Can for the Carousel” campaign, so you can donate a can of food for a free ride. Guests who shop, dine, drink or play at any Denver Pavilions shop will also receive a free ride. The carousel will be open daily starting December 11, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.  For more information, visit denverpavilions.com.    

For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to cafe@westword.com.

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