Fourteen Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar in Denver, May 2-6, 2016 | Westword

From WomenCook! to Civic Center Eats, Fourteen Tastiest Events This Week

With Cinco de Mayo, Derby Day and Mother's Day all headed our way, many of us already have full plates. But still, there are culinary events earlier this week you won't want to miss, including WomenCook! and the start of Civic Center Eats. Keep reading for all the tasty details...
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With Cinco de Mayo, Derby Day and Mother's Day all headed our way, many of us already have full plates. But still, there are culinary events earlier this week you won't want to miss, including WomenCook! and the start of Civic Center Eats. Keep reading for all the tasty details.

Monday, May 2

WomenCook! brings an all-women, all-star lineup of chefs (with some male helpers) to Temple Emanuel from 5 to 9 p.m. today. The twelfth annual event benefiting Work Options for Women will feature over a dozen of Denver's top chefs, live and silent auctions, and more. You can grab tickets, $125, and find all the details at

Ashley Hausman-Vaughters will be pouring the wines of Ca' del Baio at Frasca Food and Wine tonight. Frasca's Monday Night Wine Dinners are $50 for four courses, not including optional wine pairings, which range from $45 to $50. For reservations, call 303-442-6966.
Tuesday, May 3

Civic Center Eats returns for another season at Civic Center Park — and this year, you'll want to head there not just on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but also on Wednesdays, because the trucks and vendors will roll in that day, too. The fun — including live music — runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; find out more on the Civic Center Eats site.

Range is hosting a four-course Kendall-Jackson wine dinner tonight, with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30.  Hosted by Jackson Family Wines wine master Randy Ullom, the event is $65 and includes Kendall-Jackson wine pairings with each course. For reservations, call 720-726-4800. 

From 6 to 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month, the Crimson Room will hold a cocktail class featuring mixologists AJ Snowhite and Drew Howell. Today's inaugural class will focus on juleps with a Kentucky Derby theme. Tuition is $30, which includes two cocktails, recipes to take home and more. You can register and learn more here

The Alamo Drafthouse will screen Nacho Libre at this week's Craft Dinner, which will feature the beers of Ska Brewing. The dinner-and-a movie-event starts at 7:30 p.m. and is 21-and-over only; a $30 ticket includes food and brews. Grab yours and learn more here

Keep reading for more events this week.

Wednesday, May 4 

The Boulder County Farmers' Market launches its Wednesday-night markets starting today (the Saturday market started last month). From 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, you can browse though food and goods from 21 farms and more than two dozen vendors and artisans. For more information, visit

Simran Sethi, author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, will be in the Science Atrium of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science at 7 p.m. to sign and discuss her book. To get in the proper mindset, see the museum’s current Chocolate exhibit before the signing. Tickets range from $20 to $25; for more information, go to or call 303-370-6000. 

Take a tour of the A.D. Laws Whiskey House, followed by a three-course Laws Whiskey cocktail-paired dinner at the Rosedale, today from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are $75; purchase yours and learn more here

Thursday, May 5

Yes, today is Cinco de Mayo — but La Biblioteca celebrates tequila every day, and hosts a monthly Meet the Maker session. Tonight the restaurant will feature DeLeon Tequila, with an ambassador for the brand on hand to answer questions, as well as complimentary tastings and a specialty DeLeon cocktail available all evening. Call the restaurant at 720-904-0965 for more information, and watch for our list of Cinco de Mayo events on 

Historic Downtown Golden will be the setting for a Ladies Only Sample Tour from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Your $13 ticket includes a packet that contains an area map, coupon book and event bracelet, which will get you into over thirty participating businesses that will be handing out food samples and more. Get tickets and all the details here

Starting today and running through Sunday, May 8, Williams & Graham will be taken over by San Francisco's James Beard Foundation Award-nominated bar, Trick Dog and the Bon Vivants. While the Williams & Graham team takes its annual staff vacation, the Bon Vivants will be serving up their own drink menu along with a few surprises. During the takeover, reservations are not accepted; for more information, visit  

Friday, May 6

You know summer is close when Marczyk Fine Foods brings back its Friday Burger Night. From 5 to 7:30 p.m., both locations — Colfax and 17th — will fire up the grills and serve Niman Ranch burgers with all the fixins' for $8.99. For more information, contact your favorite Marczyk location. 

Get ready for a full weekend of festivities at TheBigWonderful's launch party this weekend. The festivities get under way at 2600 Lawrence Street with a pre-party from 4 to 10 p.m. today, featuring live music, food vendors, a beer garden and more. The first full day of the market tomorrow will bring shopping, drinks, live music, games and a live stream of the Kentucky Derby; on Sunday, bring Mom to a Mother's Day celebration complete with champagne and a Bloody Mary brunch, plus plenty of gift possibilities. Tickets range from $5 to $20; get yours here. This will be the last season of the outdoor bazaar at this location; Sustainability Park will be the future home of a "green" condo and townhome development called S*Park.
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 [email protected]. And watch for special lists with Cinco de Mayo, Derby and Mother's Day options.
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