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Satisfy your cravings for sake, bacon, bourbon and munchies this weekend

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Now that you can buy recreational marijuana, what's the best way to deal with your munchies? Sure, there are the fast-food staples -- but isn't it high time to educate your palate? Jane West, owner of Edible Events Co., thinks so. The goal of her party-planning group is to "enhance the cannabis experience and stimulate awareness of taste, smell, sights and sounds through artfully choreographed events." And so Edible Events plans to throw parties that cater to smokers and sober people alike with an artful menu created by Three Tomatoes Catering. Sorry, it's strictly BYOC (bring your own cannabis).

See also: Recreational Smoke: West Flanders Brewing releases a beer in honor of pot legalization

Tonight will be the first of the pot-tribute parties, which runs from 7 p.m. to midnight at Space Gallery. The end-of-Prohibition-themed event will feature a private, speakeasy-type space so that guests can consume the marijuana they brought; there will also be a bar serving local craft beer, wine and cocktails. In order to satisfy hunger pains, chef Abby Schissler of Three Tomatoes Caterings will be cooking up various small bites -- and although the menu is targeted towards the "under the influence" palate, the food should definitely be delicious even if you're completely straight. Tickets are $125,which include cuisine, live entertainment and drinks; purchase them online.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 The Bourbon & Bacon Fest will fill the McNichols Building with specialty bourbons and unique whiskies from various distilleries from 2:30 to 5 p.m. today. And if that weren't awesome enough, countless smoky, porky treats from local restaurants will be available for sampling, including bacon mac and cheese, bacon cupcakes and bourbon and bacon milkshakes. Although tickets are sold out, you can join the waiting list on the website. A portion of the proceeds supports Colorado Pro Start, a high school hospitality education program.

Too late for Bourbon & Bacon? Vow to be earlier next year, and for now, give the middle finger to your new year's resolutions at the Screw Your Resolution Party at Fado Irish Pub. The festivities begin at 9 p.m. and include a "vice bar" that will contain tempting and delicious junk-food snack items. That 80's Band will also be on hand; if you own some awesome retro workout gear, don't be afraid to sport it for the costume contest. There will also be various drink specials, such as $5 car bombs, jager bombs and firebombs!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 Vesta Dipping Grill will host its third annual Sake Dinner tonight. The five-course dinner, prepared by chef Brandon Foster and team, will be be paired with sakes hand-picked by sommelier, Eric Dutton. Tickets are $85 per person, plus tax or gratuity; seating is community-style, unless otherwise specified. For reservations, call 303-296-1970.

With the fast-paced lifestyle of many Americans, dining as a family may not be high on the priority list; in China, though, it's very important. The Seasoned Chef Cooking School is encouraging family dining with its interactive class from 1-4 p.m. today. Chef/instructor Amy Hoyt will teach how to make various Chinese dishes, such as three cup chicken with sticky rice, Chinese Hot Pot and Moon Cakes. Tuition is $70; sign up online.

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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