Ten Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar February 29-March 4

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Happy Leap Day! Make the most of your extra day by diving mouth-first into one of today's tasty events, including a new happy hour at Rioja and a pouring of Pliny the Younger, and then just keep rolling through this week's heaping helping of culinary activities. There's also Denver Restaurant Week, which continues through March 6; you can find out more about the participating restaurants and their $30 menus on the Denver Restaurant Week page. Now keep reading for more tasty events around town....

Monday, February 29 

To celebrate Leap Day, Noodles & Company will be giving guests a chance to "leap the line." Guests who order online at order.noodles.com will save $4 off any $10 purchase by entering the code LEAPTHELINE at checkout.   

If you were born on February 29, you will get a free entrée from the "Leaplings Eat Free" menu at Hard Rock Cafe today; the possibilities include a Legendary Burger; Twisted Mac, Chicken & Cheese; a hickory-smoked pulled pork sandwich; and a grilled chicken caesar salad. Find out more here.

Following the success of the Sips and Snacks program, Rioja will now be serving themed pairings every weekday from 4 to 6 p.m. as a part of a new happy hour that starts today.  For Sips and Snacks, guests enjoy four tastes of wine or spirits specially selected for a weekly theme paired with four snacks from the Rioja kitchen for $15. The new happy hour menu will also include small bites, ranging in price from $3 to $7, as well as Spanish wines by the glass and cocktails. The theme for this weeks Sips and Snacks will be Rioja wines. For more information, contact the restaurant at 303-820-2282. 

Pliny the Younger, a cult-favorite beer, will pour into Denver this week, and Freshcraft will be tapping a keg of the liquid gold at 6 p.m. today. Those who want a chance to sample the elusive beer should bring their ID and cash — pours will be cash-only — to Freshcraft early to get a spot in line. A buck from every beer will go to Sense of Security, and its mission to help Colorado breast cancer patients survive financially while they are undergoing treatment. For more information, head over to the event's Facebook page.  

Tuesday, March 1 

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts is offering a taste of North Africa today, during "A World of Taste: North Africa." Students in the course will explore dishes from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and more. Tuition is $89, and includes a complete meal with wine and dessert. For more information or to register for the course, visit cookstreet.com

Keep reading for more culinary events this week.

Wednesday, March 2 

The High West Oyster Fest returns to the Boulder Theater from 6 to 9 p.m. today. The event, presented by Jax Fish House, will feature oyster shucking and eating contests, music from Denver DJ Styles Davis, drinks and lots of good eats. Tickets to the fest are $35 for adults, $15 for kids and $20 for CU students; buy yours here. All proceeds and donations from the evening will directly benefit Blue Sky Bridge, a local nonprofit that provides support services for victims of child abuse. For more information, visit jaxfishhouse.com

Thursday, March 3 

La Biblioteca's Meet the Maker series continues as ArteNOM tequila takes the spotlight from 6 to 8 p.m. The first Thursday of each month, you can enjoy complimentary tastings of selected tequilas and meet brand ambassadors; the restaurant will also feature a special cocktail featuring the highlighted tequila all night.  For details click here

The Boulder Blind Cafe is back, with an evening of dinner, music and community building in the dark. The unique dining and social experience will pop up twice a night today through Saturday, at 6 and 8:30 p.m., at the Wesley Chapel, 290 Folsom Street in Boulder.  Tickets range from $85 to $195 on a sliding scale, and includes a vegetarian dinner, glass of wine, dessert, live music and a question-and-answer discussion in the dark with your blind waitstaff and seventeen other guests. Learn all about this one-of-a-kind experience and grab tickets at theblindcafe.com

Friday, March 4 

Let your freak flag fly at MCA Denver's Black Sheep Fridays, which return today. From 6 to 8 p.m. most Fridays, the museum will be serving up beverages and "sophisticated non-sense" that ranges from assembling mutant stuffed animals to poetry readings of spam e-mails to this week's Bingo a Go-Go: bingo with Go-Go dancers. You can join in on the fun for $5; the weirdness changes every week, so check out mcadenver.org to see the full schedule of shenanigans.  

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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