Get cheesy this weekend at a smorgasbord of events highlighting spirits, seeds, beer, music and many more of the finer things in life, including cheese. From mac-and-cheese to fried mac-and-cheese balls, from music festivals to a musical Sunday brunch, this weekend's culinary calendar has something for everyone. Keep reading for the full scoop on all your tasty options.
Friday, January 29
CO.ALITION – a Denver-based company that developed the first backpacks integrated with smart mobile technology, will dive into the tank on tonight's edition of ABC's Shark Tank. For the occasion, CO.ALITION has teamed up with Mile High Spirits to host a free viewing party from 6 to 10 p.m. Jeff Popp and Casey Lorenzen, the duo behind CO.ALITION, will be in attendance and will answer a few questions from the crowd. For more information on CO.ALITION and the viewing party, check out the company's Facebook page.
Johnson & Wales University students, with the help of JWU Chef Instructor Robert Corey, chef Ian Wortham of Frasca and chef Robert Andreozzi of Pizzeria Locale, will recreate the feast from the foodie flick The Big Night, which we recently named one of the ten best food movies of all time. From 6 to 9 p.m., guests can dig into a family-style, four-course meal straight from the silver screen. Tickets are $50, grab yours and savor the menu here.
State 38 Distilling, a local distillery specializing in agave-based spirits, is celebrating two years in the biz today with a party from 5 to 7 p.m. Party goers can partake in snacks, games, tours and tastings, of course. Find more information on the State 38 Facebook page..
The UllrGrass music and beer festival thunders into Golden today for the weekend. The festival brings a parade; kid's events; 29 breweries, cideries and wineries; and well over a dozen musical acts to various venues around Golden. The festivities kick off today at 3:30 p.m. and will continue through Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by day and event. See the lineups and grab your tickets at ullrgrass.com.
Saturday, January 30
Gardening season isn't that far away, and today the Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market in Wheat Ridge will be holding a seed swap. Come swap your surplus seeds and listen to live music by the Velvet Compass from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get the full scoop on the Four Season's Facebook page.
Sunday, January 31
Enjoy your Sunday Brunch with a heaping helping of music at Mezcal. The restaurant will offer live music from the Steven Brooks Latin Jazz Trio from noon to 3 p.m., and also serve up $7 bottomless mimosas to keep you in good spirits. For reservations and more information, call Mezcal at 303-322-5219.
Comida at The Source will be pairing with local company Suerte Tequila for a special pairing dinner tonight. For $65, guests will receive specialty Suerte cocktails, appetizers, four courses, four full-pours of Suerte Tequila, and a little lesson in Mexico's favorite spirit. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. Make your reservations and get all the details by calling the restaurant at 303-296-2747.
End your Sunday Funday at Bar Fausto from 4 to 10 p.m. today, when you can grab some craft cocktails, wine, beer and charcuterie for a good cause. Ten percent of the day's proceeds will go to support Trips for Kids Denver Metro's programs: Ride, Earn-a-Bike and Youth-at-Work. For more information on the event, call the bar at 720-445-9691; for more information on Trips for Kids, head over to tripsforkidsdenver.org.
The First Annual Mac n Cheese Bake Off starts at 1 p.m. today in the Barrel Room at Denver Beer Co. Seven mac-and-cheese finalists will be competing for the cheesiest award in Denver, and you can help decide the winner: The first 100 people to show up will get to vote for the winners in the categories of Almost As Good As Your Mom's, Most Creative and Best Use of Beer. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m., or whenever all the creamy goodness is gone — whichever comes first. The event is free, but you'll want to get there early. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.
Prep for your next weekend at Stir's Super Bowl Party: Score Gourmet Points cooking class, which will teach you how to make everything from fried mac and cheese balls to Bourbon glazed chicken wings with blue cheese dipping sauce. Class starts at 5 p.m. and costs $69; register on the Stir site.
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