Ten Tastiest Events on the Denver Culinary Calendar, January 11-15

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As if we needed a reason to drink on a Monday, today is National Hot Toddy Day, and several restaurants around town will be celebrating with a few steaming concoctions to help you shake off the winter chill. Carbon Beverage Cafe will be serving up Bhakti Chai Toddy; punch Bowl Social will be whipping up the Ponche Ahumado, a smoky Mezcal toddy; and for you traditionalists, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse has a classic Del's Hot Toddy, stirred up just for the holiday. Hot Toddy Day isn't the only food related holiday on the calendar this week, foodies can also celebrate National Glazed Doughnut Day on Tuesday, and there are plenty of other tasty events to sink your teeth into as well. Keep reading for the whole scoop on this weeks culinary events. 

Monday, January 11

Frasca Food and Wine welcomes Phil Laramore for the latest in the restaurant's Monday Night Wine Dinner series tonight. Phil will be highlighting the wines of Ronc di Vico during the four-course meal, which is $50 per person, not including the optional wine pairings. For reservations or more information, call Frasca at: 303-442-6966.   

Tuesday, January 12 

Rioja's Sips and Snacks series continues today, as the restaurant highlights the wines of Portugal. Diners can stop by the bar every Tuesday through February 2 and enjoy four tastes of wine or spirits paired with four snacks — for just $15. For more information, call Rioja at 303-820-2282.

It seems that every day is a national holiday for something, and today we celebrate National Glazed Doughnut Day. To mark this august occasion, Habit Doughnut Dispensary will be offering a buy-one, get-one deal on its signature Blazed doughnut. The brioche doughnut with malted milk glaze and hand-torched brûlée can also be ordered by the dozen, if pre-ordered at 720-428-8565.       

Wednesday, January 13 

In honor of the National Western Stock Show, The Nickel will be holding two collaborative dinners; one today and the second next Wednesday. From 5 to 10 p.m. today the restaurant will be teaming up with 7X Beef for a special three-course, Stock Show-tasting menu that includes beef tartare with miso onion puree, furikake and beef tendons; oxtails with beef consume; and 7X NY steak with bone marrow emulsion, fondant potatoes and king trumpet mushroom. You can beef up for $65; for reservations, call The Nickel at 720-889-2128.

Sprouts will open a new store at 98 Wadsworth Boulevard in Lakewood today, and the chain be offering free food and special savings in celebration of the grand opening. Doors open at 7 a.m with free coffee and muffin samples for those waiting in line, and the first 200 customers will receive 20 percent off their total purchase. Every fifteenth shopper will receive a coupon book, and every customer will receive one free reusable bag with any purchase. For more information, check out sprouts.com

Thursday, January 14

La Biblioteca will hold a Tapas & Tequila event at 7 p.m. today. Chef Robert Juan has crafted a four-course menu to be paired with Delirio Mezcal, for $35 per person. Call La Biblioteca at 720-904-0965 to save your spot.

Nosh & Posh once again rolls into downtown from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today. The gathering of food trucks and mobile fashion boutiques brightens up Civic Center Park on the second Thursday of every month through April. For more information, click here.  

Cheese + Provisions is holding a Winter Beers and Cheese pairing today at 7 p.m. The cold winter months mean big beers, and this course will teach you the basics of pairing holiday ales, barley wines, imperial stouts, porters and Belgians ales with a variety of cheeses. The pairing class is $50 per person; get your tickets and all the details here

BookCliff Vineyards Winery is hosting Erick Skokan from Black Cat Farm Bistro for a five-course wine-pairing dinner at 6 p.m. this evening. The dinner is part of the winery's Local Chefs and Winemakers dinner series and is $75 per person, which includes wine pairings. Check out the menu and make your reservations at bookcliffvineyards.com.   

Friday, January 15 

Spend your Friday evening learning how to cook up a variety of steaks while sipping some locally-made whiskey during the Cook Street School of Culinary Arts Steak and Whiskey class. The course will cover all you need to know about cooking steaks, as well as a few side dishes to round out your meal. There will also be a representative from a local distillery on hand to conduct tastings of the product, and fill you in on the details of great whiskey. The class runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and tuition is $99 per person. Register and learn more at cookstreet.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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