Wednesday, May 10
If you love your mom but hate the Mother's Day brunch industrial complex, consider Firenze a Tavola's
Community Table dinner at 6:30 p.m. at 4401 Tennyson Street. Tonight's theme is casareccio
(homemade), in honor of all the mothers out there who kept you fed — even if it was occasionally with a can of Manwich. A bargain at $33 per person, dinner boasts three courses, including veggie lasagna and chicken scallopine, along with dessert. Drinks are additional, but at that price point, you can share a bottle of wine and even pick up the check before your mom gets to it. Find the full menu on the restaurant's website
, where you can also make reservations.
Thursday, May 11
Interested in meeting one of the 100 most influential people in the world? So named by Time
magazine, chef/restaurateur Barbara Lynch is also a three-time James Beard Award winner; she's taking a break from her seven restaurants to appear as the special guest for dinner at Coohills
, 1400 Wewatta Street. The sumptuous five-course menu (available on Coohills website
) includes butter soup studded with lobster, and prune-stuffed gnocchi with foie gras, as well as five wine pairings. Diners will take home a signed copy of Lynch's new memoir, Out of Line: A Life of Playing With Fire.
Call 303-623-5700 for reservations; even at $165 per person, the event is likely to sell out.
Friday, May 12
Competition is fierce at the chocolate pudding-eating contest.
Everybody loves chocolate — dark, milk, white, in a fountain, on strawberries, in your martini — and the fact thatthe Colorado Chocolate Festival has been around for a decade proves it. The indulgent soiree runs from 4 to 9 p.m. tonight, with a tenth-anniversary cake, a chocolate-and-wine-pairing demo, and free hazelnut truffles followed by a performance by Denver's second favorite Hazel, Ms. Miller. Admission is just $5, with food tickets for sale inside ($10 for 12 samples, $20 for 24) to use at the nearly fifty food and chocolate booths on hand. If you can't make it Friday, head to the Denver Mart, 451 East 58th Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday for a chocolate-pudding-eating contest and a paint-by-chocolate session that will establish you as the next Jackson Pollock of confections. Check out a full schedule, list of vendors and tickets at the event website