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The SevenTastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar, November 21-23

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Need a break from Thanksgiving preparations? You have a few delicious options for avoiding the impending chaos, including a Parisian rendezvous in Larimer Square or a chance to sample unique whiskey. Keep reading for the seven tastiest events over the next few days.
Monday, November 21

Bistro Vendome is prepping the reels for more Monday movie nights on Larimer Square. Tonight's selection is Woody Allen's time-bending romp Midnight in Paris, paired with a three-course meal from chef Brandon Flood. The combo of dinner and a movie runs $55 per person, and there are screenings at 5:30 and 8:15 p.m. Space in Bistro Vendome's "theater" is limited; call 303-825-3232 for reservations.

Tonight the African Community Center welcomes brand-new Americans to Colorado for their First Thanksgiving Dinner. Now in its eleventh year, the celebration, which includes live music and children’s activities, runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4610 East Alameda Avenue. The price of admission is just a dish to share and a King Soopers gift card that will be given to a newly arrived refugee family.

Tuesday, November 22

Chris Royster, chef de cuisine at venerable Boulder dining spot Flagstaff House, is the latest Colorado chef to test his steel on Food Network's Chopped. The evening's competition promises to be a "Beast Feast": all meat, all the time. Find out if Royster made the cut tonight at 8 p.m. on Food Network.

Keep reading for more pre-Thanksgiving events in Denver.
Wednesday, November 23

Uncorked Kitchen, 8171 South Chester in Centennial, is offering cooking camps for kids and adults today. At 9:30 a.m., kids can learn how to make "Take and Heat Sides" while adults learn to make "Take and Eat Pies"; at 1:30 p.m., the topics reverse. Tuition is $89 per each adult/$84 per each child; find out more here.

Bellwether coffee/whiskey/fashion far is reaching out to the community this Thanksgiving eve, serving hot meals to those in need, giving Thanksgiving dinners to take home and offering free haircuts and manicures from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bellwether is also asking volunteers to donate your time or services to help pass out food or help in any way you can; call the shop at 720-398-9251.

Boulder's Arugula Ristorante is leaving behind the Italian wines for a moment to focus on its first-ever whiskey dinner. Robert Hernandez of Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits has selected five distinctive whiskies, which chef Alec Schulyer will pair with heartier, seasonally appropriate versions of his Italian cuisine — for example, seared sweet-potato gnocchi with lobster and brown butter paired with hop-flavored whiskey. The five-course dinner takes place tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. and costs $79, plus $29 for whiskey. Call 303-443-1365 to place reservations.

In a Colfax holiday tradition, Mezcal heralds the call of the season by getting lit tonight. The longtime taqueria is putting up its holiday lights tonight in a boozy bash starting at 8 p.m. A Latin-Reggae soundtrack will be provided starting at 10 p.m. by Mono Verde Collective, and taco and tequila specials will be plentiful. Stop by for a pre-Thanksgiving bender or reserve a table online on Yelp.

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. And watch for our Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving events lists.

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