Top Six Culinary Events for This Weekend

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It's Black Friday, and that means wild-eyed shoppers will be tearing up Denver, looking to save a buck. Why not avoid the craziness and grab a seat at a local restaurant? You may even find a deal there. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.

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Friday, November 28 Shop at any boutique on Larimer Square today for Black Friday or on Saturday, and present your receipt at Tamayo to get a free house margarita with the purchase of any food item. For more information, call 720-946-1433.

Saturday, November 29 The party continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Larimer Square on Small Business Saturday, with deals in several of the stores and Santa on the Square, taking wishes from both kids and dogs. (He'll be back Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.)

Little Man Ice Cream is lighting up LoHi tonight and getting the neighborhood in the holiday spirit. The evening will culminate in the lighting of the 25 foot-tall tree and menorah at 6 p.m., but festivities will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Santa and his reindeer will be on hand all evening for photo ops and there will be free hot cider and food from Highland Tap and Burger and Tony P's.

Downtown Littleton will be crawling with elves during the Littleton Elf Crawl tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. This jolly event includes ten different stores within walking distance of each other; anyone who registers gets four drink tickets that can be used at any of the ten participating establishments. Organizers will also be handing out commemorative cups and elf hats, just in case you forgot yours. Registration is $20, with proceeds benefiting Inter-Faith Community Services. To register in advance or to learn more, click here.

The Hotel Boulderado is holding Teddy Bear Tea time today to benefit Children's Hospital. Tea will be accompanied by sandwiches, pastries, cakes and a teddy bear for each child; $10 of the $35 cost for adults ($28 for children twelve and under) goes directly to Children's Hospital. For more information, visit bouderado.com.

Sunday, November 30

Leon Gallery is teaming up with City O' City to present a fundraiser for the Mayday Experiment. The two businesses are collaborating on a special waffle brunch that will feature selected works from Lauri Lynnxe Murphy's recent show, Lament, which debuted at Leon Gallery in October. There will also be music by Joshua Novak and a reading from Daniel Landes. Brunch starts at 11 a.m. at Deer Pile. Tickets are $35; grab yours at brownpapertickets.com.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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