Things to Do

Twelve Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar, April 18-21

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Wednesday, April 20 

Baur's Restaurant and Listening Lounge's fine-art program kicks off today, with a show by Denver artist Adam Buehler that will be up through mid-August. From 4 to 6 p.m., the restaurant will serve sips and snacks at a free reception; Buehler will be on hand, and returning Thursday through Saturday to paint live. Get all the details at

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and today, Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club will launch a multi-course Renditions menu inspired by iconic jazz artist Charlie “Bird” Parker. At 7:30 p.m., saxophonist Will Swindler will play a selection of Parker’s songs and chef Greg Weadick and owner/sommelier Scott Mattson will discuss the creation of the menu. Seats at the event are $55, and wine and cocktail pairings are available for an additional cost. Make your reservations and learn more here.

Firenze a Tavola is holding a wine dinner featuring Italian Rosati wines at 6:30 p.m.  The four-course meal will be paired with four Italian roses. For reservations, $58, call the restaurant at 303-561-0234. 

Thursday, April 21

From 5 to 7 p.m., Lucky Pie will designate a portion of proceeds to the Red Cross during Red Cross Giving Day. For more information, visit  

The Dairy Arts Center is holding the fourth annual Moovers and Shakers Cocktail Competition starting at 5:30 p.m. today.  Some of Boulder's best mixologists, from Basta, Blackbelly, Frasca, Mateo, Oak at Fourteenth and Riffs, will be competing to make an original cocktail featuring Colorado-based Leopold's American Small Batch Gin. Guests will receive a souvenir glass, cocktail samples and small paired bites, and can vote for their favorite cocktail. Tickets are $60 in advance and $65 at the door; purchase yours and learn more here. Proceeds benefit the Dairy Center.  

Lovers of craft beer and ice cream alike can dig into Fort Collins Brewing's first installment of Brew Kitchen, a monthly food-and-beer-themed education series at the brewery. The Little Man team will lead a discussion about the art of making ice cream with beer, and guests will be able to sample FCB beer-inspired creations during different stages of the freezing process as FCB's Red Banshee, Shot Down Chocolate Stout, Major Tom’s Pomegranate Wheat and Hefeweizen are incorporated into handcrafted ice creams. You can even build your own ice cream sandwiches. The event starts at 6 p.m., and tickets are $35; make a reservation by calling 970-472-1499. 

Friday, April 22 

Today is Earth Day, and Jill's Restaurant at the St. Julien in Boulder will be celebrating by serving up a multi-course vegan dinner for $49.95. The six-course menu includes spring-carrot consommé with toasted chickpeas and sugar snap peas; spring-vegetable succotash, with fiddlehead ferns, asparagus and morel mushrooms; roasted Colorado beets with peanuts, coconut curry and pickled onion; celery sorbet with crystallized fennel and candied orange; open mushroom ravioli with saffron potato “pasta,” toasted sesame and eggplant ragout; and Key lime pie with coconut crémeux and raspberry coulis. For reservations, contact the restaurant at 720-406-7399.

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 [email protected]
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