This week, you can feast on red-sauce classics at Coperta, party Trash Prom-style at TrashHawk, get buzzed at a Bloody Mary fest and more. And if you’re all about celebrating the spooky season, we’ve put together a list of the city’s best Halloween bars.
Here are the can’t-miss culinary events through October 25, along with tasty things to plan for in the future:
Through Tuesday, October 31
Check out Canstruction at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center and cast your vote for the people’s-choice winner of the competition, in which architects and designers build life-sized structures entirely out of canned food. After the exhibit ends, the goods will be donated to local nonprofit We Don’t Waste and distributed to local communities.
Thursday, October 19 through Sunday, October 22
Wynkoop Brewing Company is celebrating its 35th birthday with a handful of specials, including $3.50 Wynkoop beers as well as a $20 four-part Flights and Bites pairing featuring exclusive new-school beer collaborations and old-school pub favorites.
Thursday, October 19
Local bottled craft cocktail company Uncle Tim’s continues its Salon Dinner Series with an edition at brunch spot Syrup. The intimate, limited-seating multi-course dinner with cocktail pairings and discussion topics kicks off at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $75 and available via Eventbrite.
Friday, October 20, through Sunday, October 29
First Bite returns to Boulder with a packed lineup of events that includes food tours, a farmers’ market field trip with chef Daniel Asher, a four-course lamb dinner and more. Restaurants such as Basta, Gemini, Jill’s, the Sink and more will also offer special menus throughout the event. Get more details online.
Friday, October 20, and Saturday, October 21
Some of the country’s best pitmasters are bringing their skills to Folsom Field in Boulder for the Q BBQ Fest. Feast on a variety of brisket, chicken, pulled pork and rib offerings while enjoying live music, tutorials and demonstrations, plus activities for the whole family. Tickets start at $20.
Friday, October 20
South Broadway bar TrashHawk is celebrating two years in business with Trash Prom. “Come dressed in your very best or your very trashiest,” it says. “DJ Trash Jack will be spinning tunes, we’ll have drink specials and a food truck out front, and prizes for best dressed. Bring a pic of yourself from your prom days and get a free shot of Pink Whitney.” There will also be flash tattoos and plenty of Malört.
Saturday, October 21
Spirits & Spirits at Four Mile Historic Park offers an opportunity to explore after dark while entering the otherworldly realm of Victorian Spiritualism, the nineteenth-century movement that maintained that the spirits of the dead possessed both the ability and the desire to communicate with the living. To complement the evening, tastings from local spirits vendors will be served (non-alcoholic options will also be available). For additional details and tickets, which start at $40, visit fourmilepark.org.
Barolo Grill owner Ryan Fletter and his wife, Erin, are hosting a cookbook signing event for Kid Smoothies: A Healthy Kids’ Cookbook, which Erin wrote as part of her company, Sticky Fingers Cooking. The endeavor offers after-school enrichment programs for young kids at schools, with recipes that are customized for all food allergies. The event will take place at Barolo (3030 East Sixth Avenue) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and will include door prizes, snacks, a kids’ smoothie bar and more.
Sunday, October 22
Queertoberfest will take place from noon to 7 p.m. at Goldspot Brewing and will include food from Little Reds Kitchen and Cholo Ass Vegan, a stein-holding competition, beer pong, musical chairs and plenty of brews. The event is free, but you’ll need to purchase tasting tokens. Proceeds from token sales will go to nonprofits selected by the participating breweries, which include Bierstadt Lagerhaus, Burns Family Artisan Ales, Cellar West Brewery and more.
The seventh annual Bloody Mary Festival is taking place at ReelWorks Denver. Attendees have the opportunity to sip a wide variety of brunch cocktails and vote for their favorite. Tickets start at $49.50.
Monday, October 23
Ultreia at Union Station is hosting a patio paella party from 4 to 7 p.m. benefiting the Colorado Restaurant Foundation’s Angel Relief Fund. Tickets are $75 per person and include paella, piri piri chicken and two drink tickets.
Tuesday, October 24
Coperta, at 400 East 20th Avenue, is hosting Little Italy night. Book your reservation and dig into this special menu filled with red-sauce favorites like chicken parm, fried mozzarella and big bottles of Chianti.
Point Easy, at 2000 East 28th Avenue, is hosting chef Luis Herrera of Ensenada in New York for a coastal Mexican-themed five-course dinner featuring tequila and mezcal cocktails. Ensenada was recently named a top 24 Best New Restaurant 2023 by Bon Appétit. The dinner is $95, and reservations for seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. are available on Tock.
Wednesday, October 25
Deviation Distilling at Dairy Block is bringing back its Halloween cocktail class, where attendees will learn to make libations using “blood” syringes, dry ice and more. Tickets, $55, are available on Tock. Deviation will also host a Thanksgiving cocktail class on November 15.
Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage at 2675 13th Street in Boulder is celebrating its 8th anniversary by giving away free slices all day long. “Thank you to all of our loyal customers and those who travel from far away to visit us, we truly appreciate you and love doing what we do,” it says in an Instagram post.
Save the date:
October 26-28: Tasting menu pop-up Margot is bringing its fine-dining experience to the chef’s counter at Hop Alley for three nights only. The multi-course meal will include indulgent ingredients like white truffles from Alba, Hudson Valley foie gras, caviar from the Caviar Company in San Francisco and more; there will be a mixed beverage pairing created by Margot and Hop Alley. Tickets, $200 per person, can be reserved on Tock.
November 7: Local restaurateur Troy Guard is hosting a collaboration dinner at Guard and Grace with celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern called So Good, It’s Bizarre! The meal will include six courses, and proceeds will go toward the Kokua Restaurant and Hospitality Fund benefiting the restaurant, bar and hospitality workers displaced by the wildfires in Maui. Tickets are $225 per person.
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