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Weekly Planner: Pizza Contest, TAG Turns 5, More

By Ruth Tobias
May 12, 2014
Photo by: Adam Larkey Photography

It’s American Craft Beer Week, which means there isn’t a brewery in town that isn’t in party mode. Though we’ve included a couple of food-centric highlights, the good folks over at Brewtally Insane! have a terrific calendar of events they’ll continue to update. But beer isn’t the only thing that’s brewing this week; check out these sure-fire festivities as well.

Monday

Complices de Loire Wine Dinner at OAK at fourteenth
Winemaker François-Xavier Barc will be on hand to pour his Loire Valley wines with five courses at this contemporary Boulder favorite, including confit of chicken in black-garlic vinaigrette and roast leg of lamb with Gruyère bread pudding (6:30 PM; $75 per person). 1400 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-444-3622

Grand Sake Tasting and Seminar at Izakaya Den 
You’re in serious luck: there are still tickets available for the drink-around soirée the Kizaki brothers are hosting in the stunning upstairs lounge of their Old South Pearl izakaya (pictured). Some 30 different sakes are being showcased, complemented by bento-box hors d’oeuvres and discussed in an optional seminar on Japan’s famous rice “wine” (6:30-9 PM; $60 per person. Seminar at 5:30 is free for ticket holders, but space is limited to the first 60 guests). 1487 A S. Pearl St.; 303-777-0691

Tuesday

Rosé Wine Dinner at Atticus
A trio of rosés from France, plus a fourth from Colorado, complement a quartet of dishes like grilled lamb chops over cauliflower purée and shortcake with rhubarb-ginger mousse at this cozy University eatery tonight (6:30 PM; $55 per person). 1115 E. Evans Ave.; 720-459-8273

Top This! Championship at Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza 
Tonight is the seventh and final round of the pizza-topping tournament Mark Dym has been hosting at his Ballpark parlor for weeks. Stop in at 7 PM to taste what the last chefs standing, Olive & Finch Eatery’s Mary Nguyen and Dana Rodriguez of Work & Class, are whipping up, then cast a vote for your favorite pie. 2129 Larimer St.; 303-296-7000

Wednedsay

Barrel-Aged Beer Dinner at Ale House at Amato’s
The upscale LoHi pub is pairing five barrel-aged brews from River North and Breckenridge with a four-course menu that ranges from seared sea scallops with spiced-carrot purée, soy caramel and a saison to caramel-corn panna cotta with a vanilla porter (6 PM; $50 per person). 2501 16th St.; 303-433-9734

The Bistro at Stapleton Opens
Chef Cristino Griego is running this all-day bistro, bar and coffeehouse with an emphasis on European-style small plates; stay tuned for a full report. 2955 Ulster St.

Infinite Monkey Theorem Wine Dinner at Black Pearl
At this Old South Pearl fixture, chef Samir Mohammad’s preparing a six-course feast to pair with Ben Parsons’s bottlings: think fresh and fried oysters with rosé, duck-pastrami salad in nettle dressing accompanied by the red blend Blind Watchmaker, and more (6:30 PM; $65 per person). 1529 S. Pearl St.; 303-777-0500

Rare Sake Experience at Bones 
Sake master Rumiko Obata of Japanese brewery Manotsuru joins chef Johnny DePierro at Frank Bonanno’s Capitol Hill noodle bar for a five-course dinner of shellfish tom yum with crispy chicken skin, octopus confit with quinoa risotto and more; remaining seats are very limited, so book now (6:30 PM; $75 per person). 701 Grant St.; 303-860-2929

Thursday

Crystal Springs Beer Dinner at Frasca Food and Wine
Last we checked, there were still a few spots left for this all-inclusive four-course dinner featuring celebrated beermaker Tom Horst of Crystal Springs Brewing Company; e-mail erin@frascafoodandwine.com to reserve your own (6:30 PM; $125.00). 1738 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-442-6966

15th Annual Flavors of Denver at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
More than 20 local chefs and bartenders (view full list here) are participating in this five-course fundraiser for the American Liver Foundation Rocky Mountain Division, which kicks off with a cocktail reception at 5:30 PM ($200 per person; click here for tickets). 7711 E. Academy Blvd. #1

Maculan Wine Dinner at Luca d’Italia 
Veneto winemaker Angela Maculan guest hosts a four-course meal of mackerel crudo with green almonds and apples, pea tortellini in speck crema, roasted quail over robiola polenta and violet gelato with almond mousse (6:30 PM; $85 per person). 711 Grant St.; 303-832-6600

New Zealand Wine Dinner at Colterra 
Sustainably produced wines from Central Otago, Marlborough and Gisborne will star at this five-course feast from Bradford Heap’s farm-to-table kitchen (6:30 PM; $65 per person). 210 Franklin St., Niwot; 303-652-0777

TAG Turns 5
Troy Guard is bringing in a slew of heavy hitters to help him celebrate the birthday of his LoDo flagship with a cocktail and small-plates reception, including Jennifer Jasinski, Jamey Fader, Bryan Dayton and Alex Seidel. (Get the full list here.) Partial proceeds go to The Bulldog Club of American Rescue Network (5:30-8:30 PM; $65 per person). 1441 Larimer St.; 303-996-9985

Wines of Crete Dinner at Axios Estiatorio
Greek island wines are on the table tonight at this Berkeley estiatorio, paired with cheese-and-almond-stuffed phyllo, steamed mussels in restina-butter broth and more (7 PM; $59 per person). 3901 Tennyson St.; 720-328-2225

Places Mentioned

Bones

Noodle Shop • Capitol Hill

Food26 Decor18 Service23 Cost$27
 
 
 
Black Pearl

American • Platt Park

Food25 Decor24 Service23 CostE
 
 
 
Food26 Decor23 Service23 Cost$49
 
 
 
Frasca Food & Wine

Italian • Boulder

Food28 Decor25 Service28 Cost$80
 
 
 
Luca D'Italia

Italian • Capitol Hill

Food28 Decor23 Service27 Cost$54
 
 
 
Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria

Pizza • Ballpark

Food25 Decor22 Service22 Cost$24
 
 
 
OAK at fourteenth

American • Boulder

Food27 Decor25 Service27 Cost$47
 
 
 
Axios Estiatorio

Greek • Berkeley

Food24 Decor21 Service23 Cost$29
 
 
 
Food27 Decor24 Service26 Cost$44
 
 
 
Izakaya Den

Japanese • Platt Park

Food27 Decor- Service24 Cost$43
 
 
 
Atticus

American • Platt Park

Food- Decor- Service- CostI
 
 
 
 
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