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Weekly Planner: A Plethora of Pairings

By Ruth Tobias
January 13, 2014
Photo by: Brandy Simmons

Monday

New Year, New Menu at Beehive
This Boulder farm-to-fork haunt has just debuted a late-winter repertoire that runs from charred eggplant fritters with chile and mint to Moroccan-style grilled quail with lentils and apricots. (But regulars can rest assured the gaufrettes remain in place.)

2018 10th St., Boulder; 303-786-8585

Tuesday

Brew Bites at Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
Beer Month continues at Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch’s Larimer Square gastropub, Euclid Hall, so belly up to the bar from 3 PM until closing time for Brew Bites, or three beer samples accompanied by a trio of nibbles ($12.50). "Big Badass" is the theme linking this week’s two-ounce pours, a selection of strong ales and stouts from Anchor, Dogfish Head and Ommegang. Meanwhile, keep checking Facebook and Twitter on the regular, as the staff is breaking out rare cellared beers on a moment’s notice throughout January.

1317 14th St.; 303-595-4255

Ode to Shellfish at BRU handbuilt ales & eats
As part of his Boulder brewpub’s regular beer-paired dinner series, Ian Clark is hosting a celebration of shellfish that kicks off at 7 PM with an amuse bouche, followed by two savory courses - including shrimp sausage with collard green-kimchi falafel and orange kefir - as well as chocolate-stout pudding for dessert ($45).

5290 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; 720-638-5193

Sips and Snacks at Rioja
Each Tuesday in January, the bar at Jasinski and Gruitch’s Mediterranean flagship is the place to be for a quartet of wine samples paired with snacks. Offered throughout dinner service, the $15 tasting changes weekly; tonight, the theme is savory sherries.

1431 Larimer St.; 303-820-2282

Wednesday

Moon Magic Wine Dinner at Volta Mediterranean Restaurant
In the spirit of its emphasis on biodynamic farming in accordance with lunar cycles, this upscale Mediterranean eatery (pictured) plans monthly dinners around the rise of the full moon. Owner and host Jon Deering is highlighting tonight’s four-course menu with an optional flight of biodynamic wines to reflect the theme of “Nurturing in Nature” (6:30 PM; $40 without pairings, $65 with).

2480 Canyon Blvd., Boulder; 303-938-8800

My Favorite Things Beer Dinner at Lucky Pie Louisville
In what’s become an annual tradition, this craft pizzeria and taphouse will whip up a five-course feast - including Gorgonzola-crusted tenderloin and apple-pecan spice cake - to complement a slate of special brews from Russian River, Ommegang and Odell, plus beer cocktails and samples of Eagle Rare bourbon (6 PM; $65). 

637 Front St., Louisville; 303-666-5743

Voodoo Doughnut's Grand Opening
After weeks of soft hours, the fried-dough phenomenon is finally making it official at 11 AM, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony starring Mayor Michael Hancock. From then on you can get your Voodoo fix round-the-clock Wednesday through Saturday - until, that is, the crew’s ready to switch to a 24/7 schedule. 

1520 E. Colfax Ave.

Thursday

California Wine Dinner at Colterra Food & Wine
This five-course tour of the Golden State’s grape-growing regions will whisk you from the Russian River Valley to Monterey and Napa: think pan-seared ahi tuna in beet butter with Banshee Pinot Noir and grilled buffalo ribeye over potato-parsnip puree with Pied a Terre Cabernet Sauvignon (6:30 PM; $65).

210 Franklin St., Niwot; 303-652-0777

Wines of Greece Dinner at Axios Estiatorio
Owner Telly Topakas is truly a Greek wine guru, so this four-course meal devoted to the subject should be a treat. Starting with an apéritif of Skouras Moscofilero, guests will move on to grilled octopus over roasted potatoes with leeks, sundried tomatoes and olives alongside Hatzidakis Assyrtiko; orange-marinated pork loin over orzo with Karydas Xinomavro; and more, including dessert paired with Cyprus’s famed sweet wine, St. John Commandaria (7 PM; $59. Reservations required).

3901 Tennyson St.; 720-328-2225

Places Mentioned

Axios Estiatorio

Greek • Berkeley

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Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse

Italian • Louisville

Food24 Decor20 Service21 Cost$20
 
 
 
Volta Mediterranean Restaurant

Mediterranean • Boulder

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Rioja

Mediterranean • Central Business District

Food28 Decor24 Service26 Cost$49
 
 
 
Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

Eclectic • Central Business District

Food24 Decor24 Service23 Cost$29
 
 
 
 
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