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Weekly Planner: Top Taco, Big Booze Dinners and More

By Ruth Tobias
June 23, 2014

Monday

The Kitchen Fort Collins Opens 
Today’s the day this perennially popular farm-to-table eatery in Boulder and Denver officially opens its Fort Collins outpost to serve up local, seasonal fare supplemented by house classics like tomato soup and sticky toffee pudding. 100 N. College Ave., Fort Collins

LIOCO Wine Dinner at Frasca Food and Wine
An acclaimed California producer gets the spotlight at tonight’s four-course dinner, supported by the likes of tagliatelle with Fontina, oyster mushrooms and chard and Berkshire pork loin with corona beans ($50 per person for food only, plus $45-$50 for wines). 1738 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-442-6966

Red vs. Rosé at Lower48 Kitchen
Master sommelier Doug Krenik joins the team of this Ballpark sensation to compare and contrast pink and red wines made from the same varieties with a four-course menu of risotto with corn, asparagus, pickled peppers and cured egg; pork belly and loin with smoked peanut butter and wild mushrooms; and more (6:30 PM; $48 per person). 2020A Lawrence St.; 303-942-0262

$12 Lunch at P17
Just last Friday, Mary Nguyen’s Uptown bistro launched a lunch deal that’s now officially available every weekday: a half-sandwich du jour plus fries or a salad and a cup of the kitchen’s super lentil soup.
1600 E. 17th Ave.; 303-399-0988

Monday-Friday

5th Anniversary Celebration at LoHi SteakBar
All week, this LoHi bar and grill is marking its fifth year in business with a special offer: $30 for a steak dinner and a glass of Jordan wine. Throw in a commemorative pint glass ($5) and you’ll get refills for a buck through Friday. 3200 Tejon St.; 303-927-6334

Monday-Saturday

Charcoal Restaurant Week
This contemporary Golden Triangle eatery is jumping the gun on everybody’s favorite industry promotion with its own version of Restaurant Week. The three-course dinner menu offers choices like bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese, house-smoked salmon with fingerlings and gribiche, and salted crème brûlée ($31 per person; note that Tuesday night is fully booked). 43 W. 9th Ave.; 303-545-0000

Tuesday

Del Maguey Mezcal Dinner at Adelitas Cocina y Cantina
Four guest chefs, including Matt Selby of Central Bistro & Bar and Pinche Taqueria’s Kevin Morrison, are descending on this Platt Park favorite to prepare a five-course meal feast of beer-braised short ribs over creamy polenta, masa-crusted softshell crab with jalapeño tartar sauce and more in honor of Del Maguey founder Ron Cooper, who will be on hand to introduce his mezcals alongside Williams & Graham’s Sean Kenyon (7 PM; $75 per person). 1294 S. Broadway; 303-778-1294

Wednesday

Austrian Dinner at Frasca Food and Wine
Boulder’s premier dining destination does it twice in one week: tonight’s Austrian-themed four-courser features the eaux de vie of Reisetbauer and the wines of Erich and Maria Berger (6 PM; $160 per person). 1738 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-442-6966

Back-Patio Dinner at Angelo’s Taverna
This Alamo Placita haunt is serving up an al fresco, cocktail-paired five-courser that ranges from barrel-smoked scallops in pancetta-sage sauce to balsamic-glazed spareribs and chargrilled oysters (6:30 PM; $60 per person). 620 E. 6th Ave.; 303-744-3366

Caymus Wine Dinner at Guard and Grace
For its first-ever wine dinner, Troy Guard’s downtown steakhouse is bringing out the big bottles: California’s legendary Caymus paired with five courses, including peekytoe crab salad, New York strip and apricot shortcake with milk jam (6:30 PM; $150 per person). 1801 California St.; 303-293-8500

Farrah-Mony at The Squeaky Bean
Not only does this LoDo eatery have a shrine to Farrah Fawcett (who died four years ago today) behind its bar, it’s hosting a party in her memory with $5 cocktails and snacks from 4 to 10 PM. Yes, feathered bangs and jumpsuits are encouraged. 1500 Wynkoop St.; 303-623-2665

Left Hand Beer Dinner at Riffs Urban Fare
From shrimp-and-pork potstickers in hot-and-sour broth to prosciutto-wrapped chicken over goat-cheese polenta, this gastropubby hangout on the Pearl Street Mall is showcasing Left Hand beer with a four-course meal tonight (6:30 PM; $45 per person). 1115 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-440-6699

Thursday

Cook Cool at Kachina Southwestern Grill
Beat the heat with chef Jeff Bolton as he leads a demo and booze-paired tasting devoted to dishes that require no cooking, such as scallop ceviche and smoked trout dip (6-8 PM;  $20 per person). 10600 Westminster Blvd., Westminster; 303-410-5813

Epic Beer Dinner at TAG
Come to Troy Guard’s Larimer Square flagship for a quintet of pairings that range from wild-boar sausage and cheddar-pretzel bread pudding with Hopulent IPA to quail à la plancha with grilled peaches, toasted-almond puree and Brainless on Peaches Ale (6:30 PM; $65 per person). 1441 Larimer St.; 303-996-9985

Great Divide Beer Dinner at Osteria Marco
Or head to Frank Bonanno’s Italian go-to right down the street (pictured) for a four-courser paired with beer from pioneering Ballpark brewery Great Divide. Think poached sea scallops over ginger risotto and pork-belly bread pudding with ale gelato (6:30 and 8:30 PM; $55 per person). 1453 Larimer St.; 303-534-5855

Top Taco

Held in Sculpture Park, on Speer Boulevard between Arapahoe and Champa Streets, this inaugural throwdown is heating up fast, with contenders like Los Chingones, Moontower and Comida on board. Beer, tequila and ice cream will supplement the taco and margarita samples, and there’ll be live music too. What’s more, we’ll be on the judging panel, so come say hi. Click here to purchase general-admission tickets for $65 or $125 VIP passes, which include early private-lounge access and a three-month DiningOut membership card (6:30-9:30 PM).

Places Mentioned

Osteria Marco

Italian • LoDo

Food26 Decor22 Service23 Cost$32
 
 
 
Tag Restaurant

NoneLoDo

Food26 Decor23 Service23 Cost$49
 
 
 
Frasca Food & Wine

Italian • Boulder

Food28 Decor25 Service28 Cost$80
 
 
 
The Kitchen

NoneBoulder

Food26 Decor23 Service25 Cost$39
 
 
 
Pinche Taqueria

Mexican • City Park West

Food24 Decor22 Service22 Cost$19
 
 
 
The Squeaky Bean

NoneLoDo

Food- Decor- Service- CostE
 
 
 
Kitchen Denver

American • LoDo

Food26 Decor23 Service25 Cost$39
 
 
 
Central Bistro and Bar

American • LoHi

Food- Decor- Service- CostE
 
 
 
Great Divide Brewing Co

Brewery • Ballpark

Atmo.25 Decor22 Service25 CostM
 
 
 
Comida

Mexican • River North Art District

Food- Decor- Service- CostI
 
 
 
Lower48 Kitchen

New American • Ballpark

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
Los Chingones

Mexican • River North Art District

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
Comida Cantina LLC

Mexican • Longmont

Food- Decor- Service- CostI
 
 
 
Guard and Grace

Steakhouse • Ballpark

Food- Decor- Service- CostE
 
 
 
Pinche Taqueria

Mexican • West Highland

Food24 Decor22 Service22 CostM
 
 
 
Adelitas Cocina Y Cantina

Mexican • Platt Park

Food- Decor- Service- CostI
 
 
 
P17

NoneCity Park West

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
 
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