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8 Must-Try January Food-and-Drink Events in Denver and Boulder

Activities to keep you eating and drinking all month long
January 2, 2015
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by Lori Midson

Tuesday nights in January: Tuesday Tasting Series at Lower48 Kitchen

Owner Mario Nocifera and chef Alexander Figura, the dynamic duo behind Lower48 Kitchen, are marking the beginning of 2015 with the launch of the Ballpark restaurant's Tuesday Tastings series, a three-course menu for $36 (excluding tax and gratuity) that highlights ingredients and cooking techniques that draw from the lower 48 States. Each Tuesday Tasting features a choice of two “each” dishes, a first course, a main course and dessert. The January lineup, specifically geared toward keeping those New Year's resolutions in check, includes four themes: healthy dishes (Jan. 6); channeling summer in the dead of winter with smoked vegetables and meats (Jan, 13); fermented and pickled fruits, vegetables, meats and fish (Jan. 20); and the versatility of the incredible, edible egg (Jan. 27). For reservations, call 303-942-0262. 2020 Lawrence St.

January 13 and 27: Flour & Fire at Pizzeria Locale, Boulder

The original Pizzeria Locale (pictured below), located on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall, is launching its inaugural Flour + Fire series this month, an ongoing culinary program designed to showcase chief pizzaiolo Matt Perez's mastery of pizzas, along with an expanded repertoire of traditional Southern Italian cooking "al forno." The dinners, which kick off at 7:30 PM in the Caffe space, are $45 per person, and include a family-style spread (wines are available for an additional cost). Seating is limited to just 14 guests; to book your seat, call 303-442-0608, or shoot an e-mail to erin@frascafoodandwine.com. 1730 Pearl St., Boulder

January 18: Eat. Drink. Give. at Acorn

Acorn, one of the anchor restaurants at The Source, is the site of this year's Eat. Drink. Give., a fundraiser to benefit Saint Joseph Hospital's new neonatal intensive care unit. The dinner, which starts at 6 PM, parades a posse of Denver's best chefs, including Paul Reilly, Beast + Bottle; Justin Brunson, Old Major; Alex Seidel, Fruition and Mercantile Dining & Provision; Brandon Foster, Vesta Dipping Grill; Jeff Osaka, Osaka Ramen and Sushi-Rama; Kelly Whitaker, Cart-Driver; Sheila Lucero, Jax Fish House; and Amos Watts, Steve Redzikowski and Bill Espiricueta of Acorn and Oak at Fourteenth. The $100 ticket price includes cocktails, passed appetizers, a whole roasted lamb and a silent auction. Tickets are available here. 3350 Brighton Blvd. (Disclaimer: The author of this post provides communications consulting to Jeff Osaka.)

January 19: 10th Annual Pinot Posse Winemaker Dinner at Table 6

A grape-lover's nirvana, the annual Pinot Posse dinner at Table 6 uncorks at 6 PM and welcomes a stellar lineup of acclaimed Pinot Noir producers from Oregon and California. This year's Posse (beware: it always sells out) trumpets David O'Reilly from Owen Roe winery; Jim Prosser from JK Carriere Wines; Dan Kosta from Kosta Browne Winery; Craig Strelow from Camlow Camlow Cellars; Ed Kurtzman from August West Wine; and Jenne Bonaccorsi from Bonaccorsi Wine Company. The $150-per-person price includes a reception, passed appetizers and a tasting menu from chef Michael Winston, paired with wines from each guest winemaker. Call 303-831-8800 to reserve your spot. 609 Corona St.

January 23-24: Denver Winter Brew Fest at Mile High Station

This must-visit annual winter suds fest, held at Mile High Station, showcases more than 30 beers from dozens of craft breweries, along with love music and a photo booth. The general admission ($35 in advance, $40 at the door) jubilation starts at 7 PM, but the 6 PM VIP admission ($45 in advance, $50 at the door) rewards revelers with an extra power hour of drinking and a special beer pouring from Tivoli Distributing paired with cheese from Cabot. All ticket prices include unlimited tastes, plus a souvenir glass. Buy yours here. 2027 W. Lower Colfax Ave.

January 26: Work & Class Charity Bash

Tonight, Work & Class (pictured above), one of the best new restaurants of 2014, is throwing a charity bash to benefit Denver Urban Scholars, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk metro Denver students graduate high school and enter higher education. The benefit, which is limited to just 120 peeps, is $45 per person, and 100% of the proceeds go directly toward the programs of Denver Urban Scholars. The party's theme connects to a very real part of being a teenager — deciding just who and what you want to be as an adult. Guests are invited to dress as the profession they dreamed of (or still dream of), and food and drinks will have a "school-ish" theme (think sangria juice boxes), chocolate milk (more accurately, a chocolate milk stout) and more grown-up versions of foods, courtesy of chef Dana Rodriguez, that we all loved as kids. The festivities kick off at 6 PM, and the ticket price includes food and as many drinks as you can sink. Purchase tickets here. 2500 Larimer St.

January 28: Herbs, Spices & Craft Beer with Diebolt Brewing and Savory Spice Shop

In this interactive tasting at Diebolt Brewing Company, the lesson plan, which goes from 7-10 PM, focuses on how fresh herbs and spices contribute to the brewing process and can be an integral part of meals paired with beer. Four craft-beer samples from Diebolt, including one that's infused with savory spices, will be poured, and you can expect an animated discussion of the various seasonings that complement each beer. Diebolt's staff and Savory Spice Shop experts experts are guiding the session, and the Savory Spice Shop's new cookbook, Spice to Plate, will be used as a reference. 3855 Mariposa St.

January 31: Taste and Tango - Mexico! at Mi Casa Resource Center

The Brown Palace Hotel is the site of this evening's Taste & Tango, an annual fundraiser that, this year, pays tribute to the vibrant food and culture of Mexico. The glitzy soiree, which begins at 6 PM, benefits Mi Casa Resource Center, a local nonprofit that assists Latino and working families with achieving economic prosperity. Work & Class chef Dana Rodriguez is leading the kitchen brigade, pairing her Latin-focused multicourse menu with Latin American wines and spirits. In addition to dinner, there are silent and live auction packages, as well as live music and dancing. Tickets are $150 each, and can be purchased here. 321 17th St.

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