Weekend Planner: Bison, Beer & Chef Driven's Premiere

January 24, 2014
by Ruth Tobias


Cyrus Foie Gras Donut at Acorn
Today he's the chef-partner of smash siblings Oak at fourteenth in Boulder and its RiNo follow-up Acorn, but Steven Redzikowski once trained under Douglas Keane of famed former Healdsburg eatery Cyrus. Now he’s paying tribute to his mentor with this whopper of a dish. The glazed brioche donut (pictured bottom) is both filled and topped with seared foie gras, then garnished with pineapple, quince and candied pistachios; at $21, it’s available on a first-come-first-serve basis nightly for a limited time only.

3550 Brighton Blvd.; 720-542-3721

Super Shrink Me Screening at MAD Greens

Local nutritionist and filmmaker Ande Anderson premieres Super Shrink Me, a documentary that turns Super Size Me on its head with a fast-food weight-loss experiment, from 5 to 8 PM at the Denver Art Museum branch of MAD Greens. Attendees of the free event will be treated to sample tastings, goodie bags and coupons from local eateries that appear in the film, including Larkburger.  

1200 Acoma St.; 720-496-4158

Friday and Saturday

Winter Brew Fest at Mile High Station
Dozens of craft brewers are coming out in force for this two-day beer bash - from Jagged Mountain and River North to Ska and the soon-to-launch Lowdown (more on its opening here). Live music and a silent auction round out the festivities. VIP tickets ($40; $45 cash at the door) get you in at 6 PM for a pairing reception with MouCo cheese, while general admission is 7-10 PM ($30; $35 cash at the door). 

2027 W. Lower Colfax Ave.


Bison & Beer Dinner at Kachina Southwestern Grill
Tongue tacos, carpaccio and pepper-crusted tenderloin, oh my. For this four-course feast, chef Jeff Bolton is featuring Prairie Ridge bison in every way, shape and form - right down to a dessert of caramel-apple bread pudding with bison-bacon gelato. It’s all paired with pours from New Belgium, and kicks off with a cocktail reception guests hosted by the brewers and ranchers (6:30 PM; $45 per person).

10600 Westminster Blvd., Westminster; 303-410-5813

Pecorino Primer at The Truffle Table
Did you know the hard Italian sheep’s-milk cheese known as Pecorino varies in style from one region to another? Let the good folks at LoHi’s The Truffle Table show you how at this afternoon cheese class, where you’ll also receive serving tips, a glass of wine and a take-home sample. Reservations required (3-4 PM; $40). 

2556 15th St.; 303-455-9463


Premiere of Chef Driven Starring Frank Bonanno
Tonight at 6 PM, the first episode of Chef Driven airs on Colorado Public Television 12. The five-part series follows Frank Bonanno as he travels across the state, introducing us to the places and faces behind the food and drink on our tables - from farmers and fishermen to bakers and brewers. Naturally, the owner of Mizuna, Osteria Marco and many others (including the upcoming Salt & Grinder) will do plenty of cooking along the way.

Sake Dinner at Vesta Dipping Grill
For the third year in a row, this contemporary LoDo longtimer (pictured top) is hosting a five-course dinner to showcase the versatility of premium sake. While bar manager Eric Dutton introduces the pairings, chef Brandon Foster will treat guests at either of two seatings to such dishes as bison tartare in mushroom broth with pickled eggs and butter-poached salmon with purple potatoes and Green Goddess dressing (6 and 6:15 PM; $85 per person).

1822 Blake St.; 303-296-1970