Weekly Planner: Booze and the Beatles

From wine dinners to beer tappings and beyond
February 16, 2014
by Ruth Tobias

Back in January, we suggested you make your reservations for the guest appearance of renowned Los Angeles chef Suzanne Goin at Frasca on February 18; as of now, there are still a couple of spots left, but owners Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson are also hosting a wine dinner on Monday if you miss out. And of course there are plenty of other happenings to hit.


Branko Dinner at Frasca Food and Wine
The wines of Collio producer Branko take center stage at Boulder’s Friulian favorite, where they’ll be paired with a $50 four-course menu throughout dinner service, including pappardelle with Montasio cheese, prosciutto and poppyseeds as well as tiramisu.

1738 Pearl St.; 303-442-6966


Tuesday 23 at Hops & Pie
From 5 PM onward, this Berkeley pizzeria and craft-beer parlor is dishing up 18-inch pies with two brews on draft for $23.

3920 Tennyson St.; 303-477-7000


Pliny the Younger Release at Falling Rock Tap House (tentative)
This legendary Ballpark beer bar isn’t guaranteeing that the California-based Russian River Brewing Company’s annual allocation of Pliny the Younger will be in and ready to tap by 6 PM. But if it is, they’ll be pouring it; if not, they’ll reschedule. Check the website for updates and ticketing info.

1919 Blake St.; 303-293-8338

Wine Wednesday at Beehive

Dine tonight at this Boulder farm-to-table spot and get 30% off any bottle of wine from a list we really dig for interesting picks like Godello, a Spanish white, and Minervois, a red blend from the Languedoc.

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


beast + bottle + Beatles Dinner
In honor of the Beatles’ arrival on these shores 50 years ago, the crew at this Uptown hot spot (pictured recreating the Abbey Road cover) is offering a five-course, Fab Four-themed menu all evening. Think “Octopus’s Garden,” combining octopus confit, tuna and smoked potatoes; “Piggies,” with variations of pork accompanied by roasted-garlic custard and prunes in port sauce; and “Yellow Submarine,” a coconut-sponge cake with citrus curd and macadamias ($69 per person).

719 E. 17th Ave.; 303-623-3223

Kendall-Jackson Dinner at 1515 Restaurant
The famed Sonoma estate’s winemaker, Randy Ullom, will visit this LoDo fixture to pour his bottlings with a five-course prix fixe (including amuse bouche) that runs from truffled hamachi tartare to braised bison short rib with cauliflower polenta and horseradish powder.

1515 Market St.; 303-571-0011

Naoussa and the North at Axios Estiatorio
This Berkeley Greek eatery will pair four dishes with five wines from Naoussa, the wine region best known for Xinomavro (7 PM; $59 per person).

3901 Tennyson St.; 720-328-2225