Weekly Planner: Cart-Driver and Stoic & Genuine Open, More

July 7, 2014
by Ruth Tobias


Donnafugata Wine Dinner at Frasca Food and Wine 
Tonight’s four-course prix fixe is being paired with a quartet of wines from this prominent Sicilian producer, known for its work with grapes native to the island ($50 per person for food only, plus $45-$50 for wines). 1738 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-442-6966


Ode to Tomatoes and Corn at BRU handbuilt ales & eats 
The Boulder brewpub hosts a three-course beer dinner centered on pork shoulder roasted in corn husks with ale jus, charred-tomato salad, jalapeño-cheddar cornbread and Tang Cream Ale. Chef-owner Ian Clark will kick off the meal with an amuse bouche of cornmeal-fried green tomatoes paired with shandy (7 PM; $40 per person). 5290 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; 720-638-5193


Cart-Driver Opens 
The much-awaited RiNo pizzeria, oyster bar and cocktail lounge from the crew behind Boulder’s Basta starts service at 4 PM today. Check out our preview here. 2500 Larimer St.

Stoic & Genuine Opens
At long last, the LoDo seafooder from Jennifer Jasinski, Beth Gruitch and Jorel Pierce officially opens its doors. More on the big day to come, but in the meantime, get ready for billi bi, granita-topped oysters, lobster rolls, caviar (pictured top) and much more. Union Station; 303-640-3474


Beer and Cheese Pairing at Copper Kettle Brewing Co.
Sample four cheeses from The Truffle Cheese Shop, accompanied by bread and fruit, alongside a quartet of beers at this Southeast Denver taproom tonight (7-8:30 PM; $20 per person. Tickets available here). 1338 S. Valentia St. #100; 720-443-2522

Mutiny at the Bottle 
For the second installment in beast + bottle’s guest-chef series benefiting the Colorado Flood Relief Fund, Brandon Biederman of Ace Eat Serve and Steuben’s joins Paul Reilly in his Uptown kitchen to cook up a five-course feast that ranges from pickled-beet tartare with cashew cheese and arugula pudding to smoked tagliatelle in uni butter with crab-stuffed squash blossoms ($75 per person without wine, $103 with wine). 719 E. 17th Ave.; 303-623-3223

Sanitas Beer Dinner at Cafe Aion 
From 5 PM onward, Dakota Soifer’s modern Mediterranean taverna is serving up a special three-course menu paired with four Sanitas brews ($50 per person for food only; beers are à la carte). 1235 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder; 303-993-8131

Whiskey Rebellion
Bourbon, rye and other brown spirits take center stage during this Water for People benefit at downtown hotel The Curtis, where you’ll mingle with distillers, take in a few cocktail demos and, of course, enjoy plenty of sips and snacks (6- 8:30 PM; $37 general admission, $75 for VIP passes. Click here to purchase). 1405 Curtis St.


Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival 
Head for the hills to attend this four-day extravaganza, whose calendar is filled with tastings, paired feasts and educational seminars on everything from breakfast cocktails to glassware. Of special note: tonight’s celebrity-chef dinner with Denver’s own Troy Guard and Lon Symensma, as well as Saturday’s grand tasting. Learn more and get tickets here

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