Weekly Planner: Tax Relief, So Many Wine Dinners

April 14, 2014
by Ruth Tobias


Pax Mahle Wine Dinner at Frasca Food and Wine

Frasca co-owner and master sommelier Bobby Stuckey has been a steady proponent of California estate Wind Gap for years. And tonight he’s pouring its acclaimed founder’s wines alongside a four-course meal of ribollita, tagliatelle with oyster mushrooms and green garlic and more ($50 per person for food only, plus $45-$50 for wines). 1738 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-442-6966


Moon Magic Wine Dinner at Volta Mediterranean Restaurant
The theme of this month’s four-course feast is “A Taste of the Rhône Valley,” so come get your Syrah and Viognier on while sampling chilled-mussel salad, housemade charcuterie, braised chicken-leg with gnocchi and pear clafouti (6:30 PM; $65 per person). 2480 Canyon Blvd., Boulder; 303-938-8800

An Epicurean’s Delight: Signature Chef Series at The Oceanaire 
Hit the supper-clubby seafooder downtown for a five-course, beverage-paired soirée ranging from pan-seared scallops with kumquat gastrique and toasted rye to halibut-cheek carbonara to frozen bonbons with spiced wontons (7 PM; $95 per person) 1400 Arapahoe St.; 303-991-2277

Tax Day Party at Lou’s Food Bar 
At Frank Bonanno’s Sunnyside haunt (pictured), free happy-hour appetizers and $4 keg cocktails should help ameliorate any IRS-based aches and pains (4-6 PM). 1851 W. 38th Ave.; 303-458-0336


Norwegian Spring Lamb Dinner at Trillium 
After a brief hiatus, the ever-popular Scandinavian Dinner Series returns to Ryan Leinonen’s Ballpark destination, this one centered on lamb. Offered throughout dinner service, the four-course feast also includes an amuse bouche, palate cleanser and beverage pairings ($70 per person). 2134 Larimer St.; 303-379-9759

Taste of the Season at Zeal: Food for Enthusiasts 
From its dry-hopped pear cider to its 2012 Orange Muscat, Denver’s own Infinite Monkey Theorem shares the stage with spring produce at Boulder’s newest eco-friendly and lifestyle-focused eatery tonight. The five-course menu includes braised lamb shoulder and chanterelles in jicama “taco” shells, sous vide buffalo short rib with roasted fennel and orange-horseradish gremolata, and black pepper-buckwheat crepes with passion fruit curd (5 PM; $90 per person with half-glass pairings, $120 with full pours). 1710 Pearl St., Boulder; 720-708-6309


Birichino Wine Dinner at Colterra Food & Wine 
Bradford Heap’s farm-to-fork flagship in Niwot showcases this Santa Cruz producer's wines against a five-course spread of pan-roasted wild salmon in beet vinaigrette, grilled pork loin over cauliflower purée with local pea tendrils and more (6:30 PM; $65 per person). 210 Franklin St., Niwot; 303-652-0777

Patras and Cephalonia Wine Dinner at Axios Estiatorio
This Berkeley favorite continues its introduction to Greece’s wine regions with a four-courser that features clams and chicken sausage in a tomato-saffron broth and roasted lamb chops in fig demiglace (7 PM; $59 per person). 3901 Tennyson St.; 720-328-2225