Weekly Planner: Civic Center EATS, Oregon Wine Wednesday, New Park Burger, More

Mobile chefs and Pacific Northwest winemakers alike are criss-crossing the city this week
May 19, 2014
by Ruth Tobias


ArPePe Wine Dinner at Frasca Food and Wine

One of the best winemakers from one of Lombardy’s finest appellations, ArPePe’s Isabella Pelizzatti Perego in Valtellina, comes to Frasca to showcase her Nebbiolos against a four-course menu including pork carpaccio with cauliflower and pine nuts and ribeye with ramps and kale ($50 per person for food only, plus $45-$50 for wines). 1738 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-442-6966

Park Burger Now Open in Hilltop
The wildly popular burger joint just opened its fourth location in the Hilltop/Crestmoor neighborhood, next door to the likewise brand-new High Point Creamery, so head on down for burgers, shakes and beer. 211 S. Holly St.; 720-242-9951

T&A Dinner with the Chefs of FIVE
The women of Denver FIVE – including Table 6’s Carrie Shores Blake, Elway’s Aniedra Nichols, Old Major’s Nadine Donovan and Epicurean Group’s Jenna Johansen - join host member Elise Wiggins at Panzano for a passed-appetizer reception and five-course meal of Vietnamese frog’s legs, rabbit-mousse crostini, scallop-panzanella kebabs and more (6 PM; $75 per person. Tickets available here). 909 17th St.; 303-296-3525


Civic Center EATS
Starting today, the city’s premier food-truck gathering is back. Head down to Civic Center Park Tuesdays and Thursdays through October 9 for your fill of pierogi from Baba & Pop’s Kitchen, burgers and spuds from El Toro the Tot, lobster rolls from East Coast Joe’s and much more (11 AM-2 PM).

Greek Winemakers’ Dinner at Volta Mediterranean Restaurant
Meet the producers behind Greece’s Pavlidis Estate and Gentilini over a four-course repast at Boulder’s newest Mediterranean destination (6:30 PM; $75 per person). 2480 Canyon St., Boulder; 303-938-8800

The Departed Sam Adams Beer Dinner at Alamo Drafthouse
Head to this Littleton cinema to catch a screening of Scorcese's acclaimed thriller, set in Boston, and enjoy a five-course dinner of clam chowder, corned beef with potato-leek pancakes, chocolate-stout cake and more while you're at it - all paired with beers from Boston's own Sam Adams, of course (7 PM; $50 per person. Get tickets here). 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr. Unit 850, Littleton; 720-588-4107


Abacela Wine Dinner at Humboldt Farm Fish Wine
Four wines from an Umpqua Valley specialist in Spanish varietals are being paired with four courses from this upmarket Uptown contemporary kitchen (pictured), including olive oil-poached Ahi and dark-chocolate torte (6:30 PM; $75 per person). 1700 Humboldt St.; 303-813-1700

Bethel Heights Vineyard Dinner at Central Bistro & Bar
Willamette Valley producer Mimi Castel joins the crew at this LoHi favorite for a five-course, wine-paired dinner of juniper-cured foie gras, roasted squab and more (5:30 PM reception, 7 PM dinner; $65 per person). 1691 Central St.; 

Benton-Lane Wine Dinner at EDGE Restaurant & Bar
The Four Seasons’ signature dining room is featuring the wines of this Willamette Valley estate alongside a quartet of courses that range from hamachi crudo with avocado cream and strawberry yuzu to veal medallions over gnocchi in a lemon-caper sauce (6 PM; $75 per person). 1111 14th St.; 303-389-3050

Elk Cove Vineyards Dinner at Second Home Kitchen + Bar
Adam Campbell of Oregon’s Elk Cove guest-hosts tonight’s four-course dinner at this Cherry Creek gathering place, pouring his wines to complement monkfish with chile, grapefruit, red onion and avocado; duck sausage with wilted endive and caramelized fennel; and more (6 PM; $65 per person). 150 Clayton Ln.; 303-253-3000

Meet Rhubarb: Sweet and Savory at the Denver Botanic Gardens
Learn all about the culinary uses of this tart rhizome and put them in practice by making a variety of dishes in this chef-led class (6-8:30 PM; $39 per non-member, $36 per member). 1007 York St.; 720-865-3500

Thrill of the Grill at Colterra
Bradford Heap kicks off his Niwot flagship’s summer series of cooking classes with this grill-centric demo and wine-paired tasting (5-7 PM; $35 per person). 210 Franklin St., Niwot; 303-652-0777

Soter Vineyards Dinner at Trillium
Chef Ryan Leinonen welcomes the Willamette Valley’s James Cahill to his Ballpark Scandinavian eatery for a wine-paired six-courser that kicks off with a reception. Check here for upcoming menu details (6 PM; $100 per person). 2134 Larimer St.; 


Mutiny at the Bottle
Fuel Cafe’s Bob Blair comes to beast + bottle tonight for the first of a series of five-course guest-chef dinners Paul Reilly is launching at his Uptown destination; a percentage of the proceeds will go to the Colorado Flood Relief Fund ($75 per person). 719 E. 17th Ave.; 

Toques & ’Tails
Hosted by Culinary Connectors and held at Casselman’s, this cooking-and-bartending competition returns for a second year to benefit Share Our Strength. With participants like Old Major, Lower48 Kitchen, Session Kitchen, The Squeaky Bean and others, it promises to be quite the shindig - complete with plenty of dishes and drinks for attendees to sample. Purchase your tickets now (7 PM-9 PM; $45 per person. VIPs pay $75 for early access). 2620 Walnut St. 

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