Weekly Planner: From Mettwurst to Marjoram to Grimaldi's Meatball Pizza

Colorado Craft Beer Week dinners, cooking classes, the arrival of Grimaldi's and more in the next four days
March 24, 2014
by Ruth Tobias


Grimaldi's Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria Opens Downtown
This New York institution opens its first Colorado branch at the Pavilions today, complete with red-and-white-checked tablecloths, wine-bottle lanterns and a straightforward menu of pies fired up with your choice of more than 20 toppings. 500 16th St. Unit 128; 303-623-3271

Monday Wine Dinner at Frasca Food and Wine

To complement the wines of French producers from Vineyard Brands’ portfolio, this Friulian favorite is preparing a quartet of dishes like pappardelle with poularde and romanesco followed by coconut-orange budino di riso ($50 per person for food only, plus $45-$50 for wines). 1738 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-442-6966

Sweet Genius: The Art of Dessert Plating at The Seasoned Chef Cooking School
Pastry chef Samm Sherman of Root Down and Linger will lead this class in making desserts such as classic tarte tatin and carrot cake with pineapple whipped cream and candied celery (6-9:30 PM; $80). 999 Jasmine St. Ste. 100; 303-377-3222


Colorado Craft Beer Dinner at Lou’s Food Bar
Frank Bonanno’s Sunnyside rendezvous will tap eight local brews - two each from Avery, Left Hand, Prost and Upslope - to accompany a five-course meal that includes smoked mettwurst with rye-bread pudding and spice-roasted quail on a sweet-potato cake with pineapple chutney (6 PM; $55 per person). 1851 W. 38th Ave.; 303-458-0336

Evening Beer Brunch at Snooze  
The beloved Ballpark breakfast joint (pictured) is teaming up with the brewing pioneers of Great Divide for this funky four-courser, running from an IPA-paired late-harvest Benedict with Swiss chard, fennel and leeks over goat-cheese polenta to pancakes with Old Ruffian barleywine. Get tickets here (6:30 PM; $50 per person). 2262 Larimer St.; 


Salentein Wine Dinner at Riffs Urban Fare 
John Platt’s small-plates lounge on the Pearl Street Mall showcases the bottlings of this Mendoza winery with a four-course dinner featuring smoked salmon with a spinach-mushroom torta in shallot butter; twice-cooked pork with fried onions and balsamic-roasted figs; and more. 1115 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-440-6699


The Cook's Herb Garden: The Magnificent Seven
Learn how to grow, blend and cook with marjoram, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, and basil at this Denver Botanic Gardens cooking class, which includes dinner (6-8 PM; $47 per non-member, $42 per member).1007 York St.; 720-865-3501

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