Weekly Planner: From the Deep South to the Peaks of Vail

Get your fill of tamales, tapas and fried chicken, then head up to the Taste of Vail
March 31, 2014
by Ruth Tobias


Conti Sertoli Salis Wine Dinner at Frasca Food and Wine

The red wines of this acclaimed estate in the Lombardy, Italy appellation of Valtellina take center stage at the Boulder destination tonight, accompanied by a quartet of dishes like musetto (Friulian sausage) over polenta and spaghetti with smoked mozzarella, king trumpets and oyster mushrooms ($50 per person for food only, plus $45-$50 for wines). 1738 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-442-6966


Rôtie Wine Dinner at Session Kitchen
Cult winemaker Sean Boyd of Washington’s Rôtie Cellars will be on hand to pair his bottlings with an eclectic multi-course menu from chef Sean Parker (7PM; $100 per person). 1518 S. Pearl St.; 720-763-3387

Tamale Festival at Tamayo
Today through June 30, Richard Sandoval’s modern Mexican fixture in Larimer Square celebrates stuffed masa with a special à la carte menu of five different tamales, including grilled cod with epazote leaves and pork in mole negro, and two featured cocktails to complement them. 1400 Larimer St.; 720-946-1433

Taste of France Prix-Fixe at Coohills
At the beginning of each month, Tom Coohill’s hip LoDo haunt introduces a new series of three-course menus that all focus on a single region of France. For April, the spotlight is trained on Normandy: think mussels steamed in Calvados with apples, pot-au-feu and tarte tatin ($35 per person) 1400 Wewatta St.; 303-623-5700

Test Kitchen at Zengo
Another Richard Sandoval favorite, Zengo in the Platte River Valley, launches its latest Test Kitchen menu tonight: this season, the theme is Cuba and Thailand, reflected in dishes like curried bacalao-shrimp spring rolls, a mojo-grilled pork chop in massaman curry with boniato puree (pictured) and a lemongrass-coconut dessert soup. 1610 Little Raven St.; 720-904-0965


Fourth-Birthday Party at Cafe Aion
In celebration of its fourth anniversary, Dakota Soifer’s Spanish tapas bar is preparing a number of small-plate, paella and wine specials; there’s no cover, but reservations are encouraged from 5 PM onward. 1235 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder; 303-993-8131

24th Annual Taste of Vail
Vail’s long-running food-and-wine festival kicks off today and continues through Thursday with a full slate of paired dinners, tasting seminars and receptions, bookended by two signature events: Debut of the Rosé and the Grand Tasting and Auction. Get further details and tickets here


An Evening at CoraFaye’s Cafe with Adrian Miller
The author of Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, now a James Beard finalist, will lend his expertise to this Slow Food-hosted, family-style dinner of fried catfish, candied yams, peach cobbler and much more. If you’ve never been to CoraFaye’s or heard Miller speak, rest assured you’re in for a treat on both counts (6-8 PM; $38 for Slow Food members, $43 per non-member). 2861 Colorado Blvd.; 303-333-5551

Meet the Maker at La Biblioteca
Zengo’s next-door cocktail lounge continues its monthly tequila-tasting series tonight with representatives from Patrón (6-8 PM; $5). 1610 Little Raven St. Ste. 200; 720-904-0965

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