Weekly Planner: Peking Duck, Wild Boar and Oysters Galore

March 17, 2014
by Ruth Tobias


Mathiasson Dinner at Frasca Food and Wine

Throughout dinner service, acclaimed California winemaker Steve Mathiasson will be at the Friulian favorite to pour a trio of bottlings with a four-course meal from chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson ($50 per person for food only, plus $45-$50 for wines). 1738 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-442-6966

Irish Beer Dinner at Former Future Brewing Company
If you haven’t gotten your fill of St. Patrick’s Day yet, this new Platte Park microbrewery has a plan for you: it's collaborating with Mikes2 Kitchen on an Irish-themed, four-course beer dinner ranging from lamb stew with mint gremolata to soda-bread pudding with vanilla custard (5:30-9:30 PM; $55. Purchase tickets here). 1290 S. Broadway; 720-441-4253

O’KCCO St. Paddy’s Day Meetup at Punch Bowl Social
At this Baker party place, the holiday throwdown begins at 7 PM. A $10 donation to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which helps children with cancer, gets you two free drinks plus free rounds of bowling and shuffleboard; for $20, you’ll have access to the VIP mezzanine. 65 Broadway; 

Peking Duck Dinner at ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
Hit Lon Symensma’s LoDo hot spot tonight for a family-style spread of Peking duck with mu shu pancakes and other traditional accompaniments ($44 per table); reservations are recommended for the all-evening special. 1555 Blake St.; 


Top This! Competition at Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizzeria
Starting tonight, Mark Dym, the owner of this Ballpark pie parlor, is hosting a pizza-topping contest every Tuesday through April with a stellar lineup of participants. Drop by from 6 to 7 PM to watch Pinche Taqueria’s Kevin Morrison, beast + bottle’s Paul C. Reilly, Daniel Asher of Linger and Root Down and other contestants try to top one another (no pun intended). Attendees get to vote and sample the by-the-slice results. 2129 Larimer St.; 


Baja Dinner at LOLA
As part of its Regions of Mexico dinner series, the LoHi longtimer will be serving up a five-course, cocktail-paired feast inspired by the cuisine of the Baja Peninsula: think smoked pork-cheek empanadas and grilled snapper over green-chile polenta in tomato-avocado salsa (6:30 PM; $65 per person). 1575 Boulder St.; 720-570-8686  


Boar & Bourbon Dinner at SALT the Bistro
From chicharrónes in kaffir lime-chile powder to oak-grilled chops and donuts with boar-bacon cream, the kitchen at Bradford Heap’s Pearl Street Mall eatery will be using every part of the boar it’s bringing in for tonight’s six-course repast, accompanied by Breckenridge bourbon cocktails (6:30 PM; $75 per person). 1047 Pearl St., 

High West Oyster Fest
The culmination of the Jax Fish House group’s Oyster Month festivities, this bivalve bash at the Boulder Theater (pictured) will have you slurping your way through shucking and eating contests, sipping oyster stout and snacking on seafood of all kinds from 7 to 10 PM ($25). Holders of VIP passes ($75) are invited to show up at 6 PM for bubbly, passed appetizers and a raffle. Click here for tickets. 2032 14th St., Boulder; 303-786-7030

Rare-and-Unique Wine-Varietals Dinner at Colterra
SALT’s farm-to-fork sibling in Niwot will be offering a five-course prix fixe to spotlight undersung grapes like Romorantin from France and Spanish Bobal; dishes include pan-roasted wild black bass and herb-roasted venison rack (6:30 PM; $65 per person). 210 Franklin St., 

Southern Greek Wine Dinner at Axios Estiatorio
Learn all about the wine regions of Nemea and Mantinia at this Berkeley Greek haunt while sipping on five pours paired with four plates, such as wild-mushroom dolmades over pilaf and herb-crusted lamb chops with white-bean salad (7 PM; $59). 3901 Tennyson St.;