Weekend Planner

Weekend Planner: Margaritas, Mozzarella & More

By Ruth Tobias  |  February 20, 2014
Credit: Monica Israels

Just in case you somehow haven't heard, Denver’s 10th Annual Restaurant Week kicks off on Saturday; we wrote about some of our top picks a few weeks ago. But if all that's not your thing, there are plenty of other food- and drink-related events to keep you busy. Take special note of the Monday dinner - interested parties should book right away.

Friday and Saturday

Great Roads to Great Chefs at The Stanley
Created by pop-up planner Hush Concepts, this spring dining series at Table, the new restaurant in Estes Park’s legendary Stanley hotel, continues with a five-course, wine-paired feast prepared by Drew Hardin and Orlando Benavidez of LoHi coastal-Mexican longtimer LOLA. A portion of every $100 tab goes to recovery efforts from last year’s flood.

333 Wonderview Ave., Estes Park;  970-577-4000


Coffee Expo Party at Basta
On February 24, Kelly Whitaker’s acclaimed modern Italian eatery will become home to correctedCOFFEE, a pop-up java joint open Mondays through Fridays from 7-11 AM. As a preview, it’s hosting a free meet-and-greet today. Come get to know the local roasters Whitaker will be working with and sip a cup or two while listening to live music (10 AM-2 PM).

3601 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; 303-997-8775

Mozzarella Making at The Truffle Table

From 3-4 PM, the folks at this LoHi wine bar (sibling to The Truffle Cheese Shop) will give you a hands-on lesson in making your own fresh mozzarella. The $50 class fee includes wine, tip sheets, recipes and curd to take home.

2556 15th St.; 303-455-9463

National Margarita Day at Kachina Southwestern Grill
To celebrate everyone’s favorite tequila cocktail (pictured), Kachina’s pouring an array of margaritas flavored with mango, prickly-pear purée, grapefruit and more. Drop by for a round and get a coupon for a freebie to use on your next visit.

10600 Westminster Blvd., Westminster; 303-410-5813


Corte alla Fiora Wine Dinner at DiFranco’s
Tonight, this Golden Triangle Italian eatery will host a four-course dinner featuring Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, preceded by a wine reception (6-8 PM; $60 per person).

955 Lincoln St. Unit D; 720-253-1244


OAK at fourteenth’s Rioja Roast
Juan Muga of the famed namesake estate in Spain will be on hand to guest-host a five-course wine dinner at Steven Redzikowski and Bryan Dayton's contemporary Boulder flagship. Featuring grilled Spanish octopus with paprika-whipped potatoes; chorizo-stuffed, wood-roasted quail over rosemary panisse and roasted-pepper hash; cinnamon custard with quince-pear preserves and more, this is a meal we suggest you make your reservation for ASAP (6-10 PM; $85 per person).  

1400 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-444-3622