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Eater Denver’s events roundup provides a curated weekly rundown of the area’s most interesting and engaging local dining and drinking festivals, classes, workshops, dinners, and more.
Every week, Eater Denver editors weed through tips, emails, and listings to bring readers the most essential food-related happenings — each and every event listed is a personal recommendation from an Eater editor that has been selected because of its intriguing menu, above-the-bar cuisine or drink, or the involvement of an exceptional chef or restaurant.
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Pints and Pies
When: Thursday, November 21
Where: Great Divide Brewing Co.
What: Denverites can taste four mini pies paired with Great Divide tasters at this event, which is designed to help guests decide which Good Sugar Baking pies (both mini and regular-sized) to pre-order for Thanksgiving dinner.
Day of Darks
When: Saturday, November 23
Where: Wynkoop Brewing Company
What: At this annual celebration of Colorado’s flavorful dark beers, attendees will drink unlimited samples of dark beers from over 30 Colorado brewers paired with chocolate bites.
Annual Champagne Cascade
When: Sunday, November 24
Where: The Brown Palace
What: Now in its 32nd year, the event helps kick off the holiday season at the iconic downtown Denver hotel. A swordsman will use a Napoleonic saber to open bottles of Moet and Chandon champagne before pouring the champagne into a flute atop a 6,000-glass pyramid.
Additional Information: Doors open at 10 a.m. and Santa Claus arrives at 11 a.m. ahead of the noon ceremony. Details are online.
Fetch Holiday Market
When: Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1
Where: Denver Sports Castle
What: The popular holiday market returns to the Sports Castle for the holiday season. Attendees will be able to partake in festive holiday drinks while shopping for gifts made by local artists.
Additional Information: Details online.
When: Saturday, November 30 through Sunday, December 8
Where: Throughout Frisco
What: The mountain town of Frisco’s winter season kicks off with a community-wide celebration of wassail, a hot spiced cider. Tourists and locals are encouraged to try wassails from twelve businesses, completing a “12 Sips of Wassail” card that guests can turn in to the city for a commemorative mug. Other highlights include a soup competition and a tree lighting.
Additional Information: Details are on the event page.
When: Sunday, December 1
What: The team at this nontraditional Japanese restaurant in Five Points will utilize Struia Frech sturgeon caviar in the dishes it serves up throughout this multi-course dinner. All of the family-style courses will be paired with champagne.
Additional Information: Seats are $125 per person. Details are on the event page.
Pappy Van Winkle Repeal Dinner
When: Wednesday, December 4
Where: Hearth & Dram
What: The restaurant marks Repeal Day, which celebrates the end of prohibition and falls on December 5, with a four-course dinner. A cocktail hour will kick off the event while each of the courses, including dessert will be paired with a Rip Van Winkle bourbon. Dishes include a char siu pork belly, smoked duck and foie gras sausage, and a dry-aged New York Strip. Roaring 20’s costumes are encouraged.
Additional Information: Seats are limited. Call the restaurant to reserve.
Truffle Season Dinner
When: Thursday, December 5 through Saturday, December 7
Where: OAK at Fourteenth
What: For two days in December, the restaurant adds a truffle menu to its dinner service. The menu will feature both black and white varieties of the vaunted fungus.
Additional Information: Pricing ranges from $12 to $42. Call the restaurant to reserve.
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