Fall is officially in full swing, so it’s time for roasted pumpkin seeds, butternut squash soup, and hearty roasts. But there are two things that are always in season: bacon and beer. Read on to find out where you can get your fill of these two year-round favorites, plus get the details on a can’t-miss gourmet dinner at Trillium and more news fit for any Denver foodie.
Where: The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis Street in Denver
When: Sunday, November 16th, 2:30-5pm
The Low Down: We’re giving you a heads up on this festival early because tickets have sold out quickly the previous two years – and with unlimited beer and bacon-based eats, it’s not hard to see why. EatBoston and Denver Off the Wagon are bringing together 18 breweries and 25+ local restaurants for an afternoon that will definitely leave you needing a nap. Plus, help raise funds for Project Angel Heart and Metro CareRing, which has received $40,000 from this event over the last two years.
Where: 2134 Larimer Street in Denver
When: Wednesday, October 22nd at 6:30pm
Cost: $100/person; Call 303-379-9759 to reserve your spot
The Low Down: Trillium’s Chef/Owner Ryan Leinonen was recently given the honor of being invited to be a guest chef at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. In preparation, Trillium is hosting a “practice” dinner this week featuring the same six courses and wines, along with a three-course hors d’oeuvre reception, also matched with wines that will be served by Leinonen and his team at the Beard House. The meal is a chance for Leinonen to highlight his version of Nordic cuisine and is a rare opportunity for both the restaurant, and the lucky diners that will get the chance to experience this meal.
Where: Randolph’s at the Warwick Hotel, 1776 Grant Street in Denver
When: Friday, October 31st, 5-10pm
Cost: $25/person for adults, children’s tickets are $1/year of age
The Low Down: If you’d rather spend your Halloween indoors with the kiddos, the Warwick Hotel is the place to go. Let them take care of the tricks and treats and spend the evening enjoying family pumpkin carving, festive appetizers, Halloween drink specials and more. Plus the kids (and the adults) will go home with Trick or Treat Bags.
Where: 1747 Wynkoop Street next to Union Station in Denver
When: Monday, October 27th
The Low Down: The burger boom in Denver isn’t slowing down anytime soon with the opening of the latest addition– Austin, Texas-based Hopdoddy. This burger-joint is based on a concept that seems made for Denver – the perfect pairing of burgers and beer. The patties are all natural, hormone and antibiotic-free, and the taps will be pouring local brews. Plus expect handspun milkshakes, a full bar serving up craft cocktails, and freshly baked buns.
Where: 1400 Larimer Street in Denver
When: Available now
The Low Down: A new season also means new menus at many of your favorite local spots. This week, we’re highlighting the new additions at Larimer Square’s modern-Mexican go-to, Tamayo. Find fresh additions with items like the hearty Huitlacoche Stuffed Chicken Breast with Mexican style ricotta cheese, yucca puree and green chile “atole.” Or, get adventurous with the Salad of Yucatan Octopus with watercress, jicama, black olive caramel, cilantro pesto and herb dressing. Some new cocktails are also making their debut, including the Simply Bliss, perfect for a tequila lover looking for a new take on the libation with Monte Alban Reposado, Luxardo Cherry Liquer, white wine and orange bitters.