The new year is officially here and we’re kicking things off with a bit of boozy news. Read on to find out more about why Rover.com ranks Denver as the “most alcoholic” city. Plus, get a sneak peek at some of the big culinary news coming this year along with two events to kick off January with a full and happy belly.
Where: 3131 Walnut Street, Denver, Colorado
When: Friday, January 9, 2014 from 5:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: No cover with drink specials, complimentary appetizers and pizza and free performances
The Low Down: For a decade, The Walnut Room has been one of the best places to catch an intimate show and tasty slice in Denver. Started by local musician and entrepreneur John Burr in January 2005, this venue has hosted some big name artists over the years including Jewel and the Fray. Their thin, crispy pizza is the perfect accompaniment to a night out, and with plans for a kitchen and menu expansion this year, the Walnut Room is only getting better. This Friday, you can celebrate the past 10 years with live music from Adrienne O, Andy Palmer, Roo & the Howl, Matt Hoffman of Strange Americans and DJ Social Lubrication. This event is 21 and over.
Where: 1937 Market Street, Denver, Colorado
When: Thursday, January 8, 2014 from 6:00pm-9:30pm
Reserve a Space: Click here
The Low Down: Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to learn a new skill? Cook Street School of Culinary Arts makes that one easy and delicious. With tons of classes to choose from, you can spend this year stepping up your home-cooking game. Start with this week’s sushi class where you’ll learn all about ingredient selection and technique for making the perfect sushi rice and simple sushi rolls. Specific selections vary depending on what’s fresh, and the class includes a full meal with wine. Plus, afterwords you’ll be able to invite your friends over for an impressive sushi feast.
Where: 1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado
When: March 5-8, 2014
Cost: Three-night room packages are available, click here for info on booking options
The Low Down: Colorado’s iconic getaway, the Broadmoor, is hosting a can’t-miss culinary event in 2015: Taste & Savor. Foodies from all over the country will gather at this Five Star, Five Diamond resort for the chance to enjoy a weekend filled with gourmet tastings, wine and craft cocktails. There will also be panel discussions and seminars with some of the biggest names in food right now including local talent Kelly Liken (Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail), Alex Siedel (Fruition and Mercantile Dining & Provision in Denver), and Sean Kenyon (the Denver bartender who was named American Bartender of the Year at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2014).
Where: 2669 Larimer Street, Denver, Colorado
When: Summer 2015
The Low Down: With the opening of The Source in late 2013 and the popularity of the newly remodeled Union Station, Denver is loving the one-stop approach to dining. That trend continues in 2015 with the anticipated opening of The Market in RiNo. From the minds of real estate developer Kenneth Wolf and local chef/restaurateur Jeff Osaka, this new culinary destination for Denver will occupy two thirds of the ground floor of what is currently Motorsports Gallery. The space will be filled with vendors that include a rotisserie, deli, salumi and cheese shop, produce and flower market, retail fish market, ice cream parlor, bakery, coffee house, candy store, butchery, wine bar, dry goods market and dessert emporium. So get hungry, Denver, and be ready for our city’s culinary explosion to continue through 2015.
Where: Check out the full list HERE
The Low Down: Ok, so in most cases, being named the “most alcoholic” anything might not be something to brag about. But in this case, we’ll take the honor as Rover.com ranks Denver the city with the most alcohol-inspired dog names in the U.S. Denver does love booze, and four-legged companions are an essential part of mountain living. So it makes sense that pooches with names like Porter, Merlot, and Whiskey are commonplace in the mile-high city. Does your dog’s food or booze-related moniker make the list of most popular? Check out all the rankings here.