Welcome back to our monthly Dig Into Denver series. At the beginning of each month, we deliver a foodandbeverage-based itinerary for the best ways eat and drink your way through the city — including what’s recently opened and what’s worth celebrating for no reason at all.

Bookmark this page to reference these Denver food events all month long, and let us know in the comments what Denver food events you’d like to see included in Dig Into February next month.

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Newly Opened / Recently Announced

These are notable restaurants, coffee shops and bars that opened in Denver last month and were announced this month.

Ok Poke at Zeppelin Station

Photo by Alden Bonecutter

The Lowdown: James Samara and Brendan McManus of Lucky Pie, Mighty Burger and El Jefe present Ok Poke at Zeppelin Station. The concept offers fresh poke bowls with local ingredients and aims to hold sustainable practices as other joints around Zeppelin.

Zocalito Latin Bistro

Photo By Alden Bonecutter

The Lowdown: Chef Michael Beary relocates Zocalito Latin Bistro to Denver after 14 years in Aspen. Zocalito brings bursts of flavor from Oaxacan culture with French technique such as moles, rellenos and more.

Avanti in Boulder

Photo Courtesy of Avanti Food and Beverage Facebook

The Lowdown: Avanti Food and Beverages opens a new location in Boulder. The new location is set to open in late 2019 and takes over a former Cheesecake Factory.

Melted

Photo by Brittany Werges.

The Lowdown: Owner of Oak at Fourteenth and Acorn, Bryan Dayton is opening Melted, a new dessert shop at The Source Hotel and Market Hall this spring. The shop presents warm cookies and soft-served ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Broadway Market

Broadway Market

Photo by Kayla Jones

The Lowdown: A new food hall is taking over the former Tony’s Market. Broadway Market will make its debut this month with restaurants such as Maria Empanada, Wonder and Little Noodle Pasta Co joining in.

Anecdote Café

Photo by Danielle Webster

The Lowdown: As Black Eye Coffee closed its doors, Anecdote Café opens its in its place. Emily Hurd– the owner of Anecdote has launched the creative space that serves up cocktails, sandwiches, desserts and more.

AJ’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Photo Courtesy of BBQ Supply Co. on Facebook

The Lowdown: Jared Leonard– a Chicago restaurateur takes over BBQ Supply Co.– opening AJ’s Pit Bar-B-Q in its place. The restaurant will serve up smoked delights seven days a week as opposed to the previous weekend only BBQ Supply Co.

Reunion Bakery

Photo by Alden Bonecutter

The Lowdown: Chef and baker Ismael de Sousa opens Reunion Bakery in the location that once held Babette’s Artisan Bread in The Source Hotel and Market Hall. The bakery offers loaves of freshly baked bread and delicate pastries.

Excuses to Celebrate

February is the month of love and we all know the best way to show it, is with food and drink. Keep this list at hand when wanting to choose your perfect date night or for just showing yourself some love in the form of tasty goodness with some food classes and a roundup of where to eat healthy in Denver.

February 5: Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Celebration and Cultural Fair via Facebook

The Lowdown: Celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year of the pig with some wicked bites of traditional Chinese food.

Don’t Miss: The Empress Seafood Restaurant Lunar New Year Dinner and a Year of the Pig Pop-Up Dinner

February 8: Denver Mac and Cheese Festival

Photo Courtesy of 11 Creative‎ on Facebook

The Lowdown: Dig into that cheesy goodness at the Denver Mac and Cheese Festival. Local Chefs and restaurants present their best take on the glorious dish.

February 9: National Bagels and Lox Day

Photo Courtesy of Rosenberg’s Bagels and Delicatessen on Facebook

The Lowdown: The best breakfast– fresh and filling, especially from Rosenbergs’.

Don’t Miss: Find out how some of the best Jewish bites in Denver came to be through Jewish Food in Denver and The Delis that Built it.

February 9: National Pizza Day

Pizza Diavolo. Photo by Rebecca Grant.

The Lowdown: Everyone loves a hot slice of pizza heaven.

Don’t Miss: Get your hands on some pizza at an unexpected pizza gem or Rosenberg’s new pizza joint.

February 9: Harry Potter Inspired Beer Festival

Photo Courtesy of Denver’s Diagon Alley: A Harry Potter Alliance Chapter on Facebook

The Lowdown: Get magical during a Harry Potter Inspired Beer Festival with themed brews and a party to celebrate the wizarding world.

February 13: National Italian Food Day

Photo courtesy of Bar Dough on Facebook.

The Lowdown: From pasta to pizza to wine celebrate your love for Italian food on the eve of Valentine’s Day.

Don’t Miss: A roundup of the best Italian spots you can check out in our fair city.

February 14: Valentine’s Day

Photo by Kyle Cooper.

The Lowdown: Grab yourself a lover or celebrate your love for your friends with some lovely events.

Don’t Miss: A Valentine Beer + Chocolate pairing and a special menu from Citizen Rail.

February 22: Margarita Day

Margarita. Photo by Alden Bonecutter.

The Lowdown: Transport yourself to warmer weather with a sip of a margarita. February 22 gives you the best excuse to do so.

Don’t Miss: Don’t feel like mixing a drink yourself? Here is a roundup of the best places to grab a margarita in Denver.

Eat Well, Give Back

Denver is a giving community, and there are countless events every month benefitting non-profits across the city. However, for Dig In, we specifically highlight food and beverage events that support food-focused causes and non-profits — those that tackle hunger, service industry assistance and more.

February 4: Eat. Drink. Think.

Photo Courtesy of Vesta on Facebook

The Lowdown: Vesta and Good Food Media Network host Eat. Drink. Think. – an educational food and drink experience that brings experts and chefs together to improve upon sustainability and get in on the Good Food 100 Restaurant List. Register here.

February 18: Presidents Award Dinner

Photo Courtesy of Eventbrite for Organizers‎ on Facebook

The Lowdown: Celebrate Colorado’s cuisine community with the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Colorado Chefs Association Presidents Awards Dinner. The dinner funds the Colorado Chefs Association Education Fund– a nonprofit that educates with mentoring and scholarships in the culinary community. More information here.

February 19: Scraps Turns Two!

Photo Courtesy of Scraps on Facebook

The Lowdown: Celebrate the achievements of Scraps during Scraps Turns Two! Scraps is a compost pick-up service powered by bike that helps create a more sustainable Denver. Purchase tickets here.

February 26: Annual Sprout Down

Photo Courtesy of Sprout City Farms on Facebook

The Lowdown: Sprout City Farms teams up with Mercury Cafe for the Annual Sprout Down. The event raises funds for Sprout City Farms– a network of urban farms bring fresh produce and education to the Denver Metro Area. For more information check here.

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