Welcome back to our monthly Dig Into Denver series. At the beginning of each month, we deliver a food–and–beverage-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 May next month.
But First… Food News
In case you missed it, here are the biggest announcements in Denver food news from last month.
Departure Closed in Cherry Creek
The Lowdown: Citing the sale of the adjacent Halcyon Hotel, Sage Restaurant Group (the owners of the Portland-based eatery) announced Departure would have to close and depart the space on March 10. It does appear the team is seeking a new location, though. Details here.
Northside Eatery + Market to Replace Candela Kitchen
The Lowdown: This Californian cuisine concept and grab-and-go market combo is expected to open late spring or early summer in the former Candela Kitchen space in LoHi. Click here to learn more.
Isabel Replaced RiNo Yacht Club at The Source
The Lowdown: Last week RiNo Yacht Club passed the torch to an equally refined cocktail concept, Isabel. The bar takes its name from Isabel Nesmith Evans, president of the Colorado Iron Works —the company responsible for constructing the original property in the 1880s. Click here to learn more.
Morin Added a Lunch Menu
The Lowdown: Last October the now-esteemed dinner-only French restaurant Morin opened its doors. On Monday, March 25, the formerly dinner-only venue started serving weekday lunch. See some of our favorite highlights here.
Colorado Gin Earned Gold Medals After January Release
The Lowdown: A few short months after hitting the market, Boulder’s Scottish Kings gin has delighted the palates of spirit connoisseurs across the country. The San Francisco World Spirits Competition judging panel called it one of the finest products in the world, out of around 3,000 spirit entries.
East Side King’s Journey to Denver Grows More Complicated
The Lowdown: It’s been quite a few days for the Austin-based eatery East Side King here in Denver. From announcing its partnership with Avanti to said partnership falling through, the globally influenced Japanese street food concept says it won’t let it deter them from coming to the Mile High City.
These are notable restaurants, coffee shops and bars that opened in Denver last month.
Le French (Opening Soon)
The Lowdown: Le French is expected to open this month, but it already has a lot of hype to meet. The high-end bakery and French bistro is a product of two Senegalese French sisters, Aminata and Rougui Dia. Both sisters are renowned chefs by their own right, with Rougui being the first black woman ever to make executive chef at a Michelin star restaurant — Petrossian in Paris.
The Lowdown: La Doña (a term of respect and endearment for grandmothers, aunts and other woman elders) opened in Zeppelin Station on March 4 as the food hall’s first taqueria tenant, serving al pastor tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, burritos and more. Click here to learn more.
The Lowdown: This month Stapleton welcomed a new bistro from Chef Cristino Griego. The single-page menu is filled with traditional snacks from Spain, Italy and France — with a wine and cocktail-heavy drink list that is thoughtfully suited to the food.
Excuses to Celebrate
Ah, April. Spring is here and so are more reasons to celebrate for no reason. If these aren’t enough, check out our recent pieces on fancy Denver and Boulder restaurants, 9 great go-to breakfast places and a 50+ item craft beer bucket list.
April 5: Opening Day
The Lowdown: Grab a hotdog and cue the “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” tunes. Opening Day kicks off at Coors Field against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 5.
April 8: National Empanada Day
The Lowdown: If loving national food holidays as an excuse to indulge is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Dig into this Latin American comfort food on April 8 for National Empanadas Day.
Don’t Miss: You can’t talk about empanadas in Denver without mentioning Maria Empanada. Click here to read their team’s amazing story in a recent interview we published with founder Lorena Cantarovici.
April 15-April 20: Colorado Natural Wine Week
The Lowdown: Colorado wine has come a long way in recent years, and the Colorado Natural Wine Week is here to celebrate just that. The six-day event includes wine tastings, winemaker dinners, wine dive bar takeovers, in-store retail tastings and much more.
Don’t Miss: Although some events are trade and industry only, the main event The Grand Showcase is open to the public and includes more than 200 winemakers for $50/person. For more details on all of the Colorado Natural Wine week happenings, click here.
April 20: Well, You Know…
The Lowdown: If you’re 21+ and enjoy cannabis, April 20 is sure to be a buzz-y day for you.
April 23: National Have a Picnic Day
The Lowdown: Pack a picnic and get outside for National Have a Picnic Day. (Yes, this is a real thing). Grab your daily dose of Vitamin D along with your lunch by finding a great to-go spot and park near you.
Don’t Miss: Our round-up of the best places to picnic 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.
April 1o: CBC Farm Brewers Dinner
When: Wednesday, April 10, 6 – 9 p.m.
Where: The GrowHaus — 4751 York St., Denver
The Lowdown: This dinner is in collaboration with A Notte and Culture Beverage to benefit The GrowHaus. Prepare yourself for a 4-course, family-style dinner with four farm beer pairings. Learn more and get tickets here.
April 14: Women’s Wine Guild Gala
When: Sunday, April 14, 6 – 9 p.m.
Where: Nocturne — 1330 27th St., Denver
The Lowdown: This evening will be a night of wine, snacks, music and more. This ladies-only gala will benefit the future projects and development of the Women’s Wine Guild. Tickets and more information here.
April 29: WomenCook
When: Monday, April 29, 6 – 9 p.m.
Where: EXDO Event Center — 1399 35th St., Denver
The Lowdown: Celebrating its 15 year anniversary, this event is a night of eating and drinking to support the work of Work Options for Women. Click here to learn more about the amazing female chefs cooking at the event.