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Brunch, Revisited

The Infinite Monkey Theorem’s new brunch series is a breath of fresh air.

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Confession: I hate brunch. The over-the-top cocktails, impatient crowds, and frazzled servers are enough to send me running back home to cook my own eggs.

So, last month when I stopped by the Infinite Monkey Theorem‘s new Sunday brunch series, I hoped the experience would be different. After all, “different” is what the winery is all about. Instead of a sprawling countryside estate of grape vines, TIMT has embraced its “urban winery” tag with a funky-industrial location in RiNo. But wine, at brunch—would it work? The short answer: absolutely.

In anticipation of the new brunch (which is typically held the last Sunday of each month), TIMT added not only a cold-brew coffee on tap, but also Slurpee-like frozen peach Bellinis and mimosas made with the winery’s sparkling rosé, to its beverage lineup. Glasses of the Infinite Monkey Theorem’s wines are available at brunch starting at $5.

While the winery provides the brunch tipples, they’re outsourcing the food to a different guest chef each month. Future appearances include heavy-hitters like Rosenberg’s Bagels and Cart-Driver (both of which both landed on our 2015 Denver’s Best New Restaurants list). On the March morning I attended, Roaming Bull Brasserie’s food truck was parked in TIMT’s spacious patio area.

We ordered a croque madame and eggs Benedict from the window and found seats at a wooden picnic table in the spring sunshine. As I popped the perfectly runny yolk on the croque madame, letting it ooze into the béchamel, ham, and cheese-stuffed toast, I realized something: This brunch was actually relaxing. Roaming Bull Brasserie’s modern European food was the sort you don’t typically eat on paper plates with disposable cutlery while sitting casually outdoors.

After we enjoyed every bite and finished our last sips, we tossed our plates into the trash bin and walked out the door, leaving behind an experience almost as easy as cooking breakfast at home.

Details: The Infinite Monkey Theorem’s next brunch is on Sunday, April 19 (a week early, as their brunch usually lands on the last Sunday of the month) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features Eric Olson of Chow Colorado and Ben Gaines of Bisetti’s Italian Restaurant in Fort Collins. Expect a Mediterranean buffet with paella, eggs, and chocolate croissants. Twenty bucks gets you a mimosa or Bellini and brunch. Call to reserve your spot, purchase tickets here, or just show up.

3200 Larimer St., 303-736-8376, theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com

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