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Frisco’s Wassail Days. Photograph courtesy of Todd Powell

18 (!) Fantastic Foodie Events Coming to Colorado in November

This month promises festive Dia de los Muertos celebrations, cricket popcorn, a grand showcase of Colorado’s best wines, and much, much more.

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Tamayo’s Third-Annual Chile Relleno Festival | November through December

Although Larimer Square’s Tamayo kicked off its third-annual chile relleno festival in October, the special menu runs through December, so you still have plenty of time to enjoy as many of the traditional Mexican dishes that you can. Chef Richard Sandoval and his team are offering four different stuffed chile items in honor of Mexico’s four distinct geographical regions. Our pick is the “chile en nogada” relleno, a poblano pepper stuffed with ground veal and pork and served with tomatoes, dried fruits, pineapple, raisins, almonds, pomegranate seeds, and a cinnamon-walnut cream sauce. Dish prices range from $18 to $23; regular business hours, 1400 Larimer St.

FNG’s Offal Dinner | October 31 through November 3

Calling Denver’s adventurous carnivores! West Highlands’ FNG is celebrating all the really cool, delicious animal parts with a three-course dinner dedicated to beef hearts, sweetbreads, duck liver mousse, and more offal (no, not awful). You can go full Andrew Zimmern will a three-course offal-based meal or try a dish or two alongside more traditional FNG menu items. No reservations required. $35 per person for three courses, prices vary for a la carte orders, regular business hours, 3940 W. 32nd Ave.

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Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar Throws a Party for Brooklyn Brewery (and Funkwerks) | November 1

It’s not surprising that a New York–style pizza joint will be one of the first places in the Centennial State to welcome Brooklyn Brewery. Parry’s locations in Northglenn and Highlands Ranch are both hosting Prohibition-themed launch parties in honor of Brooklyn Brewery’s Colorado debut. Sip on Brooklyn Brewery suds—including the Brooklyn Lager, the Bel Air Sour, and several others—as well Peachy King saison and Oud Bruin brown ale from Fort Collins’ Funkwerks, a Brooklyn Brewery partner. If you miss out on the party, however, fret not: Parry’s Pizzeria locations all over the state will soon be stocking Brooklyn Brewery kegs. Free; 5–7 p.m., 100 E. 120th Ave., Northglenn; 567 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch

Raw Wine Tasting at Redline Gallery | November 1

Presented by Stanley Marketplace’s Mr. B’s Wine and Liquors, Raw Wine will showcase more than 75 natural wines—meaning vino produced with minimal winemaker intervention—from around the world at Denver’s Redline Gallery. These wines, according to Mr. B’s general manager Ryan Corey, harken back to a centuries-old style of winemaking, but they’re currently all the rage at hip wine bars across the country. Tickets are $30 to $35; 3-6 p.m., 2350 Arapahoe St.

Try Pizzeria Locale and Rioja’s Collaboration Fig-and-Prosciutto Pizza | November 1 through 30

The talented team at Pizzeria Locale’s fast-casual Denver locations has joined forces with Rioja’s James Beard Award–winning chef Jennifer Jasinski to create a limited-time fig-and-prosciutto pizza. The pie, which marries fig preserves, prosciutto, arugula, and balsamic vinegar with mozzarella, fontina, and gorgonzola, will be on sale at both Denver Pizzeria Locale locations as well as at Rioja in Larimer Square. For each pizza sold, $1 will be donated to Work Options for Women$11; regular business hours, Highlands’ Pizzeria Locale at 3484 West 32nd Avenue, Baker’s Pizzeria Locale at 550 Broadway, Rioja at 1431 Larimer St.

Dos Luces’ Dia de Los Muertos Sugar Skull Mug Paint and Sip | November 2

There’s no better spot for celebrating Mexico’s festive and commemorative Day of the Dead holiday than at Dos Luces, the South Broadway brewery devoted to brewing craft beers inspired by Pre-Columbian traditions. Paint handmade “sugar” skull mugs (made from pottery clay, not sugar, so you can drink from them later), sip on corn-based Chicha and a corn- and maguey-based Pulque, nosh on candy, and feel good knowing that a portion of the event proceeds will go to Denver’s Museo de las Americas. The mugs will be fired at Potter’s Touch after the event, then returned to Dos Luces for pickup a week later. Tickets for skull mug painting are $30, which includes the pottery, glaze, supplies, firing, and delivery; 6-9 p.m., 1236 S. Broadway

Day of the Dead (and First Anniversary) Celebration at the Bindery | November 2

Close out Dia de los Muertos with a multi-course dinner and celebration at the Bindery, which is throwing a bash to celebrate its first anniversary. Ticketed guests will enjoy small bites prior to chef/owner Linda Hampsten Fox’s multi-course menu, which features Mexican-inspired dishes such as the “gallina borracha,” a maple-syrup-laquered hen with a butternut squash adobo. Can’t stay for dinner? Drop by from 3 to 6 p.m. for a community happy hour, which will feature complimentary small bites and a cash bar. Tickets are $129, the ticketed event begins at 6 p.m., with dinner starting at 7 p.m., 1817 Central St.

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National Sandwich Day at Snarf’s | November 3

November 3 is National Sandwich Day. In honor of the holiday, Snarf’s will debut its chicken cordon bleu sandwich, a toasted sub piled high with chicken, ham, multiple cheeses, brown mustard, and a melted cheese sauce. Snarf’s will donate a percentage of the sales from the sandwich’s first week on the menu to local food banks, including Food Bank of the Rockies and Boulder’s Community Food Share. $10.50 for a seven-inch sub, $13.50 for a 12-inch sub. Available until January 1 at any Snarf’s location.

Poka Lola Social Club’s Election Night Cockatils | November 6

Poka Lola is the kind of place Archie Andrews might have hung out when he reached drinking age—a modern throwback to old fashioned soda fountains. Thus, the all-American bar is the perfect place to celebrate rocking the vote. Poka Lola’s bartenders will be serving two new election-centric drinks in honor of the occasion: the “Donkey Kick,” a red-colored Manhattan with Peychaud bitters, and the “Luca Bos,” a citrusy Dewars’ Scotch cocktail with blue curaçao, lemon juice, grapefruit, and simple syrup. Not a bad way to drown your sorrows or celebrate an election-night win. Free; 4 p.m.-midnight, 1850 Wazee St.

Colorado Uncorked Presents the Best of Colorado Wine | November 8

If you want to taste the best in Colorado-made wines—and trust us, you do—don’t miss this public tasting of the 2018 Governor’s Cup wine collection (the 13 best wines Centennial State winemakers have to offer). These wines, which were selected by wine pros after tasting 344 vino submissions, will be available for tasting alongside small bites prepared by Colorado chefs. Not a bad way to spend a night. (Please take a ride share.) $45 for general admission; 7 p.m., 1200 Broadway

Coohills’ Seventh Anniversary | November 10

Head to Coohills for seven courses—including Aspen Ridge skirt steak and duck leg confit with aged sherry and shallots—paired with world-class wines, all to celebrate the restaurant’s seven year anniversary in LoDo. The night will feature pours from multiple wineries, including a 2015 red blend and a 2015 Syrah from award-winning winemaker Charles Smith. Guests are encouraged to bring a gift for donating to Toys for Tots; those who do so will be entered in a special drawing for wine and gift cards. Tickets are $77 per person; 6 p.m., 1400 Wewatta St.

Tour an Edible Insect Farm | November 11

Gastro Obscura, a food website dedicated to sharing “wondrous foods and places” across the world, is sponsoring this tour of the Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch (RMMR), replete with beverages from Denver Beer Company and the Colorado Cider Company. RMMR, which is an edible insect farm located right here in Denver, will be offering cricket popcorn and other buggy foods to its guests, along with a brief education on the sustainability of edible insects. Tickets are $20; 2-4 p.m., 4845 Morrison Rd.

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Truffle and Mushroom Week at Oak at Fourteenth | November 14 through 16

Oak at Fourteenth’s award-winning kitchen is gracing us with a culinary gift this month: a week devoted to truffles and mushrooms. Chef/co-owner Steve Redzikowski and his crew are sourcing fungi from Foods In Season—including rare white Alba truffles from Italy, Périgord black truffles, and much more. The team will turn that bounty into an a la carte menu including dishes such as a parmesan and vanilla ice cream with shaved truffles and olive oil; beef tartare served with Taleggio cheese fondue, white truffles, and sunchokes; and crispy fried maitake mushrooms topped with truffle salt. Pricing varies by dish, regular business hours, 1400 Pearl St., Boulder

Dinner at Bird & Jim with Bobby Stuckey | November 15

On November 15, catch master sommelier Bobby Stuckey (of James Beard Award-winning Frasca Food and Wine and Tavernetta) at Estes Park’s Bird and Jim, where he will be showcasing his own line of Scarpetta wines via a paired dinner. The mountains (and world-class wine) are calling, so go. $85 per person; 6:30 p.m., 915 Moraine Ave., Estes Park

Amaro: The Bitter Truth—Cocktail Class at Coperta | November 17

Home bartenders, pay attention: Coperta is offering a crash course in the Italian tipple known as amaro, which are all the rage at bars across the country. Amari come in several different forms, but all have an element of bitterness. This class will show you how to wield that bittersweet power to create delicious cocktails. Tickets are $45 per person; call 720-749-4666 to make a reservation, 3:30-5 p.m., 400 East 20th Ave.

Grand “profiterole” from Fire. Photograph courtesy of the Art Hotel

Dior-Inspired Dishes Debut at the Art Hotel | November 19 through March 3

As the Denver Art Museum launches its months-long “Dior: From Paris to the World” exhibit on November 19, Fire Restaurant, located nearby at the Art Hotel, will debut a set menu of Dior-inspired lunch and social-hour dishes. In this instance, “Dior-inspired” doesn’t mean your lunch will come with a four-figure price tag, but it does mean that the menu will showcase classic French techniques and flavors. The three-course lunch starts with a classic “vichyssoise” (potato-leek) soup, but we’re most looking forward to the grand “profiterole,” or cream puff, which boasts a vanilla chantilly cream, crème anglaise, and fresh raspberries. The social hour will offer a Dior-inspired charcuterie board and your choice of wine to wash it down. The Dior lunch takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily and costs $35 per person; the social hour runs from 3-6 p.m. daily and costs $25 per person; 1201 Broadway

Thanksgiving at the Kitchen Boulder | November 22

You don’t have to eat at home this year to eat family style. For the first time, the Kitchen Boulder is inviting the public to join them for a Thanksgiving feast. Beyond the obvious positives of avoiding the heaping pile of dishes that inevitably comes with cooking a holiday meal at home, the Kitchen will donate 10 percent of proceeds from all four of its restaurants to Cooking Matters, an organization that partners with nonprofits and community groups to help educate parents and caregivers on childhood hunger issues. Tickets are $55 per person and $22 for children 12 and under; noon-8 p.m., The Kitchen Boulde, 1039 Pearl St., Boulder

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Frisco’s Wassail Days | November 30 through December 9

The mountain town less than two hours west of Denver runs through around 5,000 cups of warm cider—which is non-alcoholic and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger—each year during the 10-day Wassail Days festival. This year, the fest will showcase more than 60 local businesses, each of which will have their own unique recipe for the libation. Apart of the cider, attendees can enjoy unlimited tubing at the nearby Frisco Adventure Park, take sleigh rides through town, and witness a tree lighting ceremony on Frisco’s Main Street. See the full schedule of events here. Free; various times and locations

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