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Farm-to-Table Breakfast at Potager: Twenty-one-year-old Potager (1109 N. Ogden St., 303-832-5788) is breaking free of its dinner-only approach with a breakfast pop up this weekend. On Sunday, April 8 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (proper breakfast—not brunch!—hours), chef-owner Teri Rippeto, along with chef Paul Warthen, will treat Denverites to a menu of morning-friendly dishes.
Diners will find a breakfast pizza, an omelet, blueberry pancakes, house-made sausages, tater tots, biscuits, cinnamon rolls, coffee cake, and more on the menu—as well as mimosas made with fresh-pressed orange and grapefruit juices and other boozy beverages.
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“It will be different than our normal service,” Rippeto says. “There will be no white tablecloths, but we painted our table tops recently to make them lively and have them ready for this. The farmers’ market starts on Saturday, so our veggies for breakfast will come from there.” She is even sourcing blueberries directly from a friend in Maine.
Rippeto currently has two more of these breakfast events in the works—one on Mother’s Day, and another on a to-be-determined date in June. Potager will not be taking reservations for any of its breakfast pop-ups.
Fried Chicken at Vesper Lounge: Restaurateur Frank Bonanno is giving Denverites a sneak peek of Milk Market, his 16-venue, 15,000-square-foot food hall in LoDo’s Dairy Block, by hosting a series of pop ups at his restaurants over the next few months. The event calendar starts with a spotlight on Lou’s Hot | Naked, this Saturday, April 7. From 4 to 8 p.m. at Vesper Lounge (233 E Seventh Ave., 720-328-0314), Bonanno will resurrect the popular Nashville-style hot chicken he served at his now closed restaurant on 38th Street. Two pieces of the hot or naked (as in, not spicy) fried bird will be served with two sides; options include mac ‘n cheese and creamed corn. Specialty cocktails and beverages will be available for additional purchase. “We want to get a chance to practice a little bit and show people what we are planning before we get to open to the public,” Bonanno says. Buy your $5 tickets here.
Other pop ups highlighting Milk Market’s Bao Chica Bao (bao buns), MoPoke (poke bowls), and Morning Jones (coffee and pastries) are already sold out. Tickets are still available for the events featuring Mano Pasteria (house-made pasta) on Sunday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Osteria Marco (453 Larimer St., 303-534-5855) and Ruth’s Butchery (burgers and Colorado-raised meat to take home) on Saturday, April 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Salt & Grinder, (3609 W 32nd Ave., 303-945-4200).