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Must Do Events: April

Eight not-to-be-missed events in Denver this Month

By Elizabeth Woessner | Online Editor

This year, April brings both Easter and Passover and with them a multitude of reasons to celebrate. In addition, there are plenty of events around town bringing in world renowned chefs and distillers, wine tastings galore, and the chance to give back to our communities. We have rounded up eight events we think everyone should attend this month.

Joe Beef Montreal

Joe Beef Pop Up Dinner
When: April 7, 7pm
Where: Old Major  {3316 Tejon Street, Denver; 720.420.0622}
What: Those of you not fortunate enough to have visited one of Canada’s best restaurants and temple to gluttonous pleasures, Joe Beef, will rejoice to learn that they are coming to us. On Tuesday, April 7, Chef Justin Brunson will host Joe Beef’s Sous Chef Marc-Olivier Frappier for a one-night-only five-course dinner. Montreal’s Joe Beef is world-famous for its reinvented French bistro fare, serving everything from mussels to horsemeat and we can’t wait to see what they are cooking up. The dinner is $80 with an optional $40 wine pairing and reservations can be made by calling 720.420.0622.

Uncorked 2015

Denver Uncorked
April 10, 6pm
Where: Denver Art Museum
What: Now in its 15th year, the Denver Art Museum is hosting the Uncorked Wine Tasting. Over 300 wines are available for tasting accompanied by food from Kevin Taylor Catering. All proceeds from the event and the silent auction will support the museum’s exhibitions and programming. Tickets are $90 for DAM member, $125 for non-members, and $45 for designated drivers. For an additional $35, guests can purchase a First Taste ticket granting them early access to the event and all those wonderful wines at 5pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 720.913.0034 or visit their website.


April 13-19 (The Showcase – Signature craft spirit & cocktail tasting event on April 16)
Where: DSTILL Showcase at McNichols Civic Center Building

The Source

Source Pop-Up Spring Market
April 18 and 19, 10am-4pm
Where: The Source
What: Farmers’ markets won’t be up and running for another month yet, but the resourceful people at The Source have assembled a bevy of local vendors for an indoor spring market on April 18 and 19. This curated market offers the opportunity to sample and take home goods from artisan producers such as Mondo Guerra, Haiku Foods, and Sully and Company. For more information, visit their website.

Chefs Up Front

Chefs Up Front
April 19, 5:30pm
Where: Colorado Convention Center – Mile High Ballroom
What: Denver’s grandest culinary evening is back. Thirty of Colorado’s most celebrated chefs will join a James Beard Award winning pastry genius, author, and TV personality, Johnny Iuzzini, to raise funds to end childhood hunger in Colorado. The fundraiser, which begins at 5:30pm with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 7pm, benefits Cooking Matters, which serves Colorado communities by teaching low-income families how to cook healthy, affordable meals in their own kitchens. Chefs Up Front showcases spectacular multi-course, tableside dinners, paired with global wine selections. Participating restaurants include Acorn, Fuel Café, Humboldt, Lola, Mizuna, and Vesta Dipping Grill. For a full list of chefs and restaurants and to purchase tickets, visit their website.

Image Courtesy of LSE

Image Courtesy of LSE

Denver FIVE Dinner
April 21, 8pm
Where: Table 6 {609 Corona Street, Denver; 303.831.8800}
What: The Denver FIVE will launch its first in a series of five unforgettable evenings on April 21, when owner Aaron Forman and Chef Mike Winston will host Chef Enrique Socarras of Suehiro Japanese Restaurant in Fort Collins. The four other Denver FIVE chefs–Aniedra Nichol of Elway’s Cherry Creek, John Depierro of Bones, Noah French of Sugarmill, and Kevin Grossi of Lola–will be on hand, each creating their own course to complement those of Chef Socarras, while Aaron Forman will select the wine pairings. Tickets are $30 and are available on their website.

Creative Whisky Co

Creative Whisky Company Dinner
Wednesday, April 29, 6:30pm
Where: Coohills Restaurant {1400 Wewatta Street, Denver; 303.623.5700}
What: Creative Whiskey Company Owner and Founder David Stirk–along with Denver-based Robert Stickler, Master of Whisky and president and CEO of The Voice of Whisky–will host the dinner, which showcases four single malts that are cask-strength, non-chill filtered and single-cask expressions. This will be the only Denver stop for the United Kingdom’s acclaimed Creative Whiskey Company. Chef Tom Coohill has created an intriguing four-course menu of dishes intended to accentuate the varying smoky, spicy, and sweet finishes of each whisky, using such ingredients as Roquefort cheese, tangy and tart fruits, and unique flavors such as honeycomb and caramelized celery root, with roasted Scottish pheasant with truffle mousse as one of the evening’s highlights and a baked apple bread pudding with malted caramel as the finale. Cost for the event is $80 per person and reservations can be made on the Coohill’s website.


Dining Out For Life
April 30
Where: Participating restaurants throughout the city
What: If you only go out one time this year (and who would do that?), April 30 is the day. On this one day, 250-plus Denver and Boulder‑area restaurants will donate 25-percent of their food sales to Project Angel Heart, assisting them in preparing and delivering thousands of life-sustaining meals for Coloradans coping with life-threatening illnesses. Participating restaurants include Avenue Grill, Biker Jim’s, duo restaurant, Leña, and Z Cuisine. This is the day that everyone has an excuse to eat out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and help Coloradans in need.