Denver’s Best Culinary Events May 15th- 21st 2023

BY Steph Wilson


PHOTO: @aceeatserve

If you’re someone who can’t resist exploring new food locations, then hold tight! The upcoming week, May 15th-21st, 2023, is the perfect opportunity to showcase your love for good food in Denver. The city hosts many culinary events, from pop-up brunches to exclusive tasting menus, guaranteed to send your taste buds into overdrive. Experience an unforgettable week as you explore unique taste combinations and flavors. Be a part of this exciting food marathon journey as we take you through seven days of divine delicacies and palate-pleasing perfection!

Mon., May 15: Mother’s Day Beer and Cheese Pairing @ Bruz Beers

Treat mom to a delightfully boozy pairing of Bruz Beers and Truffle Cheese. Explore four carefully chosen beer and cheese combos while learning from Charlie of Bruz Beers and Sam of Truffle Cheese. Tickets are $30 via Eventbrite.

Bruz Beers Brewery Tasting Room
1675 W 67th Ave. #100

Tues., May 16: Prosecco On the Patio @ French 75

Every Tuesday, head to Bonanno Concept’s upscale-casual spot downtown for some Italian bubbles with from 4:30 p.m.–6 p.m. for happy hour sippers and boxed snacks to take with you at some incredible prices. Like, boxed bites for $5+, house reds and whites for $5.75, and prosecco for just $2—which will be the best use of eight quarters you’ll find all week. 

French 75
717 17th St.

Wed. May 17: Springtime Rosé Wine Dinner @ Rioja 

It’s spring and Rijoa is celebrating rosé wines and springtime ingredients. Chef Kylil Henson created a unique menu of dishes  and the beverage team has paired with their favorite rosés. Dishes like tuna tartare with black garlic aioli, red verjus gel, celery, and cherry crisps and seared duck with pink peppercorn, tabbouleh, and rhubarb mostarda are paired with pink wines like Blushing Bear by Kyle Maclachlan from Washington’s Columbia Valley and Whistler’s Dry as a Bone out of Barossa Valley, Australia (perhaps the world’s most underrated wine region). The dinner is $125 per person and can be reserved via Tock.

1431 Larimer St.

Thur., May 18: Tincture Thursday @ Thompson Denver 

Bored of conventional remedies? Embrace the offbeat and join Mamie Trotter from Herbal Riot for Tincture Thursday at Thompson Denver. Dive into the delightful world of herbs and tinctures, where Mother Nature’s pharmacy beckons with irresistible charm. Leave your skepticism at the door and embark on a botanical adventure that’ll leave your friends green with envy. Snag a Thompson-exclusive tincture courtesy of Herbal Riot, and remember: no experience is needed, just a dash of curiosity and an appetite for woo.

Thompson Denver
1616 Market St.

Fri., May 19: Atōst Launch Party @ MCA Denver

Raise a glass (or two) at the rooftop aperitivo hour celebrating the launch of Atōst’s Lemon Lavender Apéritif. Bask in the artistic ambiance of MCA Denver Café & Bar with Atōst-infused cocktails, mood-setting tunes, and stimulating conversations. Your ticket even includes museum admission—how très chic.

MCA Denver
1485 Delgany St.

Fri., May 19–Sat., May 20: The Brick Bar Pop-Up 

The legendary Brick Bar Pop-Up is back and ready to brick and roll! For two fleeting days, surrender to a nostalgic world of over 1 million building blocks, mesmerizing sculptures, and DJ tunes that’ll make you groove like nobody’s watching. And don’t forget the pièce de résistance: a ping pong table made from 22,500 bricks. Snap up your $22 ticket via Hidden Denver before they vanish.

The Brick Bar
Sports Castle
1000 Broadway

Sat., May 20: Rocky Mountain Tree Festival @ New Terrain Brewing

Join the crusade to save Colorado’s trees at New Terrain Brewing’s Rocky Mountain Tree Festival. Sip on delicious beers, savor delectable food truck fare, and groove to live music—all while raising funds to plant trees in fire and flood-affected areas. Who knew being an eco-warrior could taste so good?

New Terrain Brewing Co
16401 Table Mountain Pkwy., Golden

Sat., May 20: Sun Valley Viaduct Night Market

Get your culture fix at the Sun Valley Viaduct Night Market, where some of Denver’s celebrated chefs, artisans, and entrepreneurs converge for a night of sensory delights. Feast on global cuisine from over 30 food vendors and trucks, quench your thirst with beers from Raices Brewing Company, and bask in the vibrant tapestry that is Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood (home to Meow Wolf, icymi).

Sun Valley Viaduct
South end of Empower Field
Parking lot B, under the Colfax Viaduct

Sun., May 21: Wine School—Kermit Lunch Beaujolais “Gang of Four” @ Noble Riot

Join the ever-enlightening Joanie Bonfiglio as she unveils the secrets of the Gang of Four, a band of intrepid winemakers who single-handedly rescued the Beaujolais region from its quaffable plonk reputation. Discover how these crusaders of Cru Beaujolais—Marcel Lapierre, Jean Foillard, Guy Breton, and Jean-Paul Thévenet—championed organic farming and minimalist winemaking techniques, leading the charge towards a more sophisticated and natural wine scene. Tickets are $55 via Tock.

Noble Riot Wine Bar
1336 27th St.

Sun., May 21: Wings & Whiskey @ Ace Eat Serve

Eight Denver restaurants vie for wing supremacy as they serve up their finest creations, accompanied by live music, craft whiskey cocktails, and a beer oasis provided by Great Divide Brewing Co. Indulge in unlimited tastes, partake in a wing eating contest, and enjoy a ping pong toss and silent auction. VIP ($85) and General Admission ($65) tickets are available.

Ace Eat Serve
501 E. 17th Ave.


Steph Wilson

Steph Wilson is a writer, editor, and creative maximalist in Denver. She makes magazines for a living and throws color around the world like confetti for fun.

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