Must-Try Food and Drink Events in Denver April 17th-23th

BY Steph Wilson


Welcome to April, when Denver’s culinary scene is heating up as quickly as the temps. With more events than days on the calendar this month, there’s no excuse not to take your tastebuds out to play. We’ve come out of a winter hibernation ravenous and ready to roll, rounding up different ways to feed the cravings that piled up all winter long, like Saturday morning traffic on I-70. There’s much to do, taste, and explore across Denver’s ever-evolving culinary landscape. This means there’s no excuse not to indulge in the season’s fresh flavors, so cheers to you, cheers to us, and cheers to a calendar packed with all sorts of delicious cheer. Now get out there and enjoy it.

Apr. 17: Public Coffee Tasting @ Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters

Join Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters for a public coffee-tasting event. Enjoy all of Sweet Bloom’s current coffee offerings with no prior experience or knowledge needed—just come and indulge in some of the finest coffees around. This event is hosted by Sweet Bloom’s Quality Specialist and Assistant Green Buyer Miguel at the Lakewood Roastery & Cafe location.

Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters, Lakewood Roastery & Cafe
1619 Reed St., Lakewood

Apr. 18: Three Martini Lunch @ Local Jones

Local Jones offers a luxurious Three Martini Lunch experience, and they want to know how you like your libations. Choose from the classic Vesper, Spicy Dirty Jones, or the sweet and refreshing Pink Cadillac martinis. You can enjoy them individually or try all three as a flight. Indulge in this decadent midday meal at Local Jones, where great food and drinks are meant to be savored and enjoyed leisurely. The three-martini lunch is available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $27 or $10 per martini. Leave feeling inspired, not stirred. Find more details on the Halcyon Hotel website here.

Local Jones (in the Halcyon Hotel)
29 Columbine St., Cherry Creek

Apr. 20: Flight Session: Loire Valley Reds @ Noble Riot

In this casual one-hour flight, Member-Favorite flight guide Cassie Meyer of Anvil Wine Co. tastes you through four wines encapsulating the breadth of new and exciting red wine from the Loire Valley. Given the swings in climate and average temperatures, winemakers adapt quickly and pivot to varietals and winemaking styles once thought unnecessary or even scandalous. Confused about how that translates to your tastebuds? The pinot noir and trio of cabernets (one sauvignon and two francs) will explain it to them. Tickets are $35 via Tock

Noble Riot Wine Bar
1336 27th St., Denver

Apr. 20: Yolo Rum Party At Tom’s Starlight Featuring Eric Swanson

Are you ready for a night of fantastic music and delicious cocktails? Yolo Rum, Tom’s Starlight, and Myxed Up Creations are teaming up to bring you an unforgettable evening on Thursday, April 20th, 2023. Join us at Tom’s Starlight, the 1970s Palm Springs-inspired restaurant on Colfax in Denver, for live music featuring Bryan Smith and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Eric Swanson. Swanson has performed with influential bands, including Slightly Stoopid and SOJA, so you know the music will be on point.- Free Tickets

Tom’s Starlight
601 east Colfax

Apr. 21: Dining in the Dark @ The Fort

hen the lights go out, your taste buds light up. Let them guide you through a special dinner celebrating the iconic landmark restaurant’s 60th anniversary. The Fort hosts many special events to mark its diamond anniversary, including a whisky tasting in April. But this one caught our eye, so to speak, with its promise of heightened senses, elevated conversations, and incredible flavors. 

The Fort
19192 CO-8, Morrison

Apr. 21: Silent Disco @ Poka Lola Social Club

Shake off your polyester and groove into Apr. 21 for Poka Lola Social Club’s Silent Disco, where the beat stays alive. With Denver DJs Johnnie Ireland & Myxotic and Kelen Mahan spinning everything from house to psychedelic, you’ll feel like a time-traveling dance floor dynamo. Platform shoes are optional; good vibes are not. GA tickets are $30 on Eventbrite.

Poka Lola Social Club (in The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block)

1850 Wazee St., Denver

Apr. 22: Roll Your Own Sushi @ ChoLon Central Park 

Prepare to roll with the best at Denver’s renowned modern Asian gem. This sushi rolling masterclass, led by a seasoned sensei, is your ticket to culinary finesse. Ideal for gastronomes and budding chefs alike, this immersive experience combines skill, art, and a dash of panache in an intimate and lively atmosphere. The price is $45 per person, and you can reserve your spot on OpenTable.

ChoLon Modern Asian Central Park
10195 E 29th Dr, Ste 140, Denver, CO

Apr. 23: Colorado Wine Walk @ Dairy Block 

Uncork the fun at the all-day Wine Walk at the always-fun Dairy Block. Sip, savor and swirl through Denver’s premier wine festival, featuring a stellar lineup of 12 of Colorado’s best urban and Western Slope wineries. With two tastings, seminars, dinners, and more sessions, this promises to be a grape escape—and a toast to the Colorado vintners making a splash in the winemaking world. 

Colorado Wine Walk
1885 Blake St., Denver


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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