Get your first taste of Stir Cooking School tomorrow

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After a series of construction delays and a no-show from a city inspector, Stir, Katy Hume's recreational cooking school and bar will open tomorrow at 3215 Zuni Street. "We're doing a happy dance," jokes Hume. "We passed our last inspections on Thursday and we're ready to go."

Hume is holding an invite-only soiree tomorrow evening from 5 to 10 p.m, but she's encouraging the public to stop in between noon and 4 p.m. to get a sneak peek of the space, which includes, among other attributes, a tricked-out kitchen classroom and a nine-seat bar overseen by Mike Henderson, one of the Denver's top mixologists. "I've always wanted to do a take on cocktails, and having the school means that I can break out and do mixology classes, all of which Mike will be teaching," says Hume.

Currently a mixologist at Colt & Gray (until December 21), Henderson, who previously worked behind the bars of TAG and Beatrice & Woodsley, will also teach cocktail and hors d'œuvre classes, alongside Hume, and create the cocktail syllabus. "It'll be a short list, with classic and modern cocktails and a lot of variety," says Henderson. "This is a really great opportunity to help educate the community as to how to make great cocktails at home and to appeal to industry people, as well."

Hume, who will teach her first class -- finger foods for toddlers -- next Tuesday, had intended to hire a straight-ahead bartender, but Henderson, who saw Hume's bartender advert on Craigslist, applied for the position. "Mike and I sat down and talked, and considering his mixology experience and passion, it seemed only natural to get him involved," says Hume.

In the coming weeks, Hume will add Sunday brunch to the lineup, bolstered by bottomless mimosas. "Every Sunday, we'll do an all-you-can-eat brunch -- pancakes one week, waffles the next and then omelets -- and all-you-can-drink mimosas for $15 per person," notes Hume. In addition, the kitchen queen, who just happens to be the sister of Bryan Hume, who runs the Gastro Cart with Mike Winston -- both Table 6 alums -- will take advantage of her brother's own culinary talents by inviting the boys to cook lunches at the school during the week. "The Gastro Cart is on winter break, but they'll be here one or two days a week doing all the same food that they do on the street."

In the meantime, Hume is hosting informal open houses on Sunday and Monday, in addition to tomorrow. "The space looks really awesome, and I'd love for people to stop by," she says.

For more info, call 720-287-4823.

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