Top ten culinary events for January -- so far
Hurry up and recover from your New Year's Eve celebrations, because there are plenty of events on the culinary calendar. Keep reading for a taste of the food and wine events set for January -- and if we've missed one of your favorites, post details in the comments section below.
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1. World Renowned Chef Event
Famed chefs José Andrés and Nobu Matsuhisa will collaborate on a seven-course meal at Matsuhisa Vail, located at 141 East Meadow Drive, on January 4-5 from 5 to 10 p.m.These two every different chefs -- the first hailing from Spain, the second from Japan -- will not only meld their two culinary styles together, but their collaboration will also celebrate the 400th anniversary of the official bilateral relations between Spain and Japan. Tickets are $250 per person and some seats are available; reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 970-476-6628.
2. Wine and Cheese Classes at Wine & Whey
Check out the creative classes at Wine & Whey, at 3559 Larimer Street, which resume on January 4. Some of the classes include mozzarella, ricotta and feta cheese-making, which include hands-on instruction and samples served with house wine. Wine & Whey owner Pamela Zorn will also instruct guests on how to make homemade wine; wine classes include a session roughly 45 days after the first one that allows students to finish up the wine, apply personalized labels and take home three full-sized bottles. Tuition ranges from $30 to $60 depending on the class; find more details on the Wine & Whey website.
3. Grand Opening Party at Stem Ciders
Stem Ciders, an up-and-coming homemade cider company, will host a soft opening from 1 to 10 p.m. on January 4 at 2811 Walnut Street, Suite 150; the grand opening is set for 3 p.m. January 10. That party will include live musical entertainment as well as food trucks so you can buy snacks to accompany the free tastes of cider. (Bring extra cash for more cider.)
4. Frasca's Monday Night Wine Dinner
Frasca Food & Wine is known for its authentic northeastern Italian food -- but it's also praised for its fabulous wine dinners hosted every Monday night. The latest series begins January 6 and runs until January 27, with wine experts pairing wines with chef/co-owner Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson's four-course seasonal menu. In addition to the pairings, Frasca co-owner and Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey will also be on-hand to welcome new winemakers and introduce customers to Frasca's James Beard Foundation Award-nominated wine service. Tickets are $50 per person, not including optional wine pairing for $45 to $50 per person; make your reservation by calling 303-442-6966. Find a full schedule of the dinners on the Frasca website.
5. Best Grilled Cheese Competition
Steve's Snappin' Dogs will host a contest for Denver chefs and restaurants to create the best grilled cheese. The charity fundraiser runs from 1 to 3 p.m. January 11, and will be judged by a local celebrity panel with the audience voting for the people's choice. For more information on how to join the competition, visit the Chow Down for Charity website or call Mike Wheaton at 303-578-2330.