Pre-Thanksgiving food and drink roundup



Be thankful first that I have NOT compiled a list of every local restaurant that is serving a Thanksgiving dinner this year — really, you'd be reading this all day. And besides, for this one day a year, this most culinary-minded of holidays, can you really not manage to produce a nice meal from your own kitchen? I digress...

Quick, let's change the subject. Heard about the whacky ice cream shop in Denver that has created savory treats in cones to match the winter weather?

No? Then any interest in a backyard poultry workshop via the Colorado State University Extension in El Paso County? The deadline for signing up for the Dec. 14 tutorial is Dec. 12, so hurry the cluck up.

If ever a drunken happy birthday song were worth hearing, itll probably be at this event.
  • If ever a drunken happy birthday song were worth hearing, it'll probably be at this event.

Yet another abrupt segue: Focus on the Beer is holding its first anniversary party at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 at Trinity Brewing Co.

Sample from the following special tappings as you see fit:

Avery Brewing - TBA
Crooked Stave - Chardonnay Barrel Aged Good Glory
Deschutes - 2011 Abyss
Firestone Walker - 15th Anniversary
Funkwerks - Cherry Saison
Great Divide - Hibernation Vertical - 09, 10, 11
New Belgium - Ken's Beer
Odell - TBA (something dark)
Phantom Canyon - Methuselah Rookie Card
Rockyard - TBA
Ska Brewing - Sethvleteren 8
Trinity Brewing - Soul Aged on Coconut
Twisted Pine - PoisonFish

And a look at a few upcoming restaurant events:

• Catch a Passport to Molise Small Vineyards Red Wine Dinner that benefits Pikes Peak Urban Gardens on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Pizzeria Rustica. Seats for the five-course meal are $39 plus tax/tip. Reserve with Coaltrain Wine & Spirits at 475-9700.

The Melting Pot is featuring an Italy vs. Spain wine dinner at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6. You'll taste six wines blind during a three-course fondue dinner. Seats are $45 plus tax/tip.

The Margarita at PineCreek, who recently released a new lounge menu, is holding its next seven-course Spice Route wine dinner at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7. Seats are $55 plus tax/tip.

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