March 31, 2017

For Colorado culinary arts students, there are always plenty of opportunities to check out great cooking. While you enjoy the work of local chefs, you can gather ideas for your own recipes. Here are some of the most exciting culinary events coming up in Denver.

Start the day right with the molecular pop-up doughnut shop at Fruition

Chef Ian Kleinman built his reputation on spectacular displays of virtuosity in producing desserts that are amazing to taste and just as remarkable to see prepared. Drawing on concepts from molecular gastronomy, Kleinman and the staff from his catering company, The Inventing Room, produce unique items like banana Foster crepes with exploding whipped cream and coconut sorbet with pomegranate bubbles.

“Try a churro doughnut, covered in cinnamon sugar.”

From March 30 through April 2, the Inventing Room team will bring a taste of what they do to a pop-up event at Fruition. From 6 to 11 a.m. each day, the chefs will make their unique doughnuts to order. These long john-style pastries come with a variety of toppings like brown butter, butterscotch and fruit. Or, try the churro doughnut, which is covered in cinnamon sugar before adding Mexican hot chocolate ice cream and cayenne cotton candy.

Pay what you want dinner at Edge

For the culinary enthusiast on a budget, the pay-what-you-want dinner at Edge Restaurant and Bar is a remarkable opportunity. Led by executive chef Simon Purvis, the staff regularly produces an array of classic items with exciting twists and meat cooked to perfection on the pecan wood-burning grill. Now, diners will get a chance to preview what’s ahead for the restaurant without paying full price.

The pay-what-you-want event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, featuring selections from Edge’s spring menu. According to Westword, guests will choose from dishes like dry-aged pork served with wild berries and duck-fat fingerling potatoes, an octopus terrine with smoked romesco sauce and squid-ink aioli, and herbed spaetzle accompanied by Gorgonzola cream, guanciale and English peas.

Try some new wines in April. Sip some new wines in April.

Enjoy a tasting extravaganza at Colorado Natural Wine Week

From April 17 through 22, Colorado’s wine lovers will get the spotlight with an event celebrating boutique bottles from around the world. Organized by the Colorado Natural Wine Consortium, a group of four distributors focused on returning the art of winemaking to its roots, the week will include numerous opportunities to explore the unique flavors of organic and biodynamic wines. Anyone involved in the Denver or Boulder culinary arts scene should consider taking advantage of this chance to try out intriguing drinks, plus some great food.

The week begins on Monday, April 17, with a night of Italian wines and a screening of the winemaking documentary “Senza Trucco – Le Donne del Vino Naturale” at Proof Wine & Spirits. Wine-pairing dinners, tastings and bar takeovers will take place at Denver and Boulder establishments all week. The main event is the Grand Showcase, scheduled for Wednesday, April 19, at Space Gallery in Denver. From 4:30 to 8 p.m., more than a dozen winemakers and importers will have 200-plus wines on hand for you to sample.

Culinary arts students learn a great deal by trying out the work of different chefs. Attending local events gives you ample chances to taste some of the best food and beverages available in your region. Plan for the weeks ahead so you can gain new inspiration and insight for your cooking.

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