There are two new places to check out this week, a pop-up from out of town, competitions and a way to celebrate our earth.
Monday, April 17
Online ticketing for the 13th annual Doors Open Denver Insider Tours will open to the public. Doors Open Denver offers 51 unique Insider Tours throughout the event weekend, Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30.
Colorado Natural Wine Week, an annual six-day event celebrating wine in its purest and most essential form with tastings, seminars, and dinners in Denver/Boulder runs April 17-22 at Various Locations with Grand Showcase at Space Gallery.
Tuesday, April 18
Starting today and throughout May, as weather allows, artist Konstantin Dimopoulos will work his way through the Denver Theatre District, gradually coloring 150 trees blue for The Blue Trees. The colorant will naturally degrade from the trees over a period of months, depending on the type of tree and the local weather. Dimopoulos’ performance work uses trees as the canvas, calling attention to the fleeting quality of nature and raising social consciousness about our interactions with the natural world.
Adrift, known for its island-style cocktails and Polynesian bites and flair, will play host to the Killer Mai Tai Competition from 7-10pm. Partnered with Sazerac and Black Magic Rum, bartenders from around the Denver metro area are invited into Adrift to try their hand at creating the best Mai Tai in the city.
Jack’s Uptown Grille has opened. It’s an upscale restaurant specializing in slow-cooked meats and house-made barbeque sauce, steaks, fresh seafood, infused burgers, salads, “craveables,” Sunday brunch, and innovative cocktails.
Wednesday, April 19
More news of an opening: Millers & Rossi, a new contemporary art gallery and speakeasy-style cocktail bar, has opened in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood. It blends together local Coloradoan art, classic cocktails and a tapas-style small plates in a lively space designed to make all guests feel welcome.
Thursday, April 20
Buy tickets for the Rising Star Awards by StarChefs magazine. It’s coming to Colorado for the first time. The Rising Stars tasting gala & awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday, April 25, at City Hall, where the winners will be honored and also cook, pair wine, and pour drinks for Denver diners. The public can buy tickets for $85 (VIP tickets, which include a private cava and caviar reception before the ceremony, are $125).
Vesper Lounge, known for its Mediterranean bar food and neighborhood vibe, is turning into a “Wine Dive” at 6pm. The event is part of ColoradoNatural Wine week, a seven day celebration of organic, biodynamic, sustainable, and otherwise natural wine. The bar will feature six different distributors pouring four wines each. For just $8 you can raise a glass of some of the world’s best natural wine and toast Water for People’s great work. All wine proceeds benefit the nonprofit. Learn more about the event at https://www.bonannoconcepts.com/upcoming-and-noteworthy/vesper-lounge-wine-dive-charity-event/.
Friday, April 21
Sunday Bird – the San Francisco-based guerrilla Korean fried chicken restaurant by Chef Dueki Hong – will pop up at The Source. The special menu will be available at the pop-up kiosk located at the front of the building for one day only from 11am-2pm.
Saturday, April 22
This Earth Day, Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro will play host to the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Fundraiser. 100 percent of dinner proceeds will directly benefit the Center. For $49.95, guests will enjoy a gourmet, fully vegan six-course dinner.
Attend Lakewood’s 2017 Earth Day Celebration showcasing products, services and resources to help you find ways to better the earth, so plan on a little eco-shopping! Fitness activities will be happening every hour, alongside beekeeping, composting and seed-starting demonstrations. The event includes a free bike valet, climbing wall, interactive art, good eats and a beer garden. Local musical talent includes Rob Drabkin, A Mac DZ, and Avenhart.