What a fine and varied week! There’s a dinner devoted to vegan cuisine plus another devoted to wine. There are ways to escape, ski deals, plays, holiday lights and opportunities to give. Let’s get started with What’s In Good Taste this week.

Jill's - In Good Taste
Vegans, unite and enjoy a dinner devoted to you at Jill’s.

Monday, November 13
Jill’s Restaurant
introduces “Ooh La La at Night,” a new vegan tasting dinner available every Monday night. For $29.95 per person, the Ooh La La at Night vegan tasting menu will change weekly, and includes a complimentary glass of wine. The kitchen, helmed by Culinary Director, Laurent Mechin and Pastry Chef, Mark Metzger, sources its ingredients through partnerships with local farms, creameries and ranches, its own on-site garden and Boulder’s seasonal Farmer’s Market where the chefs procure the freshest herbs, vegetables and fruits. They continue to offer their popular Vegan Friday lunch service every week, featuring an ever-changing array of vegan dishes.

Great Divide Brewing Company is declaring the third week of November, the 13th through the 19th, as National Yeti Awareness Week, with November 17th as the official National Yeti Day. National Yeti Awareness Week is an annual campaign organized to advocate for Yeti rights.  Great Divide is asking Yeti believers to pledge their support by visiting www.YetiAwareness.com. Believers who pledge their support will be entered to win a Yeti Awareness Giveaway Package that includes a YETI Tundra 45 Cooler, Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Speaker, an “I Believe” Yeti Yoga mat, and a Great Divide Yeti Mafia schwag pack complete with a furry Yeti sign.

Enter to win a free Dining Out Denver Passbook, full of 2-for-1 dinner deals to more than 90 Denver restaurants. To enter, subscribe to the InGoodTasteDenver.com blog by November 15, on our homepage. One winner will be randomly chosen on the 16th to win the book valued at $90. Everyone who enters is a winner, though, because they will receive a unique, exclusive code to purchase the Passbook for $39. You’ll pay for it in, like, two dinners out! 

Wednesday, November 15
The much-buzzed about, downtown Whole Foods store will open at 9am with a variety of festivities, and five percent of the day’s sales will benefit Denver Public Schools. Festivities include free pedicab rides, tons of food including breakfast sandwiches and the frist taste of the Mac & Cheese bar, live remote KBC broacasting, giveaways and beer to name just a few. 

Dry Land Distillers, has launched the first funding campaign for its downtown Longmont distillery and tasting room, opening in early 2018. Dry Land Distillers is producing unique spirits distilled from raw materials and botanicals indigenous to the American West, including heirloom wheat, prickly pear cactus and spruce. Get in on the ground floor of a unique craft spirits manufacturer and get access to the first batch of bottled spirits, already distilled, barreled and aging. The funding campaign is the first phase in raising funds to pay for expenses in Dry Land Distillers’ build-out and launch, including structural improvements, required equipment and raw ingredients. Levels of support start at just $10. 

 Thursday, November 16
See the Cherry Creek Theatre Company presentation of Beau Jest running through December 10. After disapproving of her last relationship, Sarah Goldman’s conservative Jewish parents are anxious to meet her new beau, Dr. David Steinberg. The only problem is that Dr. Steinberg is completely fictitious, and Sarah never actually broke up with her WASP boyfriend Chris Cringle. Before the Goldman’s come for dinner, Sarah hides Chris and hires male escort and aspiring actor Bob Schroeder to play the part of the charming Jewish doctor.

Friday, November 17
Solutions Lounge & Restaurant Featuring Escapology escape room venue that also serves a full food and beverage menu, opens their newest room, Budapest Express. During the premiere weekend, escape room bookings for two matinee times— at 11am and 12:20pm, will be $25 (regularly a $34 value) using the promo code “earlybird.” Anyone who successfully escapes from Budapest Express during the opening weekend will receive 15% off their next escape room booking at Escapology.® The new room will transport live-escapers to a train traveling through Europe at night in a snowstorm, where someone has been murdered and the task is to solve the case before the train reaches the next stop, an hour away.

In Good Taste - Beatrice + Woodsley
Enjoy an evening of wine pairings and delicious food at Beatrice + Woodsley.

Celebrate the Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 harvest with the first wine of the season at a special dinner hosted by Beatrice & Woodsley and Veraison Wine. $49 per person for four courses with pairings. Reservations are required; please call (303) 777-3505 or email info@beatriceandwoodsley.com to book your table. The pairings menu includes Green lentil croquettes with dijon mustard emulsion and Jambon de Canard with red currant jam and baguette; and vegetable terrine with carrot, red cabbage, squash, zucchini and green beans. 

During the month of November, Grower’s Organic  is offering a canned food drive at their headquarters at 6400 Broadway, Unit 11 in Denver.  Donated cans will be given to Metro Caring at the end of November. Donators to the canned food drive will be given a coupon for 15% off a purchase at Grower’s Organic’s Thanksgiving mini-market, a market offering organic produce, grains, local beverages like fresh apple cider and kombucha, herbs, and other seasonal items, open Friday, 17th 11am-4pm, and Saturday, November 18th, 11am-2pm.

Saturday, November 18
Jason Ganahl at GQue Championship BBQ and Tony Roberts of Proud Should Barbecue are hosting a holiday cooking class at Proud Souls Barbecue. Jason and Tony will show attendees how to cook a full turkey and prime rib on the smoker. At the end of the class participants will be able to taste the meats and participate in a Q&A with Jason and Tony. The class is $75 per person.

Attend the first ever Winter Wonderlights. This walkable lighting attraction situated in the Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra will launch on the 18th, running through January 7, 5-9pm daily. See holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, the only 20’ LED mappable Christmas Tree in the state and 30-minute music and light shows each evening starting at 5:30pm. Special weekend programming at the winter event includes Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors, and performances. 

Sunday, November 19
The deadline is here to buy the Epic Local Pass, a great way to save money on skiing. The Epic Local Pass offers the greatest value to experience the best of Colorado in one season pass and is designed for skiers who want to ski locally or even explore Utah, Tahoe and now Whistler Blackcomb in Canada and Stowe in Vermont. All season passes must be purchased by Sunday, Nov. 19 and are available at EpicPass.com.

Bid a fond farewell to visiting the Denver Art Museum’s iconic Gio Ponti-designed north building before it closes for a major renovation. Attend the  “See You Later, North Building!” party on Sunday, Nov. 19, with free general admission all day (ticket required for Her Paris). The daylong celebration will include unique tours, artmaking, performances that celebrate DAM’s global art collections and access to the sweeping views of the Front Range on the North Building’s 7th floor (weather permitting), a space typically closed to visitors. Visitors can groove to tunes from the year the bulding opened in 1971 through today, and also can leave their own mark in a Gio Ponti-inspired space created by DAM Creative-in-Residence, Detour, among other interactive activities for all ages. As a bonus, the DAM’s Hamilton Building will be open Mondays, starting Nov. 20, giving visitors access to the museum seven days a week during the North Building’s renovation. 

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