Hard Rock has drummed up the perfect reward for Americans after they pay up to Uncle Sam on Tax Day. On Monday, April 18, Hard Rock Cafe Denver guests who channel their inner artist and lip sync a song on the cafe stage will receive a free Legendary Burger, a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, a fried onion ring, lettuce and tomato, served on a toasted brioche bun with Hard Rock’s seasoned fries. A DJ will be present at the cafe from 6:30-7:30p.m. for any brave souls willing to channel Spike’s hit show “Lip Sync Battle,” and lip sync for their supper.
Chipotle is joining forces with the Denver Dumb Friends League (DDFL) to raise money for Denver’s homeless pets. On Tuesday, April 19 from 11a.m. to 10p.m., Chipotle will donate 50 percent of all sales to the Denver Dumb Friends League. Customers simply need to mention the Denver Dumb Friends League to the cashier before payment.
On Tuesday, April 19, winemaker Jerry Sass will feature a variety of their elegant, forward wines at Root Down. Enjoy a four-course dinner paired with Sass wines, and will include: Kauai Prawns with guanciale, mustard greens & vanilla beurre blanc; Tempura Fried Squash Blossom with citrus, minors lettuce, nasturtium & herb vinaigrette; Duck Risotto with Sass grape leaves, frisee, cherries, pine nuts & verjus; Longs Peak Lamb Rack with Rancho Gordo beans, lamb bacon, herbs, charred tomato & pinot-cocoa reduction.. Dinner begins at 7:30 and is $75/person; reservations can be made by calling (303) 993-4200.
Baur’s Restaurant & Listening Lounge will debut their new art program on Wednesday, April 20 from 4-6p.m. with its first ever art opening, serving some of the restaurants signature appetizers and champagne to guests. The evening will highlight the wide-sweeping works of Denver artist Adam Buehler, a grad student in architecture at University of Colorado Denver, and former Reach Studio program coordinator at Redline Gallery. A portion of proceeds from all art sales made at Baur’s will be donated to Reach Studio at Redline Gallery.
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and Wednesday, April 20, Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club will launch a new Renditions menu, inspired by iconic jazz artist Charlie “Bird” Parker. Items from the five-course menu — influenced by Parker’s tracks — will include a spring terrine with truffled poached egg yolk, carrot mustard and buckwheat tuille; and crêpes au trésors de la poulet with chicken liver pâté, fresh apple and shaved horseradish. At 7:30 p.m., saxophonist Will Swindler will play a selection of Parker’s songs, and Chef Greg Weadick and Owner/Sommelier Scott Mattson will discuss the creation of the menu. Seats are $55 per person, and wine and cocktail pairings are available for additional purchase. For reservations, please click here.
Earth Day is Friday, April 22, and Jill’s Restaurant at Boulder’s St Julien Hotel & Spa will serve a bright, fresh vegan dinner in celebration. For $49.95 per person, the six-course menu includes spring carrot consommé with toasted chickpeas and sugar snap peas; spring vegetable succotash with fiddlehead ferns, asparagus and morel mushrooms; roasted Colorado beets with peanuts, coconut curry and pickled onion; celery sorbet with crystallized fennel and candied orange; open mushroom ravioli with saffron potato “pasta,” toasted sesame and eggplant ragout; and key lime pie with coconut crémeux and raspberry coulis. Reservations are highly recommended; please call (720) 406-7399.
The Spring Flea is on April 23 & 24 from 10-6 at the Exdo Event Center and its surrounding streets. With the indoor-outdoor space, attendees can explore over 160 makers, give in to spring fever, catch up with friends, and of course, eat and drink to their hearts content. Each ticket and RSVP come with a free specialty cocktail or beer. Choose from craft beer from New Belgium, including Heavy Melon (in addition to a lineup of New Belgium staples) or “Choose Your Mule.” Lots of food will be on hand including sliders, tacos, falafel, tots, fresh juices and ice cream from vendors like Baba’s Falafel, El Toro The Tot, Happy Cones, Real Deal Juices, Sunshine Bowls, and La Chiva. Tickets are available here.
On Sunday, April 24, 30 of Colorado’s most celebrated chefs will gather in the Mile High Ballroom of the Colorado Convention Center for the annual gala supporting Cooking Matters, a program of Share Our Strength. Chefs Up Front begins at 5p.m. with an interactive auction and cocktail reception, featuring craft cocktails supplied by RNDC and created by Denver’s top bartenders, a fresh seafood raw bar provided by Seattle Fish Company and Blue Island Oyster Bar, and a charcuterie station from Sysco’s Mark DeNittis and Chef Jenna Johansen. An exquisite, four-course dinner paired with global wine selections and prepared tableside by Colorado’s top chefs (guests choose their top three chefs and are paired with one) will follow, ending with an event-wide dessert by D Bar Denver. Tickets are available here.