Season’s Eatings: December Food News

Restaurants are pulling out all the stops for the holidays. 

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12 Bars of Charity Pub Crawl Courtesy 12 Bars of Charity Pub Crawl 

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December Entree Specials
DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE

Through Dec. 31
Warm up with a filet trio special of three 4-ounce filet medallions served with a flight of toppings for $59. Prefer surf? A 6- to 8-ounce lobster tail will also be on special: $49 for double tails.

Holiday Pies & Sides To-Go
THE POST BREWING COMPANY, LAFAYETTE, LONGMONT, ROSEDALE, AND BOULDER

Through Dec. 31
Award-winning pies and yummy sides you won’t have to cook—that’s the gift Post Brewing Co. is giving this year. Pies include Sweet and Tart Cherry or Apple ($35) and Bourbon Pecan ($40). For sides, think green chili mac and cheese, collard greens, and quinoa and kale ($40 per half-pan). 

Miracle at Avanti Wolf Bar
AVANTI

Through Dec. 31
Since its Denver launch in 2017, we can’t imagine a holiday season without this special popup bar. The holiday decor, menu of Christmas cocktails (the You’ll Shoot Your Rye Out moniker always make us chuckle), sweet treats, and holiday movie screenings are the epitome of seasonal cheer. Tip: Get there early; Miracle’s waitlist is known to fill up.

Seven Holiday Pies
OLIVE & FINCH

Through Dec. 31
Consider your desserts this month taken care of: Chef Mary Nguyen and her award-winning pastry team have cooked up seven delicious holiday pies (like pumpkin marshmallow, pecan maple bourbon, and campfire chocolate cream), all available for pick-up at either eatery location as long as supplies last. $30 each

Breakfast with Santa at Ellyngton’s
THE BROWN PALACE HOTEL AND SPA

Dec. 1, 8, 15, 24
Did your kids make it onto the nice list this year? Reward them with a delicious buffet, live music from the North Pole, and a picture taken with Santa. Adults: $41; Kids 6-12: $31; 5 and under: $21. Reservations required.

Holiday Cooking Classes
STIR COOKING SCHOOL

Dec. 2, Dec. 21
Looking to impress Santa with this year’s cookies? The Holiday Cookie Workshop on Dec. 2 will have Mr. Claus (and your loved ones) wishing for more. Looking to avoid holiday dinners at your place all together? Cook a five-course meal with your family and friends at Stir’s Friday Night Out: Celebrating Christmas workshop on Dec. 21, and your kitchen will stay spotless.

Holiday Beats
POKA LOLA SOCIAL CLUB

Dec. 9
A holiday party on a Sunday afternoon? Sounds just crazy enough to work. Poka Lola’s shindig features holiday decor, drink specials, and a DJ spinning beats from 2 to 6 p.m.

11th Annual Toy Drive
STEUBEN’S UPTOWN

Dec. 10
This event combines two of our favorite things: giving back to the Denver community and great drink deals. Bring a toy (valued at $10 or less) for children living in DHA housing to this Steuben’s location and you’ll get your first cocktail of the night free, and subsequent drinks for $5. The night also includes guest bartenders, snacks, and a special DJ.

Holiday Cocktail Workshop
HOTEL TEATRO

Dec. 11
Liven up your holiday parties with seasonal versions of a Manhattan, apple cider old fashioned, and RumChata eggnog. At this class, you’ll learn how to craft and modify all three while snacking on festive treats and charcuterie from The Nickel. $20 per person

The 12 Bars of Charity Pub Crawl
LODO

Dec. 15
Here’s how it works: Choose a “Charity Team” (Dumb Friends League, Food Bank of the Rockies, Brent’s Place, etc.) and drink your way through 12 Lodo bars—each with its own discounted specials. One-third of your registration fee ($10) will be donated to the charity behind your team. A free shuttle will rotate between all the participating bars. Cheers! 

Christmas Eve at Four Seasons Hotel Denver
EDGE RESTAURANT AND BAR

Dec. 24
Eat, drink, and be merry with a holiday dinner, including espresso- dusted venison loin with chestnut spazzle, brussels sprout leaves, heirloom carrots, and cranberry jus ($54), plus whatever you would like from the main menu.

Chrismas Eve/Christmas Dinner at Atelier
ATELIER BY RADEX

Dec. 24, Dec. 25
Chef Radek Cerny’s French-inspired holiday menu includes escargot, Canadian wapiti, raviolis de homard, and poulet marsala. Bon appetit!

Ellyngton’s Christmas Day Brunch
THE BROWN PALACE HOTEL AND SPA

Dec. 25
Why cook when the talented chefs behind one of Denver’s favorite breakfast menus will do it for you? Ellyngton’s Christmas brunch, featuring eggs and waffles, fresh seafood, a sushi station, dessert bar, and more, is legendary.
Adults: $71 (general admission), $81 (Domaine Chandon), $91 (Möet & Chandon); Kids 6-12: $21; 5 and under: Free. Reservations required.

Christmas at Four Seasons Hotel Denver
EDGE RESTAURANT AND BAR

Dec. 25
This impressive brunch buffet includes a bakery station, waffles, and a raw bar and seafood station, plus bottomless mimosas. If you’d rather spend the morning opening presents, an equally impressive dinner buffet will also be available that night. Adults: $110; kids 12 and under: $45

Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve at “Midnight”
STEUBEN’S ARVADA

Dec. 31
No need to keep the kids up until midnight to celebrate the new year. At this family-friendly party, “midnight” champagne and sparkling cider toasts are served at 6 and 8 p.m. Special food and drink menus featuring New Year’s Eve classics are also on the menu.

New Year’s Eve Celebration
ATELIER BY RADEX

Dec. 31
End the year spoiling yourself with fine French cuisine from Atelier’s special New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner menu. Word on the street is this meal includes its famous bouillabaisse. $125 per person 

New Year’s Eve Party
POKA LOLA SOCIAL CLUB

Dec. 31
Ring in 2019 with a DJ, drink specials, and more at this stylish cocktail lounge. We recommend getting a midnight selfie on one of the bar’s stylish teal couches.

Winter Wonderland and Midnight Brunch NYE
EDGE RESTAURANT AND BAR

Dec. 31
Dance the year away with DJ Manos and bottomless Möet champagne and mimosas at this end-of-year bash. Then, start 2019 by indulging in midnight brunch bites.
$95 per person (includes a drink ticket, unlimited champagne and mimosas, and brunch bites) 

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Smoked Venison Special
FLAGSTAFF HOUSE RESAURANT

Through Dec. 31
This holiday dish is close to Chef Chris Royster’s heart. The fresh smoked venison served with savory chestnut bread pudding, cranberry relish, and unusual candied carrot mousse is inspired by his own family food memories from holidays past. 

Snow Day Beers
THE POST BREWING COMPANY, LAFAYETTE, LONGMONT, ROSEDALE, AND BOULDER

Through Dec. 31
We used to cheer for no school on snow days; now we’re cheering for $4 beers at The Post. Every time it snows, you can enjoy core beers—Howdy Western Pilsner, Townie Ale, Ol’ Zippy Premium American Ale, and Top Rope Mexican-Style Lager—for the discounted price all night. 

Charlie Brown Nutcracker
ST. JULIEN HOTEL & SPA

Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22
The whole family will enjoy this annual musical tradition, blending A Charlie Brown Christmas with jazz versions of The Nutcracker, performed by Boulder’s Ron LeGault Trio. Did we mention this event is free? 

Gingerbread Tea
ST. JULIEN HOTEL & SPA

Dec. 2, 9, 16
At this sweet event, the kids can decorate gingerbread cookies with executive chef Laurent Mechin while enjoying traditional tea, savory tea sandwiches, sweet petit fours, scones, and holiday music. A portion of proceeds will be donated to There With Care. Adults: $35.95; Kids 4-12: $19.95; Kids 3 and under: Free 

Nutcracker Teas
HOTEL BOULDERADO

Dec. 9, 16
Love The Nutcracker? Then you’ll love sipping tea and snacking on treats on the hotel’s mezzanine while costumed ballet dancers perform to Tchaikovsky’s “March of the Toy Soldiers.” Proceeds benefit the Boulder Ballet. Adults: $32 per person; Kids 12 and under: $20

Holiday Vegan Dinner
JILL’S RESTAURANT & BISTRO

Dec. 17
A menu that promises to be so good, it will have non-vegans wanting to join too. A complimentary glass of wine or KYLA Kombucha is included. $30 per person

Holiday Sunday Brunch
JILL’S RESTAURANT & BISTRO, ST. JULIEN HOTEL & SPA

Dec. 23
This holiday brunch buffet is serving up omelettes, king crab legs, in-house smoked salmon, a double chocolate fountain, and much more. Choose between two seating times: 10–10:30 a.m. or 12–12:30 p.m. Adults: $59.95; Children 4-12: $29.95 

Christmas Eve/Day Candlelight Dinners
JILL’S RESTAURANT & BISTRO

Dec. 24, 25
It’s a traditional holiday dinner but cozier, featuring a five-course prix fixe menu. Adults: $80; Kids 4-12: $30 

Christmas Buffet
HOTEL BOULDERADO

Dec. 25
The hotel’s impressive 28-foot Christmas tree will be your view as you enjoy dishes like maple-glazed bone-in ham with brown sugar and pineapple sauce, garlic-and-molasses-rubbed prime rib with roasted shallot au jus and horseradish cream sauce, and mission fig crème brûlée. 

New Year’s Eve: Havana Meets the Big Easy!
ST. JULIEN HOTEL & SPA

Dec. 31
This high-energy goodbye to 2018 features music from Quemando Salsa, Grown-A$$ Man Band, and Funkiphino. Also on the schedule: Cuban and New Orleans cuisine, dessert stations, a balloon drop, party favors, a Veuve Clicquot ice bar, and champagne toast. $99 per person, $185 per couple 

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Holiday Dinner Show
THE BROADMOOR

Dec. 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 27, 29
How does having Grammy Award-winning artist Debbie Boone serenade your holiday meal sound? This annual show has a whole night of holiday musical entertainers planned, in addition to Boone. Adults: $100; Kids 10 and under: $65 

New Year’s Eve Bash
THE BROADMOOR INTERNATIONAL CENTER

Dec. 31
Dance the night away to live funk, rock, and blues with Soul X and DJ Karson. Don’t miss the confetti cannon and champagne toast at midnight. $150 per person for 8 p.m. admission (includes one drink coupon); $75 for 9:30 p.m. admission (includes dessert buffet and champagne toast)

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Wassail Days
FRISCO MAIN STREET

Nov. 3–Dec. 9
This free 10-day festival celebrates wassail, a traditional warm Old English apple cider, with special recipes from more than 60 local businesses. 

Soup Cup Classic
FRISCO MAIN STREET
Dec. 2
Tube, then soup! Tube down Frisco’s snowy hills as many times as you want for two hours (from 4 to 6 p.m.) at this fun competition, then sample and vote for your favorite professional or amateur soups. Two beers from New Belgium also included. Adults: $30; Kids 12 and under: $15

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