A round-up of can’t-miss events.
- Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off: Manitou Springs’ nod to Mardi Gras starts with gumbo and ends in a parade. Cook-off judging and public tastings starts at 10:45 a.m. Open to both amateur cooks and professional chefs — contact the Manitou Chamber of Commerce at 685-0355 for details. The Carnivale Parade follows the event at 1. Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $1 for two samples of gumbo. Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs.
- SUPER Super Bowl Party: Watch the big game on Red Leg’s giant projector and enjoy nosh from SuppenBar. Beer specials include $10 growler refills all day, $1 off pints during the game as well as prizes. Sunday, Feb. 7, noon. Red Leg Brewing Company, 4630 Forge Road, Suite B.
- Football Party in the Gym: Watch Denver versus Carolina with other fans and celebrate with two-for-one beer deals and food specials. Panthers fans permitted, kind of. Sunday, Feb. 7, 3:30 p.m. Ivywild School 1604 S. Cascade Ave.
- Mardi Gras 2016: Springs Orleans’ Fat Tuesday celebration with Cajun and Creole specialties served all week (gumbo, jambalaya, King Cake, Abita beer) with live music from the Fat Cats on this night. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m. Springs Orleans, 123 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
- Test Tap Wednesday: White Chocolate Raspberry Valentine’s Stout: A tasting of this new brew with a dinner pairing from Treehouse BBQ. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m. Fieldhouse Brewing Company, 521 S. Tejon St.
- Aztec Chocolatl Release Party: According to Fossil, “It is believed that the Aztecs accidentally created chocolate by trying to make beer, so we took our Stone Age Stout and added cacao nibs and espresso beans to create the ultimate early American beverage.” Taste their effort — in collaboration with Radiantly Raw and Stir — today with other chocolate and beer pairings. Thursday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m. Fossil Craft Beer Company, 2845 Ore Mill Road, Unit 1.
- Ninth Annual Smokebrush Porter Release Party: The release of Bristol Brewing Company’s yearly porter helps fund the Smokebrush Foundation, as well as the release of the commemorative label, designed by local artist Langdon Foss. Come for beer, stay for music from Bob Tudor and Alex Koshak. Thursday, Feb. 11, 5:30-8 p.m. Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.
- 291 Whiskey & Radiantly Raw Chocolate Pairing: Indulge in expertly paired gourmet spirits and award-winning chocolate. Saturday, Feb. 13, 5-11 p.m. Distillery 291, 1647 S. Tejon St.
- Vegan Drinks for a Cause: Colorado Springs Vegan & Vegetarian Group’s monthly gathering, led by vegan life coach and RMFR contributor JL Fields. Open to local vegans, vegetarians and the “veg-curious.” Donations will be taken for Luvin Arms – Animal Sanctuary. Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-8 p.m. The Burrowing Owl, 1791 S. Eighth St.
- Bristol’s 12th Annual Firkin Rendezvous: A local tradition devoted to cask ales from Colorado breweries. Sample from 37 participants, including: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Loveland Aleworks, Copper Kettle Brewing Company, and local outfits like Smiling Toad Brewery, Iron Bird Brewing Co., Fieldhouse Brewing Co., and of course, Bristol. 21 and up only. $15-$60. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2-5 p.m. Bristol Brewing Company, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.
- Celebrity Bartending: A benefit for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic in which tips and 10 percent of all sales from the evening going toward its community programs. Order from local celebs including the Philharm’s conductor Thomas Wilson and music director Josep Caballé-Domenech, Linda Weise of the Colorado Springs Conservatory, Susan Edmondson of the Downtown Partnership, George Preston of KCME Classical Music Radio and others. Monday, Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m. Colorado Mountain Brewery, 600 S. 21st St., Unit 180.
- Aficionados Speakers Series Lunch and Lecture: “Climate Change, Food, and Farming in the Greater Southwest:” A talk by Gary P. Nabhan on the effects of climate change on wild food plants that can be integrated into edible landscaping, as well as adaptations that can be made. Reservations required in advance. $17. Wednesday, Feb. 24, noon to 1:30 p.m. Colorado College’s Gaylord Hall, inside the Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.
- Winter Farm-to-Table Dinner: An evening to benefit the El Pueblo History Museum with cocktails, followed by a four-course paired menu featuring cuisine from Chef Ernie Duncan and wine from Shannon Speaks of Synergy Fine Wines. Both the regular and vegetarian menu will feature goods from Colorado farms. Proceeds from the event will fund El Pueblo’s Hands-On History after-school program. $55 for members, $65 for non-members. Reservations accepted through Feb. 17. Saturday, Feb. 27, 6:30-9 p.m. El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo.
— Compiled by Edie Crawford