A round-up of can’t-miss events this month:
• Turducken: Now available from the Blue Star, this local tradition is a combination of fresh, boneless breasts of chicken, duck and turkey layered with Andouille sausage and Blue Star stuffing. One order feeds five. $59.95. Place orders before November 18. For pickup only. The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086.
• Lobster Week: A “better alternative for you to get your lobster fix in landlocked Colorado” from the Margarita, featuring a three- and five-course all-lobster menu as well as a la carte lobster treats available in the lounge. Call for reservations. November 1-5, dinner. Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, 598-8667.
• Day of the Dead — Ginfuego Launch: A Day of the Dead party to honor the launch of Lee’s newest gin. With music and prizes. Wednesday, November, 2, 4-10 p.m. Brooklyn’s on Boulder, 110 E. Boulder St.
• Bristol’s Blackout Party and Beer Release: “In 1899, while experimenting in his laboratory, Nikola Tesla plunged the city of Colorado Springs into darkness. Sounds to us like a good excuse for a party.” Party in the Ivywild Gym under the black lights to honor the release of Bristol’s next Forgotten Genius beer. Friday, November 4, 7-9 p.m. Bristol Brewing Company, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.
• All Colorado Beer Festival: An expo with nearly 80 brewers in attendance, as well as liquor stores, all to offer tastings and help raise money for the festival’s beneficiaries: TheatreWorks, the Empty Stocking Fund, the Homefront Cares and the ACBF Scholarship Fund. $35-$55 per ticket, $10 for DDs. Saturday, November 5, noon to 10 p.m. Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave.
• Fall 2016 Grand Buffet: A journey-around-the-world event from PCC’s Culinary Arts Program with new dishes presented every 30 minutes. $15 for adults, $5 for kids. Sunday, November 6, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Pueblo Community College, 900 W. Orman Ave., Pueblo.
• Basil Kolsch: A chance to taste this new batch as part of Experimental Brewsday Tuesday. Tuesday, November 8, 3-6 p.m. Gold Camp Brewing Company.
• Moments in History Wine Tasting Dinner: As part of the Margarita’s series on historical periods, a multi-course meal focused on the theme of the Industrial Revolution. Menu to come soon. $65, plus tax and tip. Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 p.m. Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, 598-8667.
• ChitChat: Gin Distilling + Musical Composition: A dual lecture featuring talks from Courtney Bryan, who composed a world premiere for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Nate Windham of Lee Spirits Co. $10-$15 suggested donation, free for UCCS students and PAC members. Tickets include snacks and bevvies. Thursday, November, 10, 6:30-8 p.m. GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St.
• Peak Place Turns 3 & Colorado Collective Vol. 3!: A dual celebration featuring beer, wine, coffee and food from Awaken Food Truck to honor the release of COCO’s Vol. 3 issue. Saturday, November 12, 6-9 p.m. Peak Place Coffeehouse, 2360 Montebello Square, Ste. H-1.
• Barrel Aged Beer Dinner: A four-course dinner pairing up brews from Great Storm and food from 3.14 Sweet & Savory Pi. Find the whole menu here. Seating limited, call for tickets. Sunday, November 13, 6-9 p.m. $39. Great Storm Brewing, 204 Mount View Lane, Ste. 3.
• One Year Anniversary: A celebration with specials at the top of the hour, with chances to win more. Sunday, November 13, 3 p.m. Ohana Kava Bar, 112 E. Boulder St.
• Chefs to the Rescue 2016: A five-course dinner curated by local celeb chefs — Nate Dirnberger, Brother Luck, Matt Wilcoxon, Gerry Castro, Jason Miller and Supansa Banker — working with rescued food. All proceeds benefit Seeds Community Café and Colorado Springs Food Rescue. $100. Sunday, November 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Mining Exchange, 8 S. Nevada Ave.
• Bourdain Live in Denver: As part of the acclaimed food writer, TV show host and chef’s “Hunger Tour,” a no-holds-barred talk followed by a Q & A session. Friday, November 18, 8 p.m. $60.50-$330. Bellco Theatre, 700 W. 14th St., Denver.
• Thanksgiving Day Feast: A four-course affair offering Thanksgiving originals along side Margarita specialties. $45 for adults, $25 for kids 13 and under (five and under are free). Reservations required. Thursday, November 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, 598-8667.
• Post-Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck: An event from the Colorado Springs Vegan & Vegetarian Group. “You don’t have to be vegan but the food does!” RSVPs required here. Sunday, November 27, 1-3 p.m. The Burrowing Owl, 1791 S. Eighth St.
[Image: Courtesy Blue Star]