In the end, the real point of Hickenlooper's mass book club is to get people reading -- and talking about -- books. So why not try this? Go read a book, any book. Then go talk about it. Whatever it is you choose, the Mile High City will stand a little taller for it.
For a complete listing of events taking place in March and April in conjunction with One Book, One Denver, log on to www.denvergov.org/onebook. -- Susan Froyd
Iron Wine tests palates with creative pairings
Learn by sipping and snacking at tonight's Iron Wine 2004, a wine-and-food-pairing competition sponsored by local wine peddler Denver Cru. Iron Wine, a single-elimination tournament spread over nine months, tests the mettle of local wine distributors, who have to pair fifteen wines with five small plates of food created by the professional chefs at the Cook Street School of Fine Cooking. Everyone in attendance will have a chance to sample the offerings; afterward, six audience members will be randomly selected to judge the competition.
"I've been getting a lot of requests from people to hold a class on wine-and-food pairing, and I thought this would be a fun way to do it on an ongoing basis," says Denver Cru owner Wayne Dale. "We'll be giving lots of practical tips along the way."
Iron Wine 2004 will be held at the Cook Street school, 1937 Market Street; the next tasting takes place on Saturday, April 17. Tickets are $49, and because space is limited to 75 people, reservations are recommended. Make yours at 303-573-9463 or www.denvercru.com. -- Julie Dunn