Fall is in the air; warm up at a Crown Royal whisky dinner, fresh sausage-making classes from Il Mondo Vecchio and much more on this week's culinary calendar. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Monday, October 17:
Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts its weekly Monday Night Wine Dinner; this week, Andrea di Properzio presents the wine of La Velentina. Prices run $50 and up; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.
Mike O'Shay's Restaurant and Ale House, 512 Main Street in Longmont, presents a Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration featuring a "food flashback" week through Friday, October 21, with the food you know and love at old-school prices. Call 303-772-0252.
Tuesday, October 18:
Upslope Brewing Company, 1501 Lee Hill Road in Boulder, is collaborating with Cured fine cheese shop to feature a rotating menu of artisan cheeses and meats to be paired with Upslope's brews. Call 303-449-2911 or visit www.upslopebrewing.com.
Wednesday, October 19:
Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, hosts Pete Marczyk discussing the best wines to purchase for your Thanksgiving feast at Wines for the Holidays. It starts at 6:30 p.m., and admission is $50; visit https://www.blacktie-colorado.com/calendar/event-detail.cfm?id=22631 to sign up.
Izakaya Den, 1518 South Pearl Street, presents Sliced!, a sushi-making class featuring chefs from Sushi Den, Izakaya Den and Ototo Food and Wine Bar; after class, sit for a meal that includes sushi, miso soup and green tea. Call 303-777-0691 or visit www.izakayaden.net.
This installment of D.I.N.E. (Dinner, Ideas 'N Exchange) will feature Dr. Dave Hnida as the guest at Brio Tuscan Grill, 2500 East First Avenue at 6 p.m. Admission is $35; call 303-894-7951, extension 10, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Thursday, October 20:
The Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, presents a Three Food Blogs, Three Cuisines, Infinite Inspiration lecture (part of the Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series), featuring food bloggers Diane Cru, Todd Porter, Manisha Pandit and Jennifer Yu, who will discuss food blogging. It starts at 7 p.m. and pre-registration is required. Call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.
Randolph's, 1776 Grant Street, hosts its seasonal Choose the Menu event; sample items from the potential upcoming seasonal menu and vote on your favorite dishes. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $44 and up; call 303-318-7272 or visit www.randolphsdenver.com.
Elway's Downtown, 1881 Curtis Street in Denver, presents An Evening with Crown Royal; whisky master Robert Sickler will host this multi-course dinner paired with Crown Royal cocktails. It starts at 6:30 p.m.; call 303-312-3107 or visit www.elways.com.
Q's, 2115 13th Street in Boulder, presents Shawn Murrell's Debut Wine Dinner. Indulge in the flavors of fall with a multi-course menu by Shawn Murrell and wine picked by sommelier Sarah Moore. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $75; call 303-442-4880 or visit www.qsboulder.com.
The Empire Lounge and Restaurant, 816 Main Street in Louisville, hosts the Wildflower Throwback, a gastronomic tribute to Vail's Wildflower restaurant (now closed) by its founder, Jim Cohen. It starts at 7 p.m., and admission is $65; make reservations at 303-665-2521.
SAME Cafe, 2023 East Colfax Avenue, is hosting a Hunger Free Colorado Public Plate Signing in honor of the cafe's fifth anniversary; the plate signing aims to promote awareness about hunger. It runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; call 720-530-6853 or visit www.soallmayeat.org.
Friday, October 21:
Fresh Fish Company, 7800 East Hampden Avenue in Denver, presents a Crab Festival through October 31, offering a special crab menu with twenty dishes to choose from. Call 303-740-9556 or visit www.thefreshfishco.com.
Keystone presents Wine in the Pines: From Keystone with Love, a Bond-themed fundraiser with a winemakers' dinner, tasting event and more; proceeds benefit CP of Colorado. Admission to various events starts at $100; visit www.wineinthepines.org.
Saturday, October 22:
The Caffeine Crawl stops in Denver; learn about artisan teas and coffees on this traveling tour. Visit www.caffeinecrawl.com.
Old Chicago hosts Tip-A-Cop Fundraisers; local law-enforcement officers will serve customers at Old Chicago restaurants across the metro area, and their tips will benefit Special Olympics. It runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.; visit www.specialolympicsco.org.
Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street is the site of Champagne & Diamonds 2011, a fundraising gala event for breast-cancer patients in treatment that includes silent and live auctions, dinner, entertainment and dancing. It starts at 5:30 p.m. and costs $100; visit www.blacktie-colorado.com.
Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, hosts Beers of the Year, the third annual celebration of "liquid art," which features samples of around fifty beers. It runs from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and costs $25; call 303-297-2700 or visit www.wynkoop.com.
Sunday, October 23:
Joy Wine and Spirits, 1302 East Sixth Avenue, hosts a Chili Charity Cook-Off, with both professional and amateur divisions; it runs from noon to 5 p.m. Call 303-744-6219 or visit www.joywineandspirits.com.
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