Chianti, Charity and Cupid: Top Eight Events on This Week's Culinary Calendar

Blackbird is the place for singles to mingle this Friday.
Blackbird is the place for singles to mingle this Friday.
Mark Antonation

There's still time to find a date for Valentine's Day, and this week's culinary events could give you a nudge in the right direction. Or instead, you can simply fall in love with Tuscan wine or Mexican tequila..or a free frozen yogurt today. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar. See also: Overhauls for All: Our Restaurant Roll Call for January 2015

Monday, February 2

Get out and celebrate a national holiday today. Groundhog Day? No, National Frozen Yogurt Day. Yogurtland locations across the metro area will be giving out free fro-yo and toppings , including two new tastes inspired by Hershey's candies, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Frasca's Monday food and wine dinners are culinary staples, and tonight the crew will explore rich French reds from Kermit Lynch's vaunted collection. Call 303-442-6966 for your seat.

Tuesday, February 3

Eggs -- you think you know them inside and out, but do you know everything they can do? The Seasoned Chef Cooking School is holding a special class starting at 6:30 p.m. to teach students about the versatility of the simple egg. Using science and culinary know-how, you'll learn more advanced techniques for eggs and recipes like souffle roulade and the perfect omelet. The class is $69 a person; visit the Seasoned Chef's site to get a reservation.

Wednesday, February 4

Tonight at 6 p.m., Frasca will hold a special dinner to benefit the Ellie White Foundation for Rare Genetic Disorders. Ellie is an eleven-year-old Coloradan with the extremely rare condition called Wolfram's Syndrome. (You can read more about the Foundation's work here.) Tickets are $200 for a dinner with wine pairings, there will also be a silent auction. Contact erin@frascafoodandwine.com or call 303-442-0608 for a reservation.

The venerable Italian restaurant and market in Northwest Denver, Parisi, is hosting a wine dinner celebrating that most classically Italian of wines -- Tuscan Chianti. Three Chiantis will be poured, while Mario Scanu of the Winebow Group pours out knowledge. Tuscan specialties and wine will run $55 a person; call 303-561-0234 or go to OpenTable to claim your reservation.

Thursday, February 5 La Biblioteca, the cozy tequila bar in Riverfront Park, is continuing its Thursday Meet the Makers series this week. Tonight, the bad boys of Agave Underground will be stopping by to share tastings of their tequilas.

What better way to get to know someone than to cook with them? Stir Cooking School is inviting singles to meet, greet and eat by cooking a romantic menu together. This three-hour class is $75 a person, and currently sold out. You can still call 720-287-4823 to see if any spots open up. Friday, February 6

Valentine's Day always comes too early for some of us. Head off the V-Day blues with a singles happy hour at Blackbird. No pressure, just fun as you and fellow lone wolves talk, mingle and play games over special drinks and snacks from 6-8 p.m. $20 gets you bites and two drinks, call the restaurant at 303-733-3923 to get tickets.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.



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