Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Beer and bikes, wine walks and more
If you failed to sign up for the Tour of BoulDurango, take a moment tonight to cry into your beer -- and say farewell to the bikers who were savvy enough to register in time. Don't worry; there's plenty more happening in town, including wine walks, Kyle's Brew Fest and much more. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Monday, July 19:
Bicyclers will start the Tour of BoulDurango, a five-day, 470-mile bike trip stopping at craft breweries and brewpubs, leaving from the Avery Tap Room, 5757 Arapahoe Avenue, Unit B1 in Boulder; call 303-440-4324 or visit www.averybrewing.com for details.
The City of Aurora offers a teen cooking class, Candy Shoppe, for ages 12 to 16. It runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and costs $32 for Aurora residents and $42 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street, presents its weekly Monday Night Wine Dinner. This week, Anne Trimbach presents her family wines of Trimbach Wines, Alsace, France; a four-course seasonal menu has been prepared to pair with the wines. Dinner is $45, and wine pairings start at $35; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.
The City of Aurora offers a kids' cooking camp, Camp Cook-A-Munga, for ages 6 to 12 through Friday, July 23. It runs from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $105 for Aurora residents and $125 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
Le Central, 112 East Eighth Avenue, offers a Tour de France Prix Fixe menu, this week focusing on the Bourdeaux region. The three-course meal is $24.95 and will be available through Sunday, July 25; call 303-863-8094 or visit www.lecentral.com.
Tuesday, July 20:
The Lobby American Grille, 2191 Arapahoe Street, hosts the Garfield Estates Wine Tasting and Small Plates, tastings of four Colorado wines paired with four small plates. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $15. Call 303-997-9911 or visit www.thelobbydenver.com.
Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria, 410 East 7th Avenue, presents Summer Apps and Ales, house-made apps paired with uncommon beers. It runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $20; call 303-861-9463 or visit www.lalaswinebar.com.
Le Central, 112 East Eighth Avenue, offers a Wine Dinner featuring white, rose and Colorado bounties paired with a five-course meal. Admission is $35, and reservations are required; the dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 303-863-8094 or visit www.lecentral.com.
Sunflower Farmers' Market, 8601 West Cross Drive in Littleton, presents Delicious Summer Salad Ideas, summer salads that are simple to make using fresh ingredients. The class runs from 4 to 6 p.m.; call 720-214-0410 or visit www.sfmarkets.com.
Wednesday, July 21:
The City of Aurora offers a kids' cooking class, Brai Fr-e-e-ze, for ages 7 to 12. It runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and costs $24 for Aurora residents and $31 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8330.
The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, offers a Caribbean Sunset Workshop cooking class. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $65. Call 303-377-3222 or visit www.theseasonedchef.com.
Eat outside at An Affair on the Square, Larimer Square's inaugural al fresco dining event benefiting the Colorado Symphony. Participating restaurants include Bistro Vendome, the Capital Grille, Corridor 44, Cru, Lime, Osteria Marco, Rioja and TAG, which have created special prix-fixe menus to be eaten outside. Admission is $35, plus the cost of dinner if you choose; the affair runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit www.anaffaironthesquare.com.
The Blending Cellar, 946 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts a Tour de France Wine Tasting, a ride through the French wine appellations for each segment of the bicycle tour. It runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and costs $25. Call 303-447-0475 or visit www.blendingcellar.com.
Cru: A Wine Bar, 1442 Larimer Street, hosts the Seva Supper, a champagne reception and three-course meal to celebrate South Africa; funds earned will support Off the Mat. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $90; call 303-349-6615.
The Cherry Creek North Wine Walk will visit three different restaurants (Second Home, NoRTH and Earl's); attendees will enjoy appetizers with paired wines at each restaurant. Check in at Second Home, 150 Clayton Lane, at 5:45 p.m.; admission is $45 to $55, and you can reserve your spot at www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp/rsvp.cfm?eventcode=%2B%3E%2B%26L*E6E5FYWHH0%20%0A.
Thursday, July 22:
Sunflower Farmers' Market, 8601 West Cross Drive in Littleton, presents Thursday Night Cooking Class, a free demonstration, recipe, samples and a chance to win a reusable grocery bag with products from the class. The class runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; call 720-214-0410 or visit www.sfmarkets.com.
Head to the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, for a Local, Organic Wine Tasting featuring the wines from Jack Rabbit Hill. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $10; call 303-294-9281 or visit www.mercurycafe.com.
Indulge for CASA at Balistreri Vineyards, 1946 East 66th Avenue, with wine, cheese, chocolate, live and silent auctions and more. Admission is $55 to $100 and the party runs from 6 to 9 p.m.; visit www.casa17th.org/indulgeforcasa.
The City of Aurora offers a teen cooking class, Movie Munchies, for ages 12 to 16. It runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and costs $32 for Aurora residents and $42 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
Visit Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street, for Kyle's Brew Fest, a String Cheese Incident kick-off party featuring an array of beers and more; proceeds will benefit Conscious Alliance. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $25; visit www.greatidivide.com or call 303-296-9460.
The Anderson Ranch Arts Center, 5623 Owl Creek Road in Snowmass, hosts an Evening Auctionette, wine and cheese with an art auctionette. It runs from 5 to 6 p.m., and admission is free. Call 970-923-3181 or visit www.andersonranch.org.
Dan Tullio will walk tasters at the Whiskey Tasting and Improv event through the Canadian Club portfolio and history at 6:30 p.m., followed by free improv if you'd like to stay. Denver Improv is at 8246 East 49th Avenue, #1400; call 303-307-1777 or visit www.symfonee.com/improv/denver.
The Crested Butte Land Trust Wine & Food Festival in Crested Butte offers a Grand Tasting, chef dinners, the James Beard Celebrity Chefs Tour, special events at area restaurants and more through Sunday, July 25. Admission is $15 to $500.Visit www.crestedbuttewine.com.
Friday, July 23:
Mile High Station, 2027 West Colfax Avenue, hosts the Summer Brew Fest, celebrating craft beverages from around the state with live local music, food, vendors and samples from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $30 to $45; visit www.denverbrewfest.com.
Chefs from Beaver Creek restaurants give free culinary demonstrations on the plaza in the Bon Appetit tent through Sunday, July 25. Visit www.beavercreek.com/events-and-activities/culinary-demo-series.aspx.
Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, presents a Grilling: BBQ Classics class from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is $79. And Cook Street will also host a Wine and Food Pairing Seminar from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $59. Call 303-308-9300 or visit www.cookstreet.com.
Crested Butte hosts the Celebrity Chef Tour, a multi-course dinner, part of the Food & Wine Festival, with wine and beer pairings featuring Ryan Hardy and Eric Jaegar. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $150; visit www.celebritycheftour.com.
Enjoy the AAA Train Tour to Colorado's Wine Country, a comfortable, low-stress, low-key way to travel the Rockies from Denver to Grand Junction; includes a continental breakfast, two nights' hotel accommodations, visits to wineries, on-board entertainment, a Wine 101 seminar and wine tasting, and ends on Sunday, July 25. Visit www.visitgrandjunction.com.
Saturday, July 24:
Culinary Connectors hosts an Aspen Tour, visiting restaurants to be announced, from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit www.culinaryconnectors.com.
Culinary Connectors hosts a Boulder Tour, visiting Café Aion, Salt Bistro and one stop to be announced, from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit www.culinaryconnectors.com.
Castle Rock hosts the Castle Rock WineFest, a Colorado wine showcase with wine and food, seminars, artisan booths and live entertainment. It takes place at the Meadows at Historic Castle Rock, 3692 Meadows Boulevard. Admission is $26 to $36, $15 for designated drivers. Visit www.castlerockwinefest.com.
Fresh City Life offers street food cooking demos, featuring street food from different cultures at the Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway. This week: Brazil. Admission is free, and classes run from 10:30 a.m. to noon; call 720-865-1206 or visit http://denverlibrary.org/fresh.
The City of Aurora offers a cooking class, Couples Cook: Clam Bake. It runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $48 for Aurora residents and $62 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8330.
Argyll, 2700 East Third Avenue, hosts a Scotch Egg Eating Contest at noon; entry is $30. Proceeds benefit Sobriety House, and the Gabby Gourmet will host a live remote during the contest. Call 720-382-1117 or visit www.argyllpub.com.
Sunflower Farmers' Market, 8601 West Cross Drive in Littleton, presents Brats for a Buck; enjoy brats for just $1, with chips and drinks also available. Stop by between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; call 720-214-0410 or visit www.sfmarkets.com.
Head to Old Colorado City, 2700 West Colorado Avenue in Colorado Springs, through Sunday, July 25, for the Old Town Showdown featuring chili, barbecue, beer and bands. It runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 719-577-4112 or visit www.shopoldcoloradocity.com.
Sunday, July 25:
The City of Aurora offers a kids' cooking class, Sleepover Snacks, for ages 7 to 12. It runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and costs $24 for Aurora residents and $31 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
Visit Rock Ledge Ranch, 3202 Chambers Way in Colorado Springs, for Fiddles, Vittles and Vino, featuring thirty of the best Colorado Springs restaurants, beer and wine tastings, and local and national bluegrass acts. The festivities start at 3 p.m. and cost $25 to $30; visit www.fiddlesvittlesandvino.com.
Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, 950 Pearl Street in Boulder, helps Upslope Brewing celebrate the release of Top Rope, a Mexican-style lager. There will be music, $3 pints of Top Rope and tasters of some of Upslope's other brews; the Upslope Top Rope Release Party runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 303-442-7771 or visit www.centrolatinkitchen.com.
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