This week, Manny Howard signs a book about his backyard farm in Brooklyn, KGNU hosts a bourbon-tasting benefit and Colorado State University puts farmers through a Beef University. But there's lots more cooking if none of that wets your whistle. Here's a taste of what's to come:
Tuesday, June 1: Marlowe's and Lala's join forces for a four-course, five-wine Winemakers Dinner with Laely Heron, owner of Heron Vineyards, who'd release Laley's Sav Blanc. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. at Marlowe's, 501 16th Street; tickets are $55. For reservations, call 303-595-3700.
Wednesday, June 2: From 4 to 7 p.m., Primo Vino and Udi's Pizza Cafe Bar host a wine-tasting to benefit Denver Justice and Peace Committee at Udi's, 7600 Grandview Avenue in Arvada. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; for more info, call 303-421-8000 or go to www.denjustpeace.org.
Manny Howard stops by the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, at 7:30 p.m. to sign My Empire of Dirt, the story of how he tried to turn his Brooklyn backyard into a makeshift farm. Admission is free; call 303-436-1070 or visit www.tatteredcover.com.
Thursday, June 3:
TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, hosts a Sand Hill Wine Dinner, starting at 7 p.m.; tickets are $125; for more info, call 303-996-9985.
KGNU Community Radio hosts a bourbon tasting at the Crown Rock Room in the Boulder Outlook Hotel, 800 28th Street, complete with bourbon-bearing appetizers, live music and a silent auction. Admission is $20 for KGNU members and $25 for the general public; call 303-449-4885 or visit www.kgnu.org.
Opus, 2575 West Main Street in Littleton, offers up a Who Let the Dogs In Dinner, five courses paired with Cru Vin Dogs wine. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $79; call 303-703-6787 or go to www.opusdine.com to sign up.
Colorado State University hosts Beef University: a hands-on workshop for cattle producers that covers beef quality, cattle production and consumer demands. Admission is $50 and up, and the program runs through June 4; make reservations at 970-491-7615 or e-mail email@example.com.
Friday, June 4:
From 5 to 7 p.m., Castle Pines Chamber and Wines of the Pines present a California Wine Tour at Rodney's in the Village at Castle Pines, 872 West Happy Canyon Road, Castle Rock. Tickets are $37; for more info, go to www.winesofthepinesinc.com.
Snowmass celebrates its annual Chili Pepper Brew Fest through June 5. Admission is $20 to $75; get the details at www.snowmasschiliandbrew.com.
Saturday, June 5:
Be in Brighton by 1:30 p.m. for Woody's Chicago Style Fourth Annual Footlong Hot Dog Eating Contest, when competitors will eat as many dogs as they can in ten minutes. Call 303-697-3062 to sign up, or go to www.woodyshotdogs.com/index.php for more info.
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Sunday, June 6:
Colt & Gray, 1553 Platte Street, opens its patio with a party from 2:30 to 9 p.m., complete with a pig roast; tickets are $35, and include food and four drinks. To make a reservation call 303-477-1447.
Learn to make lemongrass tofu, spring rolls, summer rolls and mango salad at the "Delicate Flavors Asian Vegetarian Class," which runs from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kitchen Network, 4986 Morrison Road. The class costs $55; call 1-714-583-2300, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.delicateflavors.com for more info.
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.