There's plenty of food for thought on the local culinary scene, with everything from talks on healthy cuisine to overdosing on the best pizza around. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Monday, January 18:
Elizabeth Somer, author of Eat Your Way to Happiness: 10 Diet Secrets to Improve Your Mood, Curb Your Cravings and Keep the Pounds Off, will discuss and sign her book at the Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch, 9315 Dorcheter Street, at 7:30 p.m.; call 303-470-7050 or visit www.tatteredcover.com.
Learn how to create vegetarian cuisine at Cook Street School of Fine Cooking's Vegetarian Feast class from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; it costs $89 (which includes a subscription to Vegetarian Times), and you can sign up at 303-308-9300 or www.cookstreet.com. Cook Street is at 1937 Market Street.
Tuesday, January 19:
The City of Aurora hosts a wine class, Petite Syrah, for ages 21-and-up at the Summer Valley Recreation Center, 17400 East Lehigh Place in Aurora. The class is $22 to $29 and takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; sign up at auroragov.org/recreation or 303-326-8630.
Wednesday, January 20:
The City of Aurora hosts a cooking class, Couples Cook: Izayaka, Japanese small plates, at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. The class is $48 to $112 for ages 21-and-up only and runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; sign up at auroragov.org/recreation or 303-326-8630.
Learn how to better stock your pantries and refrigerators, making quick meals simple and fun, at Cook Street School of Fine Cooking's Think Like a Chef class from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; it costs $79, and you can sign up at 303-308-9300 or www.cookstreet.com. Cook Street is at 1937 Market Street.
Left Hand Brewing Company and Old Chicago Restaurants are hosting the first annual Craft Beer Bartender Challenge at the Old Chicago on 1415 Market Street. From 6 to 9:30 p.m., competing bartenders will be judged on their knowledge of ten different craft beers from five different breweries; the evening will be emceed by Bubba Love of Left Hand, and the general public may watch the proceedings. Call 303-777-0258 for information.
Thursday, January 21:
Enjoy Southwestern fare and taste tequila at Zolo Southwestern Grill, 2525 Arapahoe in Boulder, at another 151 Days of Tequila event: a four-course tequila dinner for $45 per person. Visit www.zologrill.com.
Great Divide Brewing Company, 2201 Arapahoe Street, hosts the Hop Disciples meeting, where one of the brewers will be available to discuss the mysteries of beer at 6 p.m. Call 303-296-9460 or visit www.greatdivide.com; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Aurora hosts a wine class, Component Tasting, at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue. The class is $22 to $29 and takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; sign up at auroragov.org/recreation or 303-326-8630.
Friday, January 22:
Grand County chefs showcase their culinary talents at the Chef's Cup Dinner and Dance; proceeds benefit the Winter Park Competition Center. Visit www.winterparkresort.com.
The fourth annual Winter Brew Fest kicks off at Mile High Station, 2027 West Colfax Avenue; the beer-tasting features more than seventy samples from more than 25 breweries. VIP tickets, which include a special beer-and-cheese pairing from Sierra Nevada and Cabot Cheese, are $40 in advance and $45 at the door (the VIP session starts at 6 p.m.) Tickets for general admission, which starts at 7 p.m., are $30 in advance and $35 at the door; visit www.denverbrewfest.com for information.
Saturday, January 23:
Second Street Art Market and Wine Bar, 366 Second Street in Monument, hosts a Blind Red Tasting at 6:30 p.m. Eight red wines will be featured; your job is to taste them, rank them and try to guess their nature at this $30 event. Call 719-488-2506.
The St. Andrew Society of Colorado hosts the state's largest Burns' Supper, to celebrate bard Robert "Rabbie" Burns, at the Wildlife Experience Museum, 10035 South Peoria Street in Parker. The dinner starts at 5 p.m. and tickets are $50; visit www.coloradoscots.com for more information.
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The fifth annual Rocky Mountain Chef's Endowment Dinner will take place at the Brown Palace Hotel, 321 17th Street; student chefs from the culinary apprenticeship program will present a seven-course dinner with wine pairings. There's also a silent auction and raffles to raise money for the program. Admission is $75; call 303-709-8494.
Chef Garrett from Randolph's, 1776 Grant Street, hosts a Learn to Cook class from 2 to 3:30 p.m., when you'll get cooking tips and techniques. Admission is $15; call 303-318-7272 or visit www.randolphsdenver.com to make your reservation.
A live broadcast of the Gabby Gourmet Show will take place at Steve's Snappin' Dogs, 3525 East Colfax Avenue, where fifteen local pizzerias will compete in the Best Tasting Pizza Contest; it runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and is free to watch (entrants are encouraged to bring samples for the audience). Call 303-333-7627 or visit www.stevessnappindogs.com.
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.