Our culinary calendar is a day late this week -- but the events herein are certainly not a dollar short. Keep reading to learn about the Denver International Wine Festival, cooking classes, A Taste for Life and much more. Here's what's on the menu:
Tuesday, November 2:
The City of Aurora presents a teen cooking class, Let's Cook Japanese, for ages 12 to 16. It runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $32-$42; call 303-326-8630 or visit auroragov.org/recreation.
The Fox and Hound Smokehouse & Tavern, 8996 West Bowles Avenue in Littleton, presents Great Divide Pint Night: Order any Great Divide and get a free pint glass. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m.; call 720-922-0400.
El Diablo, 101 Broadway, presents the Dia de los Muertos Tattoo Art Show and Charity Auction, featuring Latin/hip-hop spins, face painters, a sugar-skull art show, food and drink and more. It runs from 8 to 11 p.m. and is free to attend; call 303-954-0324.
Wednesday, November 3:
The Denver International Wine Festival and Denver Wine Week's Grand Vintner's Dinners takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Opus, 2575 West Main Street in Littleton, featuring a four-course menu created by Sean McGaughey and Michael Long and featuring Michael-David wines. Admission is $59 and up; call 303-703-6787 to sign up.
The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Chocolate Truffles. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $43-$56; call 303-326-8630 or visit auroragov.org/recreation.
The Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder, presents Food & Your Family, a discussion with Robyn O'Brien on making informed decisions about food. It runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; call 303-440-7826 or visit www.thedairy.org.
The Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch, 9315 Dorchester Street, hosts Amanda Simpson, creator of foodporndaily.com, who will be signing copies of Food Porn Daily at 7:30 p.m. Call 303-470-7050 or visit www.tatteredcover.com.
Thursday, November 4:
The Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th Street, is the site of the Project Angel Heart fundraiser A Taste for Life, featuring tastings from the Avenue Grill, Beatrice & Woodsley, the Corner Office, Denver ChopHouse & Brewery, Deluxe, the Espresso Affair, Gelato d'Italia Cafe, Haute Touch Catering, Il Mondo Vecchio, the Lobby, Root Down, Second Home, Snooze and more. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m., and admission is $95; visit www.projectangelheart.org for tickets.
The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Tamales. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $43-$56; call 303-326-8630 or visit auroragov.org/recreation.
The First Congregational Church at 1128 Pine Street in Elizabeth hosts the sold-out Boulder Blind Cafe 3 through Friday, November 5, a vegetarian multi-course meal and live music in the dark to benefit Boulder Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. Admission is $35 to $45; visit www.boulderblindcafe.com.
The Denver International Wine Festival hits town through Saturday, November 6, featuring the Taste of Elegance Chefs Food and Wine Competition on November 4, the Grand Tasting of International Wines, Beer and Spirits on November 5; a VIP tour of Front Range wineries on November 6; and much more. Ticket prices vary from $75 to $140; visit www.denverwinefest.com.
Friday, November 5:
Dave & Buster's, 2000 South Colorado Boulevard, presents the Sox Place Auction and Fundraiser; festivities include a gaming card, drinks and hors d'ouevre, plus the auction. It costs $75; call 303-759-1515 or visit www.daveandbusters.com.
The University of Denver's Knoebel School of Hospitality Management hosts an Academic Adventure for the Generations: Those Who Eat Well, Live Well, featuring Elise Wiggins giving a cooking demonstration, live entertainment by Leonard E. Barrett, and more; proceeds will benefit Penrose Library. It runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and costs $75; call 303-744-3733.
Saturday, November 6:
The Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, presents Classic Techniques: Artisan Bread 3, covering chocolate babka, ciabatta and New York-style pizza. It runs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and costs $289 for all three classes; call 303-308-9300 or visit www.cookstreet.com.
Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, hosts Beers of the Year, a liquid look back over the year, featuring a keg of every beer made in 2010 plus treats from the aging cellar. It runs from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and costs $20 for unlimited tasting or $1 per token. Call 303-297-2700 or visit www.wynkoop.com.
The City of Aurora presents a kids' cooking class, Full-Flavored Vegetarian, for ages 7 to 12 with a parent. It runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $39-$51; call 303-326-8630 or visit auroragov.org/recreation.
Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, presents A Taste of Great Brass & Great Brew, Denver Brass 5's music with specialty Colorado brews at 5:30 p.m. It costs $29 to $39; call 303-297-2700.
Mr. Biggs Event Center, 5825 Mark Dabling Boulevard in Colorado Springs, presents the All Colorado Beer Festival, with tastings from noon to 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m., and admission is $10 to $30. Proceeds benefit Theatreworks. Call 719-955-7220.
Chipotle, 7400 East 29th Avenue, presents the Chauncey Billups Elite Basketball Academy Fundraiser; half of all proceeds will benefit CBEBA if you bring in the flyer or mention the academy at the service counter. It runs from 4 to 9 p.m.; call 303-741-8980 or visit www.chipotle.com.
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Sunday, November 7: Il Mondo Vecchio's Mark DeNittis has been named one of America's 50 most gifted butchers in the book Primal Cuts, and to celebrate, Slow Food Denver is hosting Primal Fun with Primal Cuts, an evening of small plates accompanied by Infinite Monkey Theorem wine at Il Mondo Vecchio, 1174 South Cherokee Street. Admission is $95 to $180, and it runs from 6 to 9 p.m.; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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