From benefits to help those suffering in Japan to parties to help people help themselves on St. Patrick's Day, there's plenty happening in town this week. Here's a taste of what's on the menu.
Monday, March 14:
Jax Fish House, 928 Pearl Street in Boulder, is offering its Three-Course Oyster Tasting Menu for $35 through Sunday, March 20. For more info on Jax's Oyster Month, call 303-444-1811 or go to www.jaxfishhouseboulder.com.
Tuesday, March 15:
The Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, will present "Cook's Herb Garden: The Magnificent Seven," a class covering growing, harvesting and cooking with seven herbs. The event, which includes dinner, runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $24 to $39; pre-registration is required. Call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.
Olivea, 719 East 17th Avenue, will host Green Cuisine, a dinner with wine paired to three courses of Mediterranean cuisine. The meal starts at 4:30 p.m. and costs $20 to $100; call 303-861-5050 or visit www.olivearestaurant.com.
Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, will offer wines from Spain and Portugal, a tasting of more than 25 wines and ports, served with light appetizers, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is $30; call 303-831-7310 or visit www.stringsrestaurant.com.
Larkburger (www.larkburger.com), Ototo Food and Wine (www.facebook.com/ototoden), Izakaya Den (www.izakayaden.net), Sushi Den (www.facebook.com/sushiden) and Japon (www.japonsushi.com) are hosting benefit events for earthquake and tsunami relief for Japan.
Wednesday, March 16:
The Margarita, 7350 Pine Creek Road in Colorado Springs, will offer another Spice Route Dinner, this round focusing on Old Europe. It starts at 6:30 p.m.; call 719-598-8667.
Cherokee Ranch and Castle, 6113 North Daniels Park Road in Sedalia, will host a Taste of the Emerald Isle Irish Single Malt Whiskey Celebration, featuring a castle tour, Irish buffet, whiskey presentation and tasting, dessert and coffee reception; reservations are required. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $65; call 303-688-5555 or visit www.cherokeeranch.org.
Thursday, March 17:
The Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, will present "Savoring Chinese Tasty Tales: The Art of Dim Sum," a class that offers both ancient legends and modern cooking tales. It runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $34 to $39; pre-registration is required. Call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.
Dixons Downtown Grill, 1610 16th Street, will present March Meat Madness through Saturday, March 19, serving up blackened chicken, sliced strip steak, jalapeno cheddar bratwurst, hot links and Polish sausage on a plate, served with sides and sauces. Call 303-573-6100 or visit www.disxonsrestaurant.com.
Friday, March 18:
Il Mondo Vecchio, 1174 South Cherokee Street, presents Loading Dock Fridays, tours and tastings from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Friday. Call 303-744-6328 or visit www.mondovecchio.net.
Practice your Spanish, learn something new, play games and enjoy appetizers at the Museo de las Americas' Spanish Happy Hour. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and costs $3 for members and $5 for the general public. The Museo is at 861 Santa Fe Drive; call 303-571-4401 or visit www.museo.org.
Saturday, March 19
Capital Heights Communities, 1100 Fillmore Street, presents Taste for Teller, featuring food, wine and more to benefit the school. It runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $25 to $40; visit http://teller.dpsk12.org/tasteforteller.
Il Mondo Vecchio, 1174 South Cherokee Street, hosts a Whole Hog Hoedown, where you can learn about common retail cuts, cooking techniques, recipe suggestions and more while the owners of Il Mondo Vecchio break down a full hog. It runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and costs $220. Call 303-744-6328 or visit www.ilmondovecchio.com.
Meet at the Town Ranch trailhead in Crested Butte for a Progressive Bonfire Dinner on Skis or Snowshoes. There will be hot wine or cocoa at the trailhead, and the tour will stop for appetizer, soup, entree and dessert courses. Seatings begin every half-hour starting at 5 p.m. and concluding at 6:30 p.m.; participation is $40 ($15 for kids), and reservations are required. Call 970-349-1707.
Sunday, March 20:
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