This week in food kicks off with a Fat Tuesday bang and continues with plenty of food and drink to coax you out of your Lenten sacrifices. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Monday, March 7:
The City of Aurora hosts a cooking class, Meatless Mondays, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. It costs $46 to $60; call 303-326-8630 or visit auroragov/org/recreation.
Tuesday, March 8:
Jax Fish House Denver and Boulder present Mardi Gras celebrations; the Boulder outpost, 928 Pearl Street, offers a three-course menu with traditional New Orleans cuisine for $35. Call 303-444-1811 or visit www.jaxfishhouseboulder.com. Jax Denver, 1539 17th Street, presents live music and pan-seared redfish available starting at 5 p.m.; call 303-292-5767 or visit www.jaxfishhousedenver.com.
Celebrate Mardi Gras at the West End Tavern (926 Pearl Street in Boulder, 303-444-3535, www.thewestendtavern.com) or Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace (950 Pearl Street in Boulder, 303-442-7771, www.centrolatinkitchen.com), both of which are offering food-and-drink specials.
Blue Star, 1645 South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs, presents a Luxury Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. for $290. Call 719-623-1086.
Trattoria Stella, 3201 East Colfax Avenue, hosts the International Women's Empowerment Day Dinner, featuring six guest chefs preparing a seven-course meal inspired by African cuisine; proceeds will benefit the Women's Global Empowerment Fund. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $50; call 303-320-8635 or visit www.trattoriastella.com.
Rock Bottom restaurants present the Fire Chief Ale promotion through April 17: Purchase a pint of Fire Chief Ale, and 25 cents of the proceeds will benefit local fire departments and related charities. Visit www.rockbottom.com.
Wednesday, March 9:
Rack & Rye Gastropub is the site of this month's Denver Happy Hour networking event, featuring free appetizers, complimentary specials and more. It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is free to attend; visit www.rackandrye.com or call 303-620-4920.
Thursday, March 10:
Amendment XXI Wines, 2548 15th Street, presents the Piedmontese Wine Tasting with Blair Taylor of Barolo Grill and Heidi Spurlock-Burnette of Edible Authentic Travel from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free; call 303-477-5646.
The Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, presents a Sustainable Kitchen: Learning to Use Local Ingredients & Concepts In Your Lifestyle class, where you can learn about sustainable practices you can incorporate into your own kitchen. It runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $49 to $56; pre-registration is required. Call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.
Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, 950 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents an Upslope Beer Dinner, with four courses paired with Upslope's brews. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $40; call 303-442-7771 or visit www.centrolatinkitchen.com.
Friday, March 11:
Westword's own Jonathan Shikes will defend his title at the annual Celebrity Chili Cook-Off at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, from 6 to 8 p.m.; admission is $15 to $20, and proceeds benefit the Women's Bean Project. Visit www.womensbeanproject.com.
Don Emilio's Mexican Restaurant, 14050 East Evans Avenue in Aurora, presents its Grand Opening Celebration with live music, drink specials, door prizes and more. Call 303-597-5151 or visit www.emiliosaurora.com.
Saturday, March 12:
The City of Aurora hosts a cooking class, Core Techniques: Stocks and Sauces, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. It costs $70 to $280; call 303-326-8630 or visit auroragov/org/recreation.
Learn the art of gluten-free baking at Bauman College Boulder Campus, 1128 Pine Street in Boulder, which will also reveal the secrets behind some house favorites. It runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and costs $75; call 800-987-7530 or visit www.baumancollege.org.
Sunday, March 13:
Scruffy Murphy's, 2030 Larimer Street, hosts the Classic Malts Showdown from 5 to 7 p.m.; admission is $35. Visit www.scruffymurphysdenver.ticketleap.com/classicmaltsshowdown to sign up.
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