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Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Oyster Month and Great Plates of Downtown

Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Oyster Month and Great Plates of Downtown

Denver Restaurant Week isn't the only news on the local dining scene. This week, the Mountain Sun pub group wraps up Stout Month, Jax Fish House launches Oyster Month, and there's plenty more on the culinary calendar.

Here's a taste:

Monday, February 28:

Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery, 1535 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts the final event of Boulder Chop Month Competition: At 10 p.m. tonight, the public will get to vote on contestants' facial hair, and vie for such prizes as pork chops, cash and beer. For more info, call 303-546-0886 or visit www.mountainsunpub.com.

Udi's Pizza Cafe Bar, 7600 Grandview Avenue in Arvada, is introducing Udi's Supper Club, an all-you-can-eat vegan/plant-based, family-style dinner on the last Monday of every month. Admission is $18, $5 for kids under 12, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit charitable causes. For more info, call 303-421-8000 or visit www.udisfood.com.

Colorado Free University's Lowry Campus, 7653 East First Place, will host a Chocolate & Wine Pairing seminar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $29 to $41; call 303-399-0093 or go to www.freeu.com.

Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Oyster Month and Great Plates of Downtown

Tuesday, March 1:

Maggiano's, 7401 South Clinton Street in Englewood, is offering wine classes on the first Tuesday of each month. Tonight's theme is "Tour of Tuscany," with a talk by the sommelier, wine tastings and light apps. The event starts at 6 p.m. and costs $60; call 303-858-1405 or go to www.maggianos.com.

From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m today, all metro-area IHOP locations are offering a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day. Find more info at www.ihop.com.

The City of Aurora will host a wine-tasting, Montepulciano d'Abruzzos, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today and Thursday, March 3, at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. It costs $24 to $31; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov/org/recreation.

Fort Collins will kick off Great Plates of Downtown, with dozens of participating restaurants offering dinner specials for $25.25 and breakfast specials for $2.50. Visit www.downtownfortcollins.com.

Jax Fish House, 1539 17th Street in Denver (303-292-5767) and 928 Pearl Street in Boulder (303-444-1811), is launching Oyster Month, with a month of specials including an oyster-eating contest; a portion of the proceeds will benefit EFAA and the Gathering Place. Visit www.jaxfishhousedenver.com or www.jaxfishhouseboulder.com.

Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Oyster Month and Great Plates of Downtown

Wednesday, March 2:

Colorado Free University will present a Raw Foods 101 class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lowry Campus, 7653 East First Place. Admission is $44 to $56, plus a $12 materials fee; call 303-399-0093 or visit www.freeu.com.

Thursday, March 3:

Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria, 410 East Seventh Avenue, presents the Cubed Dinner, with three courses (and each course offering one main ingredient prepared three ways) from 5 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $27; call 303-861-9463 or visit www.lalaswinebar.com.

West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, features the Satellite Tap Room on the first Thursday of each month, offering drafts and discussion with different breweries. This month, Upslope Brewing will be on tap. Call 303-444-3535 or go to www.thewestendtavern.com for more info.

Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Oyster Month and Great Plates of Downtown

Friday, March 4:

Keystone will be the site of the Winter Culinary Festival today through Sunday, March 6, with wine events, classes and a grand tasting; find out more at www.keystoneculinary.com.

Texas de Brazil, 8390 East 49th Avenue, will offer special Brazilian cuisine and cocktails in honor of Carnival today through Tuesday, March 8. Call 720-374-2100 or visit www.texasdebrazil.com.

Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Oyster Month and Great Plates of Downtown

Saturday, March 5:

Colorado Free University will present a Home Brewing 101 class from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lowry Campus, 7653 East First Place. Admission is $49 to $61, plus a $16 materials fee; call 303-399-0093 or visit www.freeu.com.

Coffee at the Point, 710 East 26th Avenue, is hosting Customer Appreciation Day, with free coffee tastings, live music, raffles, $1 scoops of gelato and more. Call 303-955-2237.

Sunday, March 6:

Antlers Hilton Hotel, 4 South Cascade Avenue in Colorado Springs, will host a Chef's Gala and Silent Auction, a culinary competition featuring chefs and caterers across the Pikes Peak region. It runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $95; call 719-955-5600 or visit www.antlers.com.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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