Culinary calendar for the week ahead: St. Germain cocktails, Tasty Colfax and teen cooking classes
There are plenty of dinners and tastings for oenophiles this week -- plus some beer and St. Germain action thrown in for good measure. Here's a taste of what's to come:
Monday, July 26:
Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street, presents its weekly Monday Night Wine Dinner. This week, winemaker Guiseppe Vajra presents the wines of G.D. Vajra Winery in Barolo, Itlay; a four-course seasonal menu has been prepared to pair with the wines. Dinner is $45, and wine pairings start at $35; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.
TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, hosts the St. Germain Dinner, offering up fresh, local ingredients paired with St. Germain cocktails starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $50. Call 303-996-9985 or visit www.tag-restaurant.com.
The City of Aurora offers a teen cooking class, Think Like a Chef, for ages 12 to 16. It runs from 9 a.m. to noon, July 26 and 28, and costs $64 for Aurora residents and $84 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
Tuesday, July 27:
The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, offers a Cooking Light and Healthy cooking class. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $65. Call 303-377-3222 or visit www.theseasonedchef.com.
Le Central, 112 East Eighth Avenue, hosts a Cooking Class Demonstration Dinner: Learn to make gazpacho, paella and crepes at 6:30 p.m. for $26. Reservations are required; call 303-863-8094 or visit www.lecentral.com.
The City of Aurora offers a teen cooking class, Future Chefs, for ages 12 to 16. It runs from 9 a.m. to noon on July 27 and 29 and costs $64 for Aurora residents and $84 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
Sample the rich and varied cuisine from Colfax's Bluebird District at Tasty Colfax: Eats on the Beat, which will feature Annie's, Atomic Cowboy, Tommy's Thai, Denver Biscuit Company, the Shoppe, Goosetown Tavern and many more. It runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $20 to $25. Visit www.mycolfax.org.
Argonaut Wine & Liquor and the Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 East 35th Avenue, hosts Grapes & Hops, tastings of Washington and Oregon wines along with craft beer to benefit Easter Seals of Colorado. It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and admission is $30 to $35; call 303-831-7788.
Riverfront Park, 1610 Little Raven Street, will be the site of Table Lessons: A Dining Performance, an artistic performance exploring eating habits and the transmission of personal family and cultural values through food consumption. It runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is free to watch; call 303-893-0791 for information.
Limon, 1618 East 17th Avenue, hosts Step Up for Cancer Happy Hour featuring drink specials and a chance to mingle with Step Up for Cancer volunteers; a portion of proceeds will be donated to the organization. Call 303-322-0898.
Wednesday, July 28:
Terroir hosts a Meet the Winemaker night with Ballentine Vineyards and five courses paired with their wines. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $45 and up; Terrior is at 246 Main Street in Longmont. Call 303-651-0630 or visit www.terroir-restaurant.com.
Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, presents the Passion for Pinot Noirs Wine Tasting, an array of pinot noirs (and some non-pinot wines as well) with appetizers. It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $30; call 303-831-7310 or visit www.stringsrestaurant.com.
Front Range Community College's Larimer Campus, 4616 South Shields Street in Fort Collins, hosts an Open House & BBQ where you can get acquainted from the college between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call 970-226-2500.
Parisi, 4401 Tennyson Street, hosts a Seafood Community Table featuring four courses from the sea served family-style. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $40; call 303-561-0234 or visit www.parisidenver.com.
Thursday, July 29:
Sunflower Farmers' Market, 8601 West Cross Drive in Littleton, presents Homemade Popsicle Tasting, where you can learn how to make your own popsicles using fresh produce. The class runs from 1 to 2 p.m.; call 720-214-0410 or visit www.sfmarkets.com.
The Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series features The Kitchen Ecosystem with food writer Eugenia Bone. A tour of seasonal edible plants in the garden and a Slow Food Denver tasting at 5:15 and 6 p.m. precede the lecture, which takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street. Admission is $20 to $30, or $110 to $140 for series tickets; e-mail your reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit www.botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3580 for information.
Visit Parisi, 4401 Tennyson Street, at 6 p.m. for the Tasting Tennyson: A Gourmet Progressive Dinner, which will also stop at Tastes Wine Bar, House and Brasserie Felix on a progressive dinner with wine pairings. Admission is $89; sign up at www.denvergourmettours.com.
Green Spaces Colorado, 1368 26th Street, hosts Go Live: Live, a multi-media benefit dinner cabaret offering local and healthy soul food to benefit Flobots.org and the GrowHaus. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m.; get details at www.goliveonline.net.
Friday, July 30:
The City of Aurora offers a kids' cooking class, Pizza Pizzazz, for ages 7 to 12. It runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $24 for Aurora residents and $31 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
Sunflower Farmers' Market, 8601 West Cross Drive in Littleton, presents the Freebie Friday Senior Breakfast, free breakfast for seniors 50-plus. Sign up by calling 720-214-0410 or visit www.sfmarkets.com.
Echo Mountain Terrain Park, 19285 Highway 103 in Idaho Springs, hosts a Brewmaster's Dinner with Boulder Beer's David Zuckerman, an optional guided hike and a four-course dinner. The hike starts at 4:30 p.m., and the welcome reception is at 6; admission is $40. Visit www.echomtnpark.com or call 303-325-7347.
Visit the Crested Butte Annual Arts Festival through Sunday, August 1, and enjoy culinary events like a cocktail seminar, gourmet dinners and free demonstrations. Plus the Denver FIVE will prepare a five-course dinner, paired with wine, on July 30. Tickets are $25 to $150; visit www.crestedbutteartsfestival.com.
Chefs from Beaver Creek restaurants give free culinary demonstrations on the plaza in the Bon Appetit tent in Beaver Creek through Sunday, August 1. Visit www.beavercreek.com/events-and-activities/culinary-demo-series.aspx.
Fresh City Life offers street food cooking demos at the Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, featuring street food from different cultures. This week: Mexico. Admission is free, and classes run from 10:30 a.m. to noon; call 720-865-1206 or visit http://denverlibrary.org/fresh.
The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, offers a Culinary Techniques Series: Summer Pie and Tart cooking class. It runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $65. Call 303-377-3222 or visit www.theseasonedchef.com.
Culinary Connectors hosts an Aspen Tour, visiting restaurants to be announced, from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit www.culinaryconnectors.com.
Sunflower Farmers' Market, 8601 West Cross Drive in Littleton, presents Colorado Proud Sampling, where you can sample products from favorite local businesses. Stop by between noon and 3 p.m.; call 720-214-0410 or visit www.sfmarkets.com.
The Empire Lounge and Restaurant, 816 Main Street in Louisville, presents the Patio Dinner Series. This time, Oskar Blues will pair its brews with three courses. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $45 and up; call 303-665-2521 or visit www.theempirerestaurant.com.
Sunday, August 1:
Chautauqua, 900 Baseline Road in Boulder, hosts StrEat Chefs, a unique tasting menu of street-inspired dishes from around the world. It starts at 5 p.m. and costs $6.95 to $10.95; call 303-440-3776 or visit www.dininghall.net.
Belmar, Wadsworth Boulevard and Alameda Avenue in Lakewood, hosts a Summer Pie Baking Contest. This round's flavor: peach pie. Entry fee is $5 per pie. Visit www.coloradooutdoormarkets.com/events.htm.
The Melting Pot, 2707 West Main Street in Littleton, hosts the Ladies of Autumn through October 15, a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House; enjoy four courses of fondue. Call 303-794-5666 or visit www.meltingpot.com.
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.
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