The wine will be flowing this week, at events ranging from Grand Junction's VinCO 2011 to the Pinot Posse Tag Team Winemaker Dinner. But there's more on Colorado's culinary plate this week: everything from workshops, to dry-sausage and hog-slaughtering events. Here's a taste:
Monday, January 17:
Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts its regular Monday Night Wine Dinner with Charles Lazarro presenting Rhone wines from the Kermit Lynch line. Admission is $45, not including wine pairings; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.
Grand Junction is the site of VinCO 2011, a multi-day conference featuring workshops and seminars on high-altitude grape-growing and much more. For more info, call 970-464-0111 or go to www.caveonline.org.
Table 6, 609 Corona Street (303-831-8800, www.table6denver.com) and Fruition, 1313 East Sixth Avenue (303-831-1962, www.fruitionrestaurant.com), will host the Pinot Posse Tag Team Winemaker Dinner. The six-course dinner features eight wines from the Pinot Posse (winemakers/owners of Kosta Brown, AP Vin, Owen Roe, Keefer Ranch, Loring Wine Company, JK Carriere, Cargasacchi and August West). Dinner is $150, and reservations are required.
Stir! Cooking School presents Cocktails at Home: The Wonders of Winter Drinks. Class, which costs $55, starts at 6:30 p.m. Stir! is at 3215 Zuni Street; for more info, call 720-287-4823 or visit www.stirtolearn.com.
Tuesday, January 18:
Avery Tap Room, 5757 Arapahoe Avenue, Unit B1 in Boulder, will host the DuganA Release Party to celebrate the release of Avery's latest IPA. The party runs from 6 to 10 p.m.; call 303-440-4324 or go to www.averybrewing.com.
Wednesday, January 19:
Seven Cups, 1882 South Pearl Street, hosts Tales from a Tea Traveler, during which Yvonne Russell will share photos and discuss stories of the tea masters who make many of the teas at Seven Cups. The free presentation starts at 7 p.m.; for more info, call 303-777-2877 or visit www.sevencupsdenver.com.
The West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, will present the Ultimate Beer Dinner: Beer geek Peter Archer has joined Chris Blackwood to pair twenty of Archer's favorite beers with Blackwood's American fare. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $65; for details, call 303-444-3535 or go to www.thewestendtavern.com.
Ocean Prime, 1465 Larimer Street, will host a grand opening benefit for the Denver Hospice from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets range from $75 to $100; call 303-204-1276.
Tutti, 103 South Public Road in Lafayette, will present a five-course wine dinner featuring Scott Woddward from the Appelation Wine Co. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $69; call 720-746-9649.
Thursday, January 20:
Palmer Lake Town Hall, 66 Lower Glenway Street, will be the site of the Palmer Lake Historical Society Annual Pot Luck Dinner and Membership Drive. Bring an item related to local history to show and discuss (you can also bring a side dish or dessert to share); a meat dish, coffee and tea will be provided. The dinner runs from 6 to 8 p.m.; visit www.palmerdividehistory.org.
Crepes 'n Crepes, 1512 Larimer Street, will host a Tour de France dining event in conjunction with Alliance Francaise. The meal, $32 for members and $36 for the general public, starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes soup and salad, savory and dessert crepes, wine and coffee. For more info, call 303-534-1620.
Il Mondo Vecchio, 1174 South Cherokee Street, will present a Personal Salumi: Dry Sausage class, which will teach the basics of making sausage, as well as safe practices specifically associated with making dry sausage. Class runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $110; call 303-744-6328 or visit www.ilmondovecchio.com.
Friday, January 21:
The City of Aurora will present a Fireside Fondue Wine Dinner cooking class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Admission is $49 to $64; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.
Saturday, January 22:
The City of Aurora will offer a Core Techniques Series cooking class focusing on Stocks and Sauces from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Tuition is $70 to $215 (for the series); call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.
The City of Aurora will present a kids' cooking class, Wild Wild West, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Tuition is $39 to $51; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.
Hush will present an Introductory Dinner to Row 14, 891 14th Street, featuring Row 14 owner David Schneider and former Frasca alum chef Arik Markus. For details, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.hushdenver.com.
Il Mondo Vecchio, 1174 South Cherokee Street, will present a Whole Hog Hoedown class, with a whole whole hog carcass breakdown and instruction on common retail cuts, best cooking techniques, recipe suggestions and more. It runs from noon to 4 p.m. and costs $220; call 303-744-6328 or visit www.ilmondovecchio.com.
TG Danzport, 8101 East Belleview Avenue, will host the Colorado Tartan Day Highland Tea, a tea served by kilted gentlemen, with dancing and live music at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $15 to $20; visit www.coloradotartanday.com.
Sunday, January 23:
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Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge, 930 Lincoln Street, will present the Docent Dinner, a monthly guided dinner taking guests through the art of Dazzle and the elegance of the kitchen; this month, meet artists M.D. Friedman and Ray Snyder over a three-course meal. The event starts at 4 p.m. and costs $20; call 303-839-5100 or visit www.dazzlejazz.com.
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.