Culinary calendar for the week: Chocolate, stouts and Valentine's Day alternatives

Culinary calendar for the week: Chocolate, stouts and Valentine's Day alternatives

Celebrate the days leading up to Valentine's Day (and Fat Tuesday) with an array of chocolate-centric events, wine dinners and much more. Here's a taste of what's ahead:

Monday, February 8:

The Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, presents Say It With Chocolate from 4 to 7 p.m., an all-you-can-eat chocolate festival with live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $20 and benefit the Third Way Center. Visit or call 303-436-1070.

Terroir, 246 Main Street in Longmont, will donate 15 percent of the evening's sales to the Boulder County AIDS Project; make reservations at 303-651-0630 or

Tuesday, February 9:

As part of its Stout Month, Mountain Sun is sponsoring a vertical tasting of Avery Brewing's "The Czar," 2005-2009, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Southern Sun Brewery, 627 South Broadway in Boulder. For info, call 303-543-0886 or visit

An array of courses, including wine pairings from Eagle Vale winery in Margaret River, Australia, will be served up at Venue, 3609 West 32nd Avenue, starting at 6:30 p.m. It's $50 to attend; call 303-477-0477 or visit for more details.

Importer John Salamanski will be present at an evening of food and wine at Mizuna, 225 East Seventh Avenue. Limited-production wines from Sonoma and Anderson Valley will be paired with a five-course meal that starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100; visit or call 303-832-4778.

The Mercury Café, 2199 California Street, hosts "Conscious Eating: Food Choices and the Natural World," a discussion of food choices with panelists Kate Lawrence, Keith Akers, Adam Brock and Larry Weiss. Admission is a $5 suggested donation, and the discussion goes down from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 303-294-9281 or visit

Thursday, February 11:

Get in the mood for Fat Tuesday at a Mardi Gras Warm-Up Rum Dinner, featuring cocktails and daiquiris made with a variety of rums, a four-course dinner, a sneak-peek at Big Easy Lager and a New Orleans jazz trio. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. at Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, and costs $40; call 303-297-2700 or visit

The Infinite Monkey Theorem and Opus are teaming up for a Characteristic Wine Dinner, which mirrors common characteristics found in many wines. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Opus, 2575 West Main Street in Littleton, and costs $65; call 303-703-6787 or visit

Peaks Lounge in the Hyatt Regency Denver, 650 15th Street, is hosting a Chocolate Lounge today through Valentine's Day, with four wine stations paired with nineteen different chocolates. Admission is $15 per station or $45 for all four. Reservations are recommended; call 303-486-4433.

Friday, February 12:

Bring a $5 bill to Randolph's Restaurant and Bar, 1776 Grant Street, today for a Lincoln's Birthday special; a large cheese pizza and soda for five bucks. Call 303-318-7272 or visit

Saturday, February 13:

Avery IPA, White Rascal and Ellie's Brown Ale will be pouring on the decks at Eldora Mountain Resort's Brews BBQ, alongside tunes and tasty BBQ. For details, 303-440-8700 or visit

The Culinary Connectors Top Restaurant Tour will run from Z Cuisine (2245 West 30th Avenue) and stop at Vesta Dipping Grill and Jonesy's on a chef-led, chauffeured tour. The tour runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and costs $99; call 303-495-5487.

Sunday, February 14:

Super Star Asian, 2200 West Alameda Avenue, offers a Traditional Lion Dance to celebrate the Chinese New Year; for more info, call 303-727-9889.

The Blue Pig Gallery, 119 West Third Street in Palisade, presents Pig Tails & Wine Trails, free art-and-vineyard tours running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. For more info, call 970-464-4819 or visit

And yes, it's also Valentine's Day -- and there are dozens of romantic ways to mark the holiday. For some sweet suggestions, look at our online Food & Drink listings.


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