Here's a sample of the week's culinary events to whet your appetite; for much, much more, look at our Food and Drink listings in the online calendar.
Monday, September 28: Alba introduces Mezzo Mondays, when all bottles of wine are half-price starting at 5:30 p.m. Visit www.albaboulder.com.
Tuesday, September 29, 5-8 p.m.: Beer and Cheese Pairing at Great Divide Brewing Co, 2201 Arapahoe Street, with five artisan cheeses paired with five Great Divide brews; RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot, and visit www.greatdivide.com for more information.
Wednesday, September 30: Culinary School of the Rockies hosts the Dining Room, a three-course, bistro-style dinner featuring fresh, local, seasonal ingredients paired with wine. The meal is $45, and seatings at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. are available; call 303-494-7988 or visit www.culinaryschoolrockies.com.
Thursday, October 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: You be the judge at Randolph's Judge's Table event, where you can taste more than fifteen items from award-winning chef Kristen Cofrades and vote on what should be included on the fall menu. Tickets are $20.09; call 303-318-7272.
Thursday, October 1: The third annual Redstone Mead Dinner at Restaurant 4580 in Boulder will pair five courses with mead; vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. The dinner is $40; RSVP at 303-448-1500.
Friday, October 2: Art Under the Influence, a First Friday event pairing wine with light appetizers at Infinite Monkey Theorem, 931 West Fifth Avenue. This is the last of the season! Visit www.infinitemonkeytheorem.com.
Friday, October 2: The Wazee Supper Club hosts the Gorilla Gathering from 5 to 8 p.m., when you can sign up for the annual Denver Gorilla Run (which supports the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund) and sip some Silverback Smoked Porter -- with 25 percent of the porter proceeds benefiting the fund. For details, call 303-623-9518.
Saturday, October 3: The inaugural Denver Chili Fest celebrates Denver's unofficial food, green chile. Admission is $5 or two canned food donations for Food Bank of the Rockies. Call 303-316-8002 or visit www.denverchilifest.com.
Saturday, October 3: The Infinite Monkey Theorem, Fruition and Table 6 are collaborating on the Pig & Pie Farm Raising Benefit; Ben Parsons, Alex Seidel and Aaron Forman are your hosts. $40 buys all you can eat plus a glass of wine; proceeds go toward Fruition's new herb and vegetable garden. RSVP to 970-260-0710.
Saturday, October 3: The folks at Marczyk's Fine Foods have been roasting pigs for years -- seven, to be exact -- and you can pig out today at the annual urban Pig Roast at 770 East 17th Avenue.
Saturday, October 3: Kings Land Chinese Seafood Restaurant hosts the Harvest Moon celebration, a benefit for the Nathan Yip Foundation. Donation is $35; RSVP by September 28 to nathanyipfoundation.org.
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Saturday, October 3 - Sunday, October 4: The 34th annual Lakewood Cider Days runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for kids; call 303-987-7850 or visit www.lakewood.org/hca.
Sunday, October 4: From noon to 6 p.m., Denver's urban vineyard hosts the annual Balistreri Harvest Party. Sample new wine releases, munch on hors d'oeuvres and roasted pig, and watch the kids stomp grapes. Admission is $55 in advance; visit www.balistreriwine.com.
Sunday, October 4: Boulder's Black Cat Bistro hosts a Dirt Dinner focusing on the not-so-humble potato. It's $38 per person for the three-course meal, and a complimentary bottle of wine comes with the purchase of two tickets. Call 303-444-5500.