Melissa Harrison
Melissa Harrison

Today: A celebrity cook-off, wine-tasting event and the kick-off to Telluride's wine festival

Tonight, from 6 to 9 p.m., TrueChild, a national organization that works to abolish child stereotyping, is hosting a reception, silent auction and the "True Flavors Celebrity Cook-off" at Mise En Place, 1801 Wynkoop Street. The match-up features two culinary teams, one led by Top Chef's Melissa Harrison, who cooks at Boulder's Happy Noodle House, 835 Walnut Street, the other by Denver native, now Los Angeles-based chef Alex Eusebio, also a contestant on Top Chef Season 5, both of whom have 35 minutes to prepare a cocktail and three-course meal from a basket of mystery ingredients. Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased from www.truechild.org/trueflavors.

Also on tap for tonight, Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, is wooing oenophiles with a wine-tasting featuring appetizers and 25 wines crafted by women winemakers and women-owned wineries to benefit Dress for Success, a non-profit that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The event begins at 6 p.m. and tickets are $25; call 303-831-7310 for more info.

Today also kicks off the Telluride Wine Festival, four delicious days of cooking demonstrations, winemaker dinners, winemaker luncheons, gourmet brunches and grand tastings focused around the mountain town's soaring 14,000-foot peaks. Both individual event tickets and full packages can be purchased at the festival or by going to www.telluridewinefestival.com.

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