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.
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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.