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Top ten culinary events for January -- so far

Top ten culinary events for January -- so far
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Hurry up and recover from your New Year's Eve celebrations, because there are plenty of events on the culinary calendar. Keep reading for a taste of the food and wine events set for January -- and if we've missed one of your favorites, post details in the comments section below.

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1. World Renowned Chef Event Famed chefs José Andrés and Nobu Matsuhisa will collaborate on a seven-course meal at Matsuhisa Vail, located at 141 East Meadow Drive, on January 4-5 from 5 to 10 p.m.These two every different chefs -- the first hailing from Spain, the second from Japan -- will not only meld their two culinary styles together, but their collaboration will also celebrate the 400th anniversary of the official bilateral relations between Spain and Japan. Tickets are $250 per person and some seats are available; reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 970-476-6628.

2. Wine and Cheese Classes at Wine & Whey Check out the creative classes at Wine & Whey, at 3559 Larimer Street, which resume on January 4. Some of the classes include mozzarella, ricotta and feta cheese-making, which include hands-on instruction and samples served with house wine. Wine & Whey owner Pamela Zorn will also instruct guests on how to make homemade wine; wine classes include a session roughly 45 days after the first one that allows students to finish up the wine, apply personalized labels and take home three full-sized bottles. Tuition ranges from $30 to $60 depending on the class; find more details on the Wine & Whey website.

3. Grand Opening Party at Stem Ciders Stem Ciders, an up-and-coming homemade cider company, will host a soft opening from 1 to 10 p.m. on January 4 at 2811 Walnut Street, Suite 150; the grand opening is set for 3 p.m. January 10. That party will include live musical entertainment as well as food trucks so you can buy snacks to accompany the free tastes of cider. (Bring extra cash for more cider.)

4. Frasca's Monday Night Wine Dinner Frasca Food & Wine is known for its authentic northeastern Italian food -- but it's also praised for its fabulous wine dinners hosted every Monday night. The latest series begins January 6 and runs until January 27, with wine experts pairing wines with chef/co-owner Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson's four-course seasonal menu. In addition to the pairings, Frasca co-owner and Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey will also be on-hand to welcome new winemakers and introduce customers to Frasca's James Beard Foundation Award-nominated wine service. Tickets are $50 per person, not including optional wine pairing for $45 to $50 per person; make your reservation by calling 303-442-6966. Find a full schedule of the dinners on the Frasca website.

5. Best Grilled Cheese Competition Steve's Snappin' Dogs will host a contest for Denver chefs and restaurants to create the best grilled cheese. The charity fundraiser runs from 1 to 3 p.m. January 11, and will be judged by a local celebrity panel with the audience voting for the people's choice. For more information on how to join the competition, visit the Chow Down for Charity website or call Mike Wheaton at 303-578-2330.   6. Dine out for Earth Rock the Earth, a national environmental advocacy organization, will host a celebrity chef fundraising event from 6 to 9:30 p.m. January 12 at Coohills. Local chefs -- including Charlie Ayers (Calafia Café), Chef Bob Blair (Fuel Café), Tom Coohill (Coohills), Daniel Asher (Root Down and Linger), Troy Guard (TAG) and Justin Brunson (Old Major) -- will create a six-course, locally-sourced menu paired with brews from Great Divide Brewing Company, wine from Infinite Monkey Theorem and cocktails from Roundhouse Spirits. There will also be musical entertainment provided by local DJ Russo along with a silent auction of music memorabilia and art. Tickets are $85 per person; find out more at Rock the Earth's website.

7. 9th Annual Pinot Posse From January 12-14, the Pinot Posse will visit Colorado restaurants for seminars and testings, as well as special dinners. The posse includes seven of the top Pinot Noir producers, including Loring Wine Company, Bonaccorsi Wine Company and August West. The first event will be a $150 dinner at The Broadmoor on January 12; for reservations, call 719-577-5733. The second will be held on January 13 at Oak at Fourteenth; call 303-444-3622. The final event will be January 14 at Ajax Tavern; call 970-920-6334.

8. BRU Beer Dinner: Ode to Shellfish On January 14, Ian Clark, executive chef and brewmaster at BRU handbuilt ales, will host a beer dinner featuring shellfish. The four-course meal will feature dishes with oysters, shrimp and mussels paired with BRU's various homemade beers. Tickets are $45 per person; reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 720-638-5193.

9. Bones Anniversary Dinner The end of 2013 marked the fifth anniversary of Frank Bonanno's Bones. To celebrate, Bonanno and executive chef Johnny DiPierro will prepare a seven-course prix fixe meal with optional beverage pairings on January 16, with 6:30 and 8 p.m. seatings. The chefs will prepare some throwback favorites such as crab rolls and lobster cavatelli, and also debut a few new creations, including waygu sashimi and oxtail-lengua ramen. Tickets are $50; for reservations, call 303-860-2929.

10. 3rd Annual Sommelier Bootcamp The three-day event at The Broadmoor features interactive workshops hosted by Master Sommeliers Jay Fletcher and Damon Ornowski, along with the rest of the wine team at the Broadmoor. The bootcamp begins on January 31 with a reception; February 1 will feature workshops and a multi-course dinner in the Penrose with wine and gourmet chocolate pairings. Bootcamp concludes with an "All That Sparkles," workshop, followed by Summit Brunch for those who buy a three-night package. For more details, go to the Broadmoor website or call 866-634-7711 ext. 5775.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.



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