There's a lot of wine on this week's culinary calendar -- but you'll also find beer, tequila, pesto and cherry pie. Keep reading for a taste of what's ahead:
Monday, July 18:
Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, hosts Women & Wine, a casual tasting of food and wines crafted by established women winemakers from around the world. It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $30; call 303-831-7310 or visit www.stringsrestaurant.com.
Tuesday, July 19:
The Wine Loft, 1527 Wazee Street, hosts Uncork, Sip & Savor; sample wines from countries where Project C.U.R.E. has provided relief, including South Africa, Chile and Argentina; proceeds will benefit Project C.U.R.E. It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Call 303-284-3493 or visit www.thewineloft.net.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, hosts a Pesto Party, discussing pesto preparation and including a pesto-centric dinner. It runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $41; call 720-865-3580 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.
El Diablo, 101 Broadway, hosts the Gemini in July five-course tequila dinner featuring Gemini tequilas plus Root Down/Linger guest chef Daniel Asher and guest mixologist Carrie Scroggins. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $75; call 303-954-0324.
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, 5150 North Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs, hosts a Catamount Institute fundraiser; show a flier and 15 percent of food sales will benefit Catamount. It runs from 5 to 9 p.m.; call 719-268-0505 or visit www.bjsrestaurants.com.
Wednesday, July 20:
Crested Butte presents the Crested Butte Land Trust Wine & Food Festival through Sunday, July 24, showcasing amazing cuisine with wines from around the country, the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour and guest appearances from several local chefs, including Matt Selby, Eric Skokan and Alex Seidel. Visit www.crestedbuttewine.com.
Thursday, July 21:
Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, hosts a Toast & Roast of Noel and Tammy Cunningham, celebrating 25 years of Strings with a four-course prix-fixe menu served family style; you must make a reservation to get on the list. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $65; call 303-831-7310 or visit www.stringsrestaurant.com.
Snowmass Village hosts the Snowmass Culinary & Arts Festival through Saturday, July 23, including celebrity chefs Hosea Rosenberg and Richard Sandoval, plus vendors, tastings and more. Call 800-SNOWMASS or visit www.snowmassvillage.com.
Friday, July 22:
Mile High Station, 2027 West Colfax Avenue, presents the Summer Brew Fest, featuring dozens of breweries pouring more than 125 different brews, plus live music. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m. for VIP, 7 to 10 for general admission, and costs $30 to $45; visit www.denverbrewfest.com.
Crimson & Gold Tavern, 2017 South University Boulevard, presents Beers for Books: Room to Read Fundraiser. One dollar from every beer purchase will provide a local-language book for children in a developing nation. The fundraiser also includes a pig roast (free pulled pork!) and raffle prizes. It starts at 6 p.m.; visit www.roomtoread.org.
Saturday, July 23:
The Food Truck Renegades Party -- The Sequel! can be found at 2300 Walnut Street, with gourmet street food, libations, music and more. It runs from 3 to 9 p.m.; visit www.facebook.com/justiceleaguestreetfood.
Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria, 410 East 7th Avenue, hosts the Dog Days of Summer Wine Tasting, a benefit for Denver Dumb Friends League that caters to dogs and their owners. Featuring refreshing wines (from Cru Vin Dogs), paired appetizers and house-made, gourmet dog treats, it runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and costs $18; call 303-861-9463 or visit www.lalaswinebar.com.
Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 North Lincoln Avenue in Loveland, presents the Cherry Pie Celebration, featuring children's activities, booths, pie, ice cream, cookies and live music, plus contests and more. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m.; call 970-962-2410 or visit www.ci.loveland.co.us.
Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th Street in Boulder, presents the Rocky Mountain Tea Festival, with workshops, seminars, tea parties, tastings and more through Sunday, July 24. Visit www.boulderdushanbeteahouse.com/teafest.html.
Sunday, July 24:
Dazzle, 930 Lincoln Street, hosts Docent Dinner #7 with artists Nemo and Håkan Carheden discussing their art and influences over a three-course meal. It starts at 4 p.m. and costs $25, $10 additional for wine pairings, and reservations are required. Call 303-839-5100 or visit www.dazzlejazz.com.
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