This week, Rick Bayless, the Top Chef Masters winner, will be hanging around the Highlands Ranch/Parker area for some special events; other foodie fun includes the Fresh Hop Celebration and Breckenridge's Craft Spirits Festival. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Monday, October 11:
Osteria Marco, 1453 Larimer Street, hosts a Slow Taste of Italy, featuring local and sustainable ingredients used in authentic Italian meals. You'll taste five courses paired with wines from all over Italy; the dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $90. Call 303-534-5855 or visit www.osteriamarco.com.
Tuesday, October 12:
Cafe Aion, 1235 Pennsylvania Avenue in Boulder, and Culinary Connectors present the Culinary Connectors Supper Club at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $59; call 303-993-8131 to sign up, and visit www.culinaryconnectors.com for details.
The City of Aurora presents a culinary class, Harvest Bounty Wines. It runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Summer Valley Recreation Center, 17400 East Lehigh Place in Aurora, and costs $22 to $29. Call 303-326-8630.
Wednesday, October 13:
The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Perfect Pairings: Appetizers and Cocktails. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $48 to $62. Call 303-326-8630.
Jax Fish House, 928 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents the Hosea Rosenberg Monthly Dinner Series. This month's theme is Octoberfest. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and costs $100; sign up at 303-444-1811 or www.jaxfishhouseboulder.com.
Enjoy A Day with Rick Bayless, the Top Chef Masters winner, who will be at the Old Blinking Light Kitchen & Cocktails, 9344 South Dorchester Street in Highlands Ranch, at noon for an exclusive lunch; at Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10249 Ridgegate Circle in Littleton, at 3 p.m. for a cooking demonstration and tasting; and at the Wildlife Experience Museum, 10035 South Peoria Street in Parker, at 6 p.m. for an author reception and presentation. Visit www.douglascountylibraries.org or call 303-791-7323 for tickets, $30 to $125.
Avery Tap Room, 5757 Arapahoe Avenue, Unit B1, in Boulder, presents the Rumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale Release Party; the rum barrel-aged ale, a draft-only released, will be available starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but you must pay for beer. Call 303-440-4324 or visit www.averybrewing.com.
Thursday, October 14:
Terroir, 246 Main Street in Longmont, presents a Hard Apple Cider Dinner, five courses paired with hard cider, with both regular and vegetarian menus available. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $45; call 303-651-0630 or visit www.terroir-restaurant.com.
The Wildlife Experience Museum, 10035 South Peoria Street in Parker, presents Movie and a Martini, screening Psycho. The evening comprises a cocktail hour with martinis and treats, popcorn and the film. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $20 to $25; call 720-448-3300 or visit www.thewildlifeexperience.com.
The City of Aurora presents a culinary class, Harvest Bounty Wines. It runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $22 to $29. Call 303-326-8630.
Chautauqua Dining Hall, 900 Baseline Road, hosts A Taste of Fall, paired beer and global street food presented by Hosea Rosenberg and Avery Brewing. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $125; call 303-440-3776 or visit www.dininghall.net.
The Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, presents A World of Taste: India. Explore exotic ingredients and classic dishes; includes a meal complete with a glass of wine and dessert. It runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $79; call 303-308-9300 or visit www.cookstreet.com.
Masten Fine Art, 429 East 17th Avenue, hosts an Ooh La La! Wine Tasting Party with wines from around the world and live gypsy jazz. It runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is free; call 303-832-6565.
Friday, October 15:
Enjoy more than 100 wines from thirteen countries, plus art and jewelry, to benefit the Denver Dumb Friends' League at Water2Wine, 9608 East Arapahoe Road in Englewood, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Call 303-799-9463 or visit www.water2wine.com.
Saturday, October 16:
The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Vietnamese Cuisine. It runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $43 to $56. Call 303-326-8630.
The World Food Program Committee of Denver is participating in World Food Day and working with local restaurants to increase awareness, understanding and action to fight hunger. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Aurora presents a kids' cooking class, Hauntingly Healthy, for ages 7 to 12. It runs from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $24 to $631. Call 303-326-8630.
Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake Street, offers a Fresh Hop Celebration where you can taste this season's fresh hop ales while listening to live music by Trout Steak Revival. Admission is $20, and the festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. Call 303-293-8338 or visit www.fallingrocktaphouse.com.
Peter Reinhart and eight other wood-fired pizza chefs will teach attendees to the Hands-On Wood-Fired Pizza Workshops -- continuing through Sunday, October 17 -- about pizza doughs, bread baking, international cuisine and desserts. It takes place at the 63rd Street Farm, 3796 North 63rd Street in Boulder; visit http://theultimatepie.eventbrite.com to sign up.
Twisted Pine Brewing Co., 3201 Walnut Street in Boulder, presents Ich Bin Ein Hoppy, Swartz Bock and a Kolsch beer for the Twisted Pine Oktoberfest. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and there is no cover charge. Call 303-786-9270 or visit www.twistedpinebrewery.com.
Sunday, October 17:
Indulge French Bistro, 4140 West 38th Avenue, presents an Evening With the Winemaker, featuring three decadent courses paired with Costieres de Nimes wines, with the winemaker in attendance. It starts at 5 p.m. and costs $65; call 303-433-7400 or visit www.indulgefrenchbistro.com/index.html.
The Boulder Brew Bus leaves from the West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, and visits Upslope, Avery and Twisted Pine breweries every Sunday at 5:30 p.m. The tour costs $30; call 303-444-3535 or visit www.thewestendtavern.com.
Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West 10th Avenue, presents Brunch & Broncos: Every Sunday during football season, enjoy bloody bourbons, fresh-squeezed wine spritzers, game-day garage parking and free orange crush shots with every Bronco touchdown, plus a special brunch menu. It starts at 10 a.m.; call 720-479-8829 or visit www.interstaterestaurant.com.
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.