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Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Raw food and Females on Fire

There's a lot going on in the local culinary world this week, from raw food to Females on fire, bourbon to beer. Here's a taste of what's ahead:

Monday, January 11:

Stephanie Tourles, author of Raw Energy: 124 Raw Food Recipes for Energy Bars, Smoothies and Other Snacks to Supercharge Your Body, signs her book and offers a demonstration and food samples at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street. Call 303-436-1070 or visit

TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, hosts its first-ever Mixologist Monday with special guest bartender Michael Martenson of Ron Zacapa Rum, who -- alongside TAG bar manager Mike Henderson -- will be serving up such delicious combinations as the French One 75 and many more. It runs from 5 to 10 p.m., and you can RSVP on Facebook; call 303-996-9985 or visit

The West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, is hosting a Bourbon Three Way; you can taste the West End's exclusive Buffalo Trace bourbon from the barrel, in a prix-fixe meal created by the chef or in a beer created by Avery Brewing Company; the event runs until the keg is dry, and it costs $50 per person. For more information, including a full menu, visit

Learn how to create fresh, seasonal meals at Cook Street School of Fine Cooking's Light and Healthy class from 6 to 9:30 p.m. tonight; it costs $79, and you can sign up at 303-308-9300 or Cook Street is at 1937 Market Street.

Tuesday, January 12:

Twisted Pine Brewing Co. at 3201 Walnut Street in Boulder is hosting the Twisted Pine Potluck, the first annual beer potluck dinner which will feature only dishes that incorporate a Twisted Pine brew as an ingredient. Prizes will be awarded for the top three dishes; the potluck is from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $5. Participation is limited, so sign up early at or 303-786-9270.

Jax Fish House, 1539 17th Street, hosts Females on Fire: A Celebration of Female Chef Talent in Denver, a cocktail hour and five-course dinner collaboration with paired wines featuring top local women chefs. Proceeds will benefit the Females on Fire Culinary Scholarship; the meal is $100, and reservations are required. It starts at 6 p.m.; call 303-292-5767 or visit

Wednesday, January 13:

Head to Tambien, 250 Steele Street, for Beyond Jose, a free tequila tasting for women (and the men who love them), featuring giveaways from Lather A Salon. It takes place from 7 to 9 p.m.; call 303-333-1763.

The City of Aurora hosts a cooking class, Soup and Sandwich Combos, at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. The class is $43 to $56 and takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; sign up at or 303-326-8630.

Stop by Lovely Confections Bakery, 1489 Steele Street, Unit C, for the Happy on the Hill Holiday Recovery Party, featuring hors d'ouevre, adult beverages and, of course, cupcakes. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m.; visit or call 720-297-3360.

Friday, January 15:

Avery Tap Room, 5763 Arapahoe Avenue, releases its Black Tot imperial oatmeal stout (aged in Gosling Rum barrels) and celebrates with Black Tot Day: Then and Now. Visit the tap room for your only guaranteed chance to pick up some of the stout from 5 to 8 p.m.; call 303-440-4324 or visit

Saturday, January 16:

The mixologists at the Bitter Bar, 835 Walnut Street in Boulder, are teaching a series of cocktail classes where you'll learn tricks of the trade and new techniques for building the perfect cocktail. Shake, Swizzle, Stir: El Amor Cocktails takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. today and costs $25; for information, visit

Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, is putting on a Parade of Darks. Sample more than 25 brown ales, porters, doppelbocks, stouts, dunkels, barley wines, dubbels and other rich beers from Wynkoop, Lost Abbey, Left Hand, Stone, Boulder Beer, Great Divide, Back Country, Breckenridge, Bull & Bush, New Belgium and more. Samples are $1 apiece, and the parade runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 303-297-2700 or visit

The City of Aurora hosts a cooking class, Rock the Wok, at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. The class is $43 to $56 and takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; sign up at or 303-326-8630.

Sunday, January 17:

Opus Restaurant, 2575 West Main Street in Littleton, is hosting a dinner for its Adventurous Eaters Club that's also open to the public. An admission price of $40 gets you in the door for the 7 p.m., three-course meal and does not include tax or gratuity. Call 303-703-6787 or visit

Four downtown Littleton eateries will host the Progressive Dinner and Haiku Celebration. Haiku contest awards will be made over dessert and coffee after the last stop; tickets are $79, and reservations are required for the 4:45, 5:45 or 6:45 p.m. tours. Visit