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Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Melo and Lala's cake designer at Park Meadows

"Carmelo's favorite color is red, which was dominant in the decor and the cake. The inside was red velvet with cream cheese fillings, alternating with chocolate cake, chocolate cream, & dark chocolate ganache (Lala's favorite). We used gold to add luxury. Real gold was used for centuries with food to promote long life, faithful marriage, and fertility. We also wove in a subtle basketball texture."

That's the word from Ron Ben-Israel, who designed the wedding cake for Carmelo Anthony and Lala Vasquez; he'll be appearing at Park Meadows on Saturday, August 7. Here's a taste of what else is on the culinary calendar this week:

Monday, August 2:

Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, offers a "Sizzling Summer Sauces" class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuition is $70; call 303-377-3222 or visit

Chautauqua, 900 Baseline Road in Boulder, hosts StrEat Chefs, Hosea Rosenberg's gourmet truck that will be cooking up a unique tasting menu of street-inspired dishes from around the world (priced from $6.95 to $10.95). StrEat Chefs gets rolling at 5 p.m.: call 303-440-3776 or visit

Vita Restaurant, 1575 Boulder Street, hosts a launch party for Olmeca Altos tequila from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For info, call 303-477-4600 or go to

Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts a wine dinner featuring 2009 of Scarpetta vintages. The dinner is $45, and wine pairings add another $30 to $45; call 303-442-6966 or visit

Tuesday, August 3:

The City of Aurora offers "Food Art," a cooking class for teens, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Tuition is $32 for Aurora residents (ages 12-16) and $42 for others; for more info, call 303-326-8360.

The next in the Five at Five Series -- in which each Five chef opens his kitchen to the other four for one night only -- is set for Troy Guard's TAG, 1441 Larimer Street; get more details at

From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Real de Minas III, 6775 Cornerstar Way in Aurora, hosts a free Tequila Tasting Tour with samples from Corzo, Cazadores, Herradura, El Jimador and Antiguo. Call 303-766-2207 or visit

The Tavern Tech Center, 5335 DTC Boulevard in Englewood, hosts a benefit "Step Up for Cancer Happy Hour"; for details, call 303-221-4660.

Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, offers "Culinary Techniques: Basic Skills Every Cook Should Know" from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today and August 10. The two-part class costs $135; for more info, call 303-377-3222 or visit

Wednesday, August 4:

Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, offers "Culinary Techniques Series: Fish and Seafood Workshop" from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The class costs $75; call 303-377-3222 or visit

Rebuilding Together Metro Denver hosts its second annual Summer Wine Tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Denver Design Center, 595 South Broadway; sommeliers will be on hand to give tasting notes and recommendations. Admission is $30 and up; visit

Thursday, August 5:

The City of Aurora offers "Red Hot Wines" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. The class costs $22 for Aurora residents and $29 for the general public;call 303-326-8360.

Friday, August 6:

Infinite Monkey Theorem, 931 West Fifth Avenue, serves up First Fridays with Drunken Monkey: Art Under the Influence, with live music and wine by the glass starting at 5 p.m. For more info, visit

The Make-a-Wish Foundation hosts Wine & Wishes, a benefit with wine and food at the Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California Street. Tickets are $40; call 303-337-2515.

Head to Dillon for BBQ at the Summit, a celebration of live music and food through Saturday, August 7. Get more details at or call 1-866-503-5400.

Chefs from Beaver Creek restaurants will give free culinary demonstrations on the plaza in the Bon Appetit tent in Beaver Creek today through Saturday, August 7. For more details, visit

Saturday, August 7:

Woodland Park hosts Vino and Notes, a wine, food and jazz festival, from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $20; call 719-686-7775 or visit

Clear Creek History Park, 11th and Arapahoe streets in Golden, offers a hands-on workshop on Woodstove Cooking from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It costs just $5 for materials.

Brides-to-be can learn how to create a celebrity wedding on a budget with cake designer Ron Ben-Israel, who created Carmelo and LaLa's wedding cake. He'll be at the Park Meadows Shopping Center, 8401 Park Meadows Center Drive, at noon; visit

The Celebrity Chef Tour brings a multi-course dinner featuring the food of Bradford Thompson to the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court in Steamboat Springs; proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and costs $175; visit

Black Cat chef/owner Eric Skokan will discuss "The Selfishness of Sustainability" at Chautauqua Dining Hall, 900 Baseline Road in Boulder, at 4 p.m.; admission is $25. For more info, call 303-440-3776 or visit

Experience "Dinner in White," a mysterious fundraiser for the AMC Cancer Fund, at a location that won't be released until an hour before dinner -- which you provide with a picnic or buy from the Deluxe food truck. Admission is $50; call 303-239-3339 or visit for whatever info is available.

Sunday, August 8:

Sean Yontz and Savory Travel present an excursion to Oaxaca, Mexico, for $2,995, running through Saturday, August 14. Visit

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.