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Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Wine dinners and Breakfast for Boobs

The upcoming week is overflowing with wine tastings and dinners, many to benefit great causes, but there's also a long-awaited beer release, the continuation of the Green Routes tour and much more taking place in Denver's culinary scene. Here's a taste of what's ahead:

Monday, April 12:

The Tennyson Center for Children holds a wine tasting at Morton's, 1710 Wynkoop Street, with a silent auction and a chance to meet select vintners. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $150 per guest; call 720-855-3316.

Stop by SAME Cafe, for the Green Route Restaurant Tour, free tours with appetizer and drink specials plus the chance to meet with owners and chefs. It runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; call 303-720-6850 or visit to sign up.

The Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, presents Food Fight: Retaking Our Plates, a film series focusing on food. This week: Food Fight. The film screens from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free to attend; call 720-865-1111 or visit

Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts its Monday Night Wine Dinner Robert Weil, who will present the wines of Germany's Weingut Robert Weil. Admission is $45, plus extra for the wine pairings; call 303-442-6966 or visit

Solera, 5410 East Colfax Avenue, offers a Simi Wine Dinner with wine-maker Steve Reeder and five courses paired with wine. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 303-388-8429 or visit

Tuesday, April 13:

Lala's, 410 East 7th Avenue, offers one of its semi-annual four-course gluten-free wine dinners (with several choices of entrée), in addition to a full gluten-free menu. It costs $49.95; get information at and make reservations at 303-861-9463.

Eat Pizza for MS today at the Mellow Mushroom, 2154 East Commons Avenue in Littleton; 10 percent of your bill will be donated to the National MS Society. Call 720-353-4300 or visit

Wednesday, April 14:

The Margarita, 7350 Pine Creek Road, offers a Spice Route Wine Dinner along the theme "Flavors of the Clove: Ancient Routes." It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $60; call 719-598-8667.

The Blending Cellar, 946 Pearl Street in Boulder,presents a North by Northwest Wine Tasting featuring Oregon and Washington state. Enjoy ten to twelve wines from the regios, including pinot gris, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and more with sommelier David Miller. It runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and costs $25 for regular and $40 for reserve tasting; call 303-477-0475 for reservations.

Which 'Wich, 6750 South Cornerstar Way in Aurora, hosts Dining Out for CASA; meet the special guest host from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., enjoy delicious cuisine and more. The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; visit or call 303-357-3900.

Arugula Bar e Ristorante, 2785 Iris Avenue, offers a Jack Rabbit Hill Biodynamic Wine Maker's Dinner, a five-course dinner paired with wines. Winemaker Lance Hanson will be in attendance. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $65; call 303-443-5100 or visit

Opus, 2575 West Main Street in Littleton, presents the winemaker Kevin Hall/Alexander Valley Vineyards Dinner, a four-course meal featuring Alexander Valley Vineyards wine. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $59; call 303-703-6787 or visit

Firenze a Tavola, 4401 Tennyson Street, brings back its Community Table multi-course meal centered around a theme (springtime is this go-round's inspiration). It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $30. Call 303-561-0234 or visit

Thursday, April 15:

Enjoy two free bite-sized Cinnacake classic, chocolate passion, vanilla bliss or 24-carrot cake cupcakes at any local Cinnabon for Tax Day. Visit

Cook Street, 1937 Market Street, hosts a High Altitude Baking class; learn the secrets of successful mile-high baking, plus hints, tips and troubleshooting from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $89; call 303-308-9300 or visit

Zinfandel Advocates and Producers will conduct a public Zinfandel Tasting at Mile High Station, 2027 West Colfax Avenue, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; it's $40 to attend. Register at or 530-274-4900.

The monthly Hop Disciples meeting takes place at Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street, at 6 p.m.; enjoy education and tasting with the masters. An RSVP is required to [email protected] or 303-296-9460, ext. 26.

Friday, April 16:

The Chocolate Yeti Dunkel Weiss Release Party runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street. The $15 admission includes three drink tickets and food paired with the beer. Call 303-296-9460 or visit

Twenty local leaders will test their tortilla-making skills against one another to benefit Clinica Tepeyac at Tortillas for Tepeyac. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Stapleton Recreation Center, 5090 Broadway. Call 303-295-4482.

Lodo's Bar & Grill, 1946 Market Street, hosts the Base Camp Bash, the Cottonwood Institute's annual fundraiser featuring appetizers, an auction, a snowboarding Wii competition and much more. It runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and admission is $30 to $35; visit

The Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, once again offers its annual DAM Uncorked fundraiser. Sample wines from around the world; tickets include general admission to the museum for the whole day. DAM Uncorked runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $70 to $90 to taste, $35 for designated drives. You can also pay an additional $35 to start early at 5 p.m. Call 720-865-5000 or visit

Marczyk's Fine Foods presents wine from around the world, beers and Leopold Bros. liquors at the Taste for Teller Wine Tasting at the Tears-McFarlane House, 1290 Williams Street. Admission is $35 and the tasting runs from 6 to 8 p.m.; visit

Saturday, April 17:

The Culinary Connectors Top Restaurant Tour stops at Table 6, 609 Corona Street, before traveling to Fruition; the tour includes chauffeured transportation, candid and informal chef interactions, demonstrations and more. It runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and costs $99; call 303-495-5487.

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: Rum Cocktails 101 takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. today and costs $25; for information, visit

Heirloom Gardens, 4460 Winona Court, presents Getting the Most Out of Your Home Garden. Maximize the production of your garden space by creating a master plan, soil preparation, seed starting, companion planting, succession planting, spacing, organic pest and disease management and more. It starts at 1 p.m. and costs $30; call 303-956-7203 or visit

Take your kitchen garden to the next level and maximize your space for optimum production with the Small Space Kitchen Garden Design Workshop, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street. Admission is $130 to $166; call 720-865-3500 or visit

Trinity Brewing, 1466 Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs, hosts its annual Saison and Farmhouse Ale Festival. Admission is $30 to $35, which includes a complimentary tasting glass and sampling - and for an additional fee, you can enjoy an All-Colorado menu featuring lamb sliders, bass or vegetarian meatloaf. The festival runs from 2 to 4 p.m.; call 719-634-0029 or visit

Sunday, April 18:

LUPEC presents its annual fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Breakfast for Boobs runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hot Cakes Diner, 1400 East 18th Avenue. Call 303-832-4351 or visit

Heirloom Gardens, 4460 Winona Court, offers Simple Indian: Learn to make matar dal kichari, homemade chenna cheese, cabbage koftas, chapatis, coconut hard candy and chai tea. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $50; call 303-956-7203 or visit

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