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Taste for Life, Denver International Wine Festival on the culinary calendar this week

Starting today, Comida in the Source will be extending its happy-hour deal all night on Mondays. Happy hour -- including $2 beers, $4 street snacks and $5 margs -- usually runs from 3 to 6 p.m. seven days a week, but on Mondays it will go from 3 p.m. until close. (From 5 p.m. on, the Monday happy hour menu will be limited to seating at the bar and the community table.) Check out the menu here, and keep reading for a taste of what else is on the culinary calendar this week.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Ace will hold its first film screening, The Raw Natural, which explores how organic, raw and both living and super foods are giving athletes an edge in the sports world. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. which includes juice samples and raw food appetizers. The movie begins at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Rachel Prince. Tickets to the film are $10; afterwards, Ace will be offering a special raw food menu. For reservations to the movie, call 303-800-7705.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Join Project Angel Heart at the Hyatt Regency Denver at 6 p.m. for the annual Taste for Life, showcasing cocktails and small bites from some of Denver's most acclaimed restaurants and chefs. A Taste for Life will also feature a silent auction and entertainment. Tickets range from $95 to $125; call 303-407-9420.

Stir Cooking School will teach participants how to impress their guests during "Holiday How To: Appetizers and Hors d'oeuvres!" The lesson will begin at 6:30 p.m.; tuition is $69. You can reserve a spot online or by calling the school at 720-287-4823.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 The Denver International Wine Festival kicks off at Omni Interlocken Resort with a Grand Vintners dinner, which will showcase Parducci wines and cuisine from the Meritage Restaurant. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m.; dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity); call 303-464-3330 for reservations. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength Colorado, a non-profit organization that helps to end childhood hunger through the No Kid Hungry campaign.

Coohills is celebrating its second anniversary with a four-course dinner featuring Jordan Vineyard, a Sonoma County-based winery. Chris Avery, Jordan's national sales director, will be on hand to speak about the wines. The evening will start with a reception at 6:15 p.m.; dinner starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $90 (plus tax and gratuity); for reservations, call 303-623-5700. For a preview of the menu, go to the Coohills website.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Frasca Food and Wine welcomes Michael Anthony, 2012 James Beard Foundation award winner for Best Chef: New York. Anthony is part of NYC's acclaimed Union Square Hospitality Group; he will join the crew at Frasca to create a four-course meal inspired by his cookbook, The Gramercy Tavern, using produce from Colorado farms. The dinner will include wine pairings from Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey. Tickets for the four-course dinner and pairings are $160 per person, and include a signed copy of Anthony's cookbook; make reservations by calling the restaurant at 303-442-6966.

The Denver International Wine Festival continues with the Pairsine cooking competition from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Omni Interlocken Resort. The lineup includes ten of Colorado's most acclaimed chefs, as well as John Moeller, who cooked for the White House for thirteen years; all chefs will create two culinary pairings that coincide with two wines that won gold medals at the 2013 Denver International Wine Competition. Among the judges is Cafe Society's Lori Midson. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased online. A keepsake festival wine glass made by Ridel/Spiegelau is included in the price; for an additional $35, you can receive a signed copy of John Moeller's book, Dining at the White House. Proceeds from the event will benefit Share Our Strength Colorado, a non-profit organization that helps to end childhood hunger in America through the No Kid Hungry campaign.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to [email protected].