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A Six-Pack of Pre-Halloween Culinary Events This Week...and Two Bonus Treats

Man does not live on dread alone. Build a base for all the Halloween parties to come at wine dinners, cocktail dinners and other deliciously decadent events this week. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar. See also: Five Reasons Why Halloween Won't Be the Cannapocalypse

Monday, October 27

Frasca Food and Wine's Monday Night Wine Dinner Series closes out October with special guest Mario Turrini, who'll be pouring an all-read Tuscan flight including the Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri-winning Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The prix fixe four-course tasting menu is $50, with an additional charge for wine. For reservations and more information, call Frasca at 303-442-6966.

Tuesday, October 28

Leopold Bros, Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe and Green Russell are teaming up for a nose-to-tail dinner at Green Russell at 6 p.m. tonight. The dinner will feature some of Leopold's signature spirits, Green Russell cocktails using Leopold's products and meats from Western Daughters. Todd Leopold of Leopold Bros as well as Kate Kavanaugh and Josh Dittmer of Western Daughters will be on hand to discuss their philosophies on food and drink. The paired, seven-course dinner is $85 and seating is limited; make a reservation at 303-893-6505.

Wednesday, October 29

Frasca Food and Wine is throwing a special pop-up wine dinner with special guests Steve Lewis. The dinner, which starts at 6 p.m., will feature Nebbiolo Italian wines along with bottles that have been cellared at the restaurant. Dinner is $300 and seats are extremely limited. Make a reservation at Frasca, 303-442-6966.

Mizuna is welcoming Wine on the Road tour guide and writer Ben Weinberg for an Oregon wine dinner featuring wines from the Willamette Valley paired with dishes created by Mizuna executive chef Stephen McCary. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and is $150 per person; call Mizuna at 303-832-4778.

Firenze a Tavola is getting in the Halloween spirit early with a 1920s gangster-themed community table dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be an over-abundance of spaghetti with meatballs and other traditional East Coast Italian-American fare, all for $33. To make reservations, click here.

Thursday, October 30

Starting today, both ViewHouse locations -- in Centennial and downtown -- will be going all out for Halloween weekend, throwing down three days in a row and handing out $6,000 worth of prizes. Tonight, on the eve of Halloween, the Witches Brew will be pouring; there will be giveaways and drink specials all night and you can enter to win a trip to see Wicked in New York City. On Halloween night, there will be $1,000 at stake in the costume contest. And speaking of stakes, you might want to bring yours: This vampire-themed night will feature drink specials, DJs, giveaways, a costume contest and the announcement of the winner of the trip to see Wicked. And for those who make it through the first two nights alive -- as well as those who don't -- Saturday night's Day of the Dead party will feature more drinks, debauchery and another $1,000 prize for the most possessed costume. For more information, visit

Friday, October 31

Chipotle is celebrating the holiday after 5 p.m. by selling all customers in costume $3 burritos, bowls, salads and tacos and kids' meals. Up to $1 million from this Boorito night will be donated to support the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. This year, Chipotle is also holding a national costume contest; to enter, customers should upload a photo of themselves in costume at Chipotle to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ChipotleBooritoContest; three grand prize winners will win $2,500 in the categories of "best group," "scariest" and "most creative," and five runners-up will be chosen to receive free Chipotle catering for up to twenty people. For more information, visit

The BigWonderful will turn its monthly Final Friday into an Adult Halloween party, with food, drink and a special musical event. Admission is free from 5 to 10 p.m. at Sustainability Park.

That's just a taste of the Halloween happenings in for our roundup.

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].

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Ben Landreth