A Sixpack of the Tastiest Culinary Events This Weekend

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This weekend you can solve a murder, cook up some Valentine's Day fun or head to the mountains for a book signing or a unique wing competition. Here's just a taste of the culinary events on tap for this lovely weekend.

Friday, February 13

Maya, in Beaver Creek, will be holding a special dinner and book signing with chef Richard Sandoval, in support of his book New Latin Flavors. The dinner will feature four courses paired with Arta Tequila cocktails; each guest will receive a signed copy of the cookbook. The price for the dinner, which starts at 7 p.m., is $75; make a reservation by calling Maya at 970-790-5500.

Get ready for Valentine's Day or celebrate early at a Cook Street School of Culinary Arts Culinary Date Night class, a course that is sure to stir up more than just delicious dishes. Wine or cocktails are included with the course, which runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuition is $99 per person; register at cookstreet.com.

Rialto Cafe is serving up a three-course dinner with a side of murder, served cold. The restaurant's Murder Mystery Dinner Show will feature a who-done-it theater show where everyone is a suspect and anybody could be the killer —  even someone sitting at your table. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $79. For more information or to see if there are any tickets left, click here.     

Gigi's Cupcakes, which has two metro locations (one in Denver and one in Littleton), will be featured on CBS’s hit show Undercover Boss today. To celebrate the occasion Gigi's is giving away a years worth of free cupcakes, as well as some other sweet prizes. For your chance to win click here.

Saturday, February 14 

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts is helping couples spice up their love life on Valentine's Day with two cooking classes. From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., You can spend a few hours with your lover crafting delicious and simple dishes perfect for a brunch buffet.  Your meal will be served with drink pairings;  additional bottles of wine are available for purchase. The class is $99 per person. Then, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., you can explore two staples of the Valentine's Day repertoire, wine and chocolate, at the school's wine and chocolate pairing class. Guests will pair five wines with a variety of chocolate desserts; there will be a selection of charcuterie, cheeses and house-baked bread available. Tuition is $80 per person. Register for either class at cookstreet.com.

Sunday, February 15

Head to the mountains today for an event that will really fly at Copper Mountain. This is a wing challenge with a twist: Each competitor will pair their wings with wine, and there will also be live music for guests to enjoy. Tickets are $25 for all eight tasting stations or $5 for a single a la carte tasting; a portion of the proceeds goes to the Copper Environmental Foundation to support youth environmental projects in Summit and Lake Counties. For more information, click here.  

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 cafe@westword.com.

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