A Taste of Colorado, barbecue competitions and more on this week's culinary calendar

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The big food news of the coming week is A Taste of Colorado -- but before that Labor Day weekend eating orgy, there are plenty of other palate-pleasing events. Here's a taste of what's ahead:

Monday, August 29:

Steuben's, 523 East 17th Avenue, will host its Picnic on the Patio at 6 p.m. The event is sold out; if you want to beg, try calling 303-830-1001 or go to www.steubens.com.

Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, is offering its regular Monday Night Wine Dinner, this time with Wells Guthrie presenting Copain Wines to go with the four-course dinner. Admission is $50 and up, and reservations are required; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, 1317 14th Street, will present Hendrick's Delightfully Peculiar Cocktail Academy today and tomorrow. The August 29 class is in the art of creating the proper cocktail; the August 30 lesson is on ice. Sign up for 7:30 or 9:30 p.m. sessions by calling 303-595-4255 or going to www.euclidhall.com.

Udi's Pizza Cafe Bar, 7600 Grandview Avenue in Arvada, will host Udi's Supper Club, an all-you-can-eat vegan/plant-based, family-style dinner. Admission is $18, $5 for kids under 12, and a portion of the proceeds goes to charitable causes. For more information, call 303-421-8000 or visit www.udisfood.com.

Pasquini's Pizzeria, 8101 East Belleview Avenue, is offering an installment of the Author Side Series, an intimate evening with a celebrated author. The gathering runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and costs $10; call 303-770-3100 or visit www.pasquinis.com.

Tuesday, August 30:

Le Central, 112 East 8th Avenue, will host a Cooking Demonstration Class and Dinner that focuses on salmon. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $35; call 303-863-8094 or visit www.lecentral.com.

Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street, will present its Monthly Beer and Cheese Pairing, with five artisan cheeses paired with five Great Divide beers. Admission is $18; RSVP to info@greatdivide.com. Visit www.greatdivide.com or call 303-296-9460 for details.

Wednesday, August 31:

Nine10Arts, 910 Santa Fe Drive, will host the Plate Exchange Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m.; bring your own plates along with stories about food and eating to exchange with each other or host Tsehai Johnson. Admission is $39; call 303-815-1779 or visit www.nine10arts.org.

The GrowHaus Unveiling will be at noon today at 4751 York Street; for more info, go to www.thegrowhaus.com.

Thursday, September 1:

Nine10Arts, 910 Santa Fe Drive, will host the Slow Food Denver C.A.F.E. Series No. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. The three-course dinner costs $45, and the goal is to provide grants to sustainable projects For more info, call 303-815-1779 or visit www.nine10arts.org.

Cru: A Wine Bar, 1442 Larimer Street, will host a four-course Chateau St. Michelle Wine Dinner. The meal starts at 6 p.m. and costs $50, wine included; for details, call 303-893-9463 or visit www.cruawinebar.com.

Vine Street Pub & (Brewery), 1700 Vine Street, will host the first-ever Belgian Beer Month through the end of September, with activities ranging from a Brewer's Olympics to beer tastings, specialty house beers and more. Call 303-388-2337 or visit www.mountainsunpub.com.

Friday, September 2:

Parker Station will present the Smokin' Brew BBQ through Sunday, September 4. The third annual festival in Parker features barbecue from championship teams in five states. For more info, call 303-596-6756 or visit www.smokinbrewbbq.com.

A Taste of Colorado, the annual Labor Day celebration, returns for its 28th year, and will feature food samples, live entertainment and much more at Civic Center Park through Monday, September 5. For a complete schedule, go to www.atasteofcolorado.com.

Saturday, September 3:

There will be a closing/farewell party for Dixons Downtown Grill, 1610 16th Street, from 2 to 6 p.m. today; the restaurant will serve its last meal on Labor Day. For details, call 303-573-6100 or visit www.dixonsrestaurant.com.

The Colorado State Fair's Green Chili Championship and Salsa Challenge take place at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo today; call 719-561-8484 or visit www.coloradostatefair.com/index.php?page=competitive_special_contests.

Windsor will present a Harvest Festival through Monday, September 5, with hot-air balloons, a parade, street dance and more; visit www.windsorharvestfest.com.

Sunday, September 4:

From 5 to 9 p.m. Jonesy's EatBar, 400 East 20th Avenue, will host a Labor Day Sunday Seafood Feast, with big buckets of mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari and live lobsters. For info, call 303-863-7473 or visit www.jeatbar.com.

The Corner Office, 1401 Curtis Street, will offer another installment in Disco Brunch Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call 303-825-6500 or visit www.thecornerofficedenver.com.

Monday, September 5:

Carmine's on Penn, 92 South Pennsylvania Street, will host a Hearth Fundraiser, a fixed-price, three-course meal to benefit the Delores Project. It runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and costs $40; call 303-777-6443 or visit www.carminesonpenn.net.

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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