A toast to French and Jewish cuisine, beer dinners and more on the culinary calendar

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Happy Monday! There's more than one reason to look forward to hump day this week, including commemorative birthday celebrations for one of our country's most influential foodies.

Here the rest of menu:

Tuesday, August 14:

TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, has invited representatives from Neyers Vineyards in California to showcase their wines during a four-course wine dinner this evening. The meal costs $75 per person and starts at 7 p.m. View the menu here and call 303-996-9985 to reserve a seat.

Wednesday, August 15:

The Fort Collins outpost of Jax Fish House, 123 North College Avenue, is teaming up with Great Divide Brewery for a four-course beer dinner (see the menu here) this evening at 6 p.m. Call 970-682-2275 for reservations.Wednesday, August 15 (continued):

Randolph's Restaurant & Bar, 1776 Grant Street in the Warwick Hotel, is offering a special four-course dinner inspired by Julia Child's famous Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook in honor of the legendary chef's 100th birthday. Call 303-318-7272 for more information.

Le Grand Bistro, 1512 Curtis Street, is also celebrating Child's legacy with a three-course, classically-French menu available for $25 at lunch or $40 during dinner service. Call 303-534-1155 for details on the options.Wednesday, August 15 (continued):

Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse, 1610 16th Street in LoDo, is throwing a backyard beer party from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening beginning with a firkin tapping and live music, followed by a four-course dinner paired with five beers from Oskar Blues Brewery. Admission costs $45; call 303-825-1021 for more information.

And check out That Eighties Band in the "backyard" of Elway's Cherry Creek at 2500 East First Avenue.Thursday, August 16:

The 44th annual Palisade Peach Festival starts today on the Western Slope -- four days of festivities including peach-eating contests, a bike-and-kayak race, pop-up dinners in the orchards and an ice cream social tonight with live music. Visit the website for a full schedule.

Friday, August 17:

The Art and Ale Brew Festival goes down from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight at the Wildlife Experience Museum, 10035 South Peoria Street in Parker. Attendees can sample beers from over thirty local breweries and food from local restaurants while exploring the galleries and exhibits of the museum -- and live music from Flock of Beagles will cap off the night. Check the website for a full line up of vendors and to purchase tickets.Sunday, August 19:

It's World Kugel Day at Mizel Museum, 400 South Kearney Street, and if you're unfamiliar with the celebrated dish, Westword's arts and culture editor Susan Froyd offers a perfect explanation:

"Kugel (if you're not lucky enough to already know this) comprises a variety of baked puddings -- some sweet and made with noodles, some savory and potato- or vegetable-based -- that are a mainstay of Ashkenazic Jewish-mother cooking (in which everyone's mom makes the best), and they are all absolutely delish, in every comfort-foodie sense of the word."

The celebration runs from 2 to 5 p.m. and costs $10 for members, $15 nonmembers or $25 for a family, delicious eats included. Visit the museum's website for more information.

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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