An American Craft Spirit & Cocktail Showcase, an oyster extravagaza and more on this week's calendar

The Boulder Theater is hosting the High West Oyster Fest tomorrow, April 2, with live music by local funk band Juno What?! and fresh oysters courtesy of Jax Fish House (its LoDo outpost was this year's Best Seafood Restaurant); Odell's Brewery will be pouring its Emersum Oyster Stout. The event also features oyster-shucking and -eating contests. Tickets are $29.50 at the box office or online; and a limited number of VIP and $25 general admission tickets are also available at all three Jax locations. The event will benefit the Veteran's Expeditions, a local non-profit that counsels veterans after military service.

See also: - Best Seafood Restaurant 2013 Jax Fish House - Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll: Meet the Food & Drink winners - Best Team of Bartenders 2012 Jax Fish House

Monday, April 1 DStill, " a serious celebration of American craft spirits," runs from today through April 6, with a big bash celebrating Colorado distillers on April 3. Keep reading for more info on that bash, and find more details here.

Tuesday, April 2:

Mateo, 1837 Pearl Street in Boulder, is hosting a special, four-course wine dinner this evening from 5 to 10 p.m. The paired menu will focus on the cuisine of Southern France; call 303-443-7766 for reservations.

Wednesday, April 3:

Twelve Restaurant, 2233 Larimer Street, is featuring the wines of Gustave Lorentz at 6 p.m. tonight. The restaurant is offering a six-course, paired menu courtesy of chef/owner Jeff Osaka, who just named Best Chef Ambassador in this year's Best of Denver.

Wednesday, April 3 (continued):

DStill, an American Craft Spirit & Cocktail Showcase, takes place tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue. The event is a collaboration between the Colorado Distillers Guild, the Colorado Bartenders Guild and Eat Denver. There will be "inspired bites" and entertainment along with specialty cocktails featuring Colorado spirits. Tickets are $40, but they're going fast; visit the website for more information.

Thursday, April 4:

Central Bistro & Bar, 1691 Central Street, is hosting a beer dinner featuring Great Divide Brewery at 6:30 p.m. this evening. The paired menu costs $49 and seating is limited; call 303-447-4582 to RSVP.

Friday, April 5:

Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, is introducing Pre-Game Pop-Ups for the 2013 Rockies season. Specials include Korean BBQ rib sandwiches and fresh fruit cups sweetened with agave syrup and chili lime. Chef Brandon Foster says he wanted to "provide an alternative to traditional ballgame food on the way to Coors Field." The items will be available in front of Vesta ninety minutes before every Rockies day game, and before select evening games throughout the season. Watch the restaurant's Facebook page for updates.

The Alamo Drafthouse (our pick for Best Movie Theater for Food and Drink) presents a Big Lebowski quote-along this evening at 7 p.m. The new theater is located at 7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Unit 850 in Littleton; and tickets are $12.50. For more information, visit the website

Restaurant Kelly Liken, 12 Vail in Vail, is offering a four-course dinner paired with wine tonight from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The dinner will feature spring-inspired ingredients in anticipation of the new season; call 970-479-0175 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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