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Avocado Takedown, Chefs Food & Wine Pairing Competition and more on this week's culinary calendar

Between sake tastings, chili and avocado competitions, and the Chefs Food & Wine Pairing Competition, Denver's dining scene has a lot on its plate this week. Here's a sampling of what's on the menu:

Monday, October 31:

Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts its weekly Monday Night Wine Dinner; this week, Frasca is exploring macerated wines (wines that embrace orange) with a four-course dinner. Admission is $50 and up, and reservations are required; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

Tuesday, November 1:

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, continues the monthly Sustainable Food Film Series, with post-film panel discussions and free sustainable snacks from Chipotle. Tonight's film, The Real Dirt on Farmer John, starts at 7 p.m., and admission is a suggested $10 donation; call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.

Izakaya Den, 1518 South Pearl Street, hosts an International Sake Tasting and Pairing, featuring a representative from Japan's Asabiraki Sake Brewery. The seminar runs from 4:30 to 9 p.m., and admission is $45; call 303-777-0691 or visit www.izakayaden.net.

Jonesy's Eatbar, 400 East 20th Avenue, is the site of tonight's Culinary Connectors Supper Club, featuring dinner with wine, beer and cocktail pairings. Admission is $59; call 303-863-7473 or visit www.jeatbar.com.

Black Cat Restaurant, 1964 13th Street in Boulder, presents the Hank Shaw Dinner and Book-Signing. The foraging expert will be present at a four-course dinner that starts at 5:30 p.m.; admission is $65, and includes dinner and a signed copy of Shaw's book Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast(a wine flight is an additional $25). RSVP to 303-444-5500 or visit www.blackcatboulder.com.

Kathleen Flinn reads from The Kitchen Counter Cooking School at 7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl Street in Boulder; call 303-447-2074 or visit www.boulderbookstore.com.

Celtic Tavern and Delaney's Pub, 1801 Blake Street, tonight will introduce a month-long anniversary celebration to mark Celtic's eleven years in business; for details, call 303-303-1795.

Wednesday, November 2:

Kathleen Flinn reads from The Kitchen Counter Cooking School at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue; call 303-322-7727 or visit www.tatteredcover.com.

Izakaya Den, 1518 South Pearl Street, presents Sliced!, a sushi-making class featuring chefs from Sushi Den, Izakaya Den and Ototo; after class, enjoy a meal that includes sushi, miso soup and green tea. Call 303-777-0691 or visit www.izakayaden.net.

Home for the Holidays Dine Out will be taking place across the metro area; participating restaurants will donate a portion of the night's proceeds to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Visit www.coloradocoalition.org/events for a full list of participating eateries.

La Sandia, 8419 Park Meadows Center Drive in Littleton, hosts the Mole Festival, featuring a menu that showcases mole, paired with handcrafted specialty cocktails. RSVP by October 31 to rsvp@gailpr.com.

Lou's Food Bar, 1851 West 38th Avenue, hosts a Colorado Wine Dinner, featuring four courses paired with Colorado wines. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $45; reservations are required. Call 303-458-0336 or visit www.lousfoodbar.com.

Thursday, November 3:

Courtyard by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek, 1475 South Colorado Boulevard, presents Desserts & Delights, a silent and live auction plus all the desserts you can handle; proceeds benefit the Hep C Connection. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $45; call 303-860-0800 or visit www.hepc-connection.org.

Apex Center, 13140 West 72nd Avenue in Arvada, hosts Taste of Arvada, a showcase of some of the suburb's best restaurants. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $5 to $10; call 303-424-0313 or visit www.arvadachamber.org.

The Sanctuary Golf Course, 7549 Daniels Park Road in Sedalia, presents the Raising Spirits Wine Tasting & Auction, featuring domestic and imported wines, hors d'ouevre, auction items and live jazz; proceeds benefit the Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network. It runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; call 303-779-9676.

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 East Academy Boulevard, hosts the Chefs Food & Wine Pairing Competition, featuring a champagne reception and pairings from dozens of top local chefs. The VIP reception is at 4:30 p.m., and general admission starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $100 to $175; visit www.denverwinefest.com/order.html.

Friday, November 4:

The City of Aurora hosts a cooking class, Couples Cook: Italian Pasta Creations & Vino, for ages 21 and up. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue, Aurora, and costs $49 to $64; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.recreation.

Saturday, November 5:

Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church, 1100 Fillmore Street, hosts a screening of the film Around the World in Wine and tastings of wines from France, Italy, Australia, South America and the U.S. from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; proceeds benefit Teller School. Call 303-333-9366 or visit www.capitolheightspresbyterian.org.

Fox Theatre, 1128 13th Street in Boulder, presents the Boulder Brew and Music Festival, featuring more than sixty brews, special guest speakers, a home brewers' challenge and more, from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $35; call 303-443-3399 or visit www.foxtheatre.com.

Freedom Financial Services Expo Center, 3650 North Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs, presents the All Colorado Beer Festival. Admission is $10 to $30 and up; call 719-255-3232 or visit www.allcoloradobeerfestival.com.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, hosts Around the World with Tea with Judy Williams; it starts at 2 p.m. Call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.

Sunday, November 6:

Oriental Theater, 4335 West 44th Avenue, presents the Meanest Chili Cook-Off; the sixth annual Hatch Foundation event will help raise funds for the Denver Fisher House. Visit www.thehatchfoundation.org.

Casselman's Bar & Venue, 2620 Walnut Street, hosts the Avocado Takedown! Denver, a traveling contest seeking avocado recipes. Each participant gets a free crate of avocados with which to create a non-guacamole recipe, and spectators get unlimited food. It starts at 2 p.m., and admission is $15; visit http://thetakedowns.com/?p=2063 for information, and e-mail chilitakedown@gmail.com to sign up to participate.

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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