Beaujolais and Beyond, beer pairings and more on the calendar this week

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The Rocky Mountain French American Chamber of Commerce will host the 14th annual Beaujolais and Beyond Food & Wine Festival at Infinity Park Event Center this Thursday, November 15. The fundraiser features more than twenty local restaurants, and participating chefs will take part in a culinary challenge to create French-inspired dishes paired with Beaujolais Nouveau wine. Among this year's judges? Cafe Society's Lori Midson.

Here's a taste of what's on the culinary calendar this month:

Monday, November 12:

Warm Cookies and Games will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street. This is the first in a series of discussions and films focusing on community issues in a unique way. Board games and snacks will be provided, but participants can bring their own games. Admission is free, and RSVPs are helpful but not required. Go to the Warm Cookies Facebook page or e-mail info@warmcookiesoftherevolution.org for more information.

Elway's Downtown, 1881 Curtis Street, is hosting a five-course dinner paired with Glenmorangie Scotch Whiskey tonight at 6:30 p.m.; the night includes a meet-and-greet with Gregor Mina of Glenmorangie. The price is $80; call 303-312-3107 to RSVP.Tuesday, November 13:

Trillium, 2134 Larimer Street, will present a four-course dinner tonight paired with wine and inspired by the cuisine of Finland. This will be the second in a monthly series celebrating the heritage of Scandinavia. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and costs $65; call 303-379-9759 to reserve a seat.

The third annual Grapes to Grads takes place this evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 2575 West Main Street in Littleton (in the space formerly known as Opus). The event features beer and wine tastings, food, a silent auction and live entertainment. Admission is $30 and will benefit Arapahoe Community College; visit the website for more information.Thursday, November 15:

The 14th annual Beaujolais and Beyond Food & Wine Festival takes places from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. today at the Infinity Park Event Center, 4400 East Kentucky Avenue. The celebration of French wine features local eats from Crave Dessert Bar & Lounge, Devil's Food Bakery & Cookery, Epicurean Catering, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, Jonesy's EatBar, La Cave Wine, Food & Boutique, Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria, Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, Lou's Food Bar, Opus Restaurant & Aria Wine Bar, Randolph's Restaurant and Bar, Root Down and Linger, Sunflower Farmers Market, Table 6, The Big Easy, The Westin Denver Downtown, and Zink Kitchen + Bar. Admission is $75; visit the website for more information.

Chef and Brew fills the Oriental Theater, 4335 West 44th Avenue, this evening from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The food and beer festival features beer from Caution Brewing, River North, Crooked Stave, Funkwerks, Our Mutual Friend, Wit's End, Strange Brewing, West Flanders Brewing and Elevation Beer Company. And each brewery will be paired with eats from a local chef: Participating restaurants include Panzano, Studio F, Ghost Plate and Tap, Row14, LaLa's Pizzeria and Wine Bar, Crock Spot and Aria. Tickets are $39 in advance and $49 at the door; check the website to learn more.Thursday, November 15 (continued):

The Palm, 1672 Lawrence Street, is hosting a holiday-themed mixology class tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees can enjoy cocktails and food pairings while learning how to craft their own drinks. The class costs $55 and reservations are required; call the restaurant at 303-825-7256 for more information.

The History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, presents a special dinner celebrating local craft beer and its latest exhibit, Denver A to Z, this evening from 6 to 10 p.m. The event will feature a preview of the exhibit and a four-course dinner paired with each course paired with an offering from a different Colorado brewery. Cocktail attire is required and seating is limited. Purchase tickets, which cost $150, here.Friday, November 16:

Taxi, 3455 Ringsby Court, is hosting a City Spirit Cafe reunion tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. The one-night party will feature the bar and booths from the original City Spirit -- a popular hangout for artists in LoDo that closed in 1999. DJ K-Nee will provide spins, and Jux County is rumored to be playing a set to close out the evening. Admission is free, but drinks and revived City Spirit snacks are not; go to the Facebook event page for information.

It's National Tolerance Day at Pizza Fusion, 571 East Colfax Avenue. And the restaurant is offering a buy-on-get-one deal to celebrate, and "promote harmony in diversity through mutual respect and understanding of all." Call the shop -- which also serves as the vocational training facility for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless -- at 303-830-0223 to learn more. And check the organic pizza chain's Facebook page for more updates.

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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