Beaujolais and Beyond, CANniversary and more on this week's culinary calendar

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Oskar Blues is celebrating its CANniversary, the coveted Beaujolais varietal gets released, and there's a lot more in food-and-beverages happening in this week's culinary calendar. Here's a taste of what's ahead:

Monday, November 14:

Slices, 7155 East Hampden Avenue, presents a fundraiser for World Diabetes Day; the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will receive 25 percent of sales between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Call 303-758-0940 or visit www.slicesofpizza.com.

Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in boulder, hosts its weekly Monday Night Wine Dinner. This week, Caroline Salz presents the wines of Bastianich. Admission is $50 and up, and reservations are required. Call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

The Truffle, 2906 East Sixth Avenue, hosts a Mozzarella Making workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; admission is $50, and reservations are required. Call 303-322-7363.

West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents Belgian Beer Week through Sunday, November 20, featuring a 25-tap takeover, global toasts, meet-and-greets and more. Call 303-444-3535 or visit www.thewestendtavern.com.

Tuesday, November 15:

Luca d'Italia, 711 Grant Street, presents a four-course wine dinner, featuring wines from the Friuli and Tuscany regions of Italy with Caroline Salz of Bastianich Winery. It starts at 6:30 p.m., and admission is $85; call 303-832-6600 or visit www.lucadenver.com.

Ralph Schomp BMW, 5700 South Broadway, presents a Wine Tasting and Networking Event in conjunction with the Arapahoe Community College Foundation. It runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $40 to $75; visit www.accfoundationevents.com.

Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine Street in Fort Collins, hosts the networking event Arts & Drafts; this week, learn about the Regional Arts Incubator. Call 970-498-8949 or visit www.basbleu.org.

Omni Interlocken Resort, 500 Interlocken Boulevard in Broomfield, presents the March of Dimes Chef's Auction, featuring signature dishes from acclaimed chefs, plus music, a live and silent auction and more. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $150 and up; reservations are required. Make yours by calling 303-692-0011; get more information at www.marchofdimes.com.

Wednesday, November 16:

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

Alliance Francaise de Denver, 571 Galapago Street, presents an Educational French Wine Tasting: Introduction to Burgundy Wine, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $40 and up; call 303-831-0304 or visit www.afdenver.com.

Denver Botanic Gardens hosts Make Your Own Chai with Judy Williams; it starts at 6 p.m. Call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.

Bin 1184/The Empty Bottle, 1886 South Pearl Street, hosts a Wine Tasting with Jan Forth, who will be on-hand from Forth Vineyards to answer any questions. It runs from 5 to 7 p.m.; call 303-722-5478.

Rocky Mountain PBS hosts a live Facebook chat with PBS chefs; it'll be moderated by chef Christy Rost with guest chefs Katie Brown, Rick Browne, Chris Fennimore, Daisy Martinez and Sara Moulton. It runs from 6 to 7 p.m.; visit www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=8716402278&topic=29975.

Thursday, November 17:

Infinity Park Event Center, 4400 East Kentucky Avenue, hosts the Beaujolais and Beyond Festival, with French wines and gourmet cuisine from Colorado chefs; the event includes a culinary competition, live performances and more. Admission is $55 to $75, and it runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; visit beaujolais.rmfacc.org.

The City of Aurora hosts a tot cooking class, Holiday Sweet Treats, for ages three to six with a parent. It runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $26 to $34; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.recreation.

Friday, November 18:

Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling Street in Arvada, presents Wines for the Holidays; the fifth annual wine tasting will benefit the Arvada Community Food Bank. It runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and admission is $30 (reservations required). Call 720-898-7400.

The Tasty Weasel, 1800 Pike in Longmont, presents a CANniversary Celebration for Oskar Blues with beer tappings, the unveiling of the Bonewagon food truck, hand-canning, live music, tournaments and more. Call 303-776-1914 or visit www.oskarblues.com.

Johnson & Wales University, 7150 Montview Boulevard, hosts the LiveWell Colorado's EatWell@School Cooking Competition, in which high-school students will see who can prepare the tastiest and healthiest school lunch, under USDA guidelines, for under $1 per meal. It starts at 5:30 p.m.; visit www.livewellcolorado.org.

Saturday, November 19:

Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria, 410 East Seventh Avenue, offers a three-course prix fixe menu with wine pairings for $29 starting at 4 p.m. Call 303-861-9463 or visit www.lalaswinebar.com.

Sip Fine Wine & Spirits, 1920 Market Street, offers free wine tastings from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 303-298-9463.

Sunday, November 20:

Enjoy a Pajama Brunch at Second Home, 150 Clayton Lane, where kids eight and under who wear their pajamas to the restaurant can eat free from the kids' brunch menu. Call 303-253-3000.

The Boulder Brew Bus leaves from the West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, and visits Upslope, Avery and Twisted Pine Breweries every Sunday at 5:30 p.m. The tour costs $30; call 303-444-3535 or visit www.thewestendtavern.com.

The Corner Office, 1401 Curtis Street, presents Disco Brunch Sundays; dance to a disco DJ and enjoy brunch favorites. It runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call 303-825-6500 or visit www.thecornerofficedenver.com.

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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