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Beer and Birthdays: The Top Twelve Culinary Events This Week

While Lower48 Kitchen, our Best New Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2014, is celebrating its one-year anniversary this week by giving patrons dollar deals, Asbury Provisions is throwing a Blue Plate Special Auction to benefit SAME Cafe. And there's much more on this week's culinary calendar; keep reading for a taste.

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Monday, December 8

History Colorado is hosting a lecture by Jason Hanson of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder, exploring the history of Colorado's early breweries and agricultural enterprises that supported them today. It's from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the History Colorado Center. Registration for the lecture is required and tickets are $4 for members; $5 for non-members. To register click here or call 303-866-2394.

Frasca Food and Wine will hosts its eighth annual White Truffle & Barolo Dinner tonight and tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m., featuring a five-course menu of decadent dishes with white truffles. The menu will be paired with Barolo wines from guest winemaker Elisa Scavino of Paolo Scavino Wines, located in Castiglione Falletto in Italy's Barolo region. Guest chef Ryan Hardy and guest sommelier Robert Bohr, co-owners of NYC's Charlie Bird, will work alongside Frasca's own Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and Bobby Stuckey to create menus and pour wine each evening. Tickets are limited and cost $895 per person; call Frasca at 303-442-6966.

Tuesday, December 9

As a part of Colorado Gives Day, Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery is throwing Pints for a Purpose today. Jagged Mountain will donate $1 for every beer sold all day to the Colorado Outward Bound School. For more information, visit

Chef Justin Goerich of Zolo Grill will team up with Seasoned Chef Cooking School to prepare a festive, Christmas in Santa Fe-inspired menu featuring smoked pork posole, squash-poblano tamales, chile-roasted pork loin, and more. Class runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and tuition is $80. To register, click here.

Join Lower48 today in celebrating its one-year anniversary with $1 deals on beers, "Each" menu items, and specialty punch created by ace bar manager Brandon Brough. For more information, call 303.942.0262 or visit

Wednesday, December 10

Siane Sanfilippo, Caitlin Weeks and Nabil Boumar will be at the Tattered Cover in Highlands Ranchat 7 p.m. today to sign and discuss the book Mediterranean Paleo Cooking.

The Seasoned Chef Cooking School is offering students a global culinary trip with its Cake Me Around the World for Christmas class. Tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., explore cake-making techniques from seven different countries. Class is $65; you can register here.

Thursday, December 11

Alliance Française De Denver is holding an educational wine-tasting class on champagne today from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Alliance Française sommelier Ashley Vaughters and cheeses expert Devin Lamma from Whole Foods Market Cherry Creek will explore the taste of celebration in six Champagnes and pairings. Tickets range from $50 to $60; you can grab yours here.

Project Pie in Boulder will be donating half of the day's proceeds to benefit the Boulder Bridge House and its work to address homelessness in Boulder today. The deal runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; find more information at

Asbury Provisions is throwing a Blue Plate Special Auction to benefit SAME Cafe beginning at 5 p.m. today. Asbury is teaming up with Platt Park Brewing Co., Fort Collins Brewing, Renegade Brewing Company and Station 26 Brewing Co. for the evening of old-school dishes and craft beer -- and all proceeds from these featured specials will go to SAME café. To increase their donation, diners can opt to "bid" more than the cost of the plate on throwback classics like meatloaf, chicken a la king, tuna noodle casserole and more. For more information, visit

Friday, December 12

Devil's Thumb Ranch is holding a Holiday Beer Pairing Dinner tonight featuring Great Divide Brewery. The three-course dinner will be paired with three Great Divide Beers; tickets are $39 at 970-726-7013.

Festivus came to Boulder last weekend and today the locals-only beer festival lands in Fort Collins. From 6:30 to 10 p.m., Festivus will be pouring Fort Collins beers and booze to the sounds of local bands. Tickets are $40; get yours here.

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 [email protected].

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