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Beer, bacon, chocolate and more on the culinary calendar this weekend

For lovers of beer, bacon and chocolate -- not to mention wine -- there's a lot to look forward to this weekend in Denver. You can stir up some trouble at Brew & Stew, land in hog heaven at Cochon 555 or go ape at Monkey Town 4, whose arty eats are getting raves. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.

See also: Cochon 555 -- the showdown of swine -- returns to Colorado on Sunday

Friday, March 7Montgomery Knott, a Denver native, introduced Monkey Town in Brooklyn a decade ago; now he's brought the combo art event-dinner party to Denver. There are seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. every evening excluding Mondays through June 1; each seating has room for only 32 guests. Tickets are $50 for a three-course meal on Tuesday or $80 for the five-course option served Wednesdays through Sundays. It's all at Exdo Hall; find more information and buy tickets here.

The Kitchen Table Cooking School is offering love birds a chance to get cozy at its Cozy Nights cooking class. This romantic culinary course takes couples through several courses of pure pleasure, including spicy shrimp cocktail with fresh homemade cocktail sauce, beef Wellington, garlic mashed potatoes and green bean amandine, finally climaxing with chocolate molten lava cake. Tuition for the evening is $240 per couple. Drop by the Kitchen Table's website for tickets and more info.

Saturday, March 8

Some believe there is no better combo than a cold brew and hot stew, and for those who agree, Hope House of Colorado is putting on Brew & Stew. The event offers all you can eat and drink for only $25 for early birds; tickets are $30 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Hope House of Colorado, and festivities will include a home-brew competition, live music and a raffle. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Highlands Masonic Center. You can purchase tickets from Hope House's website.

In honor of International Women's Day the Colorado Women's Education Foundation is hosting a night of learning, wine, cheese and chocolate at the Warwick Hotel. Legacy of Learning will begin at 4 p.m. March 8; guest speakers will include Dr. Lynn M. Gangone, dean of Colorado Women's college at Denver University; Jill Tietjen, co-author of Her Story: a Timeline of the Women Who Changed America and Tamra Ryan, Women's Bean Project CEO and author of The Third Law. Tickets are $75 and you can pick them up on CWEF's website.

Gallo di Nero will host Ed Cotton, executive chef of Sotto 13 in New York City and Top Chef season 7 alum, who'll create a five-course meal with the restaurant's Darren Pusateri. Gallo di Nero is located at 1135 Bannock Street, and the event starts at 5 p.m. March 8; find more information here.

Sunday, March 9

The Cochon 555 tour has been taking to the road for six years now. Each year the tour serves up more than eleven tons of heritage pork raised by family farms across the country. This year's culinary, nose-to-tail competition stop in Denver will feature Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja, Paul C. Reilly of Beast & Bottle, Justin Brunson of Old Major, Bill Greenwood of Beano's Cabin and Steve Redzikowski of OAK at Fourteenth. Each of the five contestants will prepare no more than six dishes from five whole pigs, which will be judged by the crowd and a panel of judges that includes Cafe Society's Lori Midson. The event will also feature wines from five wineries to accompany the thirty chef prepared dishes. There will also be a live butchering event and preparation of an additional whole pig in an Asian-speakeasy style. For more information visit the Denver Cochon 555 website. The event will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Denver; doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are sold out but who knows, you might get lucky.

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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