Beer dinners, benefits and more on this week's calendar

Spring is just around the corner, as is our 29th annual Best of Denver issue, which hits the streets on Thursday, March 29. And until midnight March 22, you can still vote for your favorites in our 2012 Best of Denver Readers' Poll.

In the meantime, here's a taste of what's on the culinary menu for this week:

Monday, March 19:

Monday Night Community Dinner at The Kitchen, 1039 Pearl Street in Boulder. Join the Kitchen crew for a four-course family-style dinner; a portion of the proceeds benefits the Growe Foundation's mission of placing organic gardens in Boulder schools. The cost is $35 and reservations are required; call 303-544-5973.

Linger, 2030 West 30th Avenue, is hosting a roaring '20s bash to benefit the Academia Ana Marie Sandoval; proceeds will support the dual-language program at the DPS magnet school. There will be live music from Naughty Pierre & The Clocktower Clockettes and DJ Dario Rosa. The event costs $75; call 303-993-3120 for details.Tuesday, March 20:

Celebrate the first day of spring with complimentary ice cream or sorbet at Randolph's Restaurant & Bar, 1776 Grant Street inside the Warwick Hotel, when you come in for lunch today.

TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, is hosting the last of its winter brewery dinner series tonight, with five courses featuring lamb from M.T.H. Farms paired with five beers from Great Divide Brewing Co. Representatives from the farm and the brewery will be on hand to answer questions; the dinner costs $58 plus tax and gratuity. Click here for the menu and call 303-996-9985 to RSVP.

Arugula Bar e Ristorante, 2785 Iris Avenue in Boulder, invites you to enjoy wines from the Arnaldo-Caprai Winery located in the central Italian region of Umbria paired with a creative menu. Call 303-443-5100 to reserve a spot.Wednesday, March 21:

Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, will host the second annual Sprout Down to benefit Sprout City Farms, the nation's first on-site farm-to-cafeteria growing space. There will be live music from Fingers of the Sun and Steve Rothenberg, speakers, performances by students and a silent auction; admission is based on a $7 to $15 sliding scale. Call 303-294-9281 for general information; for more details, including how to participate and/or donate, e-mail Sprout.

Olivea, 719 East 17th Avenue, will begin a monthly series of dinners focusing on different culinary regions tonight with a meal highlighting the cuisine of the Piedmont region of Italy paired with Italian wines. The price is $40 and RSVP is required; call 303-861-5050.Thursday, March 22:

As part of a month-long campaign to support Water for People, a Denver-based nonprofit, Freshcraft, 1530 Blake Street, will host a beer-pairing dinner this evening. Call 303-758-9608 for more details.

The 29th annual Great Chefs of the West is tonight at Infinity Park Event Center, 4400 East Kentucky Avenue. The event will showcase chefs from Denver's top restaurants; it costs $100 and proceeds will benefit the National Kidney Foundation. Call 720-748-9991 for more information.

Join chef Ryan Leinonen at Trillium, 2134 Larimer Street, tonight as he pairs four courses with wine from the O'Shea Scarborough Winery in Washington State. The dinner costs $85; call 303-379-9759 to RSVP.Friday, March 23:

Be the first to taste Cottonwood Organic White at Wynkoop Brewing Co., 1634 18th Street, today at 5 p.m. Cottonwood White is a limited-edition beer brewed in honor of a Denver-based nonprofit, the Cottonwood Institute; proceeds will benefit the institute.

Take a free tour of Roundhouse Spirits, 5311 Western Avenue in Boulder, today and tomorrow from 3 to 7 p.m. See how the micro-distillery makes and bottles its award-winning spirits -- and then taste them. No RSVP required.

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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