Beer dinners, sparkling wine and more on this week's culinary calendar

There will be beer dinners celebrating local brews this week, as well as several wine events -- and restaurants are gearing up for the all-important Valentine's Day dinners, too. Here's a taste of what's on the menu:

Monday, February 6:

Lou's Food Bar, 1851 West 38th Avenue, hosts the Great Divide Beer Dinner, four courses paired with Great Divide brews. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $45; reservations are required. Call 303-458-0336 or visit www.lousfoodbar.com.

Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts its weekly Monday Night Wine Dinner; this week, Summer Wolff presents the wines of IULI, Piemonte. Admission is $50 and up, and reservations are required; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

Tuesday, February 7:

Highland Tap and Burger, 2219 West 32nd Avenue, hosts Crafty Ladies with a tasting of Breckenridge Brewery's beers and inventive food pairings. Call 720-287-4493 or visit www.highlandtapdenver.com.

Breakfast on the Edge, 2045 Sheridan Boulevard in Lakewood (720-328-5806), and Breakfast on Broadway, 2901 South Broadway in Englewood (303-788-9998), host a Customer Appreciation Day, celebrating the anniversary with two-for-one entrees (or 50 percent off your meal if you're dining alone).

Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, hosts a wine-and-chocolate pairing class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $69; call 303-308-9300 or visit www.cookstreet.com.

Wednesday, February 8:

Radda Trattoria, 1265 Alpine Avenue in Boulder, hosts an Evening with Giorgio Rivetti of La Spinetti, a family-style Tuscan dinner paired with wine. Admission is $55 and up; call 303-442-6100 or visit www.raddatrattoria.com.

Encore on Colfax, 2550 East Colfax Avenue, hosts OUT on the Town; the restaurant will donate at least 10 percent of its daily profits directly to Center programs. Call 303-355-1112.

Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, presents Uncork the Romance, a tasting of sparkling wines, cavas, champagnes and more, with appetizers. It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $35; call 303-831-7310 or visit www.stringsrestaurant.com.

Cafe Options, 1650 Curtis Street, hosts the Work Options for Women Cooking Class. This round: Potatoes with Max MacKissock. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $50; visit www.eventbrite.com/org/1741145294.

Ale House at Amato's, 2501 16th Street, hosts the Ale House Chug & Grub Vol. III, with small plates and beer pairings; a vegetarian option is available. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $25; call 303-433-9734 or visit www.alehousedenver.com.

Thursday, February 9:

Bistro Vendome, 1420 Larimer Street, presents Thursday French Classics: Poulet Farci. Call 303-825-3232 or visit www.bistrovendome.com.

Russell's Smokehouse, 1422 Larimer Street, hosts the Great Divide Beer Dinner; it starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $45. Call 720-524-8050 to sign up.

Radda Trattoria, 1265 Alpine Avenue in Boulder, celebrates its five-year anniversary with a pig roast. Admission is $25 and up; call 303-442-6100 or visit www.raddatrattoria.com.

Friday, February 10:

Lakewood Arts Council Community Art Center and Gallery, 85 South Union Drive, is the site of the Vintage Valentine's Tea, an event featuring a card-making project and other creative activities with tea and cakes. It runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; call 303-980-0625 or visit www.lakewoodartscouncil.org.

Randolph's Restaurant and Bar and the Warwick Hotel, 1776 Grant Street, hosts the Toast to Love Package through Monday, February 13, with a one-night hotel stay, dinner and more (a dinner-only option is available). The dinner option starts at $39; call 303-318-7272.

EDGE Restaurant & Bar, 1111 14th Street, host a Valentine's Day Dinner through Tuesday, February 14, four courses with multiple choices. Admission is $65; call 303-389-3343 or visit www.edgerestaurantdenver.com.

Saturday, February 11:

Q's, 2115 13th Street in Boulder, hosts the North American Whiskey & Game Dinner, with guest Robert Sickler hosting this multi-course meal paired with whiskey. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $65; call 303-442-4880 or visit www.qsboulder.com.

TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, hosts TAG U, where Troy Guard offers an intimate cooking class, including cocktails and a three-course meal with pairings to follow. This round: Valentine's Chocolate and Wine. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and costs $75; call 303-996-9985 or visit www.tag-restaurant.com.

Leadville's Mining Musuem, 117 West 10th Street, hosts the Miner's Ball and Annual Wine Tasting. Tour the museum in your Victorian finest, sample wines and enjoy a three-course meal; there will also be dancing and card games. It runs from 4 to 11 p.m. and costs $80 and up; call 719-486-1229.

UCAR Center Green Laboratory, 3080 Center Green in Boulder, hosts the Chocolate Lovers' Fling, with cakes, candies, sauces, wine, beer, appetizers, live music, auctions and more; proceeds will benefit Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence. It runs from 7 to 11 p.m. and costs $125 to $200; call 303-449-8623.

Backcountry Pizza and Tap House, 2319 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, hosts the Danny Williams Silent Auction and Fundraiser, with a beer garden and more. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m.; call 303-449-4285 or visit www.backcountrypizzaandtaphouse.com.

Sunday, February 12:

Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts Junior Flatiron Chef Competition; a group of young Boulder chefs will compete against each other for this dinner. Admission is $65, and reservations are required; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

Casselman's Bar & Venue, 2620 Walnut Street, hosts Speed Rack, a ladies-only bartending competition; proceeds will benefit breast-cancer research. It runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and costs $20; visit www.speed-rack.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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