Beer dinners, Stout Month, Strings of Hope and Super Bowl festivities on this week's culinary calendar

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It's all about beer this week -- although oenophiles will still find an event or two to their taste -- culminating in everyone's favorite football game, the Super Bowl. And there's plenty more to keep you occupied until Sunday, including a benefit and celebration of Noel Cunningham's life; here's a taste of what's on the menu:

Monday, January 30:

Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street, hosts its Monday Night Wine dinner; this week, Steve Doerner presents the wines of Cristom. Admission is $50 and up, and reservations are required; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

At 2 p.m., Wynkoop Brewing Co., 1634 18th Street, hosts a beer-education session for the brewing industry on marketing beer to women; Ginger Johnson will head up the talk. It's free to attend; please RSVP to marty@wynkoop.com.

Tuesday, January 31:

TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, presents a TAG Brewery Dinner, with five courses of a special menu. This round's guests: Tommyknocker Brewery and Colorado's Best Beef Company. Call 303-996-9985 or visit www.tag-restaurant.com.

Rioja, 1431 Larimer Street, hosts Sips and Snacks, four tastes of selected wines with four bite-sized snacks from the kitchen. This week's theme: The Rest of Spain. Admission is $15, and it starts at 5 p.m.; call 303-820-2282 or visit www.riojadenver.com.

Highland Tap and Burger, 2219 West 32nd Avenue, hosts the Crafy Ladies Firestone Tasting and Food Pairing; bring a hat and mittens for a possible surprise excursion. It's free for ladies, but reservations are required; call 720-287-4493 or visit www.highlandtapdenver.com.

Izakaya Den, 1518 South Pearl Street, presents Sliced!, a sushi-making class featuring chefs from Sushi Den and Izakaya Den; after class, sit for a meal that includes sushi, miso soup and green tea. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $70; call 303-777-0691 or visit www.izakayaden.net.

Bristol Brewing Co., 1647 South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs, hosts Karma Hour; proceeds from beers sold from 5 to 9 p.m. will benefit the Catamount Institute. Call 719-633-2555 or visit www.bristolbrewing.com.

Wednesday, February 1:

Black Pearl, 1529 South Pearl Street, hosts the French Wine Dinner, a wine-tasting tour of France with traditional cuisine in five courses. It starts at 6:30 p.m.; call 303-777-0500 or visit www.blackpearldenver.com.

Vine Street Pub & (Brewery) (1700 Vine Street, 303-388-2337), Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery (1535 Pearl Street, Boulder, 303-546-0886) and Southern Sun Brewery (627 South Broadway, Boulder, 303-543-0886) present the nineteenth annual Stout Month, with dozens of house stouts, a homebrew competition and more, all taking place through the end of February. Visit www.mountainsunpub.com.

Thursday, February 2:

Restaurateur Noel Cunningham will be celebrated at Strings of Hope in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; a free public reception will be held, as well as a VIP Fundraiser to benefit the Cunningham Foundation. Tickets to the VIP part of the evening are $150; for information, visit www.cunninghamfoundation.org.

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

Dozens of area restaurants will contribute 20 percent of sales to Dine Out for Girl Scouts; visit the website, www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/dine-out-for-girl-scouts, for details.

Friday, February 3: The Other Side Arts, 1644 Platte Street, presents The Potato Show, artwork inspired by America's favorite vegetable; the show will be up through Tuesday, February 28. Call 303-561-3000 or visit www.theothersidearts.org. Saturday, February 4:

Olde Town Arvada presents the Chocolate Affair, with tastings, a treasure hunt, contests, carriage rides, face painting and more from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.arvadafestivals.com.

Devil's Thumb Ranch, 3530 County Road 83 in Tabernash, presents the Moonlight Grand Huts Progressive Dinner. by moonlight on cross-country skis or snowshoes to three outpost areas to enjoy a five-course dinner. There are two sessions, at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., and admission is $50 for adults and $15 for kids. Visit www.grandhuts.org.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, 28194 U.S. Highway 6 in Dillon, hosts its Moonlight Dinner Series. This month: A Night in France. Admission is $78, and reservations are required; call 888-272-7246 or visit www.arapahoebasin.com.

Niwot Tavern, 7960 Niwot in Longmont, presents an Anniversary Party through Tuesday, February 7, celebrating seven years in business. Call 303-652-0200 or visit www.niwottavern.com/index.htm.

Sunday, February 5:

Black Cat Restaurant, 1964 13th Street in Boulder, hosts the Italian Biodynamic Winemaker Dinner, eight courses with an optional wine pairing. Rolling seatings start at 5:30 p.m., and admission is $85 with an additional $45 for pairings. Call 303-444-5500 or visit www.blackcatboulder.com.

Radda Trattoria, 1265 Alpine Avenue in Boulder, hosts a Super Bowl Brunch; reservations are recommended for parties of six or more, and it runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 303-442-6100 or visit www.raddatrattoria.com.

The Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 East First Avenue (303-366-0007), and the Tavern Downtown, 1949 Market Street (303-299-0100), host Super Bowl Parties, with an all-you-can-eat buffet, a square pool, raffles and more. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Visit www.tavernhg.com.

We will continue to update our Super Bowl listings as we hear about more parties; check back to see what's new.

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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