The Colorado Rockies will play their home opener for the 2015 season this Friday, and bars and restaurants around town are all gearing up for the game. This week also brings the March Madness championship game, some unusual bingo, the Taste of Vail — and DJ Cavem's appearance at today's White House egg roll event. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.
Monday, April 6
Tavern Hospitality Group partnered with the Rockies last year on a rooftop deck at Coors Field, and all of the neighborhood Taverns — including the LoDo location by the ballpark — are getting in the game with a Rockies Happy Hour Ticket Giveaway, starting today. Stop in any Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. for a chance to win Rockies tickets. Last year Tavern locations gave away almost 10,000 tickets; today's prizes are all tickets to Friday's home opener. Find more information here.
Frasca Food and Wine's Monday Night Wine Dinner Series will kick off April with Jay Fletcher, a Master Sommelier who will cover Bordeaux wines tonight. Monday Night Wine Dinners are $50 per person for four courses, not including optional wine pairings. For more information, call Frasca at 303-442-6966.
Watch the March Madness championship game at either ViewHouse location for a chance to win a $250 ViewHouse tab with a VIP table for the Championship Game along with four Denver Nuggets tickets. There will also be $3 Bud Lights and lots of giveaways. For reservations, call the downtown restaurant at 720-878-2015 or the Centennial location at 303-790-8439.
The Ginn Mill will host a benefit for Rebuilding Denver from 3 p.m. today to 2 a.m. tomorrow. A portion of all sales for the evening will go towards the charity's efforts to make home repairs, safety modifications and energy efficiency upgrades for qualified homeowners and community centers in need.
Tuesday, April 7
Lower48 Kitchen continues its Tuesday Tastings with an exploration of the foods of South Carolina under the direction of chef Alex Figura. In addition to its regular menu, Lower48 introduces a new regional offering every Tuesday, a three-course, prix fixe meal that's $34 and features a different state or region in the United States.
Wednesday, April 8
The Taste of Vail kicks off today and runs through Saturday. This highly anticipated food festival explores the Vail lifestyle through food and drink by offering lectures, dinners, wine pairings, seminars, tastings and much more. Ticket prices vary by event; to purchase yours or learn more, visit tasteofvail.com.
Morton's Steak House will start its 2015 Signature Chef Series tonight at 7 p.m. with executive chef Robert Wiltshire cooking up Chilean sea bass, filet mignon and more for $95 per person. All dishes will be paired with wines. Reservations are required; call 303-825-3353.
Thursday, April 9
The Seasoned Chef Cooking School is holding a Master Level Series cooking class from 6 to 9:30 p.m. today, teaching those already comfortable in the kitchen how to to master sauces and sauce pairings through classic dishes. The class is $69 per person; you can register here.
Friday, April 10
The Denver Art Museum will hold its annual fundraising event, DAM Uncorked, today and tomorrow. The Uncorked Wine Tasting, which takes place tonight from 6 to 9 p.m., is a unique opportunity to taste more than 300 wines from all over the world while supporting the Denver Art Museum; there will be food from Kevin Taylor Catering and a silent auction. The Uncorked Reserve dinner and a live auction will take place tomorrow from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $125 or $45 for designated drivers; for more information click 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@example.com.
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