Big Eat, beer pairings and kid's cooking classes on this week's culinary calendar

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Denver's plate is loaded with activities for kids and adults alike, ranging from classes where little chefs can learn professional skills to the big event of the week, the Big Eat. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary menu....

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Monday, July 14

Seasoned Chef Cooking School is giving budding chefs a taste of cooking in a professional kitchen at a two-day cooking camp that kicks off today. Students from eleven to fourteen years of age will learn basic knife skills, safety and sanitation, and also be introduced to culinary and baking techniques including blanching, roasting, emulsification and sautéing. Reservations are required for the camp; call 303-377-3222 or visit theseasonedchef.com.

Tuesday, July 15

As part of the Seasoned Chef Cooking School Denver/Boulder's Best Chef Series, the school will be hosting Zolo Grill Favorites, with chef Justin Goerich of Zolo Southwestern Grill in Boulder teaching participants how to cook up some of his favorite dishes using fresh, local ingredients. The class will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m. tonight at the Seasoned Chef; tuition for the course is $80. You can register for the class and see the evening's menu here.

Wednesday, July 16

The Pairsine Chefs Fine Food and Beer Pairing will heat up the Omni Interlocken Resort tonight. This beer-pairing event, produced by Wine Country Network, will feature ten chefs from restaurants ranging from The Populist to Fresh Craft, Highland Tap & Burger and more creating gourmet pairings with twenty award-winning beers. The beer pairings were picked from more than 250 entries; awards will be handed out for "best chef," "most creative chef" and "people's choice chef." The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by the main event: the food and beer tasting. Get more details here.

Ace will be the stage for the second annual Green Business Showcase, hosted by Certifiably Green Denver, from 3 to 5 p.m. today. The showcase will allow green business owners to meet with certified green business owners, schedule appointments with the city's Sustainability Advisors, and purchase green products and services. Admission is free but space is limited, so RSVP by emailing CertifiablyGreenDenver@denvergov.org.

Thursday, July 17

The Big Eat is the big event for this week. This food and drink fest will celebrate Denver's diverse food scene, with over three dozen of the metro area's hottest indie restaurants, wine, beer and liquor establishments all in one place. Head down to the Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m., when you can enjoy some of Denver's best bites for $55. Tickets include tastes and drinks; pick yours up here.

Friday, July 18

The IKEA Centennial culinary team will be at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science from 5 to 8 p.m., as part of the Summer Nights at the Museum Series. The team will give three cooking demonstrations on how to cook with kids, complete with kid-friendly utensils and cutting boards. Tickets are $12 for museum members and $15 for nonmembers; grab yours 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 cafe@westword.com.

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