Halloween is next Monday, and the restaurant industry is celebrating in force -- but that's not all that's on the menu; there's also a Hush dinner (with Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg), food films and much more. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Monday, October 24:
Palace Arms, 321 17th Street, hosts Rose for a Cure, featuring pink-inspired hors d'oeuvre, pink wine and cocktails, plus live jazz; proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Admission is $35; make a reservation at 303-297-3111.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, hosts Food Day 2011, an all-day festival with hands-on cooking, lectures about nutrition and food access, and screenings of films about food production. It runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is free to attend; call 720-865-3580 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.
Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents its weekly Monday Night Wine Dinner. This week, Julia Seder with the wines of La Massa. Admission is $50 and up, and reservations are required; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.
Tuesday, October 25:
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, hosts the Sustainable Food Film Series, with post-film panel discussions and free sustainable snacks from Chipotle. This month's film: French Fries to Go and Truck Farm. It starts at 7 p.m., and admission is a suggested $10 donation; call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.
Amaro Drinkery Italia, 2785 Iris Avenue in Boulder, hosts the Alpha Zeta Wine Dinner, a five-course dinner paired with wines from the Veneto region of Italy. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $79; call 303-443-5100 or visit www.facebook.com/amarodrinkery.
Venue, 3609 West 32nd Avenue, hosts the L'Ecole Wine Dinner, featuring five courses paired with wine. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $65; reservations are required. Call 303-477-0477 or visit www.venuebistro.com.
El Diablo, 101 Broadway, hosts a five-course tequila dinner (including dessert); each course will be paired with a tequila or tequila cocktail; this is the kick-off to the Dia de los Muertos Celebration, which runs through Wednesday, November 2. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $75; call 303-954-0324.
Wednesday, October 26:
Patagonia, 1431 15th Street, hosts Alamos Wine + Protect Our Winters, an evening of wine, Argentinian cuisine and a preview of the film Further, by Teton Gravity Research. It runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and admission is free, but reservations are required; sign up at http://alamospow.eventbrite.com.
Firenze a Tavola, 4401 Tennyson Street, presents a Halloween Community Table, a gangster-themed multi-course dinner served family style. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $28; call 303-561-0234 or visit www.parisidenver.com.
Row 14 Bistro & Wine Bar, 891 14th Street, hosts a Disassembly Dinner with Il Mondo Vecchio; each course will focus on a different cut of pork. It runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and costs $70; reservations are required. Make yours by calling 303-825-0100 or visiting www.row14denver.com.
Thursday, October 27:
Alliance Francaise de Denver, 571 Galapago Street, presents an Educational French Wine Tasting: Introduction to Bordeaux Wine, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $40 and up; call 303-831-0304 or visit www.afdenver.com.
The City of Aurora presents the Books that Cook Club (October's selection: The Last Chinese Chef, by Nicole Mones) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Admission is $30 to $39; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.
Friday, October 28:
The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Couples Cook: Spicy Food & Wine Pairing, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Admission is $49 to $110; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.
Garcia's Mexican Restaurant, 5050 South Syracuse Street, hosts the SaZon Celebration Concert, with jazz, dinner and margaritas. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $12 to $19; visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/205084.
IHOP locations around the metro area will offer a free "scary face" pancake on this day; visit www.ihop.com.
Hush will feature Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg at a secret downtown location at two seatings (5:30 and 8:30 p.m.) tonight and tomorrow; he'll cook a six-course meal. Visit www.hushdenver.com.
Beatrice & Woodsley, 38 South Broadway in Denver, hosts Ghosts by Lantern Light, an evening of uncommon Halloween-themed cuisine in the cellar that runs tonight and tomorrow night. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $48 to $72; reservations are required, so call 303-777-3505 or visit www.beatriceandwoodsley.com.
EDGE Restaurant & Bar, 1111 14th Street, presents Halloween Cocktails through Monday, October 31; the bar will be offering a special menu of mixed drinks, many of them Twilight-inspired. Call 303-389-3343 or visit www.edgerestaurantdenver.com.
Saturday, October 29:
MyColfax.org hosts the annual Boo & Brew festivities, featuring trick-or-treating plus live music and fun for grownups. It starts at 1 p.m.; for more information, visit www.mycolfax.org/NewsEvents/BooandBrewonColfaxAvenue/tabid/86/Default.aspx.
Sunday, October 30:
The Margarita, 7350 Pine Creek Road in Colorado Springs, hosts a cooking class; learn to create a four-course meal prepared with fresh autumn ingredients and paired with wine. It starts at 4 p.m. and costs $60; make your reservations by calling 719-598-8667.
Palettes, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, hosts a special menu during the Denver Art Museum's Xu Beihong and Threads of Heaven exhibits (through January 29, 2012), offering different course choices for appetizers, entrees and desserts, plus a signature cocktail. Call 303-534-1455 or visit www.ktrg.net.
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