Boulder bashes and fashion-inspired food on this week's menu

Boulder may have been knocked out of our Street 16 neighborhood tournament (look for the winner later today), but it was Cafe Society's pick for the Best Food Neighborhood in our Best of Denver 2012 -- and this week's culinary calender will highlight many reasons for that.

But there are plenty of events to chew on here in Denver as well. Here's what's on this week's menu:

Every Monday...

Oyster Night at LoHi SteakBar, 3200 Tejon Street -- from 3:30 p.m. until the place runs out: $1 oysters on the half shell, $3 oyster shots, $5 Stella drafts and $5 Prosecco, plus specials on 1/2 dozen oysters and beer.

Meatless Mondays at Olivea, 719 East 17th Avenue, and Duo, 2413 West 32nd Avenue. Tuesday, April 3:

Cured, 1825 Pearl Street in Boulder, kicks off its weekly-wine tasting series tonight, when it will open four bottles of wine from its eighty-bottle inventory that you can taste for free. Call 720-389-8096 for details.

Every first Tuesday of the month, Root Down, 1600 West 33rd Avenue, offers a special raw-food menu prepared by Raw Food Certified Chef Daniel Asher. The four-course dinner costs $39; click here to check out this month's menu and call 303-993-4200 to reserve a seat.Wednesday, April 4:

Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, 950 Pearl Street in Boulder, is celebrating its fifth anniversary today. Festivities start at 3 p.m. with a Cerdo Grande pig roast prepared by chef Ian Clark, live music by Mariachi Regional, pinatas and tubs full of Top Rope Mexican Lager. All proceeds will be donated to the Watershed School's farm-to-table program.

Raise a glass for a good cause today at Upslope Brewing Co., 1501 Lee Hill in Boulder. Every Wednesday, the brewery donates $1 to charity for each pint sold. Thursday, April 5:

Zolo Southwestern Grill, 2525 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, is hosting a dinner benefiting the Autism Society of Boulder County tonight. Guest chefs include Dave Query and Mark Monette from the Flagstaff House, Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg and Jen Bush of Bitter Bar. The five-course meal paired with wine and cocktails costs $175; all proceeds will be donated to the charity. Call 303-449-0444 to RSVP.

Prima Ristorante, 1106 14th Street in the Hotel Teatro, will host a wine-pairing dinner, featuring dishes by chef Kevin Taylor paired with the Italian wines of Ruffino. Dinner costs $75; call 303-228-0770 to RSVP.

On the first Thursday of every month, West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, lets representatives of a local brewery take over the taps; the brewery featured today is Twisted Pine. Call 303-444-3535 for details.Friday, April 6:

The Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the Denver Art Museum is a stunner, and for the remainder of the run (it closes July 8) it will be matched by a daily YSL-inspired-prix-fixe menu (which includes bottomless bubbles) at Palettes Contemporary Cuisine, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway.

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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