Burgers, potions and wine on the culinary calendar this weekend

From burgers to benefits and lectures to elves, this weekend has an abundance of choices for those looking to tantalize the taste buds. Here's a sampling of what's on the culinary calendar...

See also: Win free tickets to Adult Daycare at The Lobby

Friday, April 25

During the first Burger Night of spring, both locations of Marczyk Fine Foods (17th Avenue and Colfax Avenue) will be cooking up Niman Ranch burgers freshly ground on-site, then serving them on fresh brioche buns with all the fixin's, including Marczyk's bacon aioli, for $8.99. The grills at both Marczyk stores will be fired up each Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. through September. Get all the delicious details here.

Saturday, April 26

You can help out those in need in our community while sampling some great wines tonight. The Raymond Wentz Foundation has been helping people who are battling cancer and in need of financial assistance since 2002; join the foundation in celebrating its past and future as it reveals its new name and brand at this year's benefit at the University of Denver's Knoebel School of Hospitality Management from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. The event will feature wine, cocktails and beer, as well as small plates and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $95 or $125 for patron level, which includes a celebratory bottle of Ruffino Prosecco. For tickets and more information, click here.

La Cour Art Bar, a Best of Denver 2014 award-winner, will be hosting live music featuring Aaron Blaze, Linda Maich and Andy Monley and the High Horses from 3 to 10:30 p.m. today. Best of all: no cover.

If you've ever needed a little supervision while out on the town or wanted to connect with your inner child, The Lobby's Adult Daycare might be just the thing for you. For this event, Infinite Monkey Theorem and River North Brewery will face off in a wine vs. beer dinner pairing. Wine and beer will be paired with three courses and guests will choose their favorites, one of whom will be crowned King of RiNo. Seats are $65; to see if there are any available, visit The Lobby's website.

The Fort is hosting a dinner lecture with the founder of the Paleo Diet movement, Dr. Loren Cordain, tonight. From 6 to 7 p.m., Cordain will discuss the history and health benefits of the diet; after the lecture, guests will be treated to a true and fully Paleo dinner. Tickets are $85 and include the lecture, dinner and a wine option; call 303-697-2282 to make a reservation.

Sunday, April 27

The Colorado Anti-Violence Program is launching its new campaign, 500 for $5, tonight at the Bonnie Brae Tavern's Pizza for the People event. For $10 ($5 goes directly to CAVP), you can enjoy all-you-can-eat vegan pizza and help the Colorado Anti-violence Program, a grassroots organization striving to end violence within and against the LBGTQ community. The 500 for $5 campaign goal is to have 500 new pledges donate $5 a month. Head to Bonnie Brae from 4 to 7 p.m. tonight to show your support; for more information, you can call 303.839.5204.

Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place is hosting its own "fairy day" to celebrate the release of a new line of bottled "Shine Potions." Fairy Day coincides with Boulder's Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival; Shine will offer free samples of Shine Potions during the event, that also features magicians, face-painting, stilt-walkers, trapeze artists, bubble-blowing and a live DJ. The magic will run from 2 to 7 p.m. tonight. Call 303-449-0120 for additional information.

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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