Champagne Cascade, First Bite Boulder, EDGE anniversary party and more on this week's culinary calendar

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Hard to believe it's November already, but the holidays are quickly approaching -- and so are some of our favorite traditions, like the Champagne Cascade at the Brown Palace Hotel. And there are plenty more events on this week's culinary calendar; here's what's on the menu:

Monday, November 7:

Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts its Monday Night Wine Dinner. This week, sommelier Doug Krenik presents the wines of Nicolas Potal. Admission is $50 and up, and reservations are required; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

Tuesday, November 8:

Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, 1512 Curtis Street in Denver, hosts a Beer vs. Wine Dinner, featuring five cheese courses paired with beer and wine. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $20; call 303-534-1155 or visit www.legranddenver.com.

Wednesday, November 9:

Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery, 4700 Cherry Creek South, hosts a Colorado Spirits Dinner, bringing in flavors from some of the best distilleries in Colorado in six courses. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $70 (cash only); reservations are required. Call 303-759-0333 or visit www.bullandbushpub.com.

Seawell Ballroom, 1050 13th Street, hosts the Memories Lost and Found luncheon, featuring Barry Petersen as the keynote speaker. It starts at 11 a.m. and costs $75 to $250; visit http://aware.camp7.org.

EDGE Restaurant & Bar, 1111 14th Street, presents the #FSWine TweetUp Event, an hour of wine-tasting and tweeting led by EDGE sommeliers. It starts at 7:30 p.m.; admission is $12 to $25, and you must RSVP to 303-398-3050 or denver.events@fourseasons.com.

Tony's Market, 950 Broadway, is hosting a Thanksgiving Simplified! cooking class; chef Mick Rosacci will walk you through brining, roasting and carving a holiday turkey while you enjoy a happy-hour drink. It runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and admission is $5; it's limited to forty guests, so call 720-880-4501 or visit www.tonysmarket.com.

Thursday, November 10:

The City of Aurora hosts a cooking class, Holiday Apps & Sips, for ages 21 and up. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $48 to $62; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.recreation.

Friday, November 11:

Olivea, 719 East 17th Avenue, hosts the Fall Dinner Series: Andalusian Tapas; Olivea will be highlighting specific regions of Italy, France and Spain, and this round highlights Andalusian tapas cuisine in four courses. Admission is $40 to $60; call 303-861-5050 or visit www.olivearestaurant.com.

EDGE Restaurant & Bar, 1111 14th Street, presents a One-Year Anniversary Party, featuring a masquerade ball, a special multi-course menu and more. Admission is $111 per couple; call 303-398-3343 or visit www.edgerestaurantdenver.com.

Famous Dave's locations across the metro area are offering active-duty military and veterans a Two Meat Salute, a free meal between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/famousdavescolorado.

More than forty of Boulder's best restaurants will offer a special prix-fixe dinner for $25 as part of First Bit Boulder; the specials run through Saturday, November 19. Visit www.firstbiteboulder.com.

Saturday, November 12:

Pueblo presents the Saints and Sinners Tour, tours of seven of Pueblo's historic churches and taverns. The tours run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., and admission is $10; call 719-564-9086.

Sunday, November 13:

The Second Wind Fund First Annual Chili Cook-Off will take place at Hudson Gardens, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton; it features teen and "interesting" categories, prizes, live entertainment and a silent auction. Festivities run from 2 to 7 p.m., and admission is $10 to $35; visit www.thesecondwindfund.org/events.html.

Colorado Free University, 7653 East First Avenue, presents Zen and the Art of Tea, a tea talk with Judy Williams. It starts at 1 p.m.; call 303-399-0039 or visit www.freeu.com.

The Brown Palace Hotel, 321 17th Street, hosts its annual Champagne Cascade; this year, proceeds will benefit Volunteers of America. It starts at noon, and VIP admission is $50; call 303-297-3111 or visit www.brownpalace.com.

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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