Chili cook-offs, grand openings and more on this week's culinary calendar

It's the perfect time of year for chili, and MaxFund's annual Chili Cook-Off will be a great place to taste red, green and vegetarian chilis on Sunday. In the meantime, there's the all-important Valentine's Day and much more happening; here's a taste of what's on the menu:

Tuesday, February 14:

Mezcal, 3230 East Colfax Avenue, hosts a Couples Taco-Eating Contest open to seven couples (there is a $30 entry fee per couple). The winners get a taco trophy and a gift card, and all participants receive a T-shirt and a free margarita. It starts at 6 p.m.; call 303-322-5219.

There are far too many Valentine's Day events for us to list; check out a full list of our Valentine's Day culinary events online.

Wednesday, February 15:

Izakaya Den, 1518 South Pearl Street, presents Sliced!, a sushi-making class featuring chefs from Sushi Den and Izakaya Den; after class, sit for a meal that includes sushi, miso soup and green tea. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $70; call 303-777-0691 or visit www.izakayaden.net.

Thursday, February 16:

Bistro Vendome, 1420 Larimer Street, presents Thursday French Classics: Pore a la Sauge. Call 303-825-3232 or visit www.bistrovendome.com.

Il Fornaio, 8000 East Belleview Avenue, hosts D.I.N.E. with guest speaker Margaret Coel. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $35; reservations are required. Visit www.coloradohumanities.org/products.

Friday, February 17:

Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, hosts the One Night in Bordeaux class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $89; call 303-308-9300 or visit www.cookstreet.com.

Comida Cantina, 721 Confidence Drive in Longmont, hosts a grand-opening celebration at 4:30 p.m. Call 720-204-6455.

Great Harvest Bread Co., 7745 Wadsworth Boulevard in Arvada, hosts a Grand Re-Opening party through Saturday, February 18, with raffles and prizes, a free gift loaf with any purchase and more. Call 303-420-0500 or visit www.greatharvest.com.

Sunday, February 19:

Delaney's Pub, 1801 Blake Street, hosts the MaxFund Annual Chili Cook-Off, with red, green, vegetarian and professional chef categories. It runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m., and admission is $10 to $15; call 303-308-1795.

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