Cinco de Mayo is this Saturday, as is the Kentucky Derby -- offering plenty of reasons to celebrate Southern cooking as well as Den-Mex. If you know of a particularly good party connected to either of these two events, send the info to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it in the comments section below.
But there's much more on the menu for the first week of May:
Monday, April 30:
BikeDenver will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser today at Watercourse Foods, 837 East 17th Avenue. The restaurant, which won Best Vegetarian Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2012, will donate a portion of all food sales to the bicycle-advocacy group.
Jeanette Servidio of the Tenuta Argentiera winery will be at Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, pouring affordable wines from Tuscany at this evening's special weekly dinner. Call 303-442-6966 to RSVP.
Tuesday, May 1:
Join Cured, 1825 Pearl Street in Boulder, when the shop opens four bottles of wine from its eighty-bottle inventory to taste for free from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 720-389-8096 for more details.
Thursday, May 3:
Every first Thursday of the month, the West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, becomes a satellite taproom for a local brewery by allowing it to take over the taps. Tonight, organic beers from Asher Brewing Co. will be featured. Call 303-444-3535 for more details.
El Diablo, 101 Broadway, kicks off Cinco Central 2012 this evening with live music from DJ Gonzo and Qrquesta La Brava starting at 6 p.m. Then head over to La Rumba, 99 West Ninth Avenue, for the official after-party at 10 p.m.
"Make the menu magnificent" at Randolph's Restaurant and Bar, 1776 Grant Street inside the Warwick Hotel at 6 p.m. For $45, guests will sample a special six-course menu and pick their favorite dishes to be featured on the new spring menu.
Friday, May 4: The Cinco Central celebration continues tonight at El Diablo with special guest DJ boyhollow of Lipgloss and live Mexican wrestling. Music starts at 6 p.m., wrestling at 7 p.m., and there's an after-party at La Rumba at 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 5:
Fuel Cafe, 3455 Ringsby Court, will begin weekend brunch service today with a menu that features everything from chilaquiles to sausage and brioche bread pudding to smoked white fish with bagels. Call 303-296-4642 for details.
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El Diablo and Sketch, 11 West First Avenue, will present the Cinco Central All Day Fiesta beginning at noon and ending at 10 p.m., with an after-party at La Rumba. Festivities include live Mexican wrestling, music from Cojunto Colores and pinatas for the kids.
The Cherry Creek Farmers' Market opens today at 2500 East First Avenue; it will run through October 8. Call 303-442-1837 for details.
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 email@example.com.