Civic Center Eats and Thirteen More Tasty Events on This Week's Culinary Calendar

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May the Fourth be with you this week! Let the Force — and the thought of good food — guide you through a week brimming with delicious events from beer dinners to Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

Monday, May 4 

Frasca Food and Wine will welcome Justin Willett for its Monday Night Wine Dinner Series tonight. The Monday Night Wine Dinners are $50 per person and include four courses; wine pairings are an additional $40 to 50.  For reservations or more information, call Frasca at 303-442-6966.

Session Kitchen is tapping into the force for its May the 4th Be With You dinner at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The restaurant is teaming up with New Belgium and Lagunitas to go all-out geek at a beer dinner complete with a costume contest, photo booth, free stuff, awesome beers and chef Scott Parker's Star Wars inspired menu. Tickets are $65 per person and seating is limited; call 720-763-3387 to reserve your spot.  

For its one-year anniversary, Rusty Taco will be giving each customer one free taco every day from Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 8. In addition, 20 percent of all food sales during this time will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. For more information, visit rustytaco.com.  

Solitaire will host David de la Fuente from Bodegas Muga in Rioja and winemaker Miguel Sanmartin from Bodegas Alto Moncayo in Campo de Borja, for a six-course wine dinner tonight. Tickets are $130 per person; call 303-477-4732 for more information.

Tuesday, May 5  

Civic Center Eats, the largest food-truck gathering in Denver, kicks off its 2015 season at 11 a.m. today, a month earlier than usual. The trucks will return from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through October 8 (a few days are blocked out because of other events) at Civic Center Park. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Civic Center Conservancy, the nonprofit dedicated to restoring, enhancing and activating downtown Denver's historic Civic Center Park. For more information, click here.  

Moontower Tacos will be offering $1 frozen margaritas, $1 jarritos, $1 Mexican beers (Dos XX, Corona, Negra Modelo, Pacifico, Modelo), and free refills on chips and salsa today for Cinco de Mayo. In additon to its dollar deals, the restaurant will be offering two special tacos and Cinco photo opportunities.

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts is offering a class on good ol' Creole cooking today during A World of Taste: New Orleans. The class runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and tuition is $89. For more information or to register for the course, click here.  

Wednesday, May 6 

Turin, Lowdown and Gociety Present: Let's Ride: an evening of bikes, beers and community tonight. The evening will feature bike movies, beer, food, giveaways and the Lowdown Limited release of Turin Rooster Ale. The party kicks off at 7 p.m. at Lowdown; all proceeds go to the Colorado Mountain Bike Association. For more information, head over to the event's Facebook page

The Seasoned Chef Cooking School is offering a course on mastering sauces from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. this evening. The course will teach participants to prepare pesto mayonnaise, hollandaise, marsala porcini sauce, mornay and more. Tuition is $69; get all the details and save your spot at theseasonedchef.com.  

Thursday, May 7 

The latest addition to the TAXI campus, the Drive 2 building, is complete and bustling with businesses. The new tenants will showcase their stuff during an opening party featuring free food, drinks, games, music and more today from 5:30 to 8 p.m. 

Opus is holding a five-course dinner with wine pairings from Colorado's Two Rivers Vineyards; there will also be a raffle for an overnight stay at Two Rivers Chateau. The dinner is $89 per person and starts at 6 p.m. For reservations and more information, call Opus at 303-355-5853. 

From 6 to 8 p.m. on the  first Thursday of each mont,h La Biblioteca offers guests a chance to meet the makers of many different tequilas and taste those tequilas. This month the restaurant will welcome Arte Nom. For more information, visit richardsandoval.com.

Friday, May 8

Spice up your love life with an evening that’s guaranteed to stir up more than just delicious dishes at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts tonight. The school's Culinary Date Night class, which runs from 6 to 9:30, will teach couples how to cook up their own special night for $89. You and your sweetie can register here.

The Colorado Chocolate Festival will pour into the Denver Merchandise Mart this weekend, just in time for Mother's Day. The chocolate-centric festival will feature chocolate treats of all kinds, chocolate contests, tastings, jewelry, clothes, imports, crafts and much more. Admission is $5 and tasting tickets are twelve tickets for $10. For tickets and all the chocolaty details click here.    

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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