There's plenty for java junkies this week, with events celebrating new coffee partnerships and expansions in our great state. But that's just start of the food fun, which also includes the annual Candy Cane Festival and much more. Here's a taste of what's on the menu:
Monday, December 5:
Elway's Downtown, 1881 Curtis Street, hosts the Paul Hobbs Winery Pairing Dinner, with four selections from the winery each paired with seasonal courses. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $100 and up per guest; call 303-312-3107 or visit www.elways.com.
Satchel's on 6th, 1710 East Sixth Avenue, hosts a Wine & Chocolate Tasting with discussions and tastings of wine and chocolate. It runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is free, but reservations are required; call 303-399-2560.
Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents the White Truffle and Barolo Dinner, with guest chef Michael Tusk and guest winemaker Luca Currado. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $575; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.
Tuesday, December 6:
Ya Ya's, 8310 East Belleview Avenue in Greenwood Village, presents a Wine Dinner with Red Car Wines; Carroll Kemp of the winery will be in attendance, and there will be six courses paired with wine. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $125; reservations are required. Call 303-741-1110.
Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts the Outstanding Restaurant Award Winners Dinner, a five-course meal with Daniel Humm and Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park. Admission is $195, and reservations are required; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.
Aviano Coffee, 3031 East Second Avenue, celebrates its union with Handsome Coffee Roasters; all three Handsome roasters will be serving free coffee at the bar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 303-399-8347 or visit http://avianocoffee.blogspot.com.
Wednesday, December 7:
The Margarita, 7350 Pine Creek in Colorado Springs, presents the Spice Route Dinner, a seven-course meal with round pairings that brings back some of the favorite dishes from the series. It starts at 6:30 p.m., and admission is $55; make reservations by calling 719-598-8667.
Thursday, December 8:
The Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts Books, Wine, Cheese: Perfect Pairings for the Holiday Season. Local author Erin Blakemore will discuss recent releases that might appeal to classic tastes; there will be wine and cheese pairings, as well. It starts at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $5 (you will be given a voucher good for refreshments or a purchase for $5). Call 303-447-2074 or visit www.boulderbookstore.com.
Friday, December 9:
Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia Street, hosts the Top Latke Cook-Off and Hanukah Party at 5:30 p.m. with dinner, the latke contest and more entertainment. Advance reservations are required; tickets are $15 to $55 (donations are also accepted from students and seniors). Call 303-388-4239, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.micahdenver.org.
Cafe Options,1650 Curtis Street, hosts the Squeaky Bean dinner (which will be repeated on Saturday, December 10). The dinner pairs five courses with wine (a vegetarian menu is available); proceeds benefit the Work Options program. The meal costs $100; call 303-573-0733 or visit www.cafeoptions.com.
Saturday, December 10:
Whole Foods Denver West, 14357 West Colfax Avenue, presents Rohan Marley from 1 to 3 p.m., celebrating the expansion of the Marley Coffee brand into Colorado. Call 303-277-1339 or visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com.
Hammond's Candies, 5735 North Washington Street, presents the Candy Cane Festival with free tours, candy samples, carolers, holiday storytellers, food vendors and more. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free; call 303-333-5588 or visit www.hammondscandies.com.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, 28194 U.S. Highway 6 in Dillon, is hosting a Moonlight Dinner Series; this month's dinner is A Night in the Swiss Alps. Admission is $65, and reservations are required; call 888-272-7246 or visit www.arapahoebasin.com.
Congregation Beth Evergreen Synagogue, 2981 Bergen Peak in Evergreen, hosts the Chicken Soup Cook-Off, with live music, chicken-themed movies, refreshments and samples. Enter a recipe by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org (fee is $15). Admission is $5 per person or $10 per family; call 303-670-4294 or visit www.bethevergreen.com.
Sunday, December 11:
Enjoy Pajama Brunch at Second Home, 150 Clayton Lane, where kids eight and under who wear their pajamas to the restaurant can eat free from the kids' brunch menu. Call 303-253-3000.
The Corner Office, 1401 Curtis Street, presents Disco Brunch Sundays; dance to a disco DJ and enjoy brunch favorites. It runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call 303-825-6500 or visit www.thecornerofficedenver.com.
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