Culinary calendar: Denver Food and Wine pours into the weekend

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The eighth annual Denver Food and Wine Classic -- a three-day celebration of local food, wine and spirits -- is in full swing on the campus of Metropolitan State University of Denver. And the last two days are filled to the brim with events.

Here's the schedule:

Friday, September 7:

A dueling culinary demo with chef Kelly Liken (Iron Chef America) and chef Jenna Johansen (Around the World in 80 Plates) gets under way at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include entrance to the "Restaurants Rock" event later this evening.

The Spiegelau Glass Beer Seminar takes place at 3:30 p.m. The cost is $50 -- which also includes a pass to Restaurants Rock -- and gets you a set of take-home glasses to taste hefeweizens, IPA's, pale ales and Belgian-style beers.

And at 5:30 p.m., there will be a Riedel Glass Seminar, where a Riedel expert will demonstrate why shape matters when drinking wine out of the correct glass. The class costs $75, and includes wine paired with cheese, a ticket to Restaurants Rock and a selection of Riedel glasses to keep.

The night ends with Restaurants Rock -- a party at the new SpringHill Suites by Marriot and the Metro Hospitality Learning Center. The event features eats from top Denver chefs, cocktails from master mixologists and live music from Opie Gone Bad. Tickets (if you didn't attend one of the previous events) are $35. Saturday, September 8:

Denver Food and Wine culminates with a Grand Tasting from noon to 4 p.m. today. Guests can sample more than 600 wines and spirits alongside bites from forty Denver restaurants. And celebrated master chef Dario Cecchini, the Mad Butcher of Panzano, Italy, will team up with Elise Wiggins of Panzano and Daniel Asher of Root Down for a cooking demonstration on the Viking Culinary Stage.

The Grand Tasting will be set up on the quad at MSUD -- 7th and Lawrence Way (across from the Pepsi Center). Tickets are $75 in advance and $95 at the door; click here to purchase them and to learn more about the VIP package.

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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