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Culinary calendar for the week ahead

As always, our online

Food & Drink listings

contain dozens of culinary events across Colorado, including where to eat Thanksgiving dinner if you don't feel like cooking but still want to feast. A taste of what's ahead:

Tuesday, November 24:

Trattoria on Pearl, 1430 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts an Italian Class on the regions of Lazio/Roma; it features a three-course dinner, one of which is prepared table-side, with recipe included, plus Italian language and culture lessons. Admission is $35; call 303-544-0008.

Learn to prepare a white bean and cheddar soup, an appaloosa bean medley soup and a charred minestrone soup at The Secrets of Soups: Legumes, taking place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Kitchen Table, 5375 Landmark Place. Call 303-220-9769 or visit www.kitchentablegv.com.

Two Whole Foods locations -- Boulder and Cherry Creek -- will be open from 11 p.m. till 2 a.m. so you can get your Thanksgiving shopping done late at night! Visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

Wednesday, November 25:

Mezcal kicks off the holiday season with the annual Lighting of Mezcal; join the celebrations at 3230 East Colfax Avenue at 7 p.m. Call 303-322-5219 or visit www.mezcal-restaurant.com.

Thursday, November 26:

If you don't feel like cooking this year, Opus is hosting a Thanksgiving meal featuring a full spread of food; it's $22 for kids under twelve and $45 for adults, plus tax and gratuity. Make your reservations at 303-703-6787. Opus is at 2575 West Main Street in Littleton.

Tammy Maleckas of Belemonti's Pizzeria, 644 Santa Fe Drive, will be donating pizzas to a local ministry for homeless mothers and their kids; call 303-952-9879 for information.

Rosa Linda's Mexican Café is providing Thanksgiving Dinner for the Needy for the 25th year running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the menu includes shredded turkey, green chili, rice, beans, stuffing and much more. Drop off food donations Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; for information, cal 303-455-0608 or e-mail rosalindasmexicancafe@gmail.com. Rosa Linda's is at 2005 West 33rd Avenue.

The Ted's Montana Grills in the metro area will be open and serving up a traditional holiday meal on Thanksgiving this year; visit www.tedsmontanagrill.com for information and locations.

Randolph's, 1776 Grant Street, hosts Thanksgiving Brunch, featuring a full buffet spread of breakfast favorites, traditional sides with a twist, a carving station and various desserts. It's $15 to $34 and takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; visit www.randolphsdenver.com for a full menu and call 303-318-7272 for reservations.

Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at Elway's or the Ritz-Carlton, 1881 Curtis Street; offering an array of Thanksgiving favorites, you're sure to find something delicious. Alternatively, you could pick up a Turkey To-Go with all the trimmings; the $330 package serves six to eight people. Call 303-312-3133 for Turkey To-Go or the Carlton, and 303-312-3107 for Elway's.

Friday, November 27:

Tambien, 230 Steele Street, celebrates the kick-off for the holiday season with the annual Lighting of Tambien; join the celebrations tonight at 7 p.m. Call 303-333-1763 or visit www.tambien-restaurant.com.

Saturday, November 28:

Chef Joseph will teach you the technique of creating the best sushi you can make yourself at Sushi 101 at the Kitchen Table, 5375 Landmark Place, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight. Call 303-229-9769 or visit www.kitchentablegv.com.

Sunday, November 29:

Happy Noodle House/the Bitter Bar at 835 Walnut Street in Boulder is hosting the Bitter Bar Caddyshack Social, a single-malt scotch tasting. Country-club attire is recommended, and the social starts at 10 p.m.; make your reservations for the $30 admission at 303-442-3050.

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