Culinary calendar for the week ahead

Our online Food & Drink listings contain dozens of culinary events around the state; we put together a list of what's coming up this week so you can get a taste.

Tuesday, December 1:

A community pancake party benefiting Parade of Lights will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today at both Snooze locations: 2262 Larimer Street and 700 Colorado Boulevard. Call 303-297-0700 or visit www.snoozedenver.com.

TAG's Community Culinary Series is back for another round, this time benefitting the University of Colorado Hospital. Stop by 1441 Larimer Street tonight; call 303-996-9985 or visit www.tag-restaurant.com.

Tuesday, December 1:

December 1: Join Chef Ian Clark at a Green Chile Cook-Off at Whittier Elementary, 2008 Pine Street in Boudler; Chef Ian will teach the kids how to make green chile. RSVP to bryce@bigredf.com; the cook-off takes place from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Thursday, December 3: Bacaro Venetian Taverna presents "Big Night," starting at 6:30 p.m., with a screening of the film Big Night and samples of some of the items on Bacaro's new menu. Proceeds will benefit Share a Gift; visit www.bacaro.com or call 303-444-4888.

Friday, December 4:

The Women's Bean Project, 3201 Curtis Street, hosts a holiday fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. December 4 through 6; stop by to purchase the makings of a gourmet meal and other gift items, including jewelry. For more information, call 303-292-1919 or visit www.womensbeanproject.com.

Stock up on your wine cellar and taste some new wines from Hook & Ladder at a Fired Up For Kids benefit event from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Highlands Wine Seller, 6668 Timberline Road in Highlands Ranch; a portion of the proceeds will go toward the Children's Hospital Burn Center. For info, visit www.firedupforkids.org.

Watch as several Front Range architects and engineers compete in the annual Boulder Gingerbread Bridge Competition from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Boulder Draft House, 2027 13th Street in Boulder; visit http://gingerbreadbridge.com.

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street in Boulder, hosts the Growe Foundation Holiday Party Fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m.; food, drink, dancing, silent auctions and a community bazaar are included in the $75 ticket. Reserve your space at www.regonline.com/letitgrowe.

Cilantro Fusion, 1531 Stout Street, will donate $1 to the Parade of Lights for every customer who visits the restaurant on December 4 and 5. Call 303-621-6808 or visit cilantrofusion.com.

Saturday, December 5:

The mixologists at the Bitter Bar, 835 Walnut Street in Boulder, are teaching a series of cocktail classes where you'll learn tricks of the trade and new techniques for building the perfect cocktail. "Shake, Swizzle, Stir: Perfect Holiday Party Cocktails" takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. today and costs $25; for information, visit www.happynoodlehouse.com.

Fresh City Life is hosting a series of World Kitchen Chef Cooking Demos at the Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This week: "Cheese: It's Part Culture" with chef Shellie Kark; for details, visit www.denverlibrary.org/fresh or call 720-865-1111.

Sunday, December 6:

Taste and rank chili and raise funds for a good cause at the Rebuilding Together Chili Cook-Off at the warehouse at 2422 South Trenton Way in Aurora; the Broncos/Chiefs game will on the big-screen starting at 11 a.m. Admission is $10, and all proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together; for more info, call 303-217-2074.

The English Language Learners Program at Whittier Elementary School is the beneficiary of the Centro Green Chile Cook-Off, which takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, 950 Pearl Street in Boulder. The $25 to $29 admission price tag includes all-you-can-eat chili and two Avery beers; call 303-442-7771 or visit www.centrolatinkitchen.com.

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