Our online Food & Drink listings include dozens of culinary events around Colorado this week, with benefits for March of Dimes and Project Angel Heart, as well as the University of Denver's inaugural DU Vin Festival. A taste of what's ahead:
Through November 5: Jax Fish House in Boulder, 928 Pearl Street, celebrates its fifteenth anniversary with specials including 15 oysters for $15, $6 old vs. new cocktails, a $15 wine flight and and prix fixe menus. Find more information at www.jaxfishhouseboulder.com.
Tuesday, November 3: Chef Eric Skokan of the Black Cat, 1964 13th Street in Boulder, offers a five-course tasting dinner at 5:30 p.m. featuring products from the Organic Olive Oil Company, with a post-dinner talk-back. Dinner is $39 or $50 with wine pairings; make reservations at 303-444-9110 or go to www.blackcatboulder.com.
Tuesday, November 3: Daryl Groom Winemaker's Dinner at Mel's Bar and Grill, 5970 South Holly Street in Englewood. Groom, former head wine-maker at Penfolds and Geyser Peak, now represents his signature private label, Groom. Five-course dinner by chef Chad Clevenger runs from 7 to 9 p.m.; to make reservations, $49, call 303-777-8223.
Wednesday, November 4: Signature Chef Auction, a benefit for the March of Dimes, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 650 15th Street. Tickets are $150 or $2,500 for sponsor tables; call 303-692-0011 or go to http://marchofdimes.com/colorado.
Wednesday, November 4: Restaurant 4580, 4580 Broadway in Boulder, hosts the Innocent Bystander Wine Dinner, a four-course meal paired with wines from Australia's Innocent Bystander Winery. Make reservations, $55, at www.restaurant4580.com or 303-448-1500.
Thursday, November 5: Sample dishes from some of Denver's finest restaurants and caterers and bid on silent-auction items at A Taste for Life, a benefit for Project Angel Heart that starts at 6 p.m. at the Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th Street. Admission is $75 to $95; find more details at www.projectangelheart.org.
Thursday, November 5: Bacaro, 921 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts Local Colorado, Local Flavor, a multi-course dinner matching courses to the art of Tatjana Krizmanic. Dinner runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; for tickets, $30, call 303-444-4888.
Friday, November 6: The Kitchen Table offers a class with Andrew Lubatty, chef of Avenue Grill, who will teach how to make some of his Italian favorites. The class, $100, runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 5375 Landmark Place in Greenwood Village; call 303-220-9769 or visit www.kitchentablegv.com.
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Saturday, November 7: The All Colorado Beer Festival runs from noon to 4:30 p.m. and again from 5:50 to 10 p.m. at Mr. Biggs Event Center in Colorado Springs; tickets are $25 to $30, or $10 for designated drivers. Call 719-255-3232 or visit www.allcoloradobeerfestival.org.
Saturday, November 7: From 1-5 p.m., Wynkoop Brewing Co., 1834 18th Street, hosts Beers of the Year!, a mini-fest featuring 24 kegs of Wynkoop brews -- every ale and lager brewed since the DNC. Samples are $1 each or $5 for six samples -- or $25 for unlimited samples.
Saturday-Sunday, November 7-8: Alliance Francaise, 571 Galapago Street, hosts a Louisiana Creole Celebration at venues around town with workshops, singing and storytelling, and a traditional Louisiana dinner. For details, go to www.cfcz.org.
Sunday, November 8: The University of Denver hosts the DU Vin Festival, featuring seminars and a grand tasting with more than sixty vintners, wine vendors and restaurateurs. The tasting is $52.80, or $70 with one seminar of your choice; DU School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management at 2044 East Evans Avenue.