This week, on top of the usual wine dinners and cooking classes, there are classes on preserving your summer harvest, the continuation of Empire Lounge & Restaurant's Jim & Julia Dinner Series, and much more. Here's a sampling of what's on the culinary calendar menu:
Monday, August 9: The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, offers a Take-Home Tamales cooking class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $65; call 303-377-3222 or visit www.theseasonedchef.com.
Frasca presents its regular Monday Night Wine Dinner, this week featuring Summer Wolff and the wines of Indie Wineries, Piedmont (Italy) and Kamptal (Austria). The four-course seasonal menu is $45; wine pairings are an additional $30 to $45. Frasca is at 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.
The Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street, is the site of "Preserving Summer: The Herbal Harvest," a class that will teach you to make make blends, teas, pesto, tapenade, vinegar, syrup, salsa, butter, cheese and cream using summer herbs. Class, which starts at 6 p.m., costs $39 for members and $44 for the general public; call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.
Tuesday, August 10:
The City of Aurora will offer a wine class, Red Hot Wines, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Summer Valley Recreation Center, 17400 East Lehigh Place in Aurora. Tuition is $22 for Aurora residents, $29 others; call 303-326-8640.
The Denver Botanic Gardens has harvested the fresh herbs that will be used in How to Cook With Aromatic Herbs, a demonstration at Le Central, 112 East Eighth Avenue, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $38 for DBG members and $43 for the general public, and includes a three-course meal. For more info, visit www.botanicgardens.org.
Mizuna, 225 East Seventh Avenue, presents a four-course, Sweet & Savory Dinner Featuring Leopold Brothers, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $85; call 303-832-4772.
Wednesday, August 11:
Thursday, August 12:
The Empire Lounge and Restaurant, 816 Main Street in Louisville, presents the next installment in the Jim & Julia Dinner Series, featuring Jim Cohen's interpretations of iconic Julia Child menus. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $45, $65 with alcohol pairings; call 303-665-2521 or visit www.theempirerestaurant.com.
Learn about balanced health, proper nutrition and more at the Healthy Living Seminar at Den Deli and Seafood Market, 1501 South Pearl Street. The program starts at 6:30 p.m.; call 303-504-6151.
Friday, August 13:
Chefs from Beaver Creek restaurants will give free culinary demonstrations on the plaza in the Bon Appetit tent in Beaver Creek through Saturday, August 14. For more info, visit www.beavercreek.com/events-and-activities/culinary-demo-series.aspx.
Saturday, August 14:
Fresh City Life is offering four weeks of recipes highlight Colorado farms and food. Today's installment, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, is Root Down -- A Journey Into Local Cuisine, with Root Down ecochef Daniel Asher. The program is free at the Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway. For more info, call 720-865-1111 or visit denverlibrary.org/fresh.
Culinary Connectors presents a Boulder tour, visiting Bacaro Venetian Taverna, 921 Pearl Street, plus the Kitchen and Bombay Bistro, between 1 and 4 p.m. There's also a Denver tour, visiting Encore, 2550 East Colfax Avenue, plus Bistro One and Opus. For more info, visit www.culinaryconnectors.com.
The inaugural Snowmass Culinary & Arts Festival runs today and tomorrow. Find all the detailson the fest website.l
Manitou Springs hosts the Craft Lager Festival through Sunday, August 15, featuring unlimited sampling of some of the finest craft lagers in the state. It runs from 1 to 6 p.m. and costs $10 to $145; visit www.craftlagerfestival.com.
Head to Balistreri Vineyards, 1946 East 66th Avenue, for the annual Anniversary at the Vineyard, a benefit for KUVO/KVJZ featuring a wine-tasting, music and food prepared by Jax Fish House, Tambien, Dazzle and other local favorites. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m.; admission is $55 to $99, plus extra for corporate sponsorship. Visit www.kuvo.org or call 303-480-9272, ext. 13.
At the Mile High Music Festival's Wolf Stage (Dick's Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City), Jimmy John's will present the Freaky Fast Sandwich Making and Eating Contest, pitting three fast sandwich-makers against three world-class eaters. It starts at 6 p.m. and is free to watch.
Sunday, August 15:
Eat Denver's Harvest Week, a seven-day jubilation that pays homage to Colorado's bountiful crops, sprouts the week of August 21, when nearly forty of the city's best independent restaurants will pimp seasonal menus showcasing locally-sourced ingredients and products. In the meantime, there's a kick-off party tonight at Balistreri Vineyards, 1946 East 66th Avenue. The soiree begins at 5 p.m., and includes bites and libations from several Denver restaurants and Colorado wineries, breweries and distilleries. Tickets aren't available to the public, but you can win them on the Cafe Society blog by answering questions about Colorado produce and products.
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.
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