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Culinary calendar for the week ahead: A harvest of summer classes

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 10:

The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, will offer a Summer Harvest Vegetables cooking class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $68; call 303-377-3222 or visit

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

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:

The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, will offer a Flavors of Morocco cooking class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $65; call 303-377-3222 or visit

Arugula Ristorante and Infinite Monkey Theorem present Festival of Dinners: Tastes of Italy, a six-course dinner at a private home in Boulder. Tickets are $125; for more details, call 303-443-5100.

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

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:

The Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, offers a Culinary Date Night class from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; admission is $79 per person. Call 303-308-9300 or visit

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

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

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

The inaugural Snowmass Culinary & Arts Festival runs today and tomorrow. Find all the detailson the fest website.l

Winter Park is hosting its Beer Festival this weekend. For details, visit

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

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 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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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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