Culinary calendar for the week ahead: An Aquaponic Feast; Blues, Brews and BBQ; and more

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American Craft Beer Week is over, but that doesn't mean all the food-and-drink fun has left the building: Between the annual Blues, Brews and BBQ festival at Beaver Creek Resort and dozens of events closer to home, there's plenty to fill your calendar. Here's a taste of what's ahead:

Monday, May 23:

Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts its Monday Night Wine Dinner with Laura Williamson and the portfolio of Rudi Wiest; admission is $45 and up. Call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

Avery Tap Room, 5757 Arapahoe Avenue, Unit B1 in Boulder, teams up with Oak at Fourteenth for a dinner that will benefit a fire-related charity. It starts at 6:30 p.m., and admission is $65. Call 303-440-4324.

Tuesday, May 24:

Whole Foods butchers will face off to see who can chop, filet and slice the best at the Top Butcher Competition; it starts at 9 a.m. at Whole Foods Tamarac, 7400 East Hampden Avenue (303-488-2000) and at noon at Whole Foods Cherry Creek, 2375 East First Avenue (720-941-4100).

TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, hosts the Butcher Blocks and Lamb Hocks disassembly dinner with Mark DeNittis. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $75; call 303-996-9985 or visit www.tag-restaurant.com.

Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 East 35th Avenue, hosts a Wine Tasting Benefit featuring the wines of Napa; proceeds will benefit the Positive Project. It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Call 303-333-5411.

Wednesday, May 25:

Upslope Brewing Company will donate $1 from all pint sales on Wednesdays to a charity as part of its Pints for the People program; in August, the charity is Colorado Trout Unlimited. Upslope is at 1501 Lee Hill Road in Boulder; visit www.upslopebrewing.com.

Randolph's Restaurant and Bar, 1776 Grant Street, hosts Wine Down Wednesday. Enjoy 50 percent off the entire wine list (must mention promotion). Call 303-318-7272 or visit www.randolphsdenver.com.

Highland Tavern, 3400 Navajo Street, hosts Drinking Liberally Denver, an informal, inclusive, Democratic drinking club that meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. It starts at 7 p.m.; e-mail denver@drinkingliberally.org.

Last Wednesday of the month: Both Morton's locations (8480 East Belleview Avenue in Englewood and 1710 Wynkoop Street) host Wine Down Wednesdays, offering three different wines in four-ounce pours from 6 to 7 p.m. for $25. Visit www.mortons.com.

Thursday, May 26:

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 East Academy Parkway, presents the Mizel Museum annual dinner honoring Sharon Magness Blake. It starts at 6 p.m.; call 303-360-5360.

Skyline Park is the site of Denver's Biggest Bake Sale supporting Cookies for Kids' Cancer from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Elway's, 2500 East First Avenue, presents the Republic Organic Tequila Dinner, pairing tequila and tequila cocktails with five courses. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $65; call 303-399-5353 or visit www.elways.com.

Both Jax Fish House locations (928 Pearl Street in Boulder, 303-444-1811, www.jaxfishhouseboulder.com; and 1539 17th Street, 303-292-5767, www.jaxfishhousedenver.com) host An Aquaponic Feast, a three-course fundraising dinner for Colorado Aquaponics and the GrowHaus (which will receive 100 percent of the proceeds); the dinner will showcase sustainably farmed rainbow trout and more. Admission is $55 (wine pairings are an additional $15), and the dinner starts at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 27:

Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, hosts the Culinary Date Night; bring your date and indulge in an evening of cooking and fun from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $79 per person; call 303-308-9300 or visit www.cookstreet.com.

The Fresh Fish Company, 7800 East Hampden Avenue, hosts a Memorial Weekend Lobster Festival through Monday, May 30, with specials in Maine lobster dinners. Call 303-740-9556 or visit www.thefreshfishco.com.

Saturday, May 28:

Il Mondo Vecchio, 1174 South Cherokee Street, presents a Whole Hog Hoedown: Learn about common retail cuts, best applied cooking techniques, recipe suggestions and more. It runs from noon to 4 p.m. and costs $220 to participate; call 303-744-6328 or visit mondovecchio.net.

Beaver Creek Resort hosts the annual Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival through Saturday, May 29, featuring microbrews, barbecue and live blues music with culinary demonstrations, kids' activities and more. Call 970-754-4636 or visit www.beavercreek.com.

Super Ordinary Gallery, 3126 Larimer Street, presents a Cherry Blossom Street Fare, featuring a sake tasting, baked goods swap, traditional Japanese street food and party games, and a Wa-Lolita fashion show. It runs from 2 to 6 p.m.; visit www.gimmegimmepillowtoast.com.

Sunday, May 29:

Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, is the site of the FIVE Urban Peak Benefit. Call 303-296-1970 or visit www.vestagrill.com.

Monday, May 30:

Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts its Monday Night Wine Dinner with Bobby Stuckey and his Scarpetta wines; admission is $45 and up. Call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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