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Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Beer, food drives and a new film series

Between the Denver Beer Fest, the Great American Beer Fest and various Oktoberfest events taking place around the city, you're sure to find your fill of beer at one place or another. Still, there's lots more non-carbonated fun taking place, including a new movie series at Infinite Monkey Theorem, sampling tours and culinary classes galore. Here's a taste of what's ahead:

Monday, September 13:

The Kitchen Table, 5375 Landmark Place in Greenwood Village, presents Meatless Mondays, a variety of classes offered every Monday evening at dinnertime starting today. Call 303-220-9769 or visit

The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Full Flavored Vegetarian, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Admission is $43 to $56; call 303-326-8630.

Avenue Grill, 630 East 17th Avenue, offers a Great Divide Beer Dinner, five courses paired with Great Divide beers. Admission is $23; call 303-861-2820 or visit

Duo Restaurant, 2413 West 32nd Avenue, presents Happy Hour with Brewer Taylor Rees, all-you-can-drink Great Divide beer and a selection of appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. for $15. Call 303-477-4141 or visit

Crested Butte presents Vinotok through Saturday, September 18, a fall wine festival offering traditional storytelling, community feasts, theater productions and more. Visit or call 800-814-8893.

Tuesday, September 14:

The City of Aurora presents a wine tasting, Grenache Syrah Mourvedre, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Summer Valley Recreation Center, 17400 East Lehigh Place in Aurora. Admission is $22 to $29; call 303-326-8630.

The Denver Botanic Gardens harvests its fresh herbs to be used in cooking demonstrations, How to Cook With Aromatic Herbs, 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 with dessert, tax and tip, plus a small donation to the gardens. Visit

Lola, 1575 Boulder Street, presents an Evening of Decadent Delights, featuring plates by Matt Selby, Tyler Wiard, Sean Yontz, Alex Seidel, Keegan Gerhard, Brian Laird, Goose Sorensen and Jamey Fader. Admission is $95; call 720-985-6947.

Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, offers a Light& Healthy cooking class from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for $79. Call 303-308-9300 or visit

Mizuna, 225 East 7th Avenue, presents a Beer Dinner, five courses paired with brews from Great Divide, Stone, the Bruery and Moylan's. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $105; call 303-832-4778 or visit

The 23rd annual Uptown Sampler features walking and bus tours of some of the area's top eateries between 5 and 8:30 p.m. for just $20. Visit

Gordon Biersch, 1 West Flatiron Circle in Broomfield, is offering a limited-time German-Themed Menu to complement their latest brew, Festbier, through Sunday, October 24. Call 720-887-2991 or visit

Wednesday, September 15

Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, offers the A World of Taste - Germany cooking class from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for $79. Call 303-308-9300 or visit

Jax Fish House, 928 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents the Hosea Rosenberg Monthly Dinner Series. This month's theme is Adventures in Wine Country: Napa. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and costs $100; sign up at 303-444-1811 or

The Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, present the Cancer Food Project, a seven-part nutrition and cooking class on how food can fight and prevent disease. This week's topic: Introduction to How Foods Fight Cancer. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m., and admission is $28 to $210; call 720-865-3500 or visit

The Kitchen [Upstairs], 1039 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts the Gold Medal Beer Dinner with brews from Avery, Allagash, Dogfish Head, Lost Abbey and Russian River breweries paired with several courses. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $125; call 303-544-5973 or visit

Ben & Jerry's founder Jerry Greenfield will speak at the Building Business Excellence Speaker Series from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Seawell Ballroom in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; admission is $40. Visit

Terroir, 246 Main Street in Longmont, presents a Community Beer Social featuring the beers of Lagunitas Brewing Company. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $25; call 303-651-0630 or visit

Rialto Cafe, 934 16th Street, features a Brewmaster's Dinner, four courses paired with beer. Admission is $45; call 303-893-2233 or visit

All Mike Shaw auto dealers are hosting the Furry Friends Food Drive through Friday, October 15, and accepting donations of cash and unopened pet food to benefit Food Bank of the Rockies. Visit

Appaloosa Grill, 535 16th Street, will dish up food during Tap Room and Lounge hours paired with Great Divide beers through Sunday, September 19. Call 720-932-1700 or visit

Thursday, September 16:

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, 8100 East Union Avenue, presents the Wild Horse Vineyards Wine Dinner, five courses paired with Wild Horse wines. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $60; visit or call 720-200-9339.

The City of Aurora presents a wine tasting, Grenache Syrah Mourvedre, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Admission is $22 to $29; call 303-326-8630.

The Feed Denver Market at 42nd Avenue and Steele Street is open for fresh-produce business on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit

The Great American Beer Festival lands at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, through Saturday, September 18. Visit

Grand Junction is the site of the annual Colorado Mountain Winefest through Sunday, September 19, the state's oldest, largest and most-anticipated wine festival which offers a collective toast to the grape harvest and vintages; activities include wine-and-food pairing events, chef demos, grape stomps, winery tours and more. Visit

Friday, September 17:

BeerAdvocate magazine presents the BeerAdvocate Does Denver Pub Crawl, visiting several of downtown's greatest beer hotspots between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Visit

Cherokee Ranch and Castle, 6113 North Daniels Park Road in Sedalia, presents the Halfway to St. Patty's Day Irish Single Malt Tasting; the $65 admission price tag includes a castle tour, buffet, cash bar, performance and dessert reception, plus the liquor tasting. Call 303-688-5555 or visit

Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, presents the Denver Rare Beer Tasting, unlimited samples of 26 hard-to-find brews, plus hors d'ouevre and a commemorative tasting glass, for $80. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m.; visit

The Denver Cupcake Truck will be parked in front of B's Ballpark Museum, 1940 Blake Street, starting at 1 p.m.; you can get $1 off admission to the museum, too. Visit or call 303-974-5835.

Earthlinks, 2828 Larimer Street, hosts Growing Our Urban AgriCULTURE, a potluck and networking party for the urban agriculture scene. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m.; call 303-389-0085 or visit

Breckenridge presents Oktoberfest through Sunday, September 19, a weekend of genuine German cusiine, vendors and more. Visit

Enjoy two weekends of Bavarian music and dancing -- this round runs through Sunday, September 19 -- as well as traditional food, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, beverages from Beck's and Jagermeister, contests, runs and much more at Vail's Oktoberfest; visit

Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street, presents Appaloosa Grill at the Great Divide Beer Garden, a free barbecue, live music and food inspired by (and using) Great Divide products. It runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Sunday, September 19; call 303-296-9460 or visit

Head to the city for Oktoberfest Denver, one of the city's longest-running festivals: Two back-to-back weekends of races, competitions, contests, music, dance and, of course, beer; this round runs through Sunday, September 19. Visit

Telluride hosts Telluride Blues & Brews through Sunday, September 19, featuring B.B. King, ZZ Top, the Mick Fleetwood Blues Bank, Allen Toussaint and more, including microbrews galore. Admission is $25 to $172; visit

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad, 401 Water Street in Canon City, offers Oktoberfest Trains with live music, beverages and a traditional Oktoberfest lunch through Sunday, October 10. Admission is $45 to $65; visit

Saturday, September 18:

The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Cooking Techniques, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Admission is $70 to $90; call 303-326-8630.

The City of Aurora presents a teen cooking class, You're So Cheesy, for age 12 to 16. It costs $32 to $42 and runs from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8630.

Embark on the Tour de Vineyards Bicycle Tour, a 25-mile tour through rural roads. Registration includes a course map, welcome packet and post-ride lunch. Visit

The Urban Farm, 10200 Smith Road, offers FarmFest2010, featuring music, activities and more from 1 to 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids over five and free for kids under five. Call 303-307-9332 or visit

TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, presents TAG|U, a series of culinary classes designed to give you a firsthand look into the kitchen artistry at TAG. It runs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and costs $55; call 303-996-9985 or visit

The E Project, 9797 West Colfax Avenue in Littleton, presents another Wine Tasting; compare grapes that produce different tastes in wines. It starts at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $25 (two people for $45). Call 303-232-0363 or visit

Granite Transformations, 5840 West 60th Avenue in Arvada, presents its Grand Re-Opening, a live kitchen demonstration, barbecue, giveaways, kids' activities and much more. Festivities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call 303-420-8920.

Culinary Connectors hosts a Denver tour, visiting Colt & Gray, Steuben's and Beatrice & Woodsley, from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit

Beet Street's Adventures in Food features chef David Dagget, owner of Tastebuds, who will teach you how to prepare a locally sourced, multi-course meal in Fort Collins; visit

The annual Das Hustlehoff 10k/5k race "for beer drinkers with a running problem" and nod to Oktoberfest, kicks off at 9 a.m.; the race costs $30 to participate. Visit

HILLS, Inc., presents a fundraiser in Golden featuring a silent auction, food by Troy Guard, wine, live music and more; it runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 303-875-9149 or visit

Sunday, September 19:

The Infinite Monkey Theorem presents See No Evil: Monkey Movies Series, featuring a screening of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels against the Quonset Hut with a dinner by Satchel's Market; advanced reservations are required. The festivities start at 7 p.m. and cost $35; visit

Chefs Eric and Cathy Viedt offer a Colorado Harvest Cooking Class at the Margarita, 7350 Pine Creek Road in Colorado Springs, at 4 p.m. Admission is $60; call 719-598-8667.

A Spice of Life Conference Center, 5706 Arapahoe Road in Boulder, hosts the Tibetan Medicine Benefit Concert and Dinner, featuring world music, food, discussions, a raffle and much more to benefit Tibetan medicine projects in Nepal. It starts at 4 p.m. and costs $30 to $45; visit

The Village Tavern, 100 West Flatiron Crossing Drive in Broomfield, presents the Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out through Saturday, September 25, raising funds to support No Kid Hungry, a campaign to end childhood hunger. Call 720-887-6900 or visit

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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