Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Booze, festivals and charity events

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Beer release parties, brewery birthdays and Old South Pearl's BrewGrass Festival are where it's at in food this week -- but there's plenty more for teetotalers or those who prefer wine or stronger spirits. Here's a taste of what's ahead:

Monday, June 7:

Jill's Restaurant, 900 Walnut Street in Boulder, hosts the Bristol Brewing Summer Pils Release Party, featuring a special happy-hour menu with pils-infused appetizers. The party runs from 5 to 8 p.m.; call 720-406-7399 or visit www.jillsdining.com.

Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, hosts Plates for the Peak, a fundraiser benefiting the youth and programs of Urban Peak and featuring unique small plates created by all-star chefs Brian Laird, Keegan Gerhard, Tyler Wiard, Jamey Fader, Troy Guard and many more. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m., and admission is $65. Call 303-296-1970 or visit www.vestagrill.com.

Tuesday, June 8:

The Summer Valley Recreation Center, 17400 East Lehigh Place in Aurora, is the site of a "Wines of Argentina" class from 7 to 8:30 p.m.. Admission is $22 to $29 (21 and over), call 303-326-8640 or visit www.auroragov.org.

Wednesday, June 9:

Join Ashley Kumlien, who's crossing the country on foot to raise funds and awareness for fighting Multiple Sclerosis, at the Irish Snug, 1201 East Colfax Avenue, at 5:30 p.m. for a pasta dinner with salad and garlic bread, a silent auction and a slideshow of her journey so far. Admission is $10; call 303-839-1394.

Annie's Cafe, 3100 East Colfax Avenue, is the next stop for Colfax on the Hill's monthly gatheirng; it runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call 303-355-8197 or go to www.annies-cafe.com.

From 5 to 7 p.m., head to Baur's Ristorante, 1512 Curtis Street, to hear finalists for the Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book 2010 poetry and literary fiction awards. Admission is $10; call 303-534-4842.

Desert Moon Vineyards, 12656 East Jamison Place, Unit #12 in Englewood, hosts a wine and cheese pairing class. Admission is $20; call 303-990-9463 or visit www.desertmoonvineyards.com.

Wine Country Network hosts a showcase of 24 internationally acclaimed beers with culinary creations by twelve local chefs. The Taste of Elegance Chefs Food & Beer Competition costs $100 and takes place at the Omni Interlocken Hotel, 500 Interlocken Boulevard in Broomfield. For details, go to www.denverwinefest.com.

Thursday, June 10:

Heirloom Gardens, 4460 Winona Court, offers a "Simple From Scratch" class at 6 p.m. Learn how to make multigrain bread, homemade mozzarella, and other dishes. Class costs $50; for info, call 303-956-7203 or visit www.eatwhereulive.com.

From 5 to 10 p.m., nine stores and galleries will be stops on the Grapes & Galleries wine-tasting and snacking tour in Cherry Creek North. Tickets are $75; call 303-551-6721 or visit www.grapesandgalleries.org.

Head to Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street, from 6 to 8 p.m. for "A Tapas Picnic," featuring small bites. Tickets are $46; call 720-865-3500 or go to www.botanicgardens.org.

Friday, June 11:

From 6 to 7:30 p.m., sample the off-center and full flavors of craft brewery Dogfish Head at the Dogfish Head Beer and Cheese Tasting at Morton's, 8480 East Belleview Avenue in Englewood. Tickets are $45, and $5 from each ticket will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation; call 303-409-1177 or visit www.mortons.com.

Saturday, June 12:

Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street, celebrates its sixteenth birthday from 2 to 7 p.m. with music, food and specialty brews; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver. Tickets are $25; call 303-296-9460 or visit www.greatdivide.com.

Head to Old South Pearl Street for the BrewGrass Music Festival, featuring eight bluegrass bands, ten microbreweries, food vendors from the neighborhood and more. The fest runs from noon to 10 p.m. and costs $5 for adults; kids under twelve are free. Visit www.oldsouthpearlstreet.com.

KJ's Coffee Bar, 1710 East 25th Avenue, hosts Movie Night on the Patio; tonight's film is The Wiz. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $1; call 303-495-2020 or visit www.kjscoffeebar.com.

Further afield, Jack Rabbit Hill Biodynamic Winery in Hotchkiss hosts a five-course Farm Dinner prepared by Arugula Ristorante; all ingredients will be Colorado-sourced. Admission is $75; for more details call 970-835-3677 or visit www.jackrabbithill.com.

Ace Hardware at 9579 South University Boulevard, #100 in Littleton hosts "Grill Your Ace Off for Charity," a grilling contest from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a certified Kansas City Barbecue Society judge. It costs $50 to participate; find details at www.grillyouraceoff.com.

Head to Fort Collins for the Taste of Fort Collins, an annual celebration which runs through the weekend. For more info, go to www.tasteoffortcollins.com.

Sunday, June 13:

Heirloom Gardens, 4460 Winona Court, presents a class on Brunch Favorites starting at 9 a.m. Tuition is $50 and includes recipes and food; for more info, call 303-956-7203 or visit www.eatwhereulive.com.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.

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