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Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Bourbon, Beef University and hot dogs

This week, Manny Howard signs a book about his backyard farm in Brooklyn, KGNU hosts a bourbon-tasting benefit and Colorado State University puts farmers through a Beef University. But there's lots more cooking if none of that wets your whistle. Here's a taste of what's to come:

Tuesday, June 1: Marlowe's and Lala's join forces for a four-course, five-wine Winemakers Dinner with Laely Heron, owner of Heron Vineyards, who'd release Laley's Sav Blanc. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. at Marlowe's, 501 16th Street; tickets are $55. For reservations, call 303-595-3700.

Wednesday, June 2: From 4 to 7 p.m., Primo Vino and Udi's Pizza Cafe Bar host a wine-tasting to benefit Denver Justice and Peace Committee at Udi's, 7600 Grandview Avenue in Arvada. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; for more info, call 303-421-8000 or go to

From 5 to 7 p.m., Baur's Ristorante, at 1512 Curtis Street, hosts a reading of the 2010 Colorado Book Award finalists; admission is free. For more info, go to

Manny Howard stops by the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, at 7:30 p.m. to sign My Empire of Dirt, the story of how he tried to turn his Brooklyn backyard into a makeshift farm. Admission is free; call 303-436-1070 or visit

Garden of the Gods' Gourmet, 2528 West Cucharras in Colorado Springs, offers "One Night Stands: Summer Beverages," from 6 to 8 p.m. Class is $50; sign up at or call719-471-2799.

Thursday, June 3:

TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, hosts a Sand Hill Wine Dinner, starting at 7 p.m.; tickets are $125; for more info, call 303-996-9985.

KGNU Community Radio hosts a bourbon tasting at the Crown Rock Room in the Boulder Outlook Hotel, 800 28th Street, complete with bourbon-bearing appetizers, live music and a silent auction. Admission is $20 for KGNU members and $25 for the general public; call 303-449-4885 or visit

Opus, 2575 West Main Street in Littleton, offers up a Who Let the Dogs In Dinner, five courses paired with Cru Vin Dogs wine. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $79; call 303-703-6787 or go to to sign up.

Colorado State University hosts Beef University: a hands-on workshop for cattle producers that covers beef quality, cattle production and consumer demands. Admission is $50 and up, and the program runs through June 4; make reservations at 970-491-7615 or e-mail [email protected].

Friday, June 4:

From 5 to 7 p.m., Castle Pines Chamber and Wines of the Pines present a California Wine Tour at Rodney's in the Village at Castle Pines, 872 West Happy Canyon Road, Castle Rock. Tickets are $37; for more info, go to

Snowmass celebrates its annual Chili Pepper Brew Fest through June 5. Admission is $20 to $75; get the details at

Saturday, June 5:

Be in Brighton by 1:30 p.m. for Woody's Chicago Style Fourth Annual Footlong Hot Dog Eating Contest, when competitors will eat as many dogs as they can in ten minutes. Call 303-697-3062 to sign up, or go to for more info.

Celebrate the Triple Crown starting at 2 p.m. at the West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder. For info, call 303-444-3535 or visit

Sunday, June 6:

Colt & Gray, 1553 Platte Street, opens its patio with a party from 2:30 to 9 p.m., complete with a pig roast; tickets are $35, and include food and four drinks. To make a reservation call 303-477-1447.

Learn to make lemongrass tofu, spring rolls, summer rolls and mango salad at the "Delicate Flavors Asian Vegetarian Class," which runs from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kitchen Network, 4986 Morrison Road. The class costs $55; call 1-714-583-2300, e-mail [email protected] or visit for more info.

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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