Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Changes at Menu Classic Mondays and more

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Special dinners abound this week -- and even some regular features, such as Vesta Dipping Grill's Menu Classic Mondays, are ramping things up for the season.

Keep reading to find out what's new on the menu at Vesta (and elsewhere):

Monday, December 6:

Vesta Dipping Grill's Menu Classic Mondays feature a new, three-course, $52.80-for-two menu this month -- complete with recipes from the new Vesta cookbook. Call 303-296-1970 or visit www.vestagrill.com.

Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, will host a White Truffle Dinner with courses prepared by San Francisco chef Michael Tusk, paired with wines from Italian vintner Matteo Molino. Admission is $550; call 303-442-6966.

Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, presents a class on Holiday Cookies Around the World from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuition is $65; call 303-377-3222 or visit www.theseasonedchef.com.

Oak at Fourteenth, the new restaurant at 1400 Pearl Street in Boulder, will host Cocktails and Charity; starting at 8 p.m., you get a free cocktail in exchange for an unwrapped gift. Call 303-444-3622.

Tuesday, December 7:

Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, will offer Culinary Techniques Series: The Cutting Edge from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuition is $75, call 303-377-3222 or visit www.theseasonedchef.com.

Rackhouse Pub, 208 South Kalamath Street, will host a Great Divide Beer Dinner at 7 p.m. Call 720-570-7824 or visit www.rackhousepub.com.

Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, 950 Pearl Street in Boulder, will present Vino 201: Argentina, at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $25 to $35; call 303-442-7771 or visit www.centrolatinkitchen.com.

Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria, 410 East Seventh Avenue, will feature a Bacon & Wine pairing at 5 p.m., four pairings of bacon dishes with wines. The cost is just $15; call 303-861-9463 or visit www.lalaswinebar.com.

Marlowe's, 501 16th Street, will host Wine and Food From Around the World, a fundraiser for the Denver Voice, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $30; call 303-595-3700 or visit www.marlowesdenver.com.

Encore Restaurant, 2550 East Colfax Avenue, will host a Spanish Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $60; call 303-355-1112 or visit www.encoreoncolfax.com.

Wednesday, December 8:

The Margarita, 7350 Pine Creek Road in Colorado Springs, will host a Spice Route Wine Dinner -- Cinnamon Route starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $55; call 719-598-8667.

Firenze a Tavola, 4401 Tennyson Street, will feature a multi-course, family-style Holiday Community Table. Dinner is $42; call 303-561-0234 or visit www.firenzeatavoladenver.com.

Thursday, December 9:

The Wildlife Experience Museum, 10035 South Peoria Street in Parker, presents Movie and a Martini, screening Christmas Vacation. The evening, which starts at 6:30 p.m., includes a cocktail hour with martinis and treats. Tickets are $20 to $25; call 720-448-3300 or visit www.thewildlifeexperience.com.

Friday, December 10:

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History in Boulder will host a free Crafting Your Own Herbal Teas workshop with Susan Evans, founder of Chrysalis Herbs, from 2 to 5 p.m.; for info, call 303-492-3396.

D'Vine Wine, 1660 Champa Street, will host a free wine tasting with music by Laurie D at 6 p.m. Call 303-534-0788 or visit www.winerydenver.com.

Saturday, December 11:

Hush Denver presents an Adventures in Dining mountain getaway with chef Daniel Asher. To find out more, go to www.hushdenver.com.

Hammond's Candies, 5735 North Washington Street, will host the annual Candy Cane Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free; call 303-333-5588 or visit www.hammondscandies.com.

Sunday, December 12:

Cody Inn, 866 Lookout Mountain Road in Golden, will host a Charles Dickens' Christmas Wine Dinner, a five-course meal based on Dickens' A Christmas Carol, at 6 p.m. Admission is $75; call 303-526-0232 or visit www.codyinn.com.

Star Bar, 2137 Larimer Street, will present a Great Divide Glassware Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Call 720-328-2420 or visit www.starbardenver.com.

Hops & Pie, 3920 Tennyson Street, will offer a Craft Beer and Artisanal Pizza Tasting hosted by the Ladies of Craft Beer. It runs from noon to 2 p.m. and costs $30; call 303-477-7000 or visit www.ladiesocb.com/events/craft-beer-and-artisanal-pizza-tasting.

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

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