Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day and more

Mother's Day is Sunday -- so if you haven't yet made arrangements for a beautiful bouquet and fabulous brunch for Mom, get moving. Also on the culinary calendar this week: Cinco de Mayo and a little race called the Kentucky Derby...

Monday, May 2:

Ototo Food and Wine Bar, 1501 South Pearl Street, will present a Whisky and Beer Dinner with five courses at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $55; call 303-733-2503 or visit www.ototoden.net.

Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, will host its Monday Night Wine Dinner with William Snowden and the wines of Querciabella. Admission is $45 and up; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

Tuesday, May 3:

Tapas de Espana, 2301 Seventh Street, will be showing today's soccer game on the big screen at 12:45 p.m. There are drink specials, too; call 303-455-2500.

Blue Star, 1645 South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs, will host a multi-course Leopold Bros. Spirits Dinner with five cocktails. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $65; call 719-632-1086 or visit www.thebluestar.net.

Wednesday, May 4:

Freshcraft, 1530 Blake Street, will host a five-course Spring Beer Pairing Dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Admission is $50; visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/171528 to sign up.

MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street, will host Cuatro de Mayo, the MCA's spring fundraiser, with music, a photo booth, a taco and tequila bar, and more. Call 303-298-7554 or visit www.mcadenver.org.

Thursday, May 5:

Lola, 1575 Boulder Street, will present Picnic of the Pig, a Roast to Spring with Duane Walker and Drew Hardin of Lola and Brandon Foster of Vesta Dipping Grill. Enjoy an array of charcuterie, fried pork belly, pulled pork and more; there will also be live music and tequila. The party runs from 5 to 11 p.m.; call 720-570-8686 or visit www.loladenver.com.

Chef Eric Skokan of Black Cat will prepare a multi-course meal to celebrate National Midwives Day at IMA's First Annual Gala. It runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at Rembrandt Yard Gallery, 1301 Spruce Street in Boulder, and costs $80 to $150; call 303-588-1663.

El Diablo, 101 Broadway (303-954-0324), and Sketch, 11 West First Avenue (303-484-9305), will be Cinco Central through Sunday, May 8. Denver's biggest indoor/outdoor Cinco de Mayo party will have live bands, Mexican barbecue and more.

Friday, May 6:

The Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 East 58th Avenue, is the site of the fourth annual Colorado Chocolate Festival, which runs from today through Saturday, May 7. Visit www.chocolate-festival.org.

Saturday, May 7:

Invesco Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant Street, will host Jockeys, Juleps & Jazz, a Kentucky Derby party to benefit MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation, from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $50; go to www.mylifeline.org.

The Solterra Clubhouse, 15250 West Evans Avenue in Lakewood, will host A Taste of Local Business: Sample food from businesses from all over the metro area from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free; call 303-953-7099.

The Westin Hotel-Tabor Center, 1672 Lawrence Street, will host the Cerebral Palsy of Colorado's Mother's Tea, featuring complimentary portraits, a sumptuous lunch, fashion show, giveaways and more; proceeds benefit Cerebral Palsy of Colorado. It starts at 10:30 a.m. and costs $50. Call 303- 691-9339.

Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 North Lincoln Avenue in Loveland, will present a Mother's Day doll tea from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Call 970-962-2410 or visit www.ci.loveland.co.us.

Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West Tenth Avenue, will host a Kentucky Derby Party with drink specials, free appetizers and more. It starts at 2 p.m.; call 720-479-8829 or visit www.interstaterestaurant.com.

West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, will present Triple Crown Triple Fun: hermit-crab races, drink specials, big hats and more. It starts at 2 p.m.; call 303-444-3535 or visit www.thewestendtavern.com.

Noonan's Tavern, 13521 East Iliff Avenue in Aurora, will host an Aurora Symphony Orchestra Benefit with wine, appetizers from local restaurants, live jazz and more. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and costs $20; visit www.aurorasymphony.org.

Sunday, May 8:

The Fiesta on Federal takes place from 2 to 7 p.m.; it features live music, food, a car show, vendors and more. Visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/BUBBACHINOS/281704190840?sk=app_11007063052.

And there are too many Mother's Day events to list them all here -- but you can find a complete rundown in our online Mother's Day dining listings.

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