This week is chock-full of classes you might need to brush up on your cooking and baking skills before the big feast day on Thursday -- and if you're looking for somewhere to eat out on Thanksgiving, we've got a full list of restaurants serving a traditional holiday spread (which we'll re-post, updated, on Thursday morning, so check back if you're interested in that information). Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Monday, November 22:
Frasca Food & Wine, 1739 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents its Monday Night Wine Dinner featuring Ricco Thompson presenting the wines of Cordero de Montezemolo. It starts at 6 p.m.; dinner is $45, and wine pairings are an additional $30 to $45. Call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.
The City of Aurora presents a teen cooking class, Holiday Pies, for ages 12 to 16. It runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $32-$42; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.
Generous Servings Cooking Classes and Cafe, 3801 West 32nd Avenue, offers a Zen of Chopping: Knife Skills (Vegetarian) class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $60; call 303-455-9730 or visit www.generousservings.com.
Tuesday, November 23: The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Take and Bake Thanksgiving Pies. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $46-$60; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.
Wednesday, November 24:
Mezcal (3230 East Colfax Avenue, 303-322-5219), El Diablo (101 Broadway, 303-954-0324) and Sketch (11 West 1st Avenue, 303-484-9305) hosts Get Lit, a celebration and lighting of the restaurant with live music, food and drink specials, and more.
Thursday, November 25:
Elway's Downtown, 1881 Curtis Street, presents Thanksgiving options -- specials, a brunch and dinner menu and a Turkey To-Go option, plus a buffet spread. The buffet runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $29 to $69; call 303-312-3107 or visit www.elways.com.
The Fresh Fish Company, 7800 East Hampden Avenue, presents a Thanksgiving buffet with traditional favorites, plus crab legs, shrimp, hot and cold sides, homemade desserts and a sundae bar. It runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and costs $27.95. Call 303-740-9556 or visit www.thefreshfishco.com.
Second Home, 150 Clayton Lane, offers a Thanksgiving Family Style Dinner, a three-course dinner with all the traditional favorites. It runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and costs $15 to $35; call 303-253-3000 or visit www.secondhomedenver.com.
Barricuda's, 1076 Ogden Street, hosts a Thanksgiving Feast, a full-spread buffet with traditional favorites and interesting additions like coq au vin and assorted sushi. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $13.95; call 303-860-8353.
Friday, November 26:
Creede hosts its annual Chocolate Festival, the 21st annual two-day festival celebrating all things chocolate, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday, November 27. Admission is $8; call 800-327-2012 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, November 27:
Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, 772 Santa Fe Drive, presents King of the Kitchen Cooking Classes, monthly cultural cooking workshops with Tony Vecchio for all skill levels. They take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month; call 303-571-0440 or visit www.chacweb.org.
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Sunday, November 28:
Randolph's Restaurant and Bar, 1776 Grant Street, presents Sunday brunch: Buy three entrees and get one free with your VIP card between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 303-318-7272 or visit www.randolphsdenver.com.
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.