Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Craft beer, anniversary parties and benefits

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Between the craft beer, anniversary parties and benefit events, there's plenty to fill your plate with foodie events this week. Here's a taste of what's coming up:

Monday, May 17:

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week, which highlights the industry and culture of craft beer, through Sunday, May 23; special events hosted by an array of local breweries will be taking place all week long. Visit www.americancraftbeerweek.com.

Frasca presents its Monday Night Wine Dinner; this week, Dan Kratzer presents the wines of Vias Imports. It starts at 5 p.m. and dinner costs $45 (wine pairings are $30 to $45 extra per person). Frasca is at 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

Tuesday, May 18:

Heirloom Gardens, 4460 Winona Court, offers Simple Indian: Learn to make matar dal kichari, homemade chenna cheese, cabbage koftas, chapatis, coconut hard candy and chai tea. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $50; call 303-956-7203 or visit www.eatwhereulive.com.

TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, celebrates a year in business with its One-Year Anniversary Party. Call 303-996-9985 or visit www.tag-restaurant.com.

Wednesday, May 19:

Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, hosts a Van Duzer Estate Winery Dinner: Five courses paired with Van Duzer Estate wines. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $50. Call 303-831-7310 or visit www.stringsrestaurant.com.

Jax Fish House, 928 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents the Hosea Rosenberg Monthly Dinner Series. This month's theme is Found in Translation: Inspiration from Hong Kong. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and costs $100; sign up at 303-444-1811 or www.jaxfishhouseboulder.com.

Terroir, 246 Main Street in Longmont, offers a Community Beer Dinner, three courses paired with the organic brews of Asher Brewing Company. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $25; call 303-651-0630 or visit www.terroir-restaurant.com.

Thursday, May 20:

Visit Vita Restaurant, 1575 Boulder Street, for a Third Thursday Happy Hour Fundraiser, where you can enjoy two-for-one wines by the glass, $3 drafts, $4 well cocktails and special hosts. Proceeds will benefit Sports for a Cause. The happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m.; call 303-477-4600 or visit www.vitadenver.com.

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, hosts Science Lounge - Wine & Chocolate: The Science of the Perfect Pair from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bridget Coughlin, PhD, curator of human health, will look at the science behind antioxidants. For ages 21 and up only; admission is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Visit www.dmns.org/sciencelounge.

Great Divide, 2201 Arapahoe Street, hosts its monthly Hop Disciples meeting at 6 p.m. RSVP to info@greatdivide.com.

The Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series features Fiesta in Lucinda's Kitchen with garden designer and cookbook author Lucinda Hutson. An herb garden tour and Slow Food Denver tasting at 5:15 and 6 p.m. precede the lecture, which takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street. Admission is $20 to $30, or $110 to $140 for series tickets; e-mail your reservation to registrar@botanicgardens.org, and visit www.botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3580 for information.

Head to Tony's Market, 950 Broadway, for an Italian Family Dinner Night, seven courses with suggested wine pairings (not included). It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $35; make reservations by calling 720-880-4501. Visit www.tonysmarket.com.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton, kicks off its Community Supporting Agriculture Program, a new venture between Kaiser Permanente and the Botanic Gardens that runs through October; buy shares in the CSA and receive portions of the gardens' fresh produce from June through October. Today's kick-off event features a planting celebration. Call 303-973-3705 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.

Saturday, May 22:

Applebee's, 922 North Fourth Street in Brighton, hosts Short Stack for a Tall Cause: A pancake breakfast fundraiser for CASA of Adams & Broomfield Counties; includes sausage, bacon, a beverage and pancakes. It runs from 7:30 to 10 a.m. and costs $7; visit www.casa17th.org.

The Pumphouse Brewery, 540 Main Street in Longmont, hosts the Spring Beer Fest featuring spring brews from up to 25 breweries. Admission is $30; call 303-702-0881 or visit www.pumphousebrewery.com.

The Culinary Connectors Top Restaurant Tour stops at Colt & Gray, 1553 Platte Street, before traveling to Fruition; the tour includes chauffeured transportation, candid and informal chef interactions, demonstrations and more. It runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and costs $99; call 303-495-5487.

Larimer Street between 20th and 22nd will be the site of the CuervoGames, a live competition featuring tequila-related physical challenges. It runs from 2:30 to 10 p.m.; get more information at www.facebook.com/cuervo.

Sunday, May 23:

Heirloom Gardens, 4460 Winona Court, offers Simple From Scratch. Learn to make multigrain bread, homemade mozzarella, marinated asparagus salad, vegetable barley soup, apple dumplings and ice cream. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $50; call 303-956-7203 or visit www.eatwhereulive.com.

The Margarita, 7350 Pine Creek Road in Colorado Springs, offers a Cooking Class with Dinner and Wine: A four-course menu featuring spring ingredients and accompanied by paired wines. It starts at 4 p.m. and costs $60; make reservations at 719-598-8667.

Learn to make lemongrass tofu, spring roll, summer roll and mango salad at the Delicate Flavors Asian Vegetarian Class. It runs from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kitchen Network, 4986 Morrison Road, and costs $55; call 1-714-583-2300, e-mail info@delicateflavors.com or visit www.delicateflavors.com.

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

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