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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great Divide, 2201 Arapahoe Street, hosts its monthly Hop Disciples meeting at 6 p.m. RSVP to [email protected].

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 [email protected], and visit 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 [email protected] or visit

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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