Craft-beer tasting, bison butchering and wine dinners top the list of things to do this week, but there's plenty more on the menu if those options don't whet your appetite. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Monday, November 8:
Frasca Food & Wine, 1739 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents its Monday Night Wine Dinner featuring Andy Lum presenting the Tuscan wines of Acid Imports. It starts at 5 p.m.; dinner is $45, and wine pairings are an additional $30 to $45. Call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.
Tuesday, November 9: The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Gluten-Free Holiday Baking. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $43-$56; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.
Culinary Connectors hosts a supper club at ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, 1555 Blake Street, offering a three- or four-course dinner with wine pairings. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $59; call 303-353-5223 or visit www.cholon.com.
Rackhouse Pub, 208 South Kalamath Street, presents the Mile High Wine and Spirits Rare Tasting with two tasting times: one from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and one from 8 to 10 p.m. A $20 donation is required; visit www.milehighwineandspirits.com.
Wednesday, November 10:
The Colorado Coalition for Homelessness will receive proceeds from meals at thirty local restaurants for Home for the Holidays: Dine Out. Visit www.coloradocoalition.org/events/home_for_the_holidays/dine_out.aspx for a full list of participating restaurants.
Jax Fish House, 928 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents the Hosea Rosenberg Monthly Dinner Series. This month's theme is Southern BBQ. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and costs $100; sign up at 303-444-1811 or www.jaxfishhouseboulder.com.
Arugula Bar e Ristorante, 2785 Iris Avenue in Boulder, offers a mostly-local, Sicilian-inspired, five-course wine dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $65, and reservations are required; call 303-443-5100 or visit www.arugularistorante.com.
Thursday, November 11:
The Empire Lounge and Restaurant, 816 Main Street in Louisville, presents the Jim and Julia Dinner Series, dinners inspired by Julia Child and prepared by chef Jim Cohen. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $45 to $65; call 303-665-2521 or visit www.theempireresetaurant.com.
Head to Lola for Cocktail Party 101, part of Lola's 101 series of spirit and cooking classes taught by mixologist Jimmy Zanon and chef Duane Walker. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $25; Lola is at 1575 Boulder Street. Call 720-570-8686 or visit www.loladenver.com.
Cantina Laredo, 6851 South Gaylord Street in Englewood, offers a four-course tequila dinner featuring Jose Cuervo tequilas starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $49.99; call 303-795-0339.
MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street, presents Foodprint Denver: Art Meat City, six live interviews about Denver's relationship with meat, featuring Temple Grandin, Keith Belk, Pete Marczyk, Holly Arnold Kinney, Elizabeth Dunn and Peter Decker. It starts at 4 p.m. and costs $10 to $15. Afterward, the museum hosts Beast Roast 500, a bison roast with performances by Machine Project L.A. at 7 p.m. for $45 to $50. Call 303-298-7554 or visit www.mcadenver.org.
Friday, November 12:
Whole Foods Tamarac, 7400 Hampden Avenue, presents Taste of the Holidays, with beer, food and more, from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 303-488-2000.
The Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch, 9315 Dorchester Street in Highlands Ranch, hosts Mark Kurlansky who will sign Edible Stories: A Novel in Sixteen Parts at 7:30 p.m. Call 303-470-7050 or visit www.tatteredcover.com.
The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Tamales. It runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $48-$62; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.
More than 40 of Boulder's top restaurants will offer a special three-course $26 menu during First Bite Boulder Restaurant Week, which runs through Saturday, November 20. Visit www.firstbiteboulder.com.
The JAAMM Festival presents Louisa Shafia, who will discuss Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life at a luncheon inspired by the cookbook starting at noon at the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, 350 South Dahlia Street. Admission is $20; reserve your spot by November 8 at www.maccjcc.org/jaamm.
Saturday, November 13:
The City of Aurora presents an intermediate techniques cooking class, Baking Techniques. It runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $60 to $80. Call 303-326-8630.
Seven Cups, 1882 South Pearl Street, hosts Green Tea With a Tea Master; certified Chinese tea master Zhuping Hodge will teach a class on the history of green tea, varietals and growing; there will also be a tea tasting. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $20. Call 303-777-2877 or visit www.sevencupsdenver.com.
Colorado Mountain Club presents its winter celebration, Backcountry Bash, with food, beer and a special screening of Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $25 to $30; visit www.cmc.org/bash or call 303-996-2752. The bash takes place at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th Street in Golden.
The Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, presents a Fresh City Life Cooking Demo. This month's theme is Truman Capote and the Party of the Century; today, chef Shellie Kark will host the Breakfast on the Big Day: All Lush, No Fuss free demonstration from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Call 720-865-1206 or visit denverlibrary.org/fresh.
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Sunday, November 14:
Vita, 1575 Boulder Street, offers a Guest Appreciation Week running through Thursday, November 18. Try Vita's new fall menu and enjoy two-for-one dinner entrees with the purchase of two beverages. Call 303-477-4500 or visit www.vitadenver.com.
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