This week -- through Saturday, November 20 -- Scorpios drink free at miniBAR, 222 Columbine Street (303-668-4064 or visit www.minibardenver.com), from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.; there will also be music, food and drink specials. You'll find many more deals and events taking place this week in our culinary calendar; keep reading for a taste of what's ahead.
Monday, November 15:
Vita, 1575 Boulder Street, offers a Guest Appreciation Week, now running and scheduled to end on 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.
Leo Goto's Riverfront, 2852 West Bowles Avenue in Littleton, presents Grapes to Grad, a wine tasting to benefit student scholarships. It runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $20 to $25; call 303-797-5881 or visit www.leogotosriverfront.com.
Frasca Food & Wine, 1739 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents its Monday Night Wine Dinner featuring Lorenze Sebaste presenting the wines of Castello di Ama. 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.
Twisted Pine Brewing Co., 3201 Walnut Street in Boulder, presents the Beer Chili Cook Off, where contestants compete in red, green and twisted (anything goes) chili categories using Billy's Chilies Chili Beer. It starts at 7 p.m., and the entry fee is $20; call 303-786-9270 or visit www.twistedpinebrewery.com.
The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Chinese Dumplings. 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.
Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat present and discuss Bite Me: A Stomach Satisfying, Visually Gratifying, Fresh-Mouthed Cookbok at the Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch, 9315 Dorchester Street in Highlands Ranch, at 7:30 p.m.; call 303-470-7050 or visit www.tatteredcover.com.
The Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street, hosts a live taping of the Food Network Challenge in the North Plaza outside Forever 21. Contestants will compete head-to-head and against the clock in a haute couture sugar challenge from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Call 303-260-6001 or visit www.denverpavilions.com.
Tuesday, November 16:
Unity Church of Boulder, 2855 Folsom Street in Boulder, hosts Learn the Facts: Make Healthier Choices, a discussion with Jeffrey M. Smith, author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette, who will discuss how to stop eating genetically modified foods. It runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and is free to attend; call 303-442-1411.
The City of Aurora presents a wine class, Fowl Tasting, where you can sample a variety of wines to go with your holiday bird. It runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $22-$29; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.
Big Game Restaurant & Lounge, 1631 Wazee Street, hosts Wine, Women and Football; proceeds will benefit the Volunteers of America Brandon Center. It runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $55; call 303-623-1630.
Gordon Biersch, 1 West Flatiron Circle in Broomfield, offers a Winter Comforts Seasonal Menu through Sunday, December 26, featuring WinterBock beer and a seasonal holiday menu. Call 720-887-2991 or visit www.gordonbiersch.com.
Wednesday, November 17:
The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Holiday Small Plate Buffet. 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.
Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, offers a guest chef four-course dinner with Michael Chiarello, the chef/owner of Bottego restaurant in Napa Valley and author of seven cookbooks. It costs $160 to attend; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.
Seven Cups, 1882 South Pearl Street, presents Cooking With Tea with Suzanne Klein, owner of Zanitea Organic Tea Blends. It starts at 7 p.m., and admission is free; call 303-777-2877 or visit www.sevencupsdenver.com.
The Historic D&F Clocktower, 1601 Arapahoe Street, is the site of the Tequila & Wine Tasting, featuring wine, tequila and Mexican cuisine to benefit the Historic Elitch Theatre. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $75 to $250; call 303-623-0216.
Thursday, November 18:
The City of Aurora presents a wine class, Fowl Tasting, where you can sample a variety of wines to go with your holiday bird. It runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Summer Valley Recreation Center, 17400 East Lehigh Place in Aurora, and costs $22-$29; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.
The City of Aurora presents a tot cooking class, Holiday Sweet Treats, for ages 3 to 6 with a parent. It runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $24-$31; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.
Osteria Marco, 1453 Larimer Street, hosts the Celebrity Chef Tour, a benefit for the James Beard Foundation featuring a dinner prepared by Frank Bonanno, Matt Selby, Alex Seidel, Michael Ginor and Eric Skokan. It costs $130 to $150; visit www.celebritycheftour.com or call 303-534-5855.
Visit Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street, for the monthly Hop Disciples meeting, where you can get together with brewers and like-minded beer drinkers to talk about everyone's favorite beverage. It starts at 6 p.m. and is free to attend; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boulder Public Library, 1000 Canyon Boulevard in Boulder, hosts Get Involved: Make an Impact with Jeffrey M. Smith, author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette, who will meet with Boulder's non-GMO action group. Call 303-441-3106 or visit www.boulder.lib.co.us.
Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, 950 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents a Taste of Mexico, a menu inspired by famous dishes of Jalisco, paired with Avery brews. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $35; call 303-442-7771 or visit www.centrolatinkitchen.com.
Friday, November 19:
The Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling Street in Arvada, is the site of Wines for the Holidays, where Colorado's fine wines will be featured; proceeds benefit the Arvada Community Food Bank. It runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $25; call 720-898-7400.
Saturday, November 20:
Hush Denver presents an Adventures in Dining getaway to a mountain retreat where chef James Mazzio will provide meals. Sign up at www.hushdenver.com.
The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Phyllo & Puff Pastry. It runs from 10 a.m. to 1 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.
Italian Institute, 677 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 100, presents an Evening in Puglia and Salento, a presentation about wine and olive oil production, local sights and more; wine and cheese from the area will be available. It runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $89; call 303-733-4335 or visit www.italianinstitute.com.
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Sunday, November 21:
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