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Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Deals for Scorpios, Grapes to Grad and more

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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

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

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

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

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

Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss, will be at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place; tickets to the event are $29.50 to $49.50. Call 303-623-0106 or visit

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

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

The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, offers a Holiday Entertaining Workshop from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for $70. Call 303-377-3222 or visit

Generous Servings Cooking Classes and Cafe, 3801 West 32nd Avenue, offers a Southern Italian Cooking class from 6 to 9 p.m. for $68. Call 303-455-9730 or visit

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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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