Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Earth Day specials across the city

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The big news in food this week is Earth Day; you'll find a variety of Earth Day specials at various area restaurants, plus a screening of Food, Inc. on PBS to kick things off the night before. Here's a taste of what to expect:

Monday, April 19:

Dine out today at Dino's, 10040 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, for the Zarlengo Foundation; a portion of the day's proceeds will benefit the foundation. Eat between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.; call 303-238-7393.

The Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, presents Food Fight: Retaking Our Plates, a film series focusing on food. This week: What's On Your Plate? The film screens from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free to attend; call 720-865-1111 or visit denverlibrary.org/fresh.

Stop by City O' City, 206 East 13th Avenue, for the Green Route Restaurant Tour, free tours with appetizer and drink specials plus the chance to meet with owners and chefs. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m.; call 303-720-6850 or visit www.greenroutedenver.com to sign up.

Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts its Monday Night Wine Dinner with Sara Pedralli of Bellvista, who will present the wines of Franciacorta, Italy. Admission is $45, plus extra for the wine pairings; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

Tuesday, April 20:

Stop by Snooze, 2262 Larimer Street, for the Green Route Restaurant Tour, free tours with appetizer and drink specials plus the chance to meet with owners and chefs. It runs from 10 a.m. to noon; call 303-720-6850 or visit www.greenroutedenver.com to sign up.

Paul Dolan will pair his organic, biodynamic wines with FIVE's tastemakers at TAG, 1441 Larimer Street. The dinner runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and costs $75; call 303-996-9985 or visit www.tag-restaurant.com.

Briarwood Inn, 1630 8th Street in Golden, hosts a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre through Thursday, April 22: a four-course fine dining experience with interactive performance by Miners Alley Playhouse. Dinner features a choice of salad, five entrée options and a choice of dessert. Admission is $72; call 303-279-3121 or visit www.thebriarwoodinn.com.

Vine Street Pub and Brewery, 1700 Vine Street, is celebrating two years in business: Enjoy a brand-new brew to celebrate the pub's birthday, Bombshell Blonde, plus pulled-pork sandwiches, smoked wings, tofu "ribs," different flavors of corn on the cob and all-natural burgers, plus music by Magicgravy. Proceeds from beer sales will benefit Judi's House. Stop by starting at 4:20 p.m.; call 303-388-2337 or visit www.mountainsunpub.com.

Root Down, 1600 West 33rd Avenue, presents Mix It Up, a mixologist benefit with Anika Zappe for the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $40; call 303-993-4200 or visit www.rootdowndener.com.

Satchel's Market (5021 East 28th Avenue), Stone Brewery and Town Mountain team up for Get Stoned at Satchel's, a night of food, beer and bluegrass from 4:20 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $5. Call 303-355-2137 or visit www.satchelsmarket.com.

Head to the Kitchen, 1039 Pearl Street in Boulder, for its third-Tuesday Wine and Beer Class, featuring a four-course meal paired with wine and beer, with sommeliers available to answer questions. April's theme: cooking with cheese. It starts at 5:30 p.m. and costs $60. Call 303-544-5973.

Wednesday, April 21:

Sip teas in the Tattered Cover café, 2526 East Colfax Avenue, with Chris Chantler of Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea at 3 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Tea Tasting Admission is $15; to purchase tickets, email wayne.massi@tatteredcover.com or call 303-322-1965, ext. 2715, by April 16.

PBS will air Food, Inc. at 9 p.m. Host a potluck during the screening and blog about what you served, what you thought of the film and who joined in; send PBS a link at www.pbs.org/pov/foodinc/participants.php so they know what you've been up to.

Which 'Wich, 6750 South Cornerstar Way in Aurora, offers Dining Out for CASA; meet the Broncos Cheerleaders and Bill McCartney from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., enjoy delicious cuisine and more. The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; visit www.astiditalia.com or call 303-357-3900.

Cook Street, 1937 Market Street, presents a Kitchen Basics class; learn the foundations and basic techniques of cooking from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $69; call 303-308-9300 or visit www.cookstreet.com.

SALT Bistro, 1047 Pearl Street in Boulder, offers an Earth Week Benefit Dinner: Executive chef Bradford Heap has crafted a seven-course menu featuring wines of Paul Dolan Vineyards. Proceeds benefit Boulder Valley School Food Project. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $75 plus a $25 suggested donation. Call 303-444-7258 or visit www.saltboulderbistro.com.

Thursday, April 22:

Jax Fish House, 1539 17th Street, presents its Earth Day Specials, including $4 Colorado beers, $4 Colorado cocktails and $4 "true" Colorado bulldogs, made with Leopold Bros. coffee liqueur and vodka. Call 303-292-5767 or visit www.jaxfishhousedenver.com.

Theh Oceanaire, 1400 Arapahoe Street, hosts the Stags' Leap Wine Dinner, a five-course dinner paired with Stags' Leap wine from Napa Valley. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $75 and up. Call 303-991-2277 or visit www.theoceanaire.com.

Rooster & Moon, 955 Bannock Street, is giving away free twelve-ounce cups of Rainforest Blend coffee today -- no purchase necessary! Be green by bringing your own cup; if you want to purchase more of the Rainforest Blend coffee, the proceeds of bulk orders sold today will benefit the Rainforest Alliance. Call 303-993-2622.

The West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, offers food specials with local products for Earth Day, plus $2 off a select menu of organic wines. Call 303-444-3535 or visit www.thewestendtavern.com.

Zolo Southwestern Grill, 2525 Arapahoe Avenue, presents Earth Day specials, featuring made-in-Colorado food and drink. Call 303-449-0444 or visit www.zologrill.com.

The Bitter Bar above Happy, 835 Walnut Street in Boulder, offers a Pangea Earth Day Society to benefit Women for Women International. It starts at 10 p.m. and admission is a $5 cover; call 303-442-3050 or visit www.happynoodlehouse.com.

The Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series features Edible Landscaping: The New American Garden with food and garden writer, photographer and landscape designer Rosalind Creasy. A tour of seasonal edible plants in the garden and a 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.

The Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, presents Food Fight: Retaking Our Plates, a film series focusing on food. This week: Food Inc., a special screening at the Landmark Mayan, 110 Broadway.Call 720-865-1111 or visit http://denverlibrary.org/fresh.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture offers a Marketing Your Food Product workshop starting at 8 a.m. at the Community College of Aurora, 16000 East CentreTech Parkway. Call 303-360-4700 or visit Coloradoagriculture.com.

The Wellness Center, 870 South Colorado Boulevard, hosts a Nutritional Cleansing and Weight Loss class where you can learn how to increase your energy level, detoxify and nourish the body, and eliminate fat and increase lean muscle mass. It runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and is free; call 303-357-9355 or visit www.wellnessdenver.com.

Visit www.pbs.org/pov/foodinc/participants.php through May 3 to get planning tips and recipes and enter to win a gift basket (some prizes include autographed copies of Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore's Dilemma, Amy's foods and more).

Luca d'Italia, 711 Grant Street, hosts a Great Divide Beer Dinner from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For information, call 303-831-6600 or visit www.lucadenver.com.

Nineteen breweries will serve their best beers for just $2 a pop at the Microbrews for the Environment annual festival at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street in Boulder. Proceeds benefit environmental causes. Start tipping your glass at 8 p.m. Call 303-786-7030 or visit www.bouldertheater.com.

Saturday, April 24:

Black Mountain Lodge hosts A Night in the French Alps Dinner. Visit www.arapahoebasin.com for details.

Malley Senior Recreation Center, 3380 South Lincoln Street, is the site of the fifth annual Chili Cookoff, a fundraiser for the Canine Corral. Taste chili in red, green vegetarian and free-style categories; the cookoff runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 303-695-7485 or visit www.englewoodunleashed.org.

Heirloom Gardens presents Backyard Chicken Keeping, a hands-on introduction that includes information on choosing chickens, chick care, housing and fencing, feeding, common challenges, financial considerations, permits and more. It starts at 1 p.m. and costs $30; Heirloom Gardens is at 4460 Winona Court. Call 303-956-7203 or visit www.eatwhereulive.com.

Culinary Connectors has expanded into Boulder with its intimate, chauffeured tours around some of the best area restaurants; includes personal and demonstration time with chefs, mixologists and sommeliers. Tours are $99. For a full schedule and information, visit www.culinaryconnectors.com.

Eight of Grand Junction's best wineries will feature current releases as well as sneak peeks at new releases at the Spring Barrel Tasting through Sunday, April 25, with wines paired with appropriate foods. Visit www.visitgrandjunction.com.

Sunday, April 25:

Martin Hammer, owner/manager of Restaurant 4580, will shear his locks for There With Care. Consider pledging to his cause; the cut goes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Twig Salon, 1831 Pearl Street in Boulder. Visit www.therewithcare.org.

Boulder's Pearl Street hosts the inaugural Taste of Pearl: Explore Boulder's culinary arts scene during a food and wine tasting stroll on the mall, where 15,000 tulips will be blooming. It runs from 2 to 6 p.m. and costs $52.80; visit www.tasteofpearl.com.

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

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