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Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Festivals, classes and family-style dinners

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Want to stir things up in 2011? There are plenty of cooking classes, parties, special dinners and festivals to help you keep (or kill) whatever resolutions you've made. Here's a taste of what's on Colorado's culinary calendar:

Monday, January 3:

Uptown Brothers Brewing Co., 320 East Colfax Avenue, offers another Medicinal Monday: Show something that identifies you as a medical professional (doctor, nurse, X-ray technician, chiropractor, acupuncturist, aromatherapist or even dispensary employee) and get 25 percent off your drinks. For info, call 303-839-8000 or go to www.uptownbrothers.com.

The Kitchen Table, 5375 Landmark Place in Greenwood Village, is presenting Meatless Mondays, a variety of classes offered every Monday evening. For details, call 303-220-9769 or visit www.kitchentablegv.com.

Tuesday, January 4:

Culinary Connectors will offer an Aspen tour with visits to Nest, Plato's and Pacifica from 1 to 4 p.m. Find out more at www.culinaryconnectors.com.

Stir! Cooking School, 3215 Zuni Street, will host Cocktails 101 at 11 a.m. The class costs $55 and reservations are required; to enroll, call 720-287-4823 or go to www.stirtolearn.com.

Wednesday, January 5:

From 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, will present A World of Taste: Thai. Tuition is $79; call 303-308-9300 or visit www.cookstreet.com.

Thursday, January 6:

The City of Aurora will presenting Mexican Cooking Menu 1, a class that runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Admission is $46 to $60; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.

Friday, January 7:

From 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street, will host a Triple Threat Release Party celebrating the releases of Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Belgica and debuting Grand Cru, a Belgian-style dark ale. For more info, call 303-296-9460 or visit www.greatdivide.com.

Shanahan's Steakhouse, 5085 South Syracuse Street, will be offering the Shanahan's Anniversary Dinner through Saturday, January 8, with late-night happy-hour pricing plus signature tastes and cocktails for $25. Call 303-770-7300 or visit www.shanahanssteakhouse.com.

Vail will host the annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines festival through Saturday, January 8. To find out more, go to www.bigbeersfestival.com.

Saturday, January 8:

The City of Aurora will present a Core Techniques Series cooking class, Knife Skills, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Tuition is $70 to $215 (for the series); call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.

Lafayette will host its annual Quaker Oatmeal Festival, complete with oatmeal breakfast, health fair, baking contest and a 5K walk/run, starting at 7:30 a.m. For the complete schedule, go to www.lafayettecolorado.com/oatmealfolder/oatmeal2011/2011quakeroatmealfestival.html.

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

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