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

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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