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Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Hooves & Hops to Culinary Connectors

It's a week of whiskey, green beer and Italian wines. Here's just a taste of what's ahead on the Denver dining scene:

Monday, March 15:

Enjoy a five-course pig feast, complemented by handpicked local brews from Odell, at Hooves & Hops, which starts at 7 p.m. tonight at Osteria Marco, 1453 Larimer Street. The cost is $45; call 303-534-5855 or visit for more info.

Eat before 9 p.m. today at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 1525 Blake Street, and 10 percent of your tab will benefit the Zarlengo foundation. Call 303-623-5432 or visit

Tuesday, March 16:

Firenze a Tavola, 4401 Tennyson Street, will host The Ultimate Tuscan Experience, a dinner with chef Daniele Raddi, at 7 p.m. Dinner costs $48; to see if any seats remain, call 303-561-0234 or visit

The Fort, 19192 Highway 8 in Morrison, offers Best of Northern Italy, a tasting of upwards of forty wines. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $37; reservations are highly encouraged. Call 303-697-4771 or visit

Wednesday, March 17:

Yes, it's St. Patrick's Day -- but take time to think, and drink, Italian. Salvatore Ferragamo will present new wines from his vineyard, Il Borro, at a luncheon starting at 12:30 p.m. at Il Posto, 2011 East 17th Avenue. Call 303-394-0100 or visit

The Boulder Blind Café is back, with a vegetarian dinner and concert in the dark to benefit the Boulder Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. The cafe runs today through March 19 at Saint Aidan's Episcopal Church, 2425 Colorado Avenue in Boulder, and costs $30 to $35; call 303-443-2503 or visit

Randolph's, 1776 Grant Street, which is throwing a week-long St. Patrick's Day celebration ($4 Irish whiskey and $2 green beer all week long) hosts an Irish-themed dinner with two courses for $19, three for $24 and four for $28. Call 303-318-7272 or visit

Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West 10th Avenue, is offering all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage for $12, plus $4 Jameson shots, today. Call 720-479-8829 or visit

For more St. Patrick's Day events -- food-related or otherwise -- visit our St. Patrick's Day calendar.

Thursday, March 18:

From 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, takes you on a tour of the wines of Northern Italy, including Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera. The $59 price tag includes eight wines and a light snack; call 303-308-9300 or visit

The Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 South Dahlia Street, is partnering with Hazon and Isabelle Farm to present the Edibly Fit Community Supported Agriculture program, with a "Meet the Farmer" event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight. Reservations are requested by March 15; call 303-316-6360, visit or e-mail [email protected].

Rock Bottom Brewery, 6025 Sky Pond Drive in Loveland, hosts a Fire Chief Ale Tapping with local fire departments, silent auctions, giveaways and more. The fun starts at 6 p.m.; call 970-622-2077 or visit

Soup for the Soul, a benefit event for Porter and St. Anthony Hospices, will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m. tonight at Sheraton Downtown Denver, 1550 Court Place. Tickets are $95 and include soups, appetizers, bread and desserts; there's also a silent auction. Visit or call 303-715-7612.

Asti D'Italia, 14648 Delaware Street in Broomfield, hosts a four-course wine dinner offering wines from France, Italy, and Slovenia. It's $55; call 303-357-3900 or visit

Saturday, March 20:

Culinary Connectors has expanded into Boulder with its chauffeured tours to local restaurants that include demonstrations by chefs, mixologists and sommeliers. Tours are $99. For a full schedule and information, visit

The Lobby American Grille, 2191 Arapahoe Street, offers a four-course dinner paired with selections from Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery in Palisade. With a presentation by proprietor Jeff Carr. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $45; call 303-997-9911 or visit

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

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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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