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Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Hour of Power to Easter brunches

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On tap this week: everything from classes on seasonal soups and breads to a pie contest to the wrap-up of 151 Days of Tequila to Easter brunches galore. Here's a taste of this town's culinary offerings:

Monday, March 29:

Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West 10th Avenue, is offering an Hour of Power: If you live and/or work within a ten-block radius of the venue (bring a bill or check stub to prove residence/place of work), then you can get free wells, draft beers and canned beers from 8 to 9 p.m. Call 720-479-8829 or visit www.interstaterestaurant.com.

Tuesday, March 30:

Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street, hosts its monthly pairing of five beers with five artisan cheeses from St. Kilian's Cheese Shop. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and costs $18; RSVP is required at info@greatdivide.com or 303-296-9460, ext. 26.

Heirloom Gardens, 4460 Winona Court, offers Seasonal Soups and Breads, a class that will teach you how to make creamy onion soup, roasted butternut squash soup, Portuguese white bean and kale stew, Challah bread, cheddar cheese and buttermilk biscuits, and fig-and-almond dessert bread. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $50; call 303-956-7203 or visit www.eatwhereulive.com.

Wednesday, March 31:

Zolo Southwestern Grill wraps up its 151 Days of Tequila with El Jefe de Tequila, a tequila-inspired dinner with chefs Brett Smith, Kelly Kingsford, Jaime Martinez, Hosea Rosenberg and Erik Rollings. The dinner is $75 and proceeds benefit Sister Carmen Community Center. Zolo is at 2525 Arapahoe in Boulder; for more info, go to www.zologrill.com.

Pie oh my! Elizabeth Thomas of WaterCourse and City, O' City and John Hinman of Marczyk Fine Foods will compete to see who makes the best cherry pie. The throwdown will be at 6:30 p.m. at Sweet Action Ice Cream, 52 Broadway; call 303-282-4645 or visit www.sweetactionicecream.com.

Rock Bottom Brewery, 10633 Westminster Boulevard in Broomfield, hosts a Green Chili Cook-Off at 6 p.m. It's part of the Fire Chief Ale celebrations; proceeds benefit the Westminster Firefighters Fire Victims Benefit Fund and the Westminster Public Safety Recognition Foundation. For info, call 720-566-0198 or visit www.rockbottom.com.

Head to Second Home, 150 Clayton Lane, for an Out Front Wine Tasting, a benefit for Project Angel Heart. It runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and costs $25; call 303-778-7900 ext. 17 or visit www.outfrontcolorado.com/eventregistration.php.

Thursday, April 1:

At 6 p.m., Rock Bottom Brewery, 6025 Sky Pond Drive in Loveland, hosts a Fire Chief Ale Tapping featuring members of local fire departments. For info, call 970-622-2077 or visit www.rockbottom.com.

Cheeky Monk, 534 East Colfax Avenue, hosts a Koningshoeven (La Trappe) Beer Dinner, a four-course meal featuring Witte Trappist, Dubbel, La Trappe Isid'or and the rare Oak Aged Quadrupel. It's $40 and starts at 6 p.m.; reserve a spot at 303-861-0347 or www.thecheekymonk.com.

The brewers at Twisted Pine, 3201 Walnut Street in Boulder, have come up with something special for the Jester: an April Fool's Day beer. They'll be pouring it from 3 to 9 p.m.; for more info, call 303-786-9270 or visit www.twistedpinebrewery.com.

Friday, April 2:

The Avery Tap Room, 5763 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, presents the Avery Karma Belgian Pale Ale Release Party; stop by between 5 and 8 p.m. to taste the beer and socialize. For details, call 303-440-4324 or visit www.averybrewing.com. Saturday, April 3:

The Culinary Connectors Top Restaurant Tour runs from 1 to 4 p.m., with stops at Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, and then Jonesy's EatBar; the tour price of $99 includes transportation, candid and informal chef interactions, demonstrations and more. For more info, call 303-495-5487.

Sunday, April 4:

Restaurants around town are offering Easter specials. A couple of the highlights:

1515 Restaurant, 1515 Market Street, is offering a buffet Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's $15 for kids and $30 for adults; call 303-571-0011 or visit www.1515restaurant.com.

The Taverns at Lowry (7401 East First Avenue, 303-366-0007), Wash Park (1066 Gaylord Street, 303-733-0350) and Tech Center (5336 DTC Boulevard, Englewood, 303-221-4660) are each featuring an Easter brunch today with a Bloody Mary bar, roast lamb, French toast, an omelet station and much more -- including photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $12 for kids and $29 for adults; visit www.tavernhg.com.

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

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