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Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Learn to cook and Dine Out for Life

Got some gaps in your culinary education? There are seven different culinary workshops, discussions and demonstrations this week, plus tons of wine tastings, Dining Out for Life and the inaugural Boulder Brew and Music Festival. Keep reading for a taste of what's ahead:

Monday, April 26:

Stop by Duo, 2413 West 32nd 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 to sign up.

Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts its Monday Night Wine Dinner with Paola Banchi, who will present the wines of Quericiabella, Tuscany. Admission is $45, plus extra for the wine pairings; call 303-442-6966 or visit

The Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, presents Food Fight: Retaking Our Plates, a film series focusing on food. This week: The Garden. The film screens from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free to attend; call 720-865-1111 or visit

Tuesday, April 27:

Cook Street, 1937 Market Street, offers the One Night in Rome class; learn to prepare classic Roman dishes plus information on Rome's culinary tradition from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $79; call 303-308-9300 or visit

From 5 to 8 p.m., enjoy five artisan cheeses from St. Kilian's Cheese shop paired with five craft beers at the monthly Beer and Cheese Pairing at Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street. Admission is $18; RSVP to 303-296-9460, ext. 26, or [email protected].

Heirloom Gardens, 4460 Winona Court, offers Simple From Scratch. Learn to make multigrain bread, homemade mozzarella, marinated asparagus salad, vegetable barley soup, apple dumplings and ice cream. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $50; call 303-956-7203 or visit

Citron New World Bistro, 3535 South Yosemite Street, hosts a wine dinner showcasing five different West Coast wines with lamb, scallops, duck, filet mignon and fruit tacos for dessert. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $45. Call 303-771-5800 or visit

Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 East 35th Avenue, and Argonaut Liquors have teamed up for a Napa & Sonoma Wine Tasting benefit for the Positive Project. Sample premium wines by some of Napa and Sonoma's top winemakers, with heavy appetizers. It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $30 in advance or $35 at the door; call 303-831-7788.

Garden of the Gods' Gourmet, 2528 West Cucharras in Colorado Springs, offers a Core Basics Series, four classes on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. starting April 27 and covering knife basics and much more. It's $150; sign up at or by calling 719-471-2799.

Wednesday, April 28:

Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, presents a Spring Beer Dinner, four courses paired with beer starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $40; sign up at 303-297-9999.

Firenze a Tavola, 4401 Tennyson Street, offers Community Table, a meal inspired by springtime and grandma's home cooking; the menu features grilled ciabatta with fava-bean puree, spinach-and-lamp polpettine, fresh pea and artichoke risotto, porchetta and crostati di albicocche. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $30; call 303-561-0234 or visit

Stop by Root Down, 1600 West 33rd 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 to sign up.

Sunflower Farmers' Market/Littleton, 8601 West Cross Drive, offers its Sunflower Simple Suppers Sampling, a "Love Food, Hate Waste" recipe featuring rotisserie chicken; today's recipe is lemon chicken and pea risotto. It runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; call 720-214-0410 or visit

Avogadro's Number, 605 South Mason Street in Fort Collins, hosts a panel discussion featuring CSU experts in different areas of food security. Global Food Security: What Is It and How Does It Affect Me? starts at 5 p.m. and is free to attend. Call 1-970-493-5555 or visit

The Baskin-Robbins at 815 17th Avenue in Longmont presents the Baskin-Robbins Firefighters 31 Cent Scoop Night; there will be a fire vehicle on display plus free prevention and education materials from 5 to 9 p.m. Call 303-774-0310.

Thursday, April 29:

Support Project Angel Heart by enjoying great food for a good cause at Dining Out for Life; visit for a list of participating restaurants that will donate 25 percent of your food bill to the organization. You can Dine Out for Life, celebrity-style, at two different Denver locations where different celebrities will serve, host and bartend. Tambien, 250 Steele Street, 303-333-1763,, will feature Matthew Morris, James Mejia, Tom Nalen and Greg Montoya, plus more celebs to come. Sketch, 11 West 1st Avenue, 303-484-9305,, will feature Ty Tomlinson, Chris Parente, Bill Husted, Chris Meza and Westword's own Nancy Levine, plus more celebs to come. The party starts at 6 p.m. at both venues.

Friday, April 30:

Marczyk's Fine Foods, 770 East 17th Avenue, presents Burger Night, featuring Niman Ranch beef, fresh-ground at the market, with City Bakery fresh brioche buns; mix and mingle while you enjoy your burger. It runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; call 303-894-9499 or visit

The Boulder Strong Ale Festival will feature many new breweries this year, plus a new venue at Avery Tap Room, 5763 Arapahoe Avenue. It runs through Saturday, May 1; call 303-440-4324 or visit

Saturday, May 1:

Marczyk's Fine Foods, 770 East 17th Avenue, offers a Customer Appreciation Day: Enjoy 10 percent off everything in the store, plus tastings and fun. Call 303-894-9499, or visit

Chef Shellie Kark hosts Food Rules: Cooking Demos, a Fresh City Life program focusing on the simple guidelines of Michael Pollan's book. She'll cover shopping and cooking strategies, tips and advice to get the most out of your food and more. The demos run from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday in May at the Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway. Call 303-865-1111 or visit

The inaugural Boulder Brew and Music Festival will feature up to thirty brewers from around the country and abroad for tasting, plus live music. It goes down at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th Street in Boulder; call 303-443-3399 or visit

Wear your large hats, all-white and enjoy specials on mint juleps and cheap snacks starting at 2 p.m. at Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West 10th Avenue. Call 720-479-8829 or visit

Eat at Il Vicino, 550 Broadway, today; the restaurant is donating 25 percent of all sales to local chapters of the American Cancer Society. Call 303-861-0801 or visit

Celebrate the Triple Crown at the West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, with great food and drink specials for each race. Festivities start at 2 p.m.; call 303-444-3535 or visit

This weekend brings the grand opening of Desert Moon Vineyards, 12656 East Jamison Place, Unit #12, in Englewood, with wine tastings, tours, music and food through Sunday, May 2. Call 303-990-9463 and visit

Sunday, May 2:

Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, hosts an Infinite Monkey Theorem Wine Dinner, five courses of spectacular food and wine. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $85; call 303-296-1970 or visit

Heirloom Gardens, 4460 Winona Court, presents Backyard Goat Keeping. Learn about choosing goats, housing and fencing, feeding, medical care, common challenges, milk, financial considerations, permitting and more. It starts at 1 p.m. and costs $30; call 303-956-7203, 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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