You know the summer festival season is upon us when Beaver Creek kicks off the high-country Blues, Brews & BBQ. That's only one of many culinary events to get you through Memorial Day; here's a sampling of what else is in store:
Monday, May 24:
Frasca presents its Monday Night Wine Dinner; this week, Phil Laramore shows off the wines of Baroness Wines. Dinner, which starts at 5 p.m., costs $45 (wine pairings are $30 to $45 extra). Frasca is at 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.
Frank Bonanno, Keegan Gerhard and Ryan Hardy team up for a five-course Benefit for Children's Hospital dinner; proceeds will go toward the neurology department at Children's. The five-course meal will be at Luca d'Italia, 711 Grant Street, and tickets are $300 and up; make reservations at 303-832-6600.
Tuesday, May 25:
Head to Maggiano's, 7401 South Clinton Street in Englewood, at 6:30 p.m. for the Make-A-Wish Wine Dinner and silent auction; all proceeds will fund the wishes of seventeen-year-old Alexis. Tickets are $60; reservations are required at 303-858-1405 or www.maggianos.com.
The Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 East 35th Avenue, hosts another Wine Tasting in conjunction with Argonaut Wine & Liquor; this session focuses on '90s club wine rated ninety points or above. Proceeds benefit the Positive Project, and the tasting runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $30 to $35; call 303-831-7788 to sign up.
Great Divide, 2201 Arapahoe Street, hosts its monthly Beer and Cheese Pairing featuring artisan cheeses and Great Divide brews. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and costs $18; RSVP to 303-296-9460, ext. 26, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paramount Cafe, 519 16th Street, is celebrating 25 years in business through Sunday, May 30, with various performers, live entertainment, giveaways and more. Call 303-893-2000 or visit www.paramountcafe.com.
Wednesday, May 26:
Lola, 1575 Boulder Street, presents a paella fundraiser for Highland Farmers Market, which takes place every Saturday morning on the street outside the restaurant. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $35; call 720-570-8686 or visit www.loladenver.com.
Firenze a Tavola, 4401 Tennyson Street below Parisi, hosts another Community Table; Tavolata in Compagnia is the theme of this dinner, which starts at 7 p.m. and costs $33. Call 303-561-0234 or visit www.parisidenver.com.
Thursday, May 27:
Friday, May 28:
Celebrate the release of Sex and the City 2 at Kona Grill, 3000 East First Avenue, with a walk down the red carpet, specialty Samantha, Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda sushi rolls, cocktails, door prizes and a raffle for such prizes as a trip to New York City; proceeds will benefit Dress for Success. Call 720-974-1300 or visit www.konagrill.com.
Saturday, May 29:
Head to the Avery Tap Room, 5757 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, which will host the Maharaja Imperial IPA Release Party, featuring twelve-ounce pours of the IPA for $4, plus fish tacos, live music and more. The party runs from 3 to 7 p.m. and admission is free; call 303-440-4324 or go to www.averybrewing.com.
Sunday, May 30:
Delicate Flavors presents a Taste of Asia Cooking Class & Supermarket Tour, with an hour-long tour followed by a cooking class. The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. and costs $60; meet at the Pacific Ocean International Market, 2200 West Alameda Avenue. For more info, call 1-714-583-2300, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.delicateflavors.com.
Jonesy's EatBar, 400 East 20th Avenue, presents a Memorial Day Sunday Block Party BBQ, with Oskar Blues beer-can chicken, cheap Colorado craft beer, pitchers of sangria, live entertainment and more. The party runs from 4 to 9 p.m.; call 303-863-7473 or visit www.jeatbar.com.
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Monday, May 31:
Frasca presents its Monday Night Wine Dinner; this week, Ted Lemon will serve up the wines of Littorai in Sonoma Valley. Dinner, which starts at 5 p.m., costs $45 (wine pairings are $30 to $45 extra per person). Frasca is at 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.
The Truffle, 2906 East Sixth Avenue, hosts a Memorial Day Farm Get-a-Whey, a field trip to the Ugly Goat Dairy Farm in Elizabeth. The tour runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $60 (transportation included);; reserve your spot at 303-322-7363.
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.