Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Mountain festivals, wine dinners and field trips

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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 info@greatdivide.com.

Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria, 410 East Seventh Avenue, hosts an Alta Vera tasting from 5 to 7 p.m. -- and it's free. Call 303-861-9463 or visit www.lalaswinebar.com.

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:

Desert Moon Vineyards, 12656 East Jamison Place, Unit #12 in Englewood, hosts a Learning to Taste seminar; admission is $20; call 303-990-9463 or visit www.desertmoonvineyards.com.

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:

Stop by Second Street Art Market, 366 2nd Street in Monument, for Half-Price Half-Plate Thursdays. The specials start at 6 p.m.; call 719-488-2506 or visit www.secondstreetart.com.

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.

Beaver Creek Resort presents Blues, Brews & BBQ, the annual Memorial Day celebration with beer, music and meat. Find all the details at www.beavercreek.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 info@delicateflavors.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.

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.

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