Culinary calendar for the week ahead: New Year's Eve dinners and more

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Dozens of restaurants are hosting special New Year's Eves dinners -- but there are other culinary specials this week, too. Here's a taste of what's on the menu:

Monday, December 27:

Arugula Ristorante, 2785 Iris Avenue in Boulder, is offering Monday Night First Bite, a $26, three-course menu in addition to its regular menu. For more info, call 303-443-5100 or visit www.arugularistorante.com.

Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, offers its Menu Classic Mondays: Three-course meals for two for only $52.80, based on the Vesta cookbook in December. The menu will change monthly; call 303-296-1970 or visit www.vestagrill.com.

Uptown Brothers Brewing Co., 320 East Colfax Avenue, is presenting Medicinal Mondays: Show the something identifying yourself as a medical professional (doctor, nurse, X-ray technician, chiropractor, acupuncturist, aromatherapist and even dispensary employees) and get 25 percent off your drinks. Call 303-839-8000, www.uptownbrothers.com.

The Kitchen Table, 5375 Landmark Place in Greenwood Village, presents Meatless Mondays, a variety of classes offered every Monday evening at dinnertime. Call 303-220-9769 or visit www.kitchentablegv.com.

Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West 10th Avenue, presents the Rock 'n' Roll Spelling Bee, where you can eat, drink and win prizes starting at 10 p.m. Call 720-479-8829 or visit www.interstaterestaurant.com.

Tuesday, December 28:

The Five Points Business District Office, 2444 Washington Street, hosts Kwanzaa Goes Green: Ujima Sustainability Dinner Seminar, where you can learn how to save money on your utility bills, food justice and food security projects in the neighborhood, energy efficiency and more; Konjo Catering will provide healthy Ethiopian cuisine for dinner. It starts at 5:30 p.m. and is free to attend; visit www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=180280538656323.

Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street, presents its Monthly Beer and Cheese Pairing, five artisan cheeses paired with five Great Divide beers. Admission is $18; RSVP to info@greatdivide.com. Visit www.greatdivide.com or call 303-296-9460 for details.

Wednesday, December 29:

The Kitchen Table, 5375 Landmark Place, Suite 105 in Greenwood Village in Englewood, presents Simply Spain: Valencia, a regional foods class, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $95; call 303-220-9769 or visit www.kitchentablegv.com.

Thursday, December 30:

Garden of the Gods' Gourmet, 2528 West Cucharras in Colorado Springs, hosts Dinner With Our Chef in the Kitchen, five courses prepared by a Garden of the Gods' Gourmet chef at 7 p.m. for $35. Call 719-471-2799 or visit www.godsgourmet.net.

Sip Fine Wine & Spirits, 1920 Market Street, offers free wine tastings from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 303-298-9463.

Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West 10th Avenue, hosts Markstar Karaoke with drink specials starting at 10 p.m. Call 720-479-8829 or visit www.interstaterestaurant.com.

Enjoy a free tour of the Roundhouse Spirits distillery at 5311 Western Avenue, Suite K, in Boulder. Call 303-819-5598 or visit www.roundhousespirits.com for information.

Randolph's, 1776 Grant Street, presents Thirsty Thursdays: Enjoy $2 Coors Light drafts when presenting your VIP card between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.. Call 303-318-7272 or visit www.randolphsdenver.com.

Head to Colorado Winery Row, 4640 Pecos Street, for a free Ladies Night tasting offering local Colorado wines, live music and food. It runs from 3 to 8 p.m.; visit www.coloradowineryrow.com.

Friday, December 31:

Steuben's, 523 East 17th Avenue, will be open more than 36 hours starting December 31 and serving up good-luck foods for the New Year. Call 303-830-1001 or visit www.steubens.com.

And that's just one of the dozens of events you'll find in our comprehensive New Year's Eve food event listings.

Saturday, January 1:

Olivea, 719 East 17th Avenue, presents a New Year's Day Brunch, offering award-winning bloody marys. Call 303-861-5050 or visit www.olivearestaurant.com.

Fogo de Chao, 1513 Wynkoop Street, presents a New Year's Day meal offering fifteen signature cuts of meat with a gourmet salad and sides bar from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Dinner is $42.50; call 303-623-9600 or visit www.fogodechao.com.

Parallel 17, 1600 East 17th Avenue, presents a bottomless brunch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on New Year's Day; reservations are recommended. Call 303-399-0988 or visit www.parallelseventeen.com.

Sunday, January 2:

Cru Wine Bar at 1442 Larimer Street hosts Swirl Sundays; purchase a bottle of wine and enjoy 1/3 off the regular price. Call 303-893-9463 or visit www.cruawinebar.com.

Enjoy Pajama Brunch at Second Home, 150 Clayton Lane, where kids eight and under who wear their pajamas to the restaurant can eat free from the kids' brunch menu. Call 303-253-3000.

The Boulder Brew Bus leaves from the West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, and visits Upslope, Avery and Twisted Pine Breweries every Sunday at 5:30 p.m. The tour costs $30; call 303-444-3535 or visit www.thewestendtavern.com.

Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West 10th Avenue, presents Brunch & Broncos: Every Sunday during football season, enjoy bloody bourbons, fresh-squeezed wine spritzers, game-day garage parking and free orange crush shots with every Bronco touchdown, plus a special brunch menu. It starts at 10 a.m.; call 720-479-8829 or visit www.insterstaterestaurant.com.

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

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