Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Pumpkins, cider and pig roasts

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Fall is in the air, and food events are reflecting the change in season, with pumpkin and cider celebrations as well as classes, wine-tastings and more.

Here's a glance at what's on the menu:

Monday, September 27:

The City of Aurora presents a Whole Grain cooking class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Admission is $43 to $56; call 303-326-8630.

Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, offers a Thai cooking class from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for $79. Call 303-308-9300 or visit www.cookstreet.com.

At 5:30 p.m. tonight, Hotel Boulderado, 2115 13th Street in Boulder, is the site of a Fourmile Fire Benefit featuring a four-course dinner created by chefs from Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, Jax Fish House Boulder, Zolo Southwestern Grill, Happy, the West End Tavern, Salt, Q's and Colterra. tickets are $125; call 303-447-0487 or e-mail iva@bigredf.com for reservations.

Tuesday, September 28:

Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 East 35th Avenue, presents a zinfandel tasting that's cohosted by Argonaut Wine & Liquor. Admission is $30 to $35; call 303-333-5411.

Chocolate therapist Julie Pech will sign her book The Chocolate Therapist: A User's Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch, 9315 Dorchester Street in Highlands Ranch. For details, call 303-470-7050 or visit www.tatteredcover.com.

Wednesday, September 29:

This fall, the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, is presenting the Cancer Food Project, a seven-part nutrition and cooking class. This week's topic: Favoring Fiber. The session runs from 6 to 8 p.m., and admission is $28 to $210 for the series; call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.

Firenze a Tavola, 4401 Tennyson Street, hosts a Community Table featuring a kid-friendly menu at 6 p.m. Adults pay $18 per seat; kids are free so long as they come with a paying adult. Call 303-561-0234 or visit www.firenzeatavoladenver.com.

Mark Bittman will sign his new book, The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Recipes for Conscious Eating, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street. Free numbered tickets for a place in line will be available starting at 6:30 p.m.; call 303-436-1070 or visit www.tatteredcover.com.

Thursday, September 30:

The City of Aurora presents Mexican Cooking Menu 2, a class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Admission is $43 to $56; call 303-326-8630.

At 6 p.m., head to Lola, 1575 Boulder Street, for Tequila 101, part of Lola's 101 series of spirit and cooking classes taught by mixologist Jimmy Zanon and chef Duane Walker. Class is $25; call 720-570-8686 or visit www.loladenver.com.

Q's, 2115 13th Street in Boulder, offers another meal in its food and wine series, "A Shore Dinner," starting at 6:30 p.m. and featuring the staff's favorite wines. Call 303-442-4880 or visit www.qsboulder.com.

The Bitter Bar above Happy, 835 Walnut Street in Boulder, presents the Wes Anderson Cocktail Social, with mixologist Mark Stoddard creating cocktails to represent Anderson's winning movies. It starts at 10 p.m. and costs $10 to $15; call 303-442-3050 or visit www.happynoodlehouse.com.

Palazzo Verdi Event Center, 6363 South Fiddler's Green Circle in Englewood, is the site of Taste of Greenwood Village, a food and wine event with an Italian accent. The Taste runs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and costs $30 to $250; call 303-290-9922 or visit www.tasteofgreenwoodvillage.com for information.

Friday, October 1:

Home with a View of the City, 1924 West 32nd Avenue, hosts the Serves Up Wine tasting and education event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $35; visit www.servesupwine.com.

Head to the Infinite Monkey Theorem, 931 West Fifth Avenue, for First Fridays with Drunken Monkey: Art Under the Influence, offering live music and wine by the glass starting at 5 p.m. Visit www.infinitemonkeytheorem.com.

Saturday, October 2:

The Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street, continues its Sustainable Food Film Series with What's On Your Plate?, which shows at 11 a.m. Admission is a suggested $10 donation; call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.

The City of Aurora presents a kid's cooking class, Princess and the Frog Bayou Bash, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $24 to $31. Call 303-326-8630.

The City of Aurora presents a kids' cooking class, Gluten Free International, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $39 to $51. Call 303-326-8630.

PETCO, 4100 East Mexico Avenue, is hosting the Furry Friends Food Drive, and accepting donations of cash and unopened pet food to benefit Food Bank of the Rockies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 303-756-0892‎.

Marczyk Fine Foods, 770 East 17th Avenue, is hosting its annual Pig Roast and Customer Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., dishing up pig and baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, corn bread, a drink and a cookie for $14.99, $8.99 for kids under 10. Call 303-894-9499 or visit www.marczykfinefoods.com.

The World Food Program Committee of Denver presents its launch party at the Denver Darkroom, 4037 Tejon Street, will live music, food and drink from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $20; e-mail wfpusadenver@gmail.com.

Living the Sweet Life, 1535 Central Street, presents its First Anniversary Celebration, with hand-spun cotton candy and a complimentary sweet from noon to 5 p.m. Call 303-477-8088 or visit www.livingthesweetlifedenver.com.

Lakewood's Heritage Center, 801 South Yarrow Street, hosts Lakewood's Cider Days through Sunday, October 3. For complete details, call 303-987-7850 or visit www.lakewood.org.

Four Mile Historic Park, 715 South Forest Street, presents the Great Pumpkin Harvest Festival through Sunday, October 3; the county-fair style celebration features pie-eating contests, cake walks, pumpkin-patch activities, arts and crafts, and much more. Admission is free; call 720-865-0800 or visit www.fourmilepark.org.

Sunday, October 3:

Rev It Up!, an evening of food samplings and swing dancing to live music by the Crystal Swing Band -- all amidst the vintage cars of Stephen Tebo's exclusive car collection at Tebo's Garage in Longmont -- is tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 303-838-3006 or visit www.specialtransit.org for information.

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

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