Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Soup for the Soul, booze dinners and more

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Denver Restaurant Week kicks off on Saturday, which is also when the 2011 Beerdrinker of the Year will be crowned -- but in the meantime, there are plenty of culinary events to fill your belly. Here's what's on the menu:

Monday, February 21:

City, O' City, 206 East 13th Avenue, hosts a free Samuel Smith Brewing Co. Tasting Party starting at 7 p.m. Call 303-831-6443 or visit www.watercoursefoods.com.

The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Place, hosts Soup for the Soul benefiting Porter and St. Anthony Hospices and featuring soups and appetizers (and recipes) from more than a dozen top Denver restaurants. It runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and costs $75 to $95; visit www.soupforthesouldenver.org.

EVOO Marketplace, 1338 15th Street, hosts a Guided Olive Oil Tasting: Discover olive oils from around the globe, new ways to replace butter and margarine and more. It runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and costs $30; visit www.viamediterranea.com.

Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents the Monday Night Wine Dinner with wines by Eric Flanagan. Admission is $45 and up; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

Tuesday, February 22:

Ototo Food and Wine Bar, 1501 South Pearl Street, presents the Frogs Leap Wine Dinner, a five-course dinner paired with wine by John Williams. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $55; reservations are required. Call 303-733-2503.

Aria, 250 Josephine Street, presents the Culinary Connectors Supper Club, three courses with wine tasting to benefit the Morgan Adams Foundation. Admission is $60; call 303-377-4012.

El Diablo, 101 Broadway, hosts a Tequila Dinner with Republic Tequila and Ken MacKenzie, Jamey Fader and Kevin Grossi, a five-course dinner paired with tequila. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $75; call 303-954-0324.

Holly Arnold Kinney, author of Shinin' Times at the Fort: Stories, Celebrations and Recipes at the Landmark Colorado Restaurant, will host a Book Beat Evening at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, to be moderated by Marty Meitus. It starts at 6 p.m. and is free to attend; call 303-571-5260 or visit www.denverpressclub.org.

Argyll, 2700 East Third Avenue, offers a Single Malt Scotch Dinner, offering five courses paired with scotch. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $69; call 720-382-1117 or visit www.argyllpub.com.

Wednesday, February 23:

Visit www.endpolio.com to see a list of establishments participating in today's Dining Out for Kickin' Polio; help by eating at one of these restaurants.

Four Seasons Hotel Denver, 1111 14th Street, presents the Sporting Affair Celebrity Waiter Dinner, where you can rub elbows with Colorado sports personalities while benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Admission is $125, and it starts at 6 p.m.; visit www.wishcolorado.org.

Thursday, February 24:

Culinary School of the Rockies, 637 South Broadway in Boulder, presents Basics of Fresh Sausage Making with Il Mondo Vecchio's Mark DeNittis, where you can learn the essentials of homemade sausage-making. It runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and costs $95; call 303-494-7988.

The LoDo District, Historic Denver and the National Trust for Historic Preservation host a happy hour with appetizers, wine and beer, sustainability tours and more. It starts at 5:01 p.m.; admission is $20.01 for members and $25.01 for the general public; sign up at www.historicdenver.org and takes place at Engine House No. 5, 1321 19th Street.

The annual Red Wine and Seafood event has a Cajun-inspired take this year; the Oxford Hotel, 1600 17th Street, hosts the event from 6 to 9 p.m., which includes food, dancing, a silent auction and more; proceeds benefit Volunteers of America. Admission is $75, and reservations are required; visit www.voacolorado.org.

The Margarita, 7350 Pine Creek Road in Colorado Springs, hosts the Cinnabar Winery Dinner, six courses featuring the wines of Cinnabar. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $55; call 719-598-8667.

Friday, February 25:

The City of Aurora hosts a Rocky Mountain Locavore Wine Dinner from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for $49 to $64 at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Expositon Avenue in Aurora. For ages 21 and up only. Call 303-326-8630 or visit www.auroragov.org/recreation.

Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, presents the Beerdrinker of the Year Dinner, a four-course beer dinner hosted by the three 2011 national finalists. It starts at 6:30 p.m., and reservations are required; call 303-297-2700 or visit www.wynkoop.com.

The Brown Palace Hotel is the site of Delightful Dishes, Dreamy Getaways, featuring unlimited food tasting at twenty stations, plus door prizes, an auction and more. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $49; call 303-297-3111 or visit www.brownpalace.com.

Saturday, February 26:

A bewigged-and-robed panel of experts will grill the finalists and crown the 2011 Beerdrinker of the Year at Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, starting at 2 p.m. Call 303-297-2700 or visit www.wynkoop.com.

Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street, presents Yoga + Beer in conjunction with the Yoga Mat; it's a one-hour yoga class followed by a Great Divide pint. Admission is $25; e-mail ontheyogamat@gmail.com to sign up.

The GrowHaus, 4751 York Street, presents the Food Justice Workshop, examining the issues of food justice from local and global angles using interactive activities, discussions and more. It runs from noon to 4 p.m. and costs $27.37 to $35 (free for Elyria-Swansea residents); visit www.eventbrite.com/event/1164746789/efbevent.

Dozens of local restaurants will offer multi-course meals for $52.80 per couple or $26.40 per single for Denver Restaurant Week, running through Friday, March 11. Visit www.denverrestaurantweek.com for a full list of participants and menus.

Sunday, February 27:

Vine Street Pub, 1700 Vine Street, hosts the Denver Chop Month Competition: The public will vote on the contestants' facial hair; there will be prizes such as pork chops, cash and beer. It starts at 10 p.m.; call 303-388-2337 or visit www.mountainsunpub.com.

Hodi's Half Note, 167 North College Avenue in Fort Collins, hosts Scene Sunday Dinners, a series of monthly Sunday dinners featuring local musicians and benefiting the Larimer County Food Bank. Admission is $5 or at least three canned food items; call 970-472-2034.

Mateo, 1837 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents an Oscar Party starting at 4 p.m. for $35 per person, which includes appetizers, snacks and cocktails in front of a large-screen broadcast of the awards; black-tie/glamorous dress encouraged. Call 303-443-7766.

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

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