Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Spooky eats and creepy drinks

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The food scene is getting in on the Halloween fun; on this week's calendar, you'll find several restaurants hosting special Halloween dinners and parties (and keep checking Cafe Society for our top Halloween picks). But there's much more beyond the ghouls and goblins -- here's what else is on the menu:

Monday, October 25:

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.

During all college games on Saturdays and NFL games on Sundays and Mondays, enjoy $2 Coors Light drafts, $3 wells and $5 wings ($1 Coors Light drafts when the Broncos play at home) at Randolph's, 1776 Grant Street. Call 303-318-7272 or visit www.randolphsdenver.com.

Tuesday, October 26:

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.

Tahona Tequila Bistro, 1035 Pearl Street in Boulder, offers Meal & Marg, where you can enjoy an appetizer, entree and blue agave margarita for $18. Call 303-938-9600 or visit www.tahonaboulder.com.

Chef Daniel Asher prepares a weekly five-course, raw vegan dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. The dinners are $42, by reservation, and take place at Root Down, 1600 West 33rd Avenue. Call 303-993-4200 or visit www.rootdowndenver.com.

Wednesday, October 27:

Visit Firenze a Tavola, 4401 Tennyson Street, for the Halloween Community Table, a mobster-themed dinner (four courses served family style) with traditional East Coast Italian-American cuisine. Admission is $28, and it starts at 7 p.m.; call 303-561-0234 or visit www.firenzeatavoladenver.com.

The West End Wine Shop, 777 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents a wine tasting featuring Oregon/Washington state wines with importer John Salamanski and Manuel Sanchez. It runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and is free to attend; call 303-245-7077 or visit www.westendwineshop.com.

Thursday, October 28:

The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Mexican Cooking Menu 4. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $43 to $56. Call 303-326-8630.

Head to Lola for Margaritas 101, part of Lola's 101 series of spirit and cooking classes taught by mixologist Jimmy Zanon and chef Duane Walker. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $25; Lola is at 1575 Boulder Street. Call 720-570-8686 or visit www.loladenver.com.

Elway's Downtown, 1881 Curtis Street, presents a pairing dinner with Peter Franus, four courses paired with the Napa Valley winemaker's vintages. It costs $100 and up and starts at 6:30 p.m.; call 303-312-3107 or visit www.elways.com.

The Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, presents Que Syrah Shiraz?! Taste several different examples of this popular variety. It runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $49; call 303-308-9300 or visit www.cookstreet.com.

The Alliance Francaise sponsors a Wine & Cheese Tasting at One Lincoln Park Condominiums, 20th and Lincoln Streets, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., featuring music, art and a silent acution. Admission is $30 for members, $35 for non-members; visit www.afdenver.org/bounjour/eventlisting.htm.

Maggiano's Little Italy, 500 16th Street, hosts Great Balls of Fire, where Denver firefighters compete with their best Italian recipes to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Call 303-260-7707.

Mirage, 2648 South Parker Road in Aurora, hosts a Halloween Bash with live music, costume contests, drink specials and more, starting at 7 p.m. Call 303-750-4920.

Friday, October 29:

The Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, presents Culinary Date Night. It runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $79; call 303-308-9300 or visit www.cookstreet.com.

Avery Tap Room, 5757 Arapahoe Avenue, presents Demonic Halloween Celebrations through Sunday, October 31, with costume contests on Friday and Saturday, plus live music, special brews on tap and much more. Admission is free; call 303-440-4324 or visit www.averybrewing.com.

Saturday, October 30:

Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery, 4700 Cherry Creek Drive South, hosts a Pumpkin Beer and Pig Tasting. Sample some of the best pumpkin beers and seasonal brews from around the world, paired with various pork dishes. Sample tickets are $1 each, and it starts at 5 p.m. Call 303-759-0333 or visit www.bullandbush.com.

The Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, presents Classic Techniques: Artisan Bread 2, covering brioche, challah and foccacia. It runs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and costs $289 for all three classes; call 303-308-9300 or visit www.cookstreet.com.

Terroir, 246 Main Street in Longmont, offers a Cooking Class with Tim Payne: Fall Vegetables, from 9 a.m. to noon; admission is $65. Call 303-651-0630 or visit www.terroir-restaurant.com.

Redi Carpet Sales of Colorado, 14800 East 35th Place, Suite 100 in Aurora, presents a Chili Cook-Off with food, booths, several varieties of chili to taste and live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $10 to $20; visit www.aamdhq.org.

Culinary Connectors hosts a Denver tour, visiting Il Posto (2011 East 17th Avenue), Venue and one stop to be announced from 1 to 4 p.m. Sign up at www.culinaryconnectors.com.

The Infinite Monkey Theorem, 931 West Fifth Avenue, presents Nightmare on Fifth Avenue, with wines and pizza, scary movies and a DJ from 6 to 11 p.m. Admission is $30; call 303-736-8376 or visit www.theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com.

The Colfax Arts District presents Boo and Brew; adults and kids (during the day) can wear costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating. It's free, but bring a non-perishable food item with you. Festivities run from 1 to 4 p.m. for kids and start again at 9 p.m. for adults. And the Colfax Fights Hunger tour will officially launch at Boo & Brew and will run through December 31; bring items for the food drive to an array of Colfax businesses. Check www.mycolfax.org for a list of participating venues.

Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria, 410 East 7th Avenue, presents a Halloween Dinner and Ghost Tour. It starts at 8 p.m. and costs $35; call 303-861-9463 or visit www.lalaswinebar.com.

Gaetano's, 3760 Tejon Street, presents a mobster-themed Halloween party featuring live music by Darek Evilsisor, prizes, drink specials and more starting at 8 p.m. Call 303-433-3172 or visit www.gaetanositalian.com.

The Lower Highland neighborhood is the site of a Halloween Stroll & Keep It Local Neighborhood Party, featuring live music, a costume contest, food and drink specials and more, running from 6 p.m. to midnight. Get information at www.loladenver.com.

The Justice League of Street Food hosts a Halloween-Themed Street Food Party at 29th and Huron. Visit www.facebook.com/justiceleaguestreetfood.

Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West 10th Avenue, presents Haunted Highway, featuring unlimited food and drink, a costume contest, a DJ and more, starting at 10 p.m. Admission is $35; call 720-479-8829 or visit www.interstaterestaurant.com.

Guy Harvey's Perfect Spot, 8336 Northfield Boulevard, Suite 1600, presents a Halloween Party, featuring $1 Coors Light pints, $3 Jager shots, prizes, giveaways and more. Call 303-576-8216.

Sunday, October 31:

The Wazee Supper Club, 1600 15th Street, presents a Ghost Dinner featuring three courses with optional wine or beer pairings starting at 6 p.m. Admission ranges from $20 to $30; call 303-623-9518 or visit www.wazeesupperclub.com.

Solera, 4510 East Colfax Avenue, hosts a Halloween Party with drink specials, prizes, giveaways and more from 4 to 9 p.m. Admission is $30 with a costume, $40 without; call 303-388-8429 or visit www.solerarestaurant.com.

Stop by Randolph's Restaurant and Bar, 1776 Grant Street, for a London-style fish-and-chips meal, with a Newcastle ale, for just $6. Call 303-318-7272 or visit www.randolphsdenver.com.

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

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