Culinary calendar for the week ahead: sushi-making, Argentinian barbecue and wine and more

As the restaurant community gears up for Christmas -- and let's not forget the planned blowouts on New Year's Eve -- this week's culinary calendar is somewhat slim. Don't forget, though, you can check out a blizzard of ongoing weekly and monthly events in our online food-and-drink listings, and we'll keep updating our calendar as last-minute events hit our plate. Here's a taste of what's going on:

Tuesday, December 13:

Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria, 410 East Seventh Avenue, hosts an Argentina BBQ & Wine Tasting, outside grilling with the wine tasting inside and tapas paired with the wine. It runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and costs $20; call 303-861-9463 or visit www.lalaswinebar.com.

Wednesday, December 14:

Izakaya Den, 1518 South Pearl Street, presents Sliced!, a sushi-making class featuring chefs from Sushi Den, Izakaya Den and Ototo; after class, sit for a meal that includes sushi, miso soup and green tea. Call 303-777-0691 or visit www.izakayaden.net.

Thursday, December 15:

Charcoal, 43 West 9th Avenue, hosts the IMT/Charcoal wine dinner, featuring five courses paired with wine. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $65; reservations are required. Call 303-454-0000 or visit www.charcoaldining.com.

Saturday, December 17:

Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street, presents the Giving Gala, with food, champagne, live music, a silent auction and more. Admission is $50; visit www.igivefirst.com/givinggala2011.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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