Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Taco-eating contests, Dinner for Sinners and more

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Beer dinners, wine tastings, and a photography class on capturing images of fine food are all on the menu this week -- and much more. Here's a taste of what's coming up:

Monday, October 18:

City, O' City, 206 East 13th Avenue, presents the Boozenfud Bavarian Beer Hall, where you can dine and enjoy true German suds from 5 p.m. to midnight. Call 303-831-6443 or visit www.watercoursefoods.com.

The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Essential Guide to Eating Healthy. 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.

Christopher Kimball signs Fannie's Last Supper: Re-Creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 Cookbook at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street. Call 303-436-1070 or visit www.tatteredcover.com.

Tuesday, October 19:

The Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street, hosts the Sustainable Food Film Series. This round's film: The Garden. It runs from 7 to 9 p.m., and admission is a suggested $10 donation. Call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.

Mezcal, 3230 East Colfax Avenue, presents a Taco-Eating Contest. Spectators are free; the entry fee for contestants is $15. It runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., call 303-322-5219 or visit www.mezcalcolorado.com.

Wednesday, October 20:

John Hickenlooper hosts a fundraiser with food sampling at ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, 1555 Blake Street, from 5 to 7 p.m.; admission is $100 and up. RSVP to 303-355-3838 or adam@hickenlooperforcolorado.com.

Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, presents A Dinner for Sinners, five courses of pure decadence for $65. It starts at 6:30 p.m.; call 303-831-7310 or visit www.stringsrestaurant.com.

Parisi, 4401 Tennyson Street, presents a Bike DENVER Fundraiser. Dine in from 5 to 9 p.m., and 10 percent of the proceeds will benefit the organization. Call 303-561-0234 or visit www.parisidenver.com.

FreshCraft, 1530 Blake Street, presents Farm to Table, Field to Pint, a dinner featuring FreshCraft food paired with Avery brews starting at 7 p.m. Call 303-758-9608 or visit www.freshcraft.com.

Thursday, October 21:

Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, 950 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents a Taste of Mexico with a Taste of Oskar Blues; chef Ian Clark will serve a menu inspired by Durango, Mexico, paired with three beers from Oskar Blues. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $35; call 303-442-7771 or visit www.centrolatinkitchen.com.

Great Divide Brewing Company, 2201 Arapahoe Street, hosts its Hop Disciples monthly meeting, where you can hang out and drink beer with the Great Divide brewers. It's free to attend, but you must RSVP to info@greatdivide.com.

Visit Infinity Park Event Center, 4400 East Kentucky Avenue, for the second annual Saucey Affair featuring an array of decadent sauces and unique small plates from more than fifteen of Denver's restaurants. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m.; call 303-698-4455 or visit www.9healthfair.org.

Sons of Italy, 5925 West 32nd Avenue, hosts Father Woody's Haven of Hope Annual Dinner, a night to honor Victoria McCabe and featuring catered cuisine and a live auction. Call 303-550-5788 for information.

The City of Aurora presents a tot cooking class, Pumpkin Patch Party, for ages 3 to 6 with parent. It runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $24 to $31. Call 303-326-8630.

Devil's Thumb Ranch, 3530 County Road 83 in Tabernash, presents a Heck's beer dinner, hand-crafted beer pairings with sustainable cuisine from Odell Brewing and executive chef Ken Ohlinger. It runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and costs $35; call 800-933-4339 or visit www.devilsthumbranch.com.

8 Rivers Cafe, 1550 Blake Street, presents its inaugural Rhum Club Tasting and Food Pairing, fine rums paired with Cuban-inspired food at 6 p.m. Admission is $40, and reservations are required; call 303-623-3422 or visit www.8riverslodo.com.

The Sanctuary Golf Course, 7549 Daniels Park Road in Sedalia, hosts the Raising Spirits Wine Tasting & Auction, featuring unique auction items, domestic and imported wines, live jazz and hors d'ouevre. It takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $50 and up; visit http://admhn.org.

Texas de Brazil, 8390 East 49th Avenue, presents a Wine Tasting Event featuring a seasonal selection of fall wines and passed appetizers to benefit Brent's Place. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $30; RSVP to 720-374-2100.

Il Mondo Vecchio, 1174 South Cherokee Street, hosts a Basic Fresh Sausage Class. Bring a cooler with ice packs to take some product home; it runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $85. Call 303-744-6328 or visit www.ilmondovecchio.com.

Friday, October 22:

The Cherry Creek Mall will be the site of Pop-Up Orchards featuring holiday treats by Harry & David Orchards. Visit www.harryanddavid.com.

The City of Aurora presents a couples cooking class, Pumpkin Carving Party. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $48 to $112. Call 303-326-8630.

Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, presents the Boobs & Brews Dinner, a Breast Cancer Month fundraiser featuring Wynkoop beers and a one-night-only menu of seasonal dishes. It runs $55; call 303-297-2700 or visit www.wynkoop.com.

Guy Harvey's Perfect Spot, 8336 Northfield Boulevard, Suite 1600, hosts a grand opening celebration with Guy Harvey there in person from 7 to 10 p.m. Call 303-576-8216.

Fleming's Steakhouse, 191 Inverness Drive West in Englewood, hosts a Women & Wine Dinner celebrating Napa's finest winemakers. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $95; call 303-768-0827 or visit www.flemingssteakhouse.com.

Terroir, 246 Main Street in Longmont, offers a Cooking Class with Tim Payne: Braising, Roasting and the Art of Slow Cooking, from 9 a.m. to noon through Saturday, October 23; admission is $65. Call 303-651-0630 or visit www.terroir-restaurant.com.

Devil's Thumb Ranch, 3530 County Road 83 in Tabernash, hosts the Autumn Yoga, Spa & Cooking Class Retreat through Sunday, October 24, for $495 to $695. Call 800-933-4339 or visit www.devilsthumbranch.com.

Saturday, October 23:

The City of Aurora presents an intermediate techniques cooking class, French Techniques. It runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, and costs $60 to $80. Call 303-326-8630.

Food photographer and Colorado Organic cookbook creator Jennifer Olson will lead the Art of Photographing Fine Food, a workshop teaching the art of food photography. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Euclid Hall, 1317 14th Street, and costs $35-$40. Call 303-973-3705 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.

The Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, presents Classic Techniques: Artisan Bread 1, covering classic French baguettes, sourdough and cinnamon swirl loaf breads. 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.

Culinary Connectors hosts a Denver tour, visiting Fruition (1313 East Sixth Avenue), Fuel Cafe and Argyll from 1 to 4 p.m. Sign up at www.culinaryconnectors.com.

Gindi Cafe, 3601 Arapahoe Street #181 in Boulder, hosts a four-course vegetarian beer dinner paired with Twisted Pine beers at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $35; call 720-242-8961 or visit www.gindicafe.com.

Tee & Cakes, 1932 14th Street, celebrates three years in business with Caketoberfest, a beer and cupcake pairing at 7 p.m. RSVP to 720-406-7548.

Great Harvest Bread Co., 765 South Colorado Boulevard, hosts Whole Grains for Growing Brains. All sales proceeds from the day will benefit the DPS Educational Outreach Program and homeless students in the school system. Call 303-778-8877 or visit www.greatharvestdenver.com.

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad, 401 Water Street in Canon City, hosts a Wine Dinner Train featuring a five-course menu paired with wines from the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $125 to $155; call 888-724-5748 or visit www.royalgorgereservations.com.

The Whole Foods at 1111 South Washington Street hosts a Grand Re-Opening with a ribbon cutting, gifts, sales and more. Festivities start at 10 a.m.; call 303-733-6201.

Hush Denver presents an Adventures in Dining getaway to a mountain retreat through Sunday, October 24, where chef Matthew Jansen will provide meals. Rooms are $600 for two people; sign up at www.hushdenver.com.

The 63rd Street Farm, 3796 North 63rd Street, hosts a Mobile Pizza Business Workshop through Sunday, October 24, for entrepreneurs interested in live event pizza catering and concessions; sign up at http://gettingstartedoctober2010.eventbrite.com.

Sunday, October 24:

Tibet's Restaurant & Bar, 321 McCaslin Boulevard in Louisville, presents An Evening for Tibet, the third annual benefit dinner for the Tibetan Village Project, featuring entertainment, a ritual blessing, a dinner, auction and prizes. Admission is $60; sign up at www.tibetanvillageproject.org.

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

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