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Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Telluride Mushroom, Bootstraps Western Wine and Chile Harvest festivals

If you can't make the drive up to Telluride for the annual Mushroom Festival, don't fret -- there's always the Bootstraps Western Wine Fest in Evergreen or Lakewood's Chile Harvest Festival.

Here's what else is on the menu for this week's culinary events:

Monday, August 23:

Eat Denver presents Harvest Week through August 27, a celebration of Colorado's produce and products with dozens of participating restaurants offering Colorado-based food and beverages. Visit

The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, offers a Power Breakfast cooking class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuition is $65; call 303-377-3222 or visit

Frasca presents its Monday Night Wine Dinner, this time an evening with winemaker Wells Guthrie of Copain Winery, California. The four-course seasonal menu is $45; wine pairings are an additional $30 to $45. Frasca is at 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder; call 303-442-6966 or visit

Tuesday, August 24:

The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, offers a Tapas of the Southwest cooking class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuition is $68; call 303-377-3222 or visit

Le Central, 112 East Eighth Avenue, offers a four-course wine dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. The dinner is $35; call 303-863-8094 to sign up, and go to for the menu.

Duo, 2413 West 32nd Avenue, presents a three-course Red Wagon Organic Farm Dinner. For more info, call 303-477-4141 or visit

The Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, offers a Burgers and Beer class from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; admission is $50 per person. Call 303-308-9300 or visit

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 East 35th Avenue, hosts another Argonaut Wine & Liquor Tasting with wines from California areas other than Napa and Sonoma. Tickets are $30 to $35 and proceeds benefit Easter Seals of Colorado; call 303-831-7788.

A panel discussion on the Future of Our Children's Health, featuring chef Ann Cooper and Jared Polis, will begin at 7 p.m. at Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road in Boulder. Call 303-442-3282 or visit

Wednesday, August 25:

The Denver chapter of the American Wine Society hosts a Colorado wine tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit the Governor's Residence Preservation Fund at the Governor's Residence at Boettcher Mansion, 400 East Eighth Avenue. For ticket info, call 303-886-3682.

Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket to Governor's Park for Movie Under the Moon, a free screening of Bottle Shock sponsored by the nearby LaLa's Wine Bar + Pizzeria. Proceeds from concession sales will benefit Casting for a Cure; call 303-861-9463.

The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, offers a Just Peachy cooking class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuition is $65; call 303-377-3222 or visit

Firenze a Tavola, 4401 Tennyson Street, hosts a family-style, Community Table dinner focusing on olive oil. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. and costs $42; find out more at 303-561-0234 or

Stop by the Chipotle at 919 Pearl Street or 1650 28th Street in Boulder from 5 to 8 p.m. after printing out a flier ( and 50 percent of the proceeds from your burrito, burrito bowl, tacos or salad will benefit Humane Society of Boulder County. For more info, visit

Thursday, August 26:

Artwork Network, 878-1 Santa Fe Drive, hosts Art for Life, with cocktails, hors d'oeuvre and an electronic audtion to benefit Project Angel Heart. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m., and admission is $50 to $95; visit

Paulaner HP, 861 Southpark Drive in Littleton, presents Oktoberfest, offering beer, music and more from 6 p.m. to midnight. Call 303-799-6644 or e-mail [email protected].

240 Union Restaurant, 240 Union Boulevard in Lakewood, is donating the cost of 25 percent of all food purchased to the Foothills Art Center and Jefferson Symphony Orchestra. Call 303-989-3562 or visit

Valley Country Club, 14601 Country Club Drive in Aurora, presents Under the Chilean Sun, a wine-tasting charity benefit for Project C.U.R.E. offering more than fifty South American wines, appetizers and live music. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $40; e-mail [email protected] to register.

Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, hosts the Bubble-Q Patio Party at 6:30 p.m.; admission is $50. Call 303-831-7310 or visit

Black Cat Restaurant, 1964 13th Street in Boulder, presents In Our Own Backyard Wine Dinner, a multi-course collaboration between chef/farmer Eric Skokan and master sommelier Richard Betts. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $85; call 303-444-9110 or visit

Pick, discuss, parade and eat mushrooms in Telluride at the annual Telluride Mushroom Festival through Sunday, August 29; includes daily forays, presentations, cooking demonstrations, cook-offs and more. Admission is $125 to $150. Visit

Friday, August 27:

Chefs from Beaver Creek restaurants give free culinary demonstrations on the plaza in the Bon Appetit tent in Beaver Creek through Saturday, August 28. Visit

Hockey all-star Joe Sakic and his wife Debbie host the annual Table Celebration, a benefit for Food Bank of the Rockies offering dining, live comedy and auction items. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Denver Marriott South, 10345 Park Meadows Drive in Littleton, and admission is $250. Call 303-375-5838 or visit

The city of Loveland hosts the Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival through Saturday, August 28, featuring a Friday night street dance, a parade, corn for sale, live music, contests, a beer garden and more. Get information at

Saturday, August 28:

Grant Family Farms, 1020 WCR 72 in Wellington, hosts Dinner on the Farm, featuring music, cocktails, informal farm tours and a four-course dinner for $120. It starts at 4 p.m.; call 970-568-7654 or visit

Enter the Homegrown Tomato Challenge at King Soopers, 15200 West 64th Avenue in Arvada, by bringing either three large or ten small tomatoes between 9 and 11 a.m. to enter the contest; there will also be a cherry tomato cook-off. Visit for information.

Boulder County presents Eat Local! Week through Saturday, September 4, where you can explore and celebrate local food through events and activities. Visit for details.

Enjoy the Backyard BBQ, an afternoon of live music and a traditional backyard barbecue featuring fresh Colorado produce prepared by chef Christopher Rybak to celebrate the new Black Mountain Express chairlift and hiking/biking trail.It runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $12.95 to $14.95 for the barbeque buffet. Head to Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, 28194 US Hwy 6, Dillon; call 1-888-272-7246 or visit

Culinary Connectors presents an Aspen tour, visiting Ajax Tavern, 675 East Durant Avenue in Aspen, plus Pacifica and one other location to be announced, between 1 and 4 p.m. Visit

Fresh City Life presents this month's cooking demos, Root Down -- A Journey Into Local Cuisine, four weeks of ethical recipes highlighting Colorado farms and food, with Root Down EcoChef Daniel Asher. It runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon and is free to attend; visit the Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, for the program. Call 720-865-1111 or visit

The Colorado State Fair presents its Foam Fest at the Colorado State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Avenue in Pueblo. Visit

Artwork Network, 878-1 Santa Fe Drive, presents Teaspoon Willie's Charity Cookout, local and organic companies cooking out to benefit SAME Cafe. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m., and admission is a $20 suggested donation. Visit

Sample and enjoy a wide array of food and beverages at Corks and Forks at the Omni Interlocken Hotel, 500 Interlocken Boulevard in Broomfield. It runs from 4 to 7 p.m., and admission is $40; call 303-438-6600.

Lady Luck Casino, 340 Main Street in Black Hawk, will be the site of the World Rocky Mountain Oyster Eating Championship, offering up a $5,000 grand prize to the person who can eat the most Rocky Mountain Oysters. It starts at 2 p.m.; call 303-279-3000 for details.

The Fort Collins Brewery, 1020 East Lincoln in Fort Collins, hosts its Grand Opening Party from noon to 7 p.m.; admission is free. Call 970-472-1499 or visit

Celebrate Denver Urban Gardens at their Washington Park location, 201 Grant Street, at Harvest: A Community Art Show & Garden Gala, featuring garden tours, works by local artists, live music, Breckenridge Brewery beer, fresh garden produce and more. The party runs from 3 to 7 p.m.; visit

Aspen hosts a Big Aspen Barbecue Block Party; admission is free, and a plate of barbecue costs $8; VIP tickets are available for $150. Visit

NedFest 2010, Nederland's annual festival, offers up live music by an array of musicians -- the Motet, Melvin Seals and Hot Buttered Rum among them -- plus food and drink for all ages through Sunday, August 29. Admission is $50 daily; visit

Head to Lakewood's Heritage Center, 801 South Yarrow Street, for the Chile Harvest Festival through Sunday, August 29, offering music, food, contemporary art and, of course, chiles, including the Green Chile Cook-Off with traditional and "think outside the pepper" categories. Call 303-987-7850 or visit

Sunday, August 29:

Transition Denver presents A Taste of the Local Food and Farming Revolution at Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road in Boulder, at 7 p.m.; admission is $5. Call 303-442-3282 or visit

The El Pinal Rodeo Grounds at Highway 74 and Stagecoach Boulevard in Evergreen host the Bootstraps Western Winefest, a Colorado wine tasting and art fair with live music. It runs from noon to 6 p.m., and admission is $25 to $30 ($15 for designated drivers. Visit

Millenium Harvest House Hotel in Boulder, 1345 28th Street, hosts the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival with cigars, beer, wine and spirits, contests, an all-you-can-eat buffet, live music, swag bags and more. It runs from noon to 7 p.m., and admission is $100, $150 for VIP. Visit

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

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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