Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Tequila dinners and tea festivals

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There are many eating and drinking opportunities this week, including a beer-and-cheese pairing, a tequila dinner and the annual World Tea Festival. Here's a taste of what's ahead:

Monday, January 25:

Learn how to add the flavor of North Africa to your menu at Cook Street School of Fine Cooking's "A World of Taste" class from 6 to 9:30 p.m. tonight; it costs $79, which includes dinner, and you can sign up at 303-308-9300 or www.cookstreet.com. Cook Street is located at 1937 Market Street.

Tuesday, January 26:

Great Divide Brewing Company, 2201 Arapahoe Street, will feature its monthly beer-and-cheese pairing: five craft beers paired with five artisan cheeses for just $18. Call 303-296-9460 or visit www.greatdivide.com; RSVP to info@greatdivide.com.

SAME Café, 2023 East Colfax Avenue, will screen the film Fresh in conjunction with ArgusFest; the film celebrates people who have been changing the face of the food industry in this country for the better. Fresh starts at 7 p.m., and donations are accepted; visit www.argusfest.org.

From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the City of Aurora will offer a pressure-cooker cooking class, "Under Pressure," at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Tuition runs from $43 to $56; sign up at auroragov.org/recreation or 303-326-8630.

Argyll, 2700 East Third Avenue, hosts a six-course Scotch dinner at 6:30 p.m.; admission is $70 and includes Master of Whisky Robert Sickler explaining the drinks. Call 720-382-1117 or visit www.argyllpub.com.

Argonaut will host a wine tasting on the wines of Australia and New Zealand from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 East 35th Avenue. The tasting, which includes appetizers, costs $30 in advance, $35 at the door; call 303-333-5411. Wednesday, January 27:

Help support the restoration of the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre from 6 to 8 p.m. at a tequila tasting at Lola, 1575 Boulder Street; for $40, you'll enjoy an array of tequilas plus appetizers. RSVP to 720-570-8585 or lola@bigredf.com.

Parisi, 4401 Tennyson Street, resumes its weekly community table event; this one, which starts at 7 p.m., is billed as the Community Table: Slow Food event. For information, call 303-561-0234 or visit www.parisidenver.com.

Thursday, January 28:

Tambien, 250 Steele Street, is offering its first Tequila Dinner of the year at 7 p.m.: a four-course menu paired with Casa Noble triple-distilled tequila cocktails. Dinner is $29.99 and reservations are required; dinner; call 303-333-1763 or visit www.tambien-restaurant.com.

From 5 to 7 p.m., visit Randolph's, 1776 Grant Street, will host a wine tasting that features samples of eight to twelve wines, a wide variety of hors d'oeuvre and live jazz for $25; call 303-318-7272 or visit www.randolphsdenver.com.

The Red Wine and Seafood Dinner returns to the Oxford Hotel, 1637 Wazee Street; on the menu are seafood offerings from McCormick's Fish House & Bar, wines from Southern Wine & Spirits, desserts from Gateaux Specialty Cakes and Pastries, plus live jazz and a silent auction. It starts at 5:30 p.m. and costs $75; visit www.voacolorado.org/events/redwineandseaffod/tabid/8433/default.aspx.

Head to Beaver Creek for the Master Chef Classic, featuring a grand tasting, the Master Chef Challenge, seminars, cooking classes and more; the classic runs through Saturday, January 30. Visit www.beavercreek.com.

Friday, January 29:

The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Circle in Colorado Springs, offers its annual Salute to Escoffier, a celebration of Auguste Escoffier, through Sunday, January 31. It's limited to 250 people; visit www.broadmoor.com to book your spot.

Eat lunch or dinner today at India Express Restaurant, 727 Colorado Boulevard; when you mention Park Hill School, 15 percent of your bill will be donated to the school. Call 303-331-8220.

The City of Aurora presents a couples cooking class, "Couples Cook: Fireside Wine Dinner," at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. The class is $48 to $112 for ages 21-and-up, and runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sign up at auroragov.org/recreation or 303-326-8630.

Saturday, January 30:

Learn how to create a brunch buffet to die for at Cook Street School of Fine Cooking's Champagne Brunch class from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today; it costs $79, and you can sign up at 303-308-9300 or www.cookstreet.com. Cook Street is at 1937 Market Street.

Sunday, January 31:

Sample exotic teas and treats from around the world while learning about tea customs and culture at the World Tea Fair, hosted by the Denver Montclair International School, 206 Red Cross Way. Admission is $5 to $10, and the fair runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Visit www.dmischool.com for more info.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place in Greenwood Village, will offer another Gospel Brunch, with R&B gospel music and a southern-style brunch starting at 11 a.m. Admission is $28 in advance and $35 at the door; call 720-274-6800 or visit www.comedyworks.com.

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

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