Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Tequila dinners, beer tastings and more

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Tomorrow's Rollin' Sushi workshop at the Seasoned Chef Cooking School is one of several culinary classes this week; other mouth-watering events include a tequila dinner at El Diablo and a beer-tasting fundraiser at the E Project. Here's a taste of what's to come:

Monday, January 10:

Frasca Food & Wine hosts its Monday Night Wine Dinner, this week featuring Kelly Wooldridge of Alpha Wine Company presenting the wines of Aldo Conterno. The dinner costs $45 (with $35 to $45 additional for wine pairings); call 303-442-6966 or go to www.frascafoodandwine.com.

Black Cat Bistro, 1964 13th Street in Boulder, is offering chef Eric Skokan's James Beard menu as a tasting menu option through Friday, January 14 -- and on Saturday, January 15, and Sunday, January 16, you can attend the James Beard Formal Dinner at Black Cat for $109 ($149 with paired wines). Visit www.blackcatboulder.com or call 303-444-5500 for details.

Tuesday, January 11:

Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, will host a Rollin' Sushi Workshop from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for $75; reservations are required. Call 303-377-3222 or go to www.theseasonedchef.com.

El Diablo, 101 Broadway, will host a five-course tequila dinner featuring Del Maguey Single Village mezcals at 7 p.m. Admission is $75, and reservations are required; call 303-954-0324.

Culinary Connectors will host a three- to four-course dinner with wine pairings at Pizzeria Basta, 3601 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, at 6:30 p.m. For details, go to www.culinaryconnectors.com.

Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, will present "One Night in Rome" from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for $79. Call 303-308-9300 or visit www.cookstreet.com.

Wednesday, January 12:

The City of Aurora will present a cooking class, Rock the Wok, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Admission is $46 to $60; call 303-326-8630 or go to http://auroragov.org/recreation.

Thursday, January 13:

Habitat Gallery & Studio, 828 Santa Fe Drive, will host its monthly Local Harvest Dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner costs $50; make a reservation at www.localharvestfoods.com/events or call 303-534-9740.

Garden of the Gods' Gourmet, 2528 West Cucharras in Colorado Springs, will host the five-course Dinner With Our Chef in the Kitchen. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and costs $35; call 719-471-2799 or visit www.godsgourmet.net.

Sip Fine Wine & Spirits, 1920 Market Street, will offer free wine tastings from 4 to 7 p.m.; for more info, call 303-298-9463.

Friday, January 14:

Fossil Trace Golf Course, on 19th Street in Golden, will host a Franciscan Wine Dinner, with six wine pairings, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $65; call 303-277-8755.

Saturday, January 15:

Glen Washburn will lead a Colorado beer tasting, with brews from light to dark, as part of a fundraiser at the E Project, 9797 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood. It runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and costs $25, or $45 for two; call 303-232-0363 or visit www.theeproject.org.

The City of Aurora will present a class in Cooking Techniques from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Tuition is $70 to $215 (for the entire series); call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.

The City of Aurora will offer a teen cooking class, Best Desserts Ever, for ages 12 to 16, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue. The class runs $35 to $46; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.

Sunday, January 16:

Cru Wine Bar, 1442 Larimer Street, hosts Swirl Sundays every Sunday; purchase a bottle of wine and get one-third off the regular price. Call 303-893-9463 or visit www.cruawinebar.com.

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

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