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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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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