Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Vine Street anniversary and Earth Day

Whether you're more excited about getting your grub on circa April 20 -- the worldwide official day celebrating all things cannabinoid -- or April 22, Earth Day, there are plenty of food-related events taking place around town. Here's what's on the menu:

Monday, April 18:

Fogo de Chao, 1513 Wynkoop Street, presents the Junior Achievement Fundraiser Dinner; the special discount dinner package of $50 will benefit JA. Call 303-623-9600 or visit www.fogodechao.com.

Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts the Monday Night Wine Dinner. This week, Duncan Arnot Meyers presents the wines of Arnot-Roberts; admission is $45 and up. Call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

Tuesday, April 19:

Luca d'Italia, 711 Grant Street, presents An Evening of Beautiful Italian Food and Wine, a four-course wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $85; call 303-832-6600 or visit www.lucadenver.com.

Parallel 17, 1600 East 17th Avenue, hosts the Wines of Bordeaux Dinner, offering five wines from the Bordeaux region paired with French-cuisine-inspired small-plates. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $35; call 303-399-0988 or visit www.parallelseventeen.com.

Simms Steakhouse, 11911 West Sixth Avenue in Golden, is the next stop for the Signature Chefs Series, offering a five-course meal with the executive chef. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $150; visit www.chefsdinners.com.

Gaetano's, 3760 Tejon Street, presents free garlic bread and amaretto drink specials for National Garlic Day/National Amaretto Day. Call 303-433-3172 or visit www.gaetanositalian.com.

Taste three to four wines paired with small plate appetizers at the Lobby American Grille's Wine Happy Hour. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $15; the Lobby is at 2191 Arapahoe Street. Call 303-997-9911 or visit www.thelobbydenver.com.

Wednesday, April 20:

Vine Street Pub (& Brewery), 1700 Vine Street, hosts a Smoking Hot Anniversary Party with barbecue, the Chupacabra anniversary beer, live music and guest beers; proceeds will benefit Judi's House. It runs from 4:20 p.m. to 1 a.m.; call 303-388-2337 or visit www.mountainsunpub.com.

Shells & Sauce, 2600 East 12th Avenue, presents KIPP Dines Out; 20 percent of proceeds will benefit Colorado schools. Eat from 3 to 10 p.m.; call 303-377-2091 or visit www.shellsandsauce.net.

Lola, 1575 Boulder Street, hosts the Dos Casas Benefit, a five-course meal paired with wine to benefit Brent's Place. It costs $35 to $125, and festivities start at 6:30 p.m.; call 720-570-8686 or visit www.loladenver.com.

Thursday, April 21:

Gaetano's, 3760 Tejon Street, presents a wine dinner for $40. Call 303-433-3172 or visit www.gaetanositalian.com.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, 8100 East Union Avenue, presents a Spring Halibut Season Dinner, featuring cuisine by chef Stephen Vice paired with Mondavi wines; with guest speaker and sommelier Kevin Arndt. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $55; call 720-200-9339 or visit www.mccormicksandschmicks.com.

Pei Wei presents a Live Asian BBQ Cooking Class; executive chef Eric Justice will share cooking techniques and recipes for three dishes on a live-streaming website at 7 p.m. Visit www.livestream.com/peiwei.

Visit Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street, for the monthly Hop Disciples meeting, where you can get together with brewers and like-minded beer drinkers to talk about everyone's favorite beverage. It starts at 6 p.m. and is free to attend; RSVP to info@greatdivide.com.

Friday, April 22:

Devil's Thumb Ranch, 3530 County Road 83 in Tabernash, presents a Steamworks' Beer Dinner, a benefit for Trout Unlimited and the endangered Fraser River featuring beers paired with several courses. It runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and costs $35; reservations are required. Call 800-933-4339 or visit www.devilsthumbranch.com.

Gaetano's, 3760 Tejon Street, presents a $10 fish special for Good Friday. Call 303-433-3172 or visit www.gaetanositalian.com.

Bar Standard, 1037 Broadway, presents Bar Wars, kicking off the summer AIDS Walk Colorado fundraising session and featuring a showdown between the best bars and bartenders in the metro area. It starts at 7 p.m., and admission is a suggested $5 donation; visit www.coloradoaidsproject.org/bar_wars.html.

Hush Denver presents NOMAD, its new pop-up restaurant concept, with NOMAD Gets Inventive With Chef Ian Kleinman, who will serve a five-course dinner with wine in a secret location. The dinners will take place April 22 at 7 p.m., April 23 at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., and April 24 at 7 p.m.; e-mail phil@hushdenver.com to get on the list and learn more.

Saturday, April 23:

Growing Gardens, 1630 Hawthorne Street in Boulder, hosts an Educational Earth Day Event with Door to Door Organics; there will be an assortment of organic seeds from local vendors. Visit http://colorado.doortodoororganics.com.

Denver FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, presents the Do Something Reel Film Festival, screening Urban Roots at noon and The Vanishing of the Bees at 2 p.m. Call 303-595-3456 or visit www.denverfilm.org.

Roth Distributing, 17801 East 40th Avenue in Englewood, is the site of April's Culinary Scene, presented by Denver Magazine. It's a cooking class series featuring Elise Wiggins of Panzano and guest chefs from some of Denver's premiere restaurants. This month: Yasu Kizaki of Sushi Den. Admission is $50; visit www.denvermagazine.com/culinaryseries.

Grant Family Farms, 1020 West County Road 72 in Wellington, host Earth Day Celebrations; prepare food that will help feed those in need in the full between 8 a.m. and noon or 1 to 5 p.m. Call 970-568-7654 or visit www.grantfarms.com.

Sunday, April 24:

There are a whole host of Easter brunch specials taking place around town; view our full event listings for a rundown.

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