Things to Do

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 21:

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

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

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

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 [email protected].

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

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

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

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 [email protected] 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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 24:

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

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to [email protected].

Looking for more food events around town? Become of a fan of Food Events in Denver on Facebook.

Follow @CafeWestword on Twitter

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
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.
Contact: Amber Taufen