Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Wine, tapas and barbeque

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As spring rolls inexorably into summer, the wine starts flowing, the music starts playing and workshops on everything from soup to Asian cuisine start filling up. What will your week look like? Here's a taste of what's out there:

Monday, May 10:

Frasca offers its regular Monday Night Wine Dinner; this week, Mike Sullivan presents the wines of Benovia, Sonoma. Dinner, which starts at 5 p.m., costs $45 (wine pairings are $30 to $45 extra). Frasca is at 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, presents the Rodney Strong Wine Dinner at 5 p.m. Admission is $50; call 303-996-9985 or visit www.tag-restaurant.com.

Tuesday, May 11:

Cool River Café, 8000 East Belleview Avenue, Suite C10 in Englewood, hosts a Chilean Wine Party with Denver Wine Social. The party starts at 6 p.m. and costs $31.99; call 303-771-4117 or visit www.coolrivercafe.com.

Wednesday, May 12: Elway's Cherry Creek, at 2500 East First Avenue, hosts the Bombay Sapphire Spirit of Exploration dinner, with chef Tyler Wiard creating five courses that feature Bombay botanicals -- and will be paired with specialty drinks. The dinner, which starts at 6:30, is $65; to make a reservation, call Jen at 303-399-7616.

Join Colfax on the Hill and Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods for food, beverages and socializing at Happy on the Hill from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Goosetown Tavern, 3242 East Colfax Avenue; call 303-399-9703 or visit www.goosetowntavern.com.

Learn about the history of Colorado wines, the climate that gives our wines unique characteristics and the varietals that grow best here at the Colorado Wines class at Desert Moon Vineyards, 12656 East Jamison Place, Unit #12, in Englewood. Admission is $20; call 303-990-9463 or visit www.desertmoonvineyards.com.

Head to Firenze a Tavola, 4401 Tennyson Street, for Vintage Wines & Community Table. Some of the best Italian vintages of the '90s will be paired with four courses. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $45; make reservations at 303-561-0234 or www.parisidenver.com.

Four Mile Historic Park, 715 South Forest Street, offers up Corks and Cuisine, featuring local artisans and caterers, and plenty of wines. The party runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is $25 for members, $30 for the general public; call 720-865-0800 or visit www.fourmilepark.org.

Thursday, May 13:

The Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street, will be the setting for Sensational Summer Soups and Salads, which teaches fresh soups and salads for al fresco dining. Recipes and dinner are included; bring a place setting. The class runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $44. Call 720-865-3500 or visit www.botanicgardens.org.

Winemaker John Balistreri has teamed up with three local chefs who will prepare five courses to enhance seven barrel samples for Balistreri's Spring Barrel Tasting Dinners. Elise Wiggins will host May 13 and 14 (dinner at 6:30 p.m.); Mary Nguyen will host May 15 (6:30 p.m.); and Sheila Lucero May 16 (5:30 p.m.). The dinners all take place at Balistreri Vineyards, 1946 East 66th Avenue; call 303-287-5156 or visit www.balistreriwine.com.

Friday, May 14:

A private home in Cherry Creek will host Tapas, Treasures & Tunes, a spring benefit and silent auction for the Audubon Society of Greater Denver, featuring hearty hors d'ouevre, live music, tequila tastings and more. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $40 to $70; call 303-973-9530.

Campagna Salumi Bar and Pizzeria, 1126 East Sixth Avenue, presents Naughty Nurses & Doctors: Guest Bartending for Charity. Craig Seidel and Andrea Gomes will bartend to benefit the Denver Health Foundation; specials include $3 red and white house wines, $3 drafts and $3 well drinks, plus giveaways and a raffle. The fun starts at 10 p.m.; call 720-389-8773 or visit www.campagnapizza.com.

Highland's Garden Café, 3927 West 32nd Avenue, will host a Summer Herb Lecture & Lunch Series with Susan Evans, who will discuss the "magnificent seven" herbs found in a cook's garden. It starts at 11 a.m. and costs $36; call 303-458-5920 or visit www.highlandsgardencafe.com.

Head to the latest outpost of Moe's Original Bar-B-Que, 530 Broadway, for a grand opening celebration at 5 p.m. Visit www.moesdenver.com.

Montrose hosts a Wine Festival, complete with a Grand Tasting, seminars and more, that starts today and runs through Saturday, May 15. Visit www.montrosewinefestival.com.

Saturday, May 15:

The mixologists at the Bitter Bar, 835 Walnut Street in Boulder, are teaching a series of cocktail classes where you can learn tricks of the trade and new techniques for building the perfect cocktail. Shake, Swizzle, Stir: Margarita Cocktails takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. today and costs $25; for information, visit www.happynoodlehouse.com.

Heirloom Gardens presents Backyard Chicken Keeping, a hands-on introduction that includes information on choosing chickens, chick care, housing and fencing, feeding, common challenges, financial considerations, permits and more. It starts at 1 p.m. and costs $30; Heirloom Gardens is at 4460 Winona Court. Call 303-956-7203 or visit www.eatwhereulive.com.

Celebrate the Triple Crown at the West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, with food and drink specials. Festivities start at 2 p.m.; call 303-444-3535 or visit www.thewestendtavern.com.

Eight of Grand Junction's best wineries will feature current releases as well as sneak peeks of new releases at the Spring Barrel Tasting, which runs through Sunday, May 16. Visit www.visitgrandjunction.com.

Enjoy a collage concert with continuous music, art and chocolate at Love, Art & Chocolate. The concert is at 8 p.m. on Saturday and repeats at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, 360 Acoma Street. Tickets are $15; call 303-331-2667 or visit www.harmonychorale.org.

Sunday, May 16:

Heirloom Gardens, 4460 Winona Court, presents Brunch Favorites. Learn to make crepes with fresh fruit compote; asparagus, gruyere and shallot quiche; buttermilk biscuits with gravy; cinnamon pecan rolls and pomegranate-orange mimosas. Class starts at 9 a.m. and costs $50, including recipes; call 303-956-7203 or visit www.eatwhereulive.com.

Delicate Flavors presents its Taste of Asia Cooking Class & Supermarket Tour, from 2 to 5 p.m.; meet at the Pacific Ocean International Market, 2200 West Alameda Avenue. Tuition is $60; call 1-714-583-2300, email info@delicateflavors.com or visit www.delicateflavors.com.

The Margarita, 7350 Pine Creek Road in Colorado Springs, offers a Sunday Supper, a four-course, family-style dinner with the theme "Spring Flavors." It runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and costs $30. Call 719-598-8667.

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

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