Culinary calendar for the week ahead: WomenCook! to Mother's Day

From culinary delights prepared by women to Cinco de Mayo to a huge array of Mother's Day happenings, we've got a whole lineup of great foodie events taking place this week. Here's a taste of what's ahead:

Monday, May 3:

The city's most respected and creative women chefs cook at a gala emceed by CBS4 reporter Gloria Neal. It's WomenCook! Dining for a Difference, and it runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street. Visit www.blacktie-colorado.com and enter event code womencook10 for tickets.

Frasca presents its Monday Night Wine Dinner; this week, Ciari Soldati brings the wines of La Scolca Gavi dei Gavi. It starts at 5 p.m. and dinner costs $45 (wine pairings are $30 to $45 extra per person). Frasca is at 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, offers Mixology Monday with Eryn Latterman from Colt & Gray. Call 303-996-9985 or visit www.tag-restaurant.com.

Tuesday, May 4:

Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, hosts a Summer Cocktail Party fundraiser for the Women's Foundation of Colorado's research and education efforts; includes appetizers and two drink tickets. It runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and costs $30 in advance, $35 at the door; sign up at 303-285-2960 or www.wfco.org.

Wednesday, May 5:

Morton's, 1710 Wynkoop Street, presents the Sequoia Grove Winemaker Dinner with president Mike Trujillo, who will host the five-course meal paired with wine. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $150; call 303-825-3353 or visit www.mortons.com.

Tamayo, 1400 Larimer Street, is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with specials on tequilas, margaritas, tacos, tortas, plus Cinco de Mayo specials by chef Richard Sandoval. Celebrations go from 5 to10 p.m.; call 720-946-1433 or visit www.modernmexican.com.

Cilantro Fusion Restaurant, 1531 Stout Street, is offering Mariachis, cheap margaritas and a taquiza special for Cinco de Mayo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. Call 303-685-4986 or visit www.cilantrofusion.com.

Lola, 1575 Boulder Street, presents Picnic of the Pig: Attendees get two homemade margaritas, beer from Breckenridge Brewery and all the pig you can shove down your gullet for $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, and also includes tunes from DJ Check One. To purchase tickets, call 720-570-8686 or visit www.loladenver.com.

El Camino, 3628 West 32nd Avenue, offers Cinco de Camino through Saturday, May 8; enjoy drink specials all days and a community backyard party on May 8 with margaritas, barbecue, face painting, balloon characters, fire-breathers, live music and more. The May 8 party runs from noon to 10 p.m.; call 720-889-7946 or visit www.elcaminotavern.com.

Visit our online listings for more Cinco de Mayo events.

Thursday, May 6:

Black Pearl, 1529 South Pearl Street, hosts the Pink Wine Dinner, the Infinite Monkey Theorem's Rose Release Party, featuring six courses with six wines. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $55; call 303-777-0500 or visit www.blackpearldenver.com.

Head to Durango Mountain Resort, 1 Skier Place in Durango, through Saturday, May 8, for the Durango Wine Experience with wine dinners, seminars, tastings, education and much more. Visit www.durangowine.com.

Friday, May 7:

The Rockin' the Gardens Concert Series returns to Millennium Harvest House Hotel, 1345 28th Street in Boulder, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday through August 27, featuring live music, special drinks and menu offerings. Call 303-443-3850.

Janet Zappala discusses and signs My Italian Kitchen: Home-Style Recipes Made Lighter and Healthier at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch, 9315 Dorchester St. Call 303-470-7050 or visit www.tatteredcover.com.

The Colorado Chocolate Festival returns to the Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 East 58th Avenue, through Saturday, May 8, with celebrity guests, vendors, guest speakers, live music, events, demos, contests and more. Friday night's gala preview features wine and chocolate tasting, a cash bar, the Chocolate Wedding Cake competition and more. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday (admission $12) and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday (admission $3 for kids 5-12 and $5 for adults). Visit www.chocolate-festival.org.

Saturday, May 8:

The Culinary Connectors Top Restaurant Tour stops at Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, before traveling to Jonesy's; the tour includes chauffeured transportation, candid and informal chef interactions, demonstrations and more. It runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and costs $99; call 303-495-5487.

Heirloom Gardens, 4460 Winona Court, presents Getting the Most Out of Your Home Garden. Maximize the production of your garden space by creating a master plan, soil preparation, seed starting, companion planting, succession planting, spacing, organic pest and disease management and more. It starts at 1 p.m. and costs $30; call 303-956-7203 or visit www.eatwhereulive.com.

Sunday, May 9:

The Red Trolley, 2639 West 32nd Avenue, is serving up a supervised waffle bar, movies and games for the kids -- plus a quiet space, reading material and delicious breakfast for the grown-ups. Make a reservation and get a free Mimosa Granita with Mom's breakfast. Call 303-433-7200 or visit www.redtrolleydenver.com. That's just one of many great Mother's Day options in our online Mother's Day listings.

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

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