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Culinary calendar for the week: Oysters, grand openings and more

We're the first to admit that oysters look like one of the last things you'd want to put in your mouth, but they're pretty darn tasty -- tasty enough that every year, the Jax Fish House locations in both Denver and Boulder celebrate an entire week of oyster-loving. Boulder's Oyster Week kicks off today, but there are plenty of other culinary events for seafood un-enthusiasts around the city. Here's a taste of what's ahead:

Monday, March 1:

Jax Fish House, 928 Pearl Street in Boulder, is throwing its annual Oyster Week through Sunday, March 7, featuring twelve different ways to eat an oyster; twelve oysters for $12; 12 cents donated to EFAA for every oyster eaten; a chance to win a dozen oysters a month for a year; drink specials and more. Call 303-444-1811 or visit

Help Bombay Bowl, 12023 East Arapahoe Road in Englewood, celebrate its first year in business: Enjoy a free entrée (with purchase of a soda or naan bread) between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Call 303-339-5500 or visit

Take this flier and eat at Joe's Crab Shack, 14025 East Evans Avenue between 3 and 10 p.m. today; 10 percent of the proceeds from your meal will benefit Project Cure. For info, 303-306-7070 or visit

Tuesday, March 2:

Arugula Ristorante, 2785 Iris Avenue in Boulder, hosts a Slow Food Benefit Dinner at 6:30 p.m.; the five-course meal will include four courses paired with half a glass of Colorado wine. Tickets are $55 for Slow Food members, $65 for non-members; call 303-443-5100.

Freddy's Frozen Custard, 1103 Iola Street in Aurora, marks its grand opening at 10:30 a.m. with specials, giveaways and a Free mini-custard cone with the purchase of a combo meal. Visit

Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria, 410 East Seventh Avenue, will host a wine tasting at 5:30 p.m. tonight; proceeds benefit Doctors Without Borders. For info, call 303-861-9463 or visit Wednesday, March 3:

Culinary School of the Rockies, 637 South Broadway in Boulder, presents the Dining Room, a student-run, three-course meal featuring fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. Book a table for 6:30 or 8:30 p.m.; dinner costs $45. Call 303-494-7988.

Friday, March 5:

The Maharaja Imperial IPA Batch #11 Release Party runs from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Avery Tap Room, 5763 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder; call 303-440-4324 or visit

Breckenridge hosts the Tim McClure Memorial Benefit, which supports the High Country Conservation Center, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. It features an Italian dinner buffet, beer, live bluegrass, bellydancers, a silent auction and more. The cost is $10 for kids and $20 iun advance for adults, $25 at the door; call 1-970-668-5703.

Experience Keystone's award-winning cuisine at the Winter Culinary Festival, which runs from today through Sunday, March 7. Visit for all the details.

Saturday, March 6:

The official Further pre-party and New Belgium Ranger IPA Release Party will be at Aloft Hotel/Wxyz Bar, 8300 Arista Place in Broomfield. The party starts at 4 p.m. and admission is free; call 303-635-2000.

At 7 p.m. tonight, LUPEC hosts Prom Redux to benefit the Adams 12 Five Star Prom Shop (gently used formalwear and donations are accepted); the party includes hand-crafted corsages, prom photos, dance hits and a special cocktail created by the bar staff. It's all at Jonesy's EatBar, 400 East 20th Avenue. Call 303-863-7473 or visit Sunday, March 7:

Jax Fish House, 928 Pearl Street in Boulder, concludes its big oyster week with the annual Oyster Eating Contest. The party starts at noon, and the winner gets a trip to Napa Valley. Call 303-444-1811 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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