Culinary Calendar: Hot chocolate, beer, benefits and Scandinavian cuisine

Just in time for cold weather, the Original Pancake House is offering free hot chocolate for the holidays at all of its locations. The chain has two in Colorado: at 8000 East Belleview Avenue in Englewood, and at 5900 South University Boulevard in Littleton. The deal runs through Friday, December 14.

Here's a taste of what else is on the culinary calendar this week:

Monday, December 10:

Marlowe's, 501 16th Street, is hosting a wine-tasting benefit for the Denver VOICE this evening. Tickets are $25; call 303-595-3700 for reservations.

La Tour, 122 East Meadow Drive in Vail, is celebrating the ski town's fiftieth anniversary by offering 50 percent off all entries. The deal ends on Saturday, December 15; call 970-476-4403 for more information.Tuesday, December 11:

Trillium, 2134 Larimer Street, continues its monthly Scandinavian-themed series with a four-course dinner inspired by the cuisine of Sweden; and each course will be paired with "new and traditional Scandinavian beverages." Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and costs $65, but space is limited; call 303.379.9759 to check availability.

Cafe Options, 1650 Curtis Street, will welcome chef David Goergen of Cru: A Wine Bar for a holiday cooking class benefiting Work Options for Women from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight. The class costs $65 and seating is limited to ten; call 303-573-0733 to learn more.Thursday, December 13:

Copper Kettle, 1338 South Valentia Street, hosts a beer-and-cheese pairing every second Thursday of the month. Today's edition features four of the brewery's beers paired with cheeses from the Truffle Cheese Shop and accompanied by fresh bread and fruit. Seats cost $20; call 720-443-2522 to grab one.

Friday, December 14:

Devil's Thumb Ranch, 3530 County 83 in Tabernash, will present a winter-themed, three-course beer dinner this evening at 6 p.m. The menu costs $39 and reservations are recommended; call 970-726-5632 to learn more.

Saturday, December 15:

Copper Kettle Brewing, 1338 South Valentia Street, is tapping a special Vienna lager today, and celebrating with live music and eats from a local food truck. Call the taproom at 720-443-2522 for more details.

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 cafe@westword.com.

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