Culinary calendar: Penny Parker's Decadent Delights, a giant potato and grappa!

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Penny Parker may have lost her job at the Denver Post, but she hasn't lost her interest in a charity that helps breast-cancer patients -- a charity that will benefit from a fundraiser at Coohills this Tuesday.

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

Monday, April 9:

It's opening day for the Rockies, which means the return of the Best Balls at Coors Fields. Bars in and around the Ballpark neighborhood will be offering deals all day.

Head over to Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West 10th Avenue, for the weekly Rock 'n' Roll Spelling Bee, which starts at 9 p.m. Eat, drink and win prizes.

Tuesday, April 10:

Penny Parker's third annual Evening of Decadent Delights will be at Coohills, 1400 Wewatta Street, and also features food from the chefs of Ambria, Aria, Cholon, Charcoal, Elway's, Restaurant Kelly Liken, Opus and Trillium. The event starts at 6 p.m. and costs $112, which will benefit Sense of Security. Call 720-985-6947 for tickets.

Few people know the whole story of grappa. Become one of them tonight at Amaro Drinkery Italia, 2785 Iris Avenue in Boulder, which will sample seven varieties alongside small bites from chef Alec Schuler. Call 303-443-5100 for details.Wednesday, April 11:

A 28-foot-long, 12-foot-wide, 11-foot-tall potato will be on display from 8:30 to 10 a.m. this morning at King Soopers, 65 Tejon Street. The potato was specially cultivated to mark the 75th anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission and is being trucked across country to raise awareness for Meals on Wheels.

Russell's Smokehouse, 1422 Larimer Street, is teaming up with Illegal Mezcal to present a meal paired with its spirits this evening. The three-course dinner costs $45, which includes cocktails; call 720-524-8050 to RSVP.

Thursday, April 12:

Join Cured, 1825 Pearl Street in Boulder, as it explores the world of blue cheese from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. tonight. The tasting costs $35; call 720-389-8096 for details.Saturday, April 14:

A variety of food trucks will convene at the South High School parking lot, 1700 East Louisiana Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

Forney Museum of Transportation, 4303 Brighton Boulevard, is hosting Brass & Wine: Aged to Perfection this evening. Tour the museum's collection of antique automobiles while enjoying food, wine and music (vegetarian and gluten-free options available upon request). The event costs $79; call 303-297-1113 for more information.

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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