Culinary Calendar: Take a bite out of Colorado and more this week

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The 29th annual Taste of Colorado gets under way at Civic Center Park this Friday and runs through September 3. The end-of-summer festival is known for celebrating unusual foods -- rattlesnake brats, wild-boar sandwiches, curried goat, beet burgers and chocolate-covered bacon, for instance -- but the fair also features dozens of merchant booths, chef demonstrations and six stages of live music.

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

Monday, August 27:

Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, 1512 Curtis Street, is celebrating one year in business with a week-long lunch special: half-off the entire tab from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The deal begins today and runs through Friday, August 31; call 303-534-1155 for more information.

Tuesday, August 28:

Mateo, 1837 Pearl Street in Boulder, is hosting a farm-to-table wine dinner beginning at 6 p.m. this evening. Check out the four-course menu here and call 303-443-7766 to reserve a seat.Tuesday, August 28 (continued): Great Divide's monthly beer-and-cheese pairing takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight at the brewery's tap room, 2201 Arapahoe Street. The cost is $24 and includes five cheeses from Marczyk Fine Foods matched with five sample-sized beers; you can also tour the brewhouse. E-mail the brewery to grab a spot; only a few are left. Friday, August 31:

The 29th annual Taste of Colorado begins today at Civic Center Park, Colfax and Broadway. The four-day event is free, open to all ages and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. today; 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday; and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday. Visit the website for more information on participating vendors and a full schedule of festivities.

Phat Thai, 2900 E. Second Avenue, is hosting an all-female arm-wrestling event tonight at 9 p.m. Guests can cheer on competitors on while enjoying cocktails and food served by the Denver Roller Dolls. Tickets cost $10 and will benefit Big City Mountaineers, while drinks sales will support the Roller Dolls.

Saturday, September 1:

The third annual Boulder Brew and Music Festival goes down at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street in Boulder, today. There will be two unlimited tasting sessions -- 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. -- featuring over sixty beers to the beat of live music. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door; go to the website for a full lineup of breweries and bands.

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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