Culinary Calendar: The end of the world, cheese tastings and more

The Mayan calendar ends this Friday, December 21, which some people believe predicts the end of the world. As a precaution, the Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis Street, is offering would-be refugees a Party Like There's No To-Maya package this Friday. The deal includes rental of the entire fifteenth floor; limousine transportation; two fully-stocked bars; "a spread of truly glutinous foods"; "Apocalypse-worthy" amenities (frozen foods, gas masks, anti-radiation tablets and water purification tablets); and an on-premise tattoo artist providing complimentary, last-minute ink.

The price tag? A mere $12,021 -- the world could end before the charges go through. Keep reading for more affordable options on the menu this week:

Tuesday, December 18: The recently-opened Bin 1884 Cheese Bar, 1886 South Pearl Street, is hosting a special tasting for the holidays from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening. The shop will open four to six bottles of vino for sampling, and will serve various cheeses and meats. Space is limited and reservations are required; call 303-722-5478 for more information.Wednesday, December 19: Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House, 1610 16th Street, is showcasing beers from River North Brewing today, with a special tapping at 5 p.m. The beer-centric pizza joint is also midway through its Twelve Beers of Christmas celebration, so there will be a special release from Sierra Nevada on tap as well. Call the restaurant at 303-825-1021 for more details.Thursday, December 20: Every third Thursday of the month, Colterra Food & Wine, 210 Franklin Street in Niwot, hosts a special dinner paired with wine; call 303-652-0777 for reservations.Saturday, December 22:

It's Soccer Saturday at EDGE Restaurant & Bar, 1111 14th Street. Every Saturday morning, executive chef Simon Purvis offers a special, English-style breakfast for the games. Call 303-389-3343 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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