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Denver Beer Fest, 25 years of Paris on the Platte and more on this week's culinary calendar

We know: You're all wrapped up in planning your GABF debauchery festivities. Well, we're here to help! Below, find a selection of pre-GABF events, plus a beer-versus-wine dinner, cooking demonstrations and much more. Here's a taste of what's ahead:

Monday, September 19:

Vesta Dipping Grill offers its Menu Classic Mondays: Three-course meals for two for only $52.80, based on the Vesta cookbook. The menu will change monthly; call 303-296-1970 or visit

The Kitchen, 1039 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts the Monday Night Community Dinner, a four-course, family-style dinner; a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Growe Foundation's mission of placing organic gardens in Boulder schools. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $35; reservations are required and must be made by noon the day of the dinner. Call 303-544-5973 or visit

Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West 10th Avenue, presents the Rock 'n' Roll Spelling Bee, where you can eat, drink and win prizes starting at 9 p.m. Call 720-479-8829 or visit

Olivea (719 East 17th Avenue, 303-861-5050) and Duo (2413 West 32nd Avenue, 303-477-4141) present Meatless Mondays, offering vegetarian specials every Monday.

Mateo, 1837 Pearl Street in Boulder, offers Mussel Mondays all summer: Get one pound of mussels for $6 and frites for an additional $2, half off the regular menu price. Call 303-442-7766 or visit

Tuesday, September 20:

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, hosts the Sustainable Food Film Series, with post-film panel discussions and free sustainable snacks from Chipotle. This month's film: Ingredients. It starts at 7 p.m., and admission is a suggested $10 donation; call 720-865-3500 or visit

Four Seasons Hotel Denver, 1111 14th Street, hosts the Flavors of Denver Culinary Gala; proceeds will benefit the Rocky Mountain chapter of the American Liver Foundation. Call 303-988-4388.

The annual Uptown Sampler will take place in Uptown; enjoy samples from popular neighborhood cafes and gourmet fine dining, plus live entertainment, wine tasting, book signings and more. It starts at 5 p.m, and admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Visit

Sushi Den, 1487 South Pearl Street, offers a Sake Special; each guest gets a complimentary glass of sake during dinner. Call 303-777-0826 or visit

Denver FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, presents FilmFeast, a new annual film series catering to foodies; each screening includes tastings from local restaurants. This week: Blood Into Wine. It starts at 7 p.m.; call 303-595-3456 or visit

Mezcal, 3230 East Colfax Avenue, hosts an All-Girls Taco-Eating Contest. Fifteen contestants will compete for a grand prize; registration starts at 5:30 p.m., and the contest is scheduled to begin at 7. Call 303-322-5219 or visit

Wednesday, September 21:

Seven Cups, 1882 South Pearl Street, hosts "; Robert Edison will share some of his tea bag collection as well as stories about various tea bags. It starts at 7 p.m. and is free; call 303-777-2877 or visit

Izakaya Den, 1518 South Pearl Street, presents Sliced!, a sushi-making class featuring chefs from Sushi Den, Izakaya Den and Ototo; after class, sit for a meal that includes sushi, miso soup and green tea. Call 303-777-0691 or visit

The Kitchen Table, 5375 Landmark Place, Suite 105 in Englewood, presents a Glorious Gluten-Free Baking class from 6 to 9 p.m.; admission is $80. Call 303-220-9769 or visit

Blue Star, 1645 South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs, presents the Dogfish Head Dinner, two beers for each course with five courses. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $90; call 719-632-1086 or visit

Firenze a Tavola, 4401 Tennyson Street, presents the Frescobaldi Wine Dinner; the multi-course, family-style dinner will be prepared by guest chef Donatella Zampoli. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $55; call 303-561-0234 or visit

Thursday, September 22: Infinity Park Event Center, 4400 East Kentucky Avenue, hosts the annual Saucy Affair featuring chefs from the city's top restaurants competing in a "Saucy Battle." It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $65; visit

Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, hosts a Wine and Food Pairing Seminar from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; admission is $59. Call 303-308-9300 or visit

Randolph's, 1776 Grant Street, presents the Beer vs. Wine Dinner, a six-course meal paired with wine from the Infinite Monkey Theorem and beer from Breckenridge Brewery. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $69; call 303-318-7272 or visit

Friday, September 23:

The Kitchen Table, 5375 Landmark Place, Suite 105 in Englewood, presents an American Regional Cuisine: Celebrate John Besh's New Orleans class from 6 to 9 p.m.; admission is $95. Call 303-220-9769 or visit

Saturday, September 24:

The Ritz-Carlton, 1880 Curtis Street, hosts SeptFest 2011, kicking off the Denver Beer Fest with brews paired with food, plus live music. It runs from 3 to 6 p.m., and admission is $45; call 303-312-3800.

Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, hosts the Great COntenders, a pre-GABF showcase of Colorado's beer heavyweights, featuring more than twenty breweries and more than fifty beers. It runs from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and costs $25 to $30; call 303-297-2700 or visit

Paris on the Platte Cafe & Bar, 1553 Platte Street, celebrates 25 years in business with a musical showcase and more. Call 303-455-2451 or visit

Sunday, September 25:

Bloom, 1 West Flatiron Circle in Broomfield, presents a Cooking Demonstration Class including a three-course meal with wine pairings. It starts at 2 p.m. and costs $45; call 720-887-2800 or visit

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Boulder, 637 South Broadway, presents Twenty Years of Culinary Education in Boulder, celebrating two decades with complimentary food samples and drinks, cooking-technique demonstration, ktichen tours and more. It's open to the public and free to attend; events run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

[email protected]'s, 500 16th Street, #320, hosts Gospel Brunch: The History of Gospel Music, featuring a Southern-style all-you-can-eat buffet, plus Linda Styles, De Thomas and special guest performances each Sunday through October 30. It runs at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every week, and admission is $35; call 393-856-7018 or e-mail [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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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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