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The ninth annual Denver Food and Wine classic -- a six-day celebration of local food, wine and spirits -- will pop the cork today at Metropolitan State University of Denver's Hospitality Learning Center, with a special wine-pairing dinner at 6 p.m. courtesy of Troy Guard of TAG Restaurant. Tickets to tonight's dinner cost $125 per person; check the Denver Food and Wine website to purchase them and get more details.

And keep reading for the full schedule of Food and Wine events, including a grand tasting of eats from forty local restaurants and more than 600 samples of wine and spirits this Saturday, September 7.

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Denver Food and Wine schedule

6 p.m. September 4 olorado Farm to Table Wine Pairing Dinner Beast + Bottle featuring Chef Paul C. Reilly 719 East 17th Ave. 303-623-3223. www.beastandbottle.com.

6:30 p.m. September 6 Ritz-Carlton Denver Art of the Cocktail Party with chef and cocktail competitions hosted by celebrity chef and James Beard Award winner Andy Husbands, chef of Boston's Tremont 647 and author of Wicked Good BBQ. Judging by attendees and food critics who will award first, second and third prizes. Entertainment included. Tickets are $50 per person.

Noon to 4 p.m. September 7 Grand Tasting featuring 40 of Denver's finest restaurants, and samples of more than 600 wines and spirits. VIP Lounge hosted by the historic Brown Palace Hotel (opens at 11 a.m.). US Foods Food Fanatic Chef Scott McCurdy will be featured on the Viking Culinary stage along with award-winning chefs -- including executive chef Elise Wiggins of Panzano; Brian Polcyn, celebrity chef, restaurant owner and author of Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing, and James Beard Award-winner Andy Husbands -- who will perform culinary demonstrations. Tickets are $95; VIP tickets available by calling 303-830-2972.

6 p.m. September 8 Panzano Restaurant Wine Pairing Dinner featuring a menu created by executive chef Elise Wiggins and Denver chefs Paul C. Reilly of Beast + Bottle, Bob Blair of Fuel, Aaron Whitcomb of Yia Yia's and featuring award-winning chef/author and restaurant owner Brian Polcyn. Reservations available, call Panzano Restaurant at 303-296-3525.

Find more information and get tickets for each event at the Denver Food and website.

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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