Denver Restaurant Week and a Taste of Colorado on the Culinary Calendar

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The first summer edition of Denver Restaurant Week is in full swing, so there's plenty of great food to enjoy around town this week before you plunge into the eating orgy of Labor Day Weekend. Keep reading for a taste of what else is on the culinary menu -- including the start of the Taste of Colorado.

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Monday, August 25

WaterCourse Foods hosts a fundraiser for the Colorado Anti-Violence Program today. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., CAVP will get 10 to 15 percent of the proceeds from your tab at the restaurant. For more information, call 303-832-7313 or go to www.watercoursefoods.com.

The Frasca Monday Night Wine Dinner Series continues tonight with Ligurian Wines of Bisson. Dinner is $50 per person for four courses, not including optional wine pairings (ranging from $45 to $50 a person); Frasca Food and Wine co-owner and Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey will be on-hand. For reservations, call 303-442-6966.

Tuesday, August 26

Wine and Whey is holding a hands-on, 30 Minute Mozzarella class at 6:30 p.m. today. The one-hour class will include crafting two batches of cheese (you get to keep what you make). Tuition is $35; for more information, head to wineandwhey.com.

Wednesday, August 27

The Alamo Drafthouse is offering a four-course beer dinner inspired by Quentin Tarantino's debut film, Reservoir Dogs, which will be screening tonight at 7 p.m. Each course is paired with a select beer from Breckenridge Brewery. Start off with a diner-inspired first dish and work your way through a salad course based on Mr. Orange and Mr. White's car ride, a darkly humorous entree take on the infamous cop-torture scene and finish things off with a Mr. Pink-inspired dessert. Tickets are $50; for more information, visit drafthouse.com.

Thursday, August 28

The Museum of Contemporary Art's last Mixed Taste of the season tonight tonight combines Minimalism & Giant Vegetables (with Elissa Auther and Gifford Miller, respectively). Doors open at 6 p.m., the program is at 7 p.m. at 3126 Larimer Street. Tickets are $10 or $15 MCA members; call 303-298-7554 or go to mcadenver.org.

Aspen Gay Ski Week will present the final pool party of the season at Denver's Four Seasons Hotel. Guests at the Summer's End Soirée can enjoy cocktails and DJ entertainment on the hotel's pool terrace from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook page here.

Friday, August 29

Gourmet on Gore kicks off today in Vail and will run through the holiday weekend. This unique culinary festival offers an open-air tasting with world-class wine, beer and spirits paired with food from Vail's top restaurants. A Tasting Tour will get the festivities going today, admission to the event is free. For more information and a complete list of Gourmet on Gore, click here.

Civic Center Park gets cooking for A Taste of Colorado today. Over fifty Denver eateries and food vendors will be featured; there will also be live music, games and activities for the whole family. Admission to the event is free; purchase food and drink with tickets. Taste runs from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. For more information, visit atasteofcolorado.com.

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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