Denver Restaurant Week comes to a close Friday while Central Bar & Bistro offers a taste of what's to come

Denver Restaurant Week ends this Friday, March 9, so be sure to take advantage of the $52.80 per couple deals available at the 340 participating restaurants while you still can. And don't forget to share your dining experiences here for a chance to win a DRW gift certificate for $52.80 at Ocean Prime.

Here's a taste of what else is happening in the culinary scene this week:

Tuesday, March 6:

Participating McDonald's locations are offering free breakfast today to children in third through fifth grades; the giveaway is an attempt to feed children a nutritional meal before they take the TCAP Assessment Test.

Root Down, 1600 West 33rd Avenue, presents its monthly raw-food night. Conscious eaters can enjoy a three-course raw vegan dinner prepared by Raw Food Certified Chef Daniel Asher. The meal costs $26.40 and reservations are required; call 303-993-4200 for details.Wednesday, March 7:

Cafe Options, 1650 Curtis Street, will host a Work Options for Women's cooking class tonight. Join Chef Rachel Kesley, executive chef of WaterCourse Foods, for a tutorial on how to make veggie burgers. The class is limited to ten spots and costs $50; go to the website to RSVP.

Upslope Brewing Company, 1501 Lee Hill in Boulder, will donate $1 of each pint sold to charity today; raise a glass for a good cause. For more information, call 303-449-2911Thursday, March 8:

A variety of food trucks convene every Thursday at Green Spaces Colorado, 1368 26th Street, offering lunch for those that work in the area. Call 303-720-6850 for more information.

Bistro Vendome, 1420 Larimer Street, will feature Tournedos Rossini, a classic French steak dish supposedly created for the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, at its Thursday French Classics.

Habitat Gallery & Studio, 828 Santa Fe Drive, will host Local Harvest Foods, its monthly dinner, at 6 p.m. tonight. The cost is $50; call 303-819-2215 for more details.Friday, March 9:

Central Bar & Bistro, the new American bistro that will open at 1691 Central Street this summer, will offer a taste of Lance Bardo's menu at a Hush Pop Up Dinner tonight. Go to Hush's website to reserve a spot and get location details.

Every Friday, the original outpost of Marczyk Fine Foods, 770 East 17th Avenue, hosts a free wine tasting, with discounts on the bottles you buy. Call 303-894-9499 for details.Saturday, March 10:

Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th Street, is hoping to pack the house this evening for a promotional video shoot. To sweeten the deal, it will offer fifty-cent single scoops of ice cream, gelato and sorbet from 7 to 8 p.m.; there will also be live music.

Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, is hosting its eighth annual Mustache Festival benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation tonight, with music and visuals by DJ Bobby C. Stick-on mustaches will be provided, and 10 percent of sales will go to charity. Call 303-296-1970 for details and reservations.

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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