Denver Restaurant Week ends and Cochon begins on this week's culinary calendar

Denver Restaurant Week continues through Friday, March 8, and Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake Street, is allowing diners to create their own $52.80 menu. Guests can choose any appetizer, entree and dessert for $26.40 in this DRW twist; the deal runs through Wednesday, March 6. Check the websitewebsite a> for the full menu, and visit the Denver Restaurant Week site for more information on this annual orgy of eating.

Here's a taste of what else is on the culinary calendar for the week:

Monday, March 4:It's beer month at Bridgewater Grill, 800 11th Street in Golden. The restaurant is offering a five-course dinner paired with beers from Great Divide Brewing for $40; call 303-279-2010 for details.

Wednesday, March 6:

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House, 1610 16th Street, is tapping a keg of Ommegang Brewing's Seduction Belgian ale. Call the restaurant at 303-825-1021 for more information.

Stir Cooking School, 3215 Zuni Street, is hosting a special cooking class at 6:30 p.m. for Denver Restaurant Week. Participants will have the opportunity to create, and then enjoy, a menu featuring fresh herbs. The class costs $52.80 per person; call 720-287-4823 for more details.

Thursday, March 7:At Cocktails for a Cure at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, mixologists from various local establishments will be concocting drinks for a good cause. Visit the website for more information

The Denver Botanic Gardens is hosting another Denver Restaurant Week cooking class at 6 p.m. tonight, this one focusing on pantry essentials. The deal is available to new and renewing members; $52.80 gets you an annual "individual plus" membership to the Gardens, which means you can always bring a friend, as well as entrance for two people into the classes. Call 720-865-3525 for more information.

The Colorado Authors' League is sponsoring an evening with local food blogger and cookbook author Michele Morris. Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple and include one cookbook and a tasting of three dishes straight from Morris's home kitchen. Visit the website for details.

Friday, March 8:Restaurant Kelly Liken, 12 Vail in Vail, is kicking-off Cochon 555 tonight with a six-course, collaborative menu from five local chefs. The paired-menu costs $150, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the James Beard Foundation. Call 970-479-0175 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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