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The Eight Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Chef Michael Scelfo brings his award-winning cooking from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Old Major this week.
Chef Michael Scelfo brings his award-winning cooking from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Old Major this week. Courtesy of Old Major

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Wednesday, June 21
It's wine-dinner Wednesday — hell, who are we kidding? You can find a wine dinner every night of the week in this town. We've got two for you on Wednesday, June 21; the only question is whether you feel like Old or New World. Join Firenze a Tavola, 4401 Tennyson Street, at 6:30 p.m. for a dinner spotlighting Tuscan producer Castello di Querceto. Diners will receive four courses (including rabbit stew with pasta and roasted duck a l'orange) and six wines for $75; call 303-561-0234 to secure your spot.

If you're not feeling the pull of the old country, check out Elway's Downtown, 1881 Curtis Street, which is pairing Napa Valley vintner Staglin Family Vineyards with its New American menu. The four-course dinner starts at 7 p.m. with crab-stuffed Cornish hen, lamb chops and a vertical Cabernet tasting paired with a ribeye tasting of local Wagyu beef, Holstein and bison. This decadent night will run you $130; call 303-312-3107 for reservations.

Thursday, June 22
It's possible that tacos are the perfect food; they're easy to hold in one hand, adapt well to any filling and are oh-so-satisfying. Whether you prefer yours traditional (carne asada, onions, cilantro) or all gussied up (pork belly, butternut squash, chipotle aioli), you'll find something with which to quell your hunger at Top Taco on Thursday, June 22. The River North Festival Grounds, 3715 Chestnut Place, is hosting the street-food extravaganza from 7:30 to 10: 30 p.m. Unlimited tacos, tequila and margaritas can be yours for $74; get your tickets and a complete list of participating restaurants at the event website.

click to enlarge Pastry chef MJ Szymanski with a tray of her passion-fruit macarons. - MARK ANTONATION
Pastry chef MJ Szymanski with a tray of her passion-fruit macarons.
Mark Antonation
Friday, June 23
End the work week with sweet treats at Stella's on 16th, 1550 Wewatta Street. On Friday, June 23, pastry chef MJ Szymanski will run the Boozy Baking Class, where pupils will learn how to prepare French macarons while sipping champagne. For just $50, you'll get apps to nibble while cooking, a glass of champagne, an additional beverage (beer, wine or a cocktail) and the collective knowledge of centuries of Gallic pastry chefs. You'll also get happy-hour pricing on any additional beverages you purchase during your class (so you stay hydrated during the learning process, of course). Class runs from 5 to 8 p.m.; enroll at eventbrite.com.

See the Westword calendar for even more food and drink event listings.

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Amy Antonation knows that street tacos are infinitely superior to tacos that come covered in squiggles of crema, and she will stab you with her knitting needles if you try to convince her otherwise.
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