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Four Non-Halloween Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Bubbly and bonbons are on the menu this weekend.
Bubbly and bonbons are on the menu this weekend. Danielle Lirette
This is the weekend before October's biggest day, and the calendar is packed with costumed events. You won't find those celebrations here, though; check them out on our list of the best Halloween and Día de los Muertos dinners, parties and deals. Instead, here are four events for folks who don't like tricks or treats, who have already taken their kid to seventeen fall festivals and are over the whole thing, or who are just plain lazy and don't want to come up with a costume. Enjoy these non-Halloween events from Friday, October 27, through Sunday, October 29.

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The wine pours in Parker this weekend.
Danielle Lirette
Friday, October 27
Wine down the from the work week with a leisurely stroll down Parker's Mainstreet for Wine Walk on Friday, October 27. From 5 to 8 p.m., $15 will get you ten one-ounce wine samples from vendors along the street, plus a souvenir wine glass to supplement your home collection. Tickets can be purchased in advance at parkerchamber.com or at the event at the corner of Mainstreet and Pikes Peak Drive.

Inside Denver's Urban Farmer at the Oxford Hotel.
Mark Antonation
Saturday, October 28
Think you know Islam? Get an even better understanding of the religion by heeding Muhammad's call to feed the hungry from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, when Colorado's Muslim community will be preparing and distributing 2,000 meals to homeless people at five locations around town. People of all faiths and identities are invited to participate in the effort; see Feed the Hungry's Facebook page for more information about how to donate — or, better yet, volunteer.

Eat dessert first (or only eat dessert) in celebration of National Chocolate Day on Saturday, October 28. Urban Farmer, 1659 Wazee Street, is honoring the occasion from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with its Dessert for Two Special: Two glasses of prosecco and four bonbons (white chocolate and pomegranate, dark chocolate and praline, dark chocolate and blood orange, and milk chocolate and caramel) for $21. Sounds like a sweet deal.

Sunday, October 29
Combat the Sunday blahs at Briar Common Brewery + Eatery, 2298 Clay Street, for its Seasonal Beer Pairing Dinner on Sunday, October 29, at 4:30 p.m. (it is Sunday, after all). The five courses are duck-fat popcorn, pickled beef tongue, crispy barramundi, duck risotto with seared foie gras and chocolate pudding, while the five beers are a brett sour, Belgian dubbel, Belgian trippel, brett saison and blackberry imperial stout. Sounds like ten reasons to cheer up about the weekend coming to an end. Dinner will run you $65; go to the brewery's Facebook page to get tickets.

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