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The Seven Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Arcana is one of the restaurants participating in First Bite.
Arcana is one of the restaurants participating in First Bite. Danielle Lirette

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click to enlarge Chef Jesusio Silva (sushi from his restaurant Misaki on Broadway is shown above) will be cooking at the Taste of Curiosity dinner on November 11. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Chef Jesusio Silva (sushi from his restaurant Misaki on Broadway is shown above) will be cooking at the Taste of Curiosity dinner on November 11.
Danielle Lirette
Monday, November 11
Food is universal — but tastes aren't. Sometimes preferences are just that, but just as often, food reveals prejudices. (Don't believe us? Take a deep dive into the comments whenever we write about African cuisine.) But as much as our culinary preferences can reveal our biases, they can also serve as a bridge between cultures. If we're curious about trying new flavors, perhaps we can be as interested in the people who create them and the cultures they come from. On Monday, November 11, put this theory to the test at the Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer Street, when it hosts A Taste of Curiosity dinner, a conversation facilitated by food and drink. Chef Jesus Silva (Misaki) will provide the Japanese food, and folks from Breaking the Bias will be on hand to keep dinner from devolving into a food fight (perhaps literally). Tickets, $65, are available on IMT's website; get yours and feed your brain as well as your body.

Thursday, November 14
You were going to head to RiNo for drinks anyway, right? On Thursday, November 14, take advantage of the neighborhood's critical mass of craft breweries to both get your beer on and do some good for Denver's homeless community at Denver VOICE's Pints Fighting Poverty Pub Crawl. Kick off the evening at Epic Brewing Co., 3001 Walnut Street, at 6 p.m., then strike out to five other venues (the Block Distilling Co., Odell, Stem Ciders, River North Brewery and Infinite Monkey Theorem), where you'll get drink specials for every palate and hear speakers at each stop through 10 p.m. Tickets to the crawl are $25 — a small price to pay for not having to dress up in a ridiculous onesie to participate in a pub crawl — and participants are asked to collect pledges to benefit the nonprofit monthly newspaper. Find out more and register or donate on the event website.

click to enlarge Some of the 251 wines submitted for judging at this year's Governor's Cup. - COURTESY COLORADO WINE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD
Some of the 251 wines submitted for judging at this year's Governor's Cup.
Courtesy Colorado Wine Industry Development Board
Friday, November 15
Our state has been described as the "Napa Valley of beer" for decades now, but the continuing growth of the Colorado wine industry means it could be inching toward being known as the Napa Valley of wine. Okay, not really, but there are currently over 130 outfits making wine and mead in a state better known for its varietals of weed. On Friday, November 15, History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, will host Colorado UnCorked, a tasting of wines that triumphed at this year's Governor's Cup competition. From 7 to 9:30 p.m., chefs from Julep, Logan Street, Woodie Fisher and Grand Junction's Bin 707 will craft bites to pair with fourteen wines. Awarded wineries include Denver and Boulder's Bonacquisti and BookCliff, as well as the Western Slope's Carlson and Plum Creek; varietals range from cab Franc to nebbiolo to vermouth and riesling. Snag your tickets ($45 or $85) on Eventbrite, where you can see the complete list of award winners.

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