Dinner in the dark and pig parts on this week's culinary calendar

While you wait for the Best of Denver 2012, with awards in more than a hundred Food & Drink categories to chew over and savor, here's what else is on the culinary menu for the week: Monday, March 26:

Food Bank of the Rockies will kick off its efforts to provide breakfast and lunch to 500 Denver school children over spring break today. Go to the organization's website to learn how to support the cause.

Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge, 930 Lincoln Street, offers an all-you-can eat prime rib dinner every Monday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The meal, which includes a side of mashed potatoes and a wedge of iceberg lettuce, costs $19.95; the tunes -- African jazz with Tito Malaga, Kailin Yong and Brett Bowen -- cost $10.Tuesday, March 27:

Great Divide Brewing, 2201 Arapahoe Street, will host its popular beer and cheese pairing tonight. The event costs $24, which includes tax and gratuity. An RSVP is required; e-mail Great Divide to grab a spot.

Wednesday, March 28:

Cured, 1825 Pearl Street in Boulder, and The Pinyon, 1710 Pearl Street in Boulder, are teaming up to break down an entire pig from Tender Belly today -- and after that, Cured will have every cut you can imagine for sale. Pre-order is required, though; call 720-389-8096.Thursday, March 29:

Our 29th annual Best of Denver issue hits the streets today. Take the winners with you on your iPhone or Android by downloading our free app.

Linger, 2030 West 30th Avenue, is participating in OUT on the Town today by donating at least 10 percent of sales to The Center, a local nonprofit that provides support and advocacy for Colorado's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.Friday, March 30:

Hit the weekly wine tasting at Marczyk Fine Foods, 770 East 17th Avenue, for free tastes and deals on bottles.

Saturday, March 31:

Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, is hosting Fancy Plants: A Vegan Prom, at 8 p.m. tonight. Enjoy vegan tapas, music and giveaways while supporting Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, a safe haven for abandoned, abused and neglected farm animals. Visit its website for more information.

Join Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, 1512 Curtis Street, in supporting energy conservation and sustainable living tonight when the restaurant offers a four-course dinner paired with wines -- by candlelight only. Dinner in the dark costs $50 and the pairing is an additional $15; call 303-534-1155 for details.

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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