Fat Tuesday, Soup for the Soul and Denver Restaurant Week all on the culinary calendar

You can get ready for Ash Wednesday by sinning big-time on Fat Tuesday. But that holiday is just part of the fun on on this week's culinary calendar, which also includes National Margarita Day and the start of Denver Restaurant Week. Here's a peek at the rest of the menu:

Monday, February 20:

Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts its weekly Monday Night Wine Dinner; this week, Matt Murphy will present the wines of Presqu'ile. Admission is $50 and up, and reservations are required; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

Highland Tap and Burger, 2219 West 32nd Avenue, hosts Crafty Ladies, complete with a tasting of Breckenridge Brewery's beers and inventive food pairings. Call 720-287-4493 or visit www.highlandtapdenver.com.

Randolph's Restaurant and Bar, 1776 Grant Street, is celebrating Presidents' Day with a special deal: Present a different president (aka $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 or $100 bill) for something as small as a draft beer ($1) to something as big as a three-course dinner for two with a bottle of wine ($100). Call 303-318-7272 or visit www.randolphsdenver.com.

Tuesday, February 21:

Marlowe's, at 501 16th Street, will celebrate its thirtieth birthday today with an '80s party and a host of specials; for more information, call 303-595-3700.

TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, presents a TAG Brewery Dinner. The stars for this five-course meal are Left Hand Brewing Co. and Ralston Valley Beef. For more info, call 303-996-9985 or visit www.tag-restaurant.com.

Arugula Bar e Ristorante, 2785 Iris Avenue in Boulder, hosts the Campania Wine Dinner, a five-course dinner featuring wines from Vesevo Winery in Campana. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $45 and up; call 303-443-5100 or visit www.arugularistorante.com.

All three Jax Fish House locations -- 1539 17th Street (303-292-5767, www.jaxfishhousedenver.com), 928 Pearl Street, Boulder (303-444-1811, www.jaxfishhouseboulder.com) and 123 North College Avenue in Fort Collins (970-682-2275, www.jaxfortcollins.com) -- are hosting Fat Tuesday festivities today with drink specials, King Cake, a crawfish boil and more.

The West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, is offering Fat Tuesday specials including Hurricanes, gin fizzes, crawfish, seafood jambalaya and more. Call 303-444-3535 or visit www.thewestendtavern.com.

Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, will offer a Mardi Gras cooking class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $89; call 303-308-9300 or visit www.cookstreet.com.

Second Home, 150 Clayton Lane, hosts a Fat Tuesday celebration with Cajun and Creole favorites, plus live music and other specials. Call 303-253-3000 or visit www.secondhomedenver.com.

Wednesday, February 22:

It's National Margarita Day, which means many places around town will be pouring good, stiff drinks...just the thing to help you recover from Fat Tuesday. Watch for our list of libation outlets on Wednesday.

Rioja, 1431 Larimer Street, presents Spain Unfiltered, featuring Spanish wines paired with five courses. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $195; call 303-820-2282 or visit www.riojadenver.com.

Thursday, February 23:

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Place in Denver, presents Soup for the Soul; gourmet soups and appetizers from an array of restaurants will be available, and there is a cash bar and a silent auction. It runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and costs $100 and up; call 303-561-5790 or visit www.soupforthesouldenver.org.

Bistro Vendome, 1420 Larimer Street, presents Thursday French Classics: Cailles aux Champignons. Call 303-825-3232 or visit www.bistrovendome.com.

Friday, February 24:

Devil's Thumb Ranch, 3530 County Road 83 in Tabernash, hosts the Brewmaster Dinner Series; the $39 price tag includes a three-course, specially crafted menu paired with beer from Steamworks, plus a brewmaster gift. The dinner runs from 6 to 9 p.m., and reservations are encouraged; call 800-933-4339 or visit www.devilsthumbranch.com.

Greenbriar Inn, 8735 North Foothills Highway in Boulder, hosts a three-course fundraiser dinner to benefit the Lyons Youth Baseball & Softball Association. Call 303-440-7979 or visit www.greenbriarinn.com.

Brown Palace Hotel, 321 17th Street, hosts the Delightful Dishes & Dreamy Getaways event with more than 120 silent and live auction items, food-tasting stations and more. It starts at 6 p.m.; visit www.coloradolodging.com.

Saturday, February 25:

Hundreds of restaurants across the metro area are participating in Denver Restaurant Week, offering multi-course, prix-fixe meals for $52.80 per couple or $26.40 per individual. DRW runs through Friday, March 9. For a look at all the menus, go to www.denverrestaurantweek.com.

Sunday, February 26:

Mateo, 1837 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents an Oscar Party with passed appetizers and dessert, drink specials and more. Admission is $25; call 303-443-7766 or visit www.mateorestaurant.com.

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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