Fiestas at Rio Grande, a pop-up beer dinner and more on this week's calendar

It'll be a busy week for the Rio Grande chain. The Fort Collins location has collaborated with Odell's Brewery and is hosting a release party for Chueco Mexican Lager, a 9 percent agave amaranth beer brewed especially for Rio. The event begins this Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.; visit the Facebook page for more information.

And, of course, the Cinco de Mayo celebrations will be in full swing at the Blake Street spot this Sunday, when the restaurant will offering $2 Cuervo shots, $5 Patron shots, door prizes and more. Call the Rio at 303-623-5432 to learn more.

In the meantime, here's a taste of what else is on the culinary calendar this week:

See also: - Rio Grande puts the spotlight on its kitchen - Photos: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Cinco de Mayo at Civic Center Park

Monday, April 29:

Local author Irene Rawlings, a member of Sisters on the Fly -- a nationwide group of women who share old-fashioned traditions -- is signing copies of Cast-Iron Cooking With Sisters on the Fly at Tattered Cover Lodo, 1628 16th Street, tonight at 7:30 p.m. Her fellow sisters will park their trailers in a caravan outside for meeting and greeting. Admission is free; for more information, call 303-436-1070.

Tuesday, April 30:

Prost Brewing, 2540 19th Street, is hosting a pop-up beer dinner this evening to celebrate Walpurgis -- a traditional German holiday that toasts the end of winter. The four-course dinner costs $49 and begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

Wednesday, May 1:

Chomp!, the monthly vegan supper club, takes place tonight at Green Spaces Colorado, 1368 26th Street. The plant-based gathering happens every first Wednesday of the month and is open to the public. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and the price is a suggested donation of $7 to $10. The organizers ask that attendees bring their own utensils and plates to help cut down on waste. Visit the website for details.

Thursday, May 2:

The Irish Network of Colorado is hosting a gala to honor the late Noel Cunningham (of Strings) and his wife, Tammy, for their charity work through the Cunningham Foundation. The event will take place at 240 Union Restaurant, 240 Union Boulevard in Lakewood. Former governor Bill Ritter will present the award. Tickets are $75 per person, $145 per couple and include hors d'oeuvres.

Patxi's -- 185 Steele Street and 3455 South University Boulevard in Englewood -- is donating 10 percent of today's proceeds to The One Fund Boston as part of company-wide fundraiser for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Check the website for more information.

Friday, May 3:

The Chocolate Crisis Center, 3370 Walnut Street, will transform itself into the RiNo Epicurean Market for one of the neighborhood's First Friday events tonight. There will be a free wine tasting and samples of cheeses, meats, breads, oils, vinegars, organic spices, nut butters and, of course, sweets. The event begins at 5 p.m. and admission is free; for more information, call 303-296-0628.

Lucky's Market, 3960 Broadway Street in Boulder, is hosting a free salsa tasting today. The shop will be showcasing ten of its most popular salsa varieties from 4 to 6 p.m.; call 303-444-0215 to learn more.

Saturday, May 4:

BeerCraving.com presents the South Denver Beer Fest this weekend at Clement Park, 7306 West Bowles Avenue in Littleton. The outdoor tasting features over 100 beers from breweries from all over the country; samples from local distilleries, and cheese and chocolate pairings will be available for VIP ticket holders as well. The festival runs through Sunday, May 5 from 2 to 5 p.m. and general admission costs $40 in advance, $50 at the door. VIP tickets are $85 in advance and $90 at the door. Visit the festival's website for more information.

Central Bistro & Bar, is hosting a viewing party for the Kentucky Derby from noon to 5 p.m. today. In addition to $6 Mint Juleps, Kentucky Hot Brown sandwiches and door prizes, customers will also have a chance to win dinner for two. Call the restaurant at 303-477-4582 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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