Food and Fireworks on This Week's Culinary Calendar

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There's an explosion of events on the culinary calendar for New Year's Eve, everything from big parties to intimate dinners. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar this week.

See also: Year-End Trends: A Second Helping of Cafe Society, December 22-26

Monday, December 29

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts is heading south of the border for today's cooking class, "Street Food Series: Mexico," which covers the techniques behind the staple ingredients in authentic Mexican street fare. Then after you've learned how to make the dishes, you can sit back and enjoy them at a tequila tasting that also features a selection of craft beers. Tuition for the class is $89; find more information here.

Wednesday, December 31 Our online calendar is full of events on New Year's Eve; here's just a sampling.

Join Rialto Cafe on New Year's Eve for an evening of dining, fireworks and celebration Stay until midnight for a free champagne toast at downtown Denver's top spot for viewing firework festivities on the 16th Sstreet Mall. (There's also be a fireworks show at 9 p.m.) Call Rialto at 303-893-2233 to make your reservations.

Copper Kettle is celebrating New Year's Eve with its barrel-aged seasonals and a four-course dinner with Mike's 2 Kitchen tonight. To do it, the brewery is turning its tasting room in a silver and gold gala. (Black ties aren't required, but it would be awesome if you dress to the nines, the brewery says.) Pairings are lemonzest crab cake, applewood smoked bacon and red bell pepper soffrito, and Le Chapeau; smoked chicken tostada with Sobremesa; braised short rib ragu and Well Bred; and chocolate espresso torte with Snowed In. The taproom will stay open after the dinner to ring in the New Year with aTequila Barrel Aged Imperial Pilsner or Champagne toast. Tickets are $65 per person (additional 18 percent gratuity added) and available here.

Root Down will be offering a five-course menu for the festivities tonight. Dinner is $85 per person with an optional $30 wine pairing. The menu can be vegan and/or gluten-free by request; reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 303-993-4200.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill will be offering three special dishes to ring in the New Year: oven-roasted lamb shank with white cheddar mashed potatoes with rosemary-mint chimichurri and lamb demi, served with seasonal vegetables; grilled shrimp risotto, sautéed with butternut squash, braised leeks, spinach, shrimp fume and Reggiano cheese. And the ever popular, Bone-In Rib-Eye Steak. For reservations or more information call 303-623-0316.

The Squeaky Bean will be hosting a quirky New Year's Eve bash with special dishes, Champagne, caviar, truffles, dancing, a DJ and bingo. For more information, contact the Squeaky Bean at 303-623-2665 or head over to its website.

Lower48 Kitchen will be serving a special four-course menu starting a 5 p.m. tonight, with optional wine pairings and a free glass of bubbly at midnight. The menu is priced at $48, for reservations contact the restaurant at 303-942-0262.

The Lobby will be throwing a New Beer's Eve party tonight, ringing in the New Beer with a fusion of a classy New Year's Eve bash and a beer festival -- featuring a four-course dinner with beer pairings, a special keg tapping at midnight, prizes and more. Drink packages are available starting at $50 with the beer dinner costing $40. For more information or to purchase your tickets, click here.

Thursday, January 1

Up in Boulder, Cafe Aion will be hosting a brunch to get you over that holiday hangover today starting at 10 a.m. The cafe will be serving its regular brunch menu in addition to a few specials and there will be live music. Call 303-993-8131 for more information.

Friday, January 2

Spice up your love life and start the new year off right with an evening that's guaranteed to stir up more than just delicious dishes. Cook Street School of Culinary Arts is offering couples the chance to take date night to new heights with this class that's perfect for pairs. Two glasses of wine (one white and one red) are included with the meal -- and you can now purchase an additional bottle of wine for $29! Price is $89 per person, register here.

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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