Fourteen Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar in Denver February 8-12

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There are many reasons to celebrate this week, and the Super Bowl win is just one of them. Tuesday is National Pizza Day; Flying J truck stops are offering free slices of pizza. It's also National Bagel Day, and both Einstein Bagels and Thomas' Bagels are celebrating by giving bagel fanatics a chance to win free food; find details on the Thomas' Bagels Facebook page as well as the Einstein website. Tuesday is National Pancake Day at well; see details of a Polidori deal below. And today is National Frozen Yogurt Day,which means you can snag some free fro-yo. There are many tasty events that are definitely worth the price of admission; keep reading for all the delicious details.

Monday, February 8 

Today is National Frozen Yogurt Day! Celebrate by stopping at a Yogurtland to score free frozen yogurt and toppings from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit yogurt-land.com to find the nearest store.

Frasca Food and Wine welcomes Alex Sanchez for the restaurant's Monday Night Wine Dinner Series this evening. Sanchez will lead guests through an all-red flight of Brovia wines. Frasca's Monday dinners are $50 per person for four courses, not including the optional wine pairings, which range from $45 to $50. Call Frasca at 303-442-0608.

Tuesday, February 9

Louie the Link, the mascot of Colorado's Polidori Sausage, will celebrate National Pancake Day by popping up at Snooze, Le Peep, The Delectable Egg and Toast, surprising diners with prize bags loaded with gift cards, t-shirts, and other giveaways. Details of Louie’s whereabouts will be highlighted all morning on the Polidori Facebook page.

Frasca's Instituto Frasca Per Il Vino series continues this week with a program highlighting the wines of Spain. Today, tomorrow and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., Bobby Stuckey and Carlin Karr will lead each class through an an in-depth look at wines of the region. The one-night class is $255, which includes workbook, wines, tax and gratuities. For tickets and more information, contact  Erin Pommer at 303-442-0608 or erin@frascafoodandwine.com. 

The West End Tavern in Boulder is celebrating Fat Tuesday N’awlins style today. The tavern will be serving up New Orleans-inspired drinks, Southern dishes and live music. For more information, call the restaurant at 303-444-3535.  

John Maier, brewmaster at Oregon-based Rogue Ales, is taking his brews on a four-city american tour, and today he will bring a few rare Rogue beers to Euclid Hall for a special beer dinner at 6 p.m., when chef Jake Grant will cook up a five-course menu paired with six Rogue beers. Tickets to the dinner are $89 each, and can be purchased here.

Spuntino will host special guest winemaker Armando Fumanelli, of the Fumanelli estate, for the restaurant's  "Festa Della Stagione" wine dinner this evening. Fumanelli will present his wines alongside five courses prepared by chef Cindhura Reddy. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and is $130; call Spuntino at 303-433-0949.

Wednesday, February 10

Mezcal takes you beyond Jose today at the restaurant's free weekly tequila tasting. From 6 to 8 p.m., guests can sample and learn about Blue Nectar. For more information, check out the Mezcal Facebook page.

Thursday, February 11

La Biblioteca will highlight Patron during the restaurant's Tapas and Tequila event, which features a four-course tasting menu paired with tequila for $35. Tapas and Tequila puts a different tequila in the spotlight on the second Thursday of each month; for more information, call La Biblioteca at 720-904-0965. 

Chef Jensen Cumming's Brewed Food tour hits Harman's Eat & Drink today. The beer-centric dinner will feature six beers from New Belgium Brewing paired with four courses and passed appetizers that have been created using ingredients and techniques that go into the New Belgium beers. The dinner is $60 per person, and kicks off at 6 p.m. Make reservations and learn more by calling  Harman's at 303-388-7428.  

Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute, Keystone Resort, Breckenridge Distillery and Broken Compass Brewing are teaming up to put on  “A Celebration of Haute Cuisine” tonight at Keystone Ranch, 1427 County Road 150 in Keystone.  Keystone Ranch Executive Chef Steve Vlass will lead CMC Culinary students as they prepare a four-course meal complete with drink pairings starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $165 and can be purchased here; proceeds support scholarships for the culinary program’s student apprentices. 

Nosh & Posh once again brings food trucks and mobile boutiques to Civic Center Park. The event brightens up the park every second Thursday of the month with a dose of food and fashion, and will continue through April. Nosh & Posh runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today; for more information, head to civiccenterconservancy.org.

You can see "Visions of Love" at the Anchor Center today from 6 to 9 p.m. The wine and chocolate pairing will feature plenty of wine and chocolate, cheese, hors d'oeuvres, live music, prizes and more. Tickets to the event are $45 in advance or $55 at the door; there is also a VIP option for $75, which includes chocolate and whiskey pairings, as well as a demonstration of the art of the flambe. Proceeds benefit the Anchor Center for Blind Children. For tickets and more information, click here.  

Friday, February 12  

Just in time for Valentine's Day weekend, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will launch the museum's new temporary exhibit, Chocolate, which will explore the roots of the “food of the gods,” from its early cultivation among the ancient Maya to its status today as one of the world’s favorite indulgences. The exhibit is free with general admission, and will run through May 8. For more information, head over to dmns.org

Watch for our special Valentine's Day events list later this week. For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to cafe@westword.com.

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