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Free Food and Fundraisers: Ten Best Events on This Week's Culinary Calendar

The Great American Beer Festival is gone, but Denver's culinary scene isn't going on the wagon this week. This week's calendar has something for every appetite -- from free food to fundraisers and, yes, beer. Keep reading for a taste of what's on this week's culinary calendar.

See also: Baum's Away! A Second Helping of Cafe Society, September 29 - October 3

Monday, October 6

It's National Noodle Day, and the homegrown Noodles & Company is celebrating by giving customers the chance to win free food with a "Lucky Bowl" giveaway scratch-off card that comes with the purchase of any entrée. And one guest from each location will win the grand prize of free noodles for a year. Find more information here.

Frasca kicks off October's Monday Night Wine Dinner series with Sara Maule, who will be joining the restaurant for the second year in a row to pour and discuss the wines of Valtellina's Nino Negri. Dinner is $50; for reservations and more information, call Frasca at 303-442-6966.

Tuesday, October 7

Schlotzsky's is offering guests free lunch today. In honor of its 43rd birthday, the restaurant chain will be giving away a free small The Original sandwich with the purchase of a medium drink and chips. Find more info here.

Food Democracy Now will host a dinner to benefit Yes on 105, the initiative that would require labeling GMO foods in Colorado. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and very special invited guests for an outstanding benefit dinner on Tuesday, October 7, at Colterra Food & Wine in Niwot. The event is sponsored by Boulder Brands; tickets are $250 and you can register here.

Wednesday, October 8

Firenze a Tavola below Parisi is throwing a community-table dinner with a menu themed around the porcini mushroom. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and reservations for the four-course meal are $37 per person; call 303-561-0234 to make yours.

Thursday, October 9

The LoDo District Inc.'s second annual tavern tasting event, LoDo Sips, will run today from 5 to 9 p.m. Participating restaurants will offer food samples and small-plate specials as well as tastes of mostly Colorado brewed, distilled, or locally distributed beer, wine and spirits. Tickets to LoDo Sips are $35; for tickets and more information, visit

Souper Bowlder, an annual fundraiser and collaboration between local potters and local businesses to raise money for the Boulder County AIDS Project's food banks, will start at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Boulder Distillery. Tickets are $25 and include bread, soup and a handmade bowl; grab your tickets here.

Chef Jennifer Jasinski from Rioja, Bistro Vendome, Euclid Hall and Stoic & Genuine will be providing d'oeuvres and dessert for guests at Chefs 180 tonight; the dishes will be accompanied by local beer and wine. Things get cooking at 7 p.m. at Cafe 180; tickets are $75 and the proceeds will go toward CAFE 180's efforts to address hunger. Get your tickets here.

Friday, October, 10

Spend an evening learning how to prepare different types of steak while sipping locally produced spirits. Cook Street Cooking School is offering a Steak and Whiskey cooking class from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; a representative from Leopold Bros. will be on hand to answer questions and talk about its whiskey. Tuition is $99; register at

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 [email protected].

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Ben Landreth