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From Pigs to Pinot, Twenty Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar

Summer is heating up and so are culinary events around Denver. This week there are more than enough cooking classes, benefits, paired dinners and celebrations to satisfy even the biggest of appetites. Keep reading for all the tasty details on this week's events. 

Monday, June 22 

Frasca Food and Wine will host special guest and James Beard Award-winning chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune, alongside winemakers Jasmine Hirsch from Hirsch Vineyards and Rajat Parr of Sandhi Wines, Domaine de la Côte and Michael Mina Group, for a special Monday Night Wine Dinner. Hamilton and Frasca chef/co-ownerLachlan Mackinnon will be recreating recipes from Hamilton's cookbook, Prune, and Parr and Hirsch will be pouring their wines to pair with the dishes. Tickets for the dinner are $165 for a prix fixe, four-course menu with wine flight and also include a signed copy of Prune. For tickets and more information, call Frasca at 303-442-6966. 

Chef Alex Figura of Lower48 Kitchen will step in as a guest instructor during a Straight From the Menu cooking class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. tonight at the Seasoned Chef Cooking School. Figura will teach students to make a handful of seasonal dishes straight off of Lower48's menu. Tuition is $69 per person; for more information, click here.   

Tuesday, June 23

Adelitas welcomes Del Maguey founder Ron Cooper for a mezcal dinner with guest chefs Troy Guard of TAG, Sean Yontz of Blue Plate Taco Company, Kevin Grossi of Lola, David Lopez of El Chingon and Silvia Ayala of Adelitas.  Reservations are $75 per person; call 303-778-1294 to make yours.

Get in the summer cooking spirit at today's Summer Pasta Dishes class at Stir Cooking School, where students will learn the art of making bright and light pasta dishes perfect for cookouts and picnics. The class starts at 6:30 p.m. and tuition is $75; learn more at

In celebration of the four-year anniversary of Jax Fort Collins, the restaurant is offering a special buy-one-get-one free entree coupon. Guests can print or download the coupon from the Jax website, Facebook page or on Instagram

Wednesday, June 24

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER. Lone Hawk Farm is hosting an evening of community, sustainability and farm-fresh food, with a five-course dinner harvested from the farm and cooked up by Zolo Grill. The dinner, which starts at 5:30 p.m., is $110 per person. For tickets and more information, call the farm at 303-776-8458.  

Pigtrain Coffee is supporting National Bike to Work Day by offering cyclists free drip coffee and doughnuts from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Pigtrain will also be handing out drink coupons and giving water bottles, T-shirts and coffee mugs to Bike to Work Day participants. For more information, call 720-460-3708.  

At 7 a.m. today, Sprouts will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the chain's seventeenth Colorado location — at 3725 Kipling Street in Wheat Ridge. The store will be giving away free coffee and muffin samples, reusable bags and coupon books — and the first 200 shoppers in line will receive 20 percent off their initial total purchase. For more information, visit

Come celebrate kale with the Boulder County Farmers' Market today from 4 to 8 p.m. The second of six seasonal food festivals planned by Boulder County Farmers Markets this season, the Boulder Kale Festival will feature a kale tasting with ten varieties grown on local farms, kale-inspired recipe demonstrations from Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, kid-friendly kale activities and a Kale University education table. For more on this green event head over to

Thursday, June 25

Boulder will be the scene for New Belgium's 2015 Clips Beer and Film Tour. Now in its sixth year, this beer-centric, traveling film and beer festival will bring suds, short films and support for the local charity Community Cycles to Valmont Disc Golf Park at Airport Road in Boulder. Food will be available from Verde Food Truck and Brothers Barbecue. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. and admission is free, but you'll want to bring some cash for the seventeen varieties of beer available, including some rare releases. Find more information on

Tacos are taking over Sculpture Park from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today. Over forty restaurants will be competing for the title of Top Taco in the Creative Taco, Traditional Taco and Margarita categories during the second annual Top Taco competition. Guests can enjoy taco and tequila tastings, live music, beer and can vote for their favorite bites. General admission tickets are $65, with first tasting tickets going for $95 and VIP for $125. Get all the tasty details at

Learn to cook south of the border at today's Cooking with Enyes class at Stir Cooking School. The menu includes dishes from El Salvador, Venezuela, Cuba and Mexico. The class starts at 6:30 p.m.; tuition is $60. For tickets and more information, click here.

Hodsons is cooking up a special three-course dinner paired with whiskey and cigars. The dinner will feature several varieties of Woodford Reserve whiskey; Chambers Wine & Liquor of Aurora will provide cigars custom-selected to complement the bourbon. Guests will receive two of the cigars, snips and a lighter as part of the night’s festivities. Dinner is $65, make your reservation by calling 720-457-3852.  

Fox & Hound in Lone Tree is teaming up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver to support youth engagement programs with a benefit featuring complimentary food sampling, $4 cocktails and $2 draft beers. The event will run from 6 to 9 p.m.; for more information, call Fox & Hound at 720-875-9161. 

Experience the wines of Santorini at Axios during the restaurant's last Greek wine-tasting dinner of the season, featuring four courses paired with five wines. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. and is $65 per person; for reservations, call 720-328-2225.

Beryl's Beer Company kicks off a weekend-long, one-year anniversary celebration today with the introduction of A Beryl Full of Laughs. The evening features a performance by Denver-based improv comedy team The Dinner Experience and food from The Cajun Kitchen Food Truck. The event is free and open to the public; for more details, click here.  
Friday, June 26  

Today and tomorrow Leadville will be cooking during the Leadville BBQ & Brew Festival. Some of the best pit masters in the country will compete for a $10,000 prize purse and the rights to the “Top of the Mountain” award during this Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event that's also a cup event for the Rocky Mountain BBQ Association. Admission is free; for more information, click here.  

The Summit at Colorado Brewers Festival is a limited-ticket, pre-festival event produced in conjunction with the Colorado Brewers Guild, showcasing exceptional and rare beers from Colorado brewers, many of whom will be on hand. The Summit runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Washington Park in Fort Collins. Tickets are $60; get yours here.

The Vail Farmers' Market is launching a farm-to-table dinner series at 5:30 p.m. today when it welcomes chef Jay McCarthy from Vail Chophouse and chef Thomas Newsted from LaTour. For each dinner, local chefs will partner with regional farms to cook up a multi-course meal. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased 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 [email protected].

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Ben Landreth