Stretch your stomach in anticipation of all those Memorial Day barbecues at beer dinners, cooking classes, benefits and other entertaining events — including the return of the Denver FIVE. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar over the next few days.
Monday, May 18
Frasca Food and Wine's Monday Night Wine Dinner will feature Anthill Farms with Webster Marquez. Monday Night Dinners are $50 per person and include four courses; wine pairings are an additional $40 to 50. For reservations or more information, call Frasca at 303-442-6966.
Tuesday, May 19
Chef Theo Adley, formerly executive chef of the Squeaky Bean, will be the guest instructor at this month's Work Options for Women Cooking Class at Cafe Options. The class, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m., is $75, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Work Options for Women's mission: to help impoverished women (and men) gain the skills and confidence they need to work their way out of poverty and become gainfully and permanently employed in the food-service industry. Register here.
Natural Grocers will open its nineteenth store in the metro area at 8 a.m. today, at 4900 Kipling Street in Wheat Ridge. In celebration of the opening, the chain will be giving out mystery gift cards to the first sixty customers in line, in amounts ranging from $5 to $100; customers won’t know the amount of their gift card until they check out. Natural Grocers will also give away T-shirts to all customers, while supplies last.
In the second installment of the Flour + Fire series at the Boulder Pizzeria Locale, the focus is on local breweries. Today Paradox Beer Company will be stopping by the restaurant, where guests can sample some of Paradox's microbrews during an intimate, family-style meal, designed to showcase Locale’s pizza oven and explore traditional southern Italian cooking “al forno." The dinner start at 7:30 p.m. and is $70; call 303-442-3003 for reservations.
The Shed: Boulder County, a new public/private coalition of eight organizations, will launch its website today at Seeds Library Cafe in the Boulder Public Library, an initiative to build awareness about Boulder's local foodshed. At 8 a.m. Boulder City Council rep Tim Plasswill unveil the new website and discuss the coalition’s plans to increase awareness and consumption of locally produced foods; there will be local refreshments on hand.
The Denver FIVE — Noah French of Sugarmill, Aniedra Nichols of Elway’s Cherry Creek, John Depierro of Bones, Kevin Grossi of Lola Mexican Fish House and Enrique Socarras of Suehiro Old Town — will be collaborating on and cooking a chocolate-inspired, five-course menu today at Sugarmill. Tickets to the event are $60, you can purchase them here.
Wednesday, May 20
The first annual Brain Injury Benefit and Soiree will take place at 5:30 p.m. today at Jax Glendale at 5:30. This four-course dinner will be paired with cocktails, wine and beer from The Post Brewing. Tickets are $125, and all proceeds will benefit Craig Hospital and Rocky Mountain Human Resources; there will also be raffles and live and silent auctions to benefit the cause. For tickets and more information, click here.
Thursday, May 21
At Colorado Corks and Cuisine you can sample local wines, spirits, brews and cuisine from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Four Mile Historic Park. Tickets are $30 for Four Mile members and $40 for non-members, and include tastings and a commemorative wine glass. For more information ,visit fourmilepark.org.
During Stir Cooking School's All About the Herbs class, participants will learn to make inventive dishes utilizing a variety of fresh herbs, including herb-marinated pork and vegetable kebobs with a tarragon pistachio pesto; Italian sausage, lemon, herb and ricotta rigatoni; and much more. The class, which runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., is $75 per person; register for the course here.
Today from 6 to 8 p.m. Former Future Brewing Company will be on hand at Stout Street Social with its Salted Caramel Porter and Second Story Revisionist Amber and food pairings to boot. For more information, head over to stoutstsocial.com.
Friday, May 22
Kick off your weekend by regressing to your childhood at Adult Daycare: EPIC Crawfish Boil today. The event will feature beer from Epic Brewing Company in a family-style, Southern feast. The $40 ticket price includes three beer samples, food, and some swag. Things will be bubbling from 6 to 11 p.m. at The Lobby. Get your tickets and learn more 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@example.com.