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Gluten-Free Food Fair, Shroomfest and much more on this week's culinary calendar

Cured, a gourmet cheese shop, opens this week (latest tweet says August 20) at 1825 Pearl Street in Boulder -- and that's just the beginning of the delights on this week's culinary-events menu. Here's a taste of what's ahead:

Monday, August 15:

Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, will host a Monday Night Wine Dinner, with Mouton Noir wines presented by Andre Mack. Admission is $50 and up; call 303-442-6966 or visit

Randolph's, 1776 Grant Street, will offer a prix fixe, three-course dinner today through Friday. The meal is $29 and up, with wine pairings for an additional charge. For more information, call 303-318-7272 or visit

Tuesday, August 16:

Blue Star, 1645 South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs, will present a Mondavi "Old School" Wine Dinner at 6 p.m., featuring Mondavi's private reserve wines with food pairings. The meal is $80; call 719-632-1086 or visit

Colterra, 210 Franklin Street in Niwot, is the site of this round's Boulder Culinary Connectors Supper Club; enjoy a three- to four-course dinner with wine pairings. The event starts at 6:30 p.m.; call 303-777-3505 or visit

Wednesday, August 17:

Nine10Arts, 910 Santa Fe Drive, will host Play with Your Food! Sculptor Rik Sargent will present his newly created board game, and SAME Cafe will provide food that matches the game "habitats." The meal runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $39; call 303-815-1779 or visit

The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts - Boulder, 637 South Broadway, Suite H -- formerly known as Culinary School of the Rockies -- hosts Michel Escoffier (Auguste Escoffier's great-grandson) for a visit through Friday, August 19. Call 303-494-7988 or visit

Thursday, August 18:

The Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 East First Avenue, will present Around the World in 80 Wines, a buffet with a silent auction and live music; proceeds benefit Gateway Battered Women's Services. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $65; call 303-366-0007 or visit

The Saddlery, 1500 Wynkoop Street, is the site of One Past 5: Young Professional Happy Hour, featuring beer, wine, hors d'ouevre, live bluegrass and tours of the historic building; vintage Western wear is encouraged. It starts at 5:01 p.m. and costs $25.01; call 303-534-5288.

Telluride will host its annual Shroomfest through Sunday, August 21, with workshops, panels, lectures, movies, cooking demonstrations, forays and much more. Visit

Friday, August 19:

The Wildlife Experience Museum, 10035 South Peoria Street in Parker, will host the Art & Ale Brew Festival, with food, music and brews, as well as a chance to see the museum's exhibit. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and costs $35 to $139; call 720-488-3300 or visit

Cherry Creek North will host its annual Food & Wine celebration through Saturday, August 20; the event includes two days of free culinary classes, a Grand Tasting and more. Visit

Saturday, August 20:

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad, 401 Water Street in Canon City, will present a Five Course Wine Dinner offering twilight views of the train route and dinner, paired with wines from Holy Cross Abbey. Admission is $125 to $155; call 888-724-5748 or visit

Kent Denver School, 4000 East Quincy Avenue, will host Salt on the Rim, where Soul School will provide live music while restaurants and vendors offer up food and beverages. Proceeds benefit the Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $100; call 303-770-7660 or visit

Q's, 2115 13th Street in Boulder, will host the Annual Summer Shore Dinner, with five courses paired with wine; it starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $75. Call 303-442-4880 or visit

Sunday, August 21:

Randolph's Restaurant and Bar, 1776 Grant Street, will present Blues, Brews and BBQ, with live blues, cold beer and delicious barbecue. Call 303-318-7272 or visit

Desert Moon Vineyards, 12656 East Jamison Place, Unit 12 in Englewood, will offer a workshop titled Snow Daisy: Create with Cocktails at 2 p.m. Admission is $30; call 303-990-9463 or visit

Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 East 58th Avenue, will be the site of the free Gluten-Free Food Fair, with local and national vendors, plus cooking demonstrations and more. It runs from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; for more information, go to

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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