Gravity Month, Quaker Oat Festival and more on this week's culinary calendar

Things are gearing up for 2012; this weekend, the Quaker Oat Festival in Lafayette and the Chef's Confluence are both taking place, and there's plenty more on the menu until then. Here's a taste:

Monday, January 9:

Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street, hosts its Monday Night Wine dinner; this week, Jay Somers presents the wines of J. Christopher. Admission is $50 and up, and reservations are required; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

Tuesday, January 10:

Rioja, 1431 Larimer Street, hosts Sips and Snacks, four tastes of selected wines with four bite-sized snacks from the kitchen. This week's theme: Bubbles. Admission is $15, and it starts at 5 p.m.; call 303-820-2282 or visit www.riojadenver.com.

Thursday, January 12:

Bistro Vendome, 1420 Larimer Street, presents Thursday French Classics: Duck a L'orange. Call 303-825-3232 or visit www.bistrovendome.com.

Friday, January 13:

Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery, 4700 Cherry Creek Drive South, hosts Gravity Month, tapping a new German gravity keg every Friday filled with guest beers. This week: Mars Brau Helles. Call 303-769-0333 or visit www.bullandbushpub.com.

Saturday, January 14:

Lafayette hosts the annual Quaker Oat Festival; visit www.lafayettecolorado.com.

The Auraria Campus hosts Chef's Confluence 2012, an educational conference for chefs, beverage professionals and restaurateurs that runs through Monday, January 16. Visit www.chefsconfluence.com.

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 cafe@westword.com.

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