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Harvest season, honey and sake all on the culinary calendar this week

The second week of September is full of culinary events; and there's something for everyone -- especially if you're free on Sepember 15.

Here's a taste of what's on the menu:

Monday, September 10:

Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, has invited Mark DeNittis of Il Mondo Vecchio and Cinque Soldi Salumeria for an eight-course seminar covering the basics of butchery and sausage making. "The Foundations of Meat" begins today and continues every Monday (excluding September 17) until November 5. Tuition for all eight courses costs $2,000 and there are only five seats left; click here for the full curriculum.

Tuesday, September 11:

Every Tuesday, Tahona Tequila Bistro, 1035 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts Taco Tuesday with $2 tacos from 4 p.m. to close -- view the selection here and call 303-938-9600 for more details.Wednesday, September 12:

Ale House at Amatos, 2501 16th Street, has partnered with Great Divide Brewing Co. for its monthly Chug and Grub this evening. For $25, guests can enjoy a four-course meal paired with five GD beers. Grub is served at 7 p.m.; call 303-433-9734 to grab a seat.

TAG|RAW Bar, 1430 Larimer Street, is hosting a five-course sake dinner at 7 p.m. tonight. Join sake guru Katrina as she explains different styles of sake and how they pair with food. View the menu -- which costs $65 and includes sake pairings -- here; and call 303-996-2685 to RSVP. (Note: space is limited.)Thursday, September 13:

TAG|RAW Bar is also offering a new 4-course, vegan omakase menu every Thursday during dinner service for $30 per person; call 303-996-2685 for details.

Friday, September 14:

In honor of National Honey Month, Cured, 1825 Pearl Street in Boulder, has invited Beth Conrey, president of the Colorado Beekeeping Society and owner of BeeSquared Honey, for an in-store honey extraction and discussion. There will be an entire hive set-up and opportunities to extract your own jar of honey. Call the store at 720-389-8096 for more information.

The Vail Oktoberfest gets under way today and runs through September 16 in Loinshead Village at the base of the mountain. The Bavarian blast features yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, music and dancing, bratwurst, and an ungodly amount of beer. Check the website for a schedule of events and lodging information.Saturday, September 15:

Vine Street Pub's Uptown Block Party and Brewers Olympics takes place today outside the brewery at 1700 Vine Street. The seven-hour event will pit notables like Wynkoop, Breckenridge, Odell and Great Divide against one another in a series of beer-themed (and fueled) games. Twelve brewers will be competing -- and donating 35 varieties of beer -- to help raises funds for New Era Colorado. There will also be a performance by String Cheese Incident's Keith Moseley. The shindig starts at 1 p.m. and admission is free, with pints going for $5. Visit the website for more information.

The 21st annual Colorado Mountain Winefest pours into the Riverbend Park, 451 Pendleton Street in Palisade, today from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival features wines from 50 Colorado's wineries, live music, chef demonstrations, interactive seminars, a Grape Stomp and ice carving. Tickets are $43 and can be purchased here.Saturday, September 15 (continued):

Isabelle Farms, 10029 Isabelle Road in Lafayette, is hosting a family-friendly open house today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Festivities include tours, hay rides, zucchini races, face painting and live entertainment. Big Red F will also be catering the event; click here for ticket information.

Farm Day at Isabelle will also feature an intimate five-course dinner courtesy of Jax Fish House from 6 to 9 p.m. The menu will be prepared by Jax chefs Dave Query, Kevin Grossi, Sheila Lucero and Amos Watts. Tickets -- which include wine pairings from Jack Rabbit Hill Vineyards -- costs $125 and all proceeds benefit the Growe Foundation; click here for more information and to view the menu.Saturday, September 15 (continued):

UrbiCulture Community Farms presents its 2nd Annual Tour de Harvest -- a "progressive dinner party" and urban farm tour -- today at 4201 Umatilla Street. Tickets cost $35 and include guided walking and bike tours of the multi-plot farm, small plates crafted by local chefs at each of the nine gardens, live music and refreshments. Visit the website for more details, a lineup of chefs and to purchase tickets (which are close to sold out).

But if you miss the tour, stick around for the Harvest Festival at 6 p.m.; UrbiCulture is hosting a free neighborhood street party with live music from The Hayward Strangers & Dalton Kieta, beer and wine ($2 donation), a raffle and a kids activity section. BBQ will be provided, but potluck items are encouraged. For more information on UbriCulture's efforts to provide local and sustainable food to people of all income levels, visit

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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Patrick Langlois
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