Hot-dog-eating contest, progressive dinner and more on this week's culinary calendar

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Besides Elise Wiggins' new Summer Local week at Panzano, there is a plethora of beer-, wine- and meat-centric events taking place this week, plus an annual Hot-Dog Eating Contest on Sunday. Here's a taste of what's ahead:

Tuesday, July 26:

Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 East 35th Avenue, hosts the Highly Rated Wine Tasting in conjunction with Argonaut Liquors; wines with a rating of 90 or above will be served, and proceeds benefit Easter Seals of Colorado. It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $30 in advance, $35 at the door; call 303-831-7788.

Blue Star, 1645 South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs, presents the Vina Robles Winemaker Dinner, a five-course winemaker dinner. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $60; call 719-632-1086 or visit www.thebluestar.net.

Tasty Colfax runs today from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; sample food at fourteen restaurants in the Bluebird District (Colfax Avenue between Monroe and St. Paul Streets). There will be live music, a tap-dancing troupe and more. Admission is $20; visit www.mycolfax.org.

Wednesday, July 27:

Izakaya Den, 1518 South Pearl Street, presents Sliced!, a sushi-making class featuring chefs from Sushi Den, Izakaya Den and OTOTO; after class, sit for a meal that includes sushi, miso soup and green tea. Call 303-777-0691 or visit www.izakayaden.net.

Thursday, July 28:

Cafe Aion, 1235 Pennsylvania Avenue in Boulder, presents the Asher Beer Dinner, offering six different beers paired with seasonal tapas. Call 303-993-8131.

Freshcraft, 1530 Blake Street, offers a Summer Food & Beer Pairing Dinner, with four courses (plus an apertif) paired with an array of beers; educated staff and brewery representatives will be on hand to speak about the beer. It starts at 5:30 p.m. and costs $40; call 303-758-9608 or visit www.freshcraft.com.

Randolph's Restaurant and Bar, 1776 Grant Street, presents its Wine Tasting Series. Enjoy eight to twelve wines, appetizers and live jazz for $25. It runs from 5 to 7 p.m.; call 303-318-7272 or visit www.randolphsdenver.com.

Organixx, 1520 Blake Street, hosts a Wine Tasting Benefit with organic wine and hors d'ouevre to benefit Orphans Hope Network. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $25; visit www.orphanshopenetwork.org.

Learn the basics of making fresh sausage at Il Mondo Vecchio, 1174 South Cherokee Street; the Fresh Sausage Class costs $95. Call 303-744-6328 or visit www.mondovecchio.net.

Encore, 2550 East Colfax Avenue, hosts the Uinta Beer vs. IMT Wine four-course meal paired with either wine or beer. It runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and costs $69; call 303-355-1112 or visit www.encoreoncolfax.com.

Friday, July 29:

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, 8100 East Orchard Road in Englewood, presents the CBCC Martini & Cigar Mixer, with gourmet hors d'ouevre, three cigars, door prize, raffles and premium drinks. It runs from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and costs $100; call 303-831-0720.

Plains Conservation Center, 21901 East Hampden Avenue in Aurora, is the site of Hops for Habitat; enjoy brews from fifteen breweries, live bands, food, wagon rides, wildlife and lovely scenery. It runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and costs $30; call 303-693-3621 or visit www.plainsconservationcenter.org.

Saturday, July 30:

Sunnyside Farms, 4201 Umatilla Street, presents the Tour de Farms Progressive Dinner Party and Tour, which also will feature live music, free bike tuneups, awards for the best repurposed costume and more. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $30 in advance and $35 at the door; call 303-949-2901 or visit www.urbiculturecommunityfarms.org.

Q's, 2115 13th Street in Boulder, hosts an Oskar Blues Dinner; call 303-442-4880 or visit www.qsboulder.com.

Il Mondo Vecchio, 1174 South Cherokee Street, hosts a Whole Hog Hoedown for $220; call 303-744-6328 or visit www.mondovecchio.net.

Sunday, July 31:

Steve's Snappin' Dogs, 3525 East Colfax Avenue, presents its third annual Hot-Dog-Eating Contest; participants who sign up (and can eat five hot dogs in three minutes) can qualify for this third annual contest, and proceeds benefit Project Angel Heart. The contest starts at 1 p.m. and costs $25; call 303-333-7627 or visit www.stevessnappindogs.com.

Pizza Republica, 5375 Landmark Place #112 in Englewood, hosts Memories of Montalcino, featuring appetizers, a three-course meal and dessert paired with wine. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $95; call 720-489-2030 or visit www.pizzarepublica.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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