If Daniel Young is good enough for Barack, he's good enough for you

Plenty of good food for good causes this week.

The Bartender's Martini Miracle Ball, which benefits the Children's Hospital Research Institute, will be at the Church nightclub, 1160 Lincoln Street, from 7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. on Friday, November 14. Tickets are $100, but buy you four cocktails, live music from Boogielicious and Soul School as well as the Church's hottest DJs, and food from numerous retaurants and catering outfits -- including Ultra Events, which chef Daniel Young started with Carmelo Anthony. Young had been Anthony's personal chef, but now is rumored to be in line for a job with the First Eater: As we reported Tuesday, the New York Daily News says Young is one of three finalists for the job of White House chef. For more on Friday's event, go to www.martinimiracleball.com.

More charitable undertakings: At 6 p.m. November 13, Uncorked 2008: Competitive Wine Tasting will fill the foyer of the Denver Newspaper Agency, 101 West Colfax Avenue; it's a benefit for Mile High United Way, and a $20 donation is suggested. For details on how you can compete, go to www.unitedwaydenver.org.

For a less competitive evening, head down to Greenwood Village for the first annual Landmark Holiday Wine Walk, which benefits the Excelsior Youth Center and starts at 6 p.m. on November 13; for more information, go to www.excelsioryc.org or call 303-721-0500. (While you're in the neighborhood, stop by the Curtis Arts and Humanities Center at 2349 East Orchard at 6:30 p.m. for a free demonstration of "The Art of Food" by culinary artist Keiko Fryberger, who specializes in Japanese appetizers.)

And on Friday, November 14, "A Holiday Wine Tasting and Gourmet Food Fest" will benefit Colorado Springs Teen Court; it runs from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 West Rio Grande Street, Colorado Springs. Tickets are $50; for more information, call Sovereignty Wine, one of the sponsors, at 719-389-0906.

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