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Miso, Morocco and Molecular Gastronomy: Fifteen Tastiest Events on This Week's Culinary Calendar

This week is all about education. You can add to your culinary knowledge at everything from wine tastings to miso cooking classes to a dinner that will introduce you to the delights of Finnish food. And make plans to stop by the Osage Cafe for lunch on Tuesday, where professional chefs will again be working with students there. Keep reading for all the delicious details.

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Monday, January 19

Seven highly acclaimed pinot noir winemakers from both Oregon and California are making their tenth annual visit to Colorado, where they'll host a wine dinner at Table 6 tonight. This Pinot Posse dinner will feature at least fourteen vintages to showcase the varied nuances and styles of Pinot Noir. Call 303-831-8800 to make your reservations.

Ian Kleinman -- chef, inventor and owner of the Inventing Room -- will be teaching a Work Options for Women cooking class from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Cafe Options. The class is $75, register here.

Piero Lanza from Poggerino will be the guest of honor at Frasca Food and Wine's Monday Night Wine Dinner. The cost is $50 for four courses, not including optional wine pairings. Call 303-442-6966 for reservations.

Tuesday, January 20

Root Down and Vino Lauria are teaming up today for a five-course dinner paired with wines from Vino Lauria. Dinner is $90 and begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 303-993-4200 to make reservations.

Arugula Bar e Ristorante is holding a Tour De France Wine Dinner, a five-course meal paired with an assortment of French wines. The dinner, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is $50 plus $29 for wine pairings.

The chefs of Ace and Steuben's, led by executive chef Brandon Biederman, will be cooking alongside culinary students at the Osage Café every third Tuesday of every month -- and you can enjoy the results of their collaboration at lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Lower48 Kitchen continues its Tuesday Tastings, a $36, three-course meal that has a different theme each week: This round, it's Fermenting & Pickling. The regular a la carte menu is also available, for reservations, call 303-942-0262.

Frasca Food and Wine has launched its Instituto Per il Vino series, four interactive classes that take an in-depth look at a different wine region around the globe, with curated flights that showcase each region. The New World Pinot Noir class will take place today and tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m.; tuition for both is $235. Call Frasca at 303-442-6966.

Wednesday, January 21

Chef Ryan Leinonen will host a Finland-themed dinner tonight at Trillium. "Food from Finland tends to be more rustic, simple and peasant-like than the other Scandinavian countries," says Leinonen, whose menu includes four courses, all paired with wines, for $70 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. "The Finnish people are steeped in culinary tradition, relying heavily on smoking, salting, curing and frying fish, and because the growing season is short, there are always a lot of root vegetables involved - and ingredients like potatoes, turnips and carrots will play a big part in my Finnish dinner." The feast, part of Leinonen's ongoing Scandinavian dinner series, begins at 7 p.m.; make a reservation at 303-379-9759.

Savor the Slopes begins at Keystone today and runs through February 12. This multi-week, rotating showcase features food, wine, beer and spirits; each tasting event will focus on one Keystone area restaurant. The tastings are $25 each and begin at 4 p.m. For more information, click here.

Thursday, January 22

Denver Botanic Gardens will hold a Flavors of Morocco cooking class from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Participants will learn to make green lentil soup topped with creamy saffron scrambled eggs, grated carrot salad dressed with a warm citrus cinnamon dressing, and a Moroccan spice blend to take home. Class is $39; for more information click here.

Ian Kleinman will be hosting Molecular donuts 4.0 Highlands at the Sunnyside Burger Bar from 6 to 10:30 a.m. today -- and will be back every morning through January 25. Find out more here.

The Nickel will host a one-night-only, five-course, nose-to-tail dinner tonight only in partnership with Western Daughters. The evening's special prix fixe menu celebrates the whole animal, featuring a full side of locally raised, dry aged, grass-beef secured exclusively by Western Daughters. Dinner is $95, with a wine pairing available from sommelier Kendra Anderson for $50. Reserve a seat at 720-889-2128 or here.

Friday, January 23

Stir Cooking School will host a Date Night: Miso Hungry class starting at 6:30 p.m. today. Participants will learn how incorporate miso into everyday meals and traditional Japanese dishes. The class is $75; you can register at

eTown Hall and Jax Fish House in Boulder will be teaming up for an evening celebrating the uncelebrated, the "by-catch of our global waters." Trash Fish Social begins at 6 p.m. at eTown Hall and is $50 per person. For tickets, click here.

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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