Oktoberfest, Rockbar birthday and more on this week's culinary calendar

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We know you're all gearing up for the Great American Beer Festival -- and what better way to start your marathon training than with various Oktoberfest events? That and much more is happening in the food scene this week; here's a taste of what else is on the menu:

Monday, September 12:

Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West 10th Avenue, presents the Rock 'n' Roll Spelling Bee, where you can eat, drink and win prizes starting at 9 p.m. Call 720-479-8829 or visit www.interstaterestaurant.com.

Olivea (719 East 17th Avenue, 303-861-5050) and Duo (2413 West 32nd Avenue, 303-477-4141) present Meatless Mondays, offering vegetarian specials every Monday. And the Kitchen Table, 5375 Landmark Place in Greenwood Village, presents Meatless Mondays, a variety of classes offered every Monday evening at dinnertime. Call 303-220-9769 or visit www.kitchentablegv.com.

Tuesday, September 13:

Brian Gansmann will read from Defeat Wheat, his new book, at the Gluten Gladiator Dinner at WaterCourse Foods, 837 East 17th Avenue; samples of gluten-free beer and a gluten-free dinner will be provided. It starts at 6 p.m.; call 303-832-7313 or visit www.watercoursefoods.com.

Olivea, 719 East 17th Avenue, hosts the Fall Dinner Series: Sicily; Olivea will highlight specific regions of Italy, France and Spain, and this first event highlights Sicilian cuisine in four courses. Admission is $40 to $60; call 303-861-5050 or visit www.olivearestaurant.com.

Denver Film Center, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, presents FilmFeast, a new annual film series catering to foodies; each screening includes tastings from local restaurants. This week: I Like Killing Flies. It starts at 7 p.m.; call 303-595-3456 or visit www.denverfilm.org.

Wednesday, September 14:

mise en place, 1801 Wynkoop Street #175, presents the Allegrini Palazzo Delle Torre's Cook-Off For a Cause. Brunella Gualerzi, Scott Parker, Tyler Wiard and Elise Wiggins will be competing, and the winning chef will be able to donate to his or her chosen charity. Call 303-521-6343 or visit www.miseenplaceschool.com.

The Broker Restaurant, 821 17th Street, hosts the latest installation of Dinner, Ideas 'N Exchange (D.I.N.E.): This round, Hal Bidlack plays Alexander Hamilton. Admission is $35; call 303-894-7951, extension 10, to book your spot.

The Tears-McFarlane House, 1290 Williams Street, is hosting Colfax Happy on the Hill/CHUN Wine Tasting and Silent Auction; try a variety of wines, enjoy a chair massage and live music, shop the silent auction and more. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $35.

WaterCourse Foods, 837 East 17th Avenue, hosts its Porch Pounder Series, a patio party with wine and beer tastings, plus vegetarian and vegan offerings. It runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and costs $20; call 303-832-7313 or visit www.watercoursefoods.com.

Thursday, September 15:

Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Street in Golden, presents a wine tasting with an auction, hors d'ouevre, wine tasting and more; it starts at 6 p.m. and costs $45 for one or $80 for two. Call 303-935-3044 or visit www.minersalley.com.

The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts -- Boulder, 637 South Broadway, Suite H, presents Oodles of Noodles a two-day workshop running two Thursday nights from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is $185; call 303-494-7988 or visit www.escoffier.edu/locations/boulder.

Rockbar, 3015 East Colfax Avenue, presents a Five-Year Anniversary Party through Sunday, September 18, with drink specials, giveaways and much more. Call 303-322-4444 or visit www.rockbar-denver.com.

Friday, September 16:

The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts -- Boulder, 637 South Broadway, Suite H, presents Butchery 101. Learn the basics of butchering whole cuts of meat. It runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and costs $115; call 303-494-7988 or visit www.escoffier.edu/locations/boulder.

The Great Frame-Up, 430 Main Street in Longmont, hosts the annual ArtFul Dessert Contest. Visit www.artwalklongmont.org or call 303-678-8417.

Rancho Duranzo, 3938G 2/10 Road in Palisade, hosts Feast in the Fields: Chef Erik Skokan will cook a multi-course dinner paired with wine. It starts at 5:30 p.m. and costs $100; call 303-449-7301 or visit http://feastinthefields2011.eventbrite.com.

Denver's Oktoberfest, featuring German fare, crafts and entertainment, plus fireworks and a bratwurst-eating contest, takes over the Ballpark Neighborhood for two weekends. Visit www.oktoberfestdenver.com.

Hop on board the Oktoberfest Train at the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, 401 Water Street in Canon City; it's a two-hour jorney with a a three-course, traditional Oktoberfest meal, a commemorative pint glass, live accordion and more. The trip is available through October 9; trains leave at 12:30 p.m., and admission is $45 to $95. Call 1-888-724-5748 or visit www.royalgorgereservations.com.

Saturday, September 17:

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad, 401 Water Street in Canon City, presents a Five Course Wine Dinner offering twilight views of the train route and dinner, paired with local wines from Holy Cross Abbey. Admission is $125 to $155; call 888-724-5748 or visit www.royalgorgereservations.com.

Georgetown presents the annual Georgetown Cook-Off: Compete with your best Miner's Stew, High Country Bread or Rocky Mountain Cobbler. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free to attend, $25 for contestants. E-mail preservation@historicgeorgetown.org or call 303-567-4660.

UrbiCulture Community Farms, 4201 Umatilla Street, hosts the Tour de Harvest, a progressive dinner party and a tour of UrbiCulture's Sunnyside farms. It starts at 3 p.m.; kids under five are free, kids six to twelve are $10, and admission is $30 to $35 for adults. Visit www.urbiculturecommunityfarms.org.

Seven Cups, 1882 South Pearl Street, hosts All the Tea in China; teahouse owner Greg Fellman will teach an introductory class on tea where you will learn how it is made, about production differences, the importance of terroir and more. It starts at 10 a.m. and costs $30; call 303-777-2877 or visit www.sevencupsdenver.com.

Breckenridge presents its annual celebration of German culture and beer, Breckenridge Oktoberfest, through Sunday, September 18. Visit www.gobreck.com.

The Pearl Street Mall in Boulder hosts Boulder Green Streets, a mile-long block party with a unique tabletop pavilion (Organic Alley), eco-friendly products, live music, activities, a parade and more. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; visit www.bouldergreenstreets.org.

Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge, 930 Lincoln Street, presents its Docent Dinner #8 with Lisa Call and Dierdre Adams discussing their artistic influences over a three-course meal. It starts at 4 p.m. and costs $25, $35 with wine pairings; call 303-839-5100 or visit www.dazzlejazz.com.

Crested Butte presents Vinotok, a celebration of wine and the harvest during the autumn equinox through Saturday, September 24. Visit http://www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com/press-release/crested-butte-s-24th-annual-vinotok-honors-eastern-european-roots-autumn-equinox-sept-.

Sunday, September 18:

Enjoy Pajama Brunch at Second Home, 150 Clayton Lane, where kids eight and under who wear their pajamas to the restaurant can eat free from the kids' brunch menu. Call 303-253-3000.

The Boulder Brew Bus leaves from the West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, and visits Upslope, Avery and Twisted Pine Breweries every Sunday at 5:30 p.m. The tour costs $30; call 303-444-3535 or visit www.thewestendtavern.com.

The Corner Office, 1401 Curtis Street, presents Disco Brunch Sundays; dance to a disco DJ and enjoy brunch favorites. It runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call 303-825-6500 or visit www.thecornerofficedenver.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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