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The Mi Casa Center, 360 Acoma Street, is welcoming Samuel Adams Brewing for a free speed-coaching advice program for upcoming entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry today. This year's event will feature a "Pitch Room" competition that gives eight Colorado companies a chance to win a trip to Boston to compete in the Pitch Room finals later this year; the winner of the finals will be awarded a $10,000 grant and further business help from Samuel Adams.

The local companies in the Pitch Room competition include Brewery Rickoli, Bumbleroot Foods, Montanya Distillers, So Much 'Mores Campfire Desserts, Lindita's, Kassia's Pasta Farm and Chocolate Avenue USA. But even those just watching the action should learn plenty. For more information, visit the website.

Keep reading for a taste of what else is on the culinary calendar this week.

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Monday, August 19: To commemorate the USA Pro Challenge that starts today, both locations of Patxi's Pizza (185 Steele Street and 3455 South University Boulevard) are offering a special, Colorado-inspired pizza. "The Fourteener" is available today through Sunday, August 25; go to the chain's Facebook page for more information.

Every Monday, Urbiculture invites yoga instructor Lesia Wasylkevych to lead a yoga class at Gabrielle's Garden, 832 Kalamath Street, from 6 to 7 p.m. There's a suggested donation of $5; RSVP to maya@urbiculturecommunityfarms.org.

Tuesday, August 20:

It's National Lemonade Day, and local Red Robin restaurants are setting up lemonade stands to raise funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding better treatments and ultimately cures for all kids with cancer. Participating restaurants will offer free samples of lemonade, while collecting donations for the charity. Visit the website to learn more.

Ace, 501 East 17th Avenue, hosts a table-tennis tournament from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday. All matches are singles, and the event is limited to sixteen participants; registration begins at 6 p.m. Prizes (gift certificates, T-shirts and more) for the winners vary each week; call Ace at 303-800-7705 for more details.

Civic Center Eats rolls on at Civic Center Park. The food-truck fest lands at the park at lunchtime on Tuesdays and Thursdays through September 26 (with the exception of August 29 and September 3). The movable feast, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., features live music in addition to food and other vendors; check the website for the full schedule of both trucks and entertainment. Wednesday, August 21:

Kachina Southwestern Grill, 10600 Westminster Boulevard in Westminster, continues its "Beast & Beer" dinner series showcasing locally raised meat and Colorado craft beer. Tonight's feast features pork from Cone Ranch paired with brews from AC Golden Brewing Co.; there will be a beer-cocktail hour at 6 p.m followed by a four-course dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations are required; seats are $55 and space is limited. Call the restaurant at 303-410-5813 or visit the website for more details.

Thursday, August 22:

Teatulia Organic Teas, 2900 Zuni Street, is teaming up with Ian Kleinman, the molecular guru behind the Inventing Room, for the The Dessertist Performs Truffles and Cremes, which runs from 5 to 10 p.m. today through Saturday, August 24. The tea bar will feature after-dinner liquid nitrogen treats from Kleinman paired with teas. The event is free to attend, and dessert options range from $2 to $4. There will also be live music and the opportunity to enjoy a tea soda exclusive to the tea bar or a cup of Pablo's Coffee. For more information, go to the event Facebook page.

EDGE Restaurant & Bar, 1111 14th Street, continues its weekly grilling classes on Thursday through September. The $40 session includes a cocktail, draft beer or glass of wine, and a spice rub to take home. Tonight's presentation will focus on kebabs; call 303-389-3343 to reserve a seat.

Friday, August 23:

The Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival goes down today and tomorrow in Loveland. Festivities include a corn-shucking competition, a corn-eating contest, a parade and live music. General admission is free and open to the public; visit the website for more information.

The Genuine Jazz & Wine Festival gets under way at the Copper Mountain Resort, 209 Ten Mile Circle in Frisco. The festival flows through Sunday, August 25, and features music from Rick Braun, Will Donato, Elan Trotman, Marion Meadows and more. Go to the website for ticketing information.

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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