Sake, beer and wine events are on the culinary calendar this week

While the weather is decidedly chilly today, there are plenty of beer, wine and even sake dinners to warm you up this week. Here's a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.

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Monday, May 12

Izakaya Den is hosting a sake-tasting event tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For this cocktail party-style event, each guest will be given a sake cup and bento box with hors d'oeuvres from Izakaya Den and Sushi Den. They then will receive a "pairing map" so they can navigate the five sake stations and 25 sake varieties scattered throughout the restaurant to pair with their appetizers. Tickets for the sake pairing are $60 in advance and $70 at the door and are limited. To purchase your tickets, click here.

Tuesday, May 13

Master Sommelier John Blazon will be in attendance at tonight's Spire Collection Wine Tasting Dinner at Flagstaff House. Executive chef/owner Mark Monette has prepared a four-course dinner featuring six Spire Collection wines for the event. Tickets are $165 per person plus tax and tip, and extremely limited. Call 303-442-4640 to see if any seats are left.

Wednesday, May 14

Amato's Ale House will host a barrel-aged beer dinner tonight at 6 p.m. The four-course menu will feature seared sea scallops, smoked peppercorn-crusted ahi tuna, roast pork tenderloin, and caramel corn panna cotta. Each course will be paired with exclusive barrel-aged beer offerings from Breckenridge Brewery and River North Brewery. Reservations are $50 per person; call 303-433-9734.

Thursday, May 15

Frasca is forgoing its usual Monday night wine dinner in favor of a beer dinner this evening. Crystal Springs Brewing Company owner Tom Horst will be the guest of honor tonight when Crystal Springs's seasonal beers are paired with a four-course meal. Tickets for the pairing are $125 and seats are limited to twenty guests. To see if any spots are left, call 303-442-6966.

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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