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Savor the flavors of Tejon, see Santa at Little Man, buy crafts and beer this weekend

You need an eye-opener this morning, don't you? All of the Colorado McDonald's locations will be giving any customer a free, small McCafe coffee today, in honor of Black Friday. You can get a cup of Mickey D's specialty brewed coffee made with 100 percent Arabica beans at a drive-thru or inside the restaurant, and no purchase is necessary. The deal continues through December 8.

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

See also: Leftovers, pumpkin beers and Black Friday highlight our weekly craft beer calendar

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 If you would rather skip the shopping, join Culinary Connectors for another Savor the Flavors tour, which starts at 3 p.m. on Tejon Street and includes visits to various restaurants and chats with their owners and chefs.Tickets are $39; purchase them online here. You will receive a detailed itinerary when you buy a ticket.

Satisfy your hunger after trudging through the shopping battlefield at Citron Bistro from 11am-10pm today. They will be offering a two for one deal on select entrees in honor of Black Friday. Check out the menu on the Citron website.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Gentlemen throughout the community will don their best chef hats for the 100 Men Who Cook Black Tie Gala at The Renaissance Denver Hotel. At the gala, guests can sample various specialty dishes, as well as enjoy live entertainment, dancing and a silent auction, all for the benefit of such charitable organizations as The Struggle of Love Foundation, which offers mentoring and sports programs; the Colorado Starlites Drum and Drill Team; The Jazz C.A.F.E (Cultivating a Future of Excellence), which promotes music educations and leadership skills for kids in grades 5-12. Tickets to tonight's event are currently sold out; tickets to next year's event are available online for $45 to $67.50.

The LoHi neighborhood will hold its annual holiday lighting celebration beginning at 5 p.m. at Little Man Ice Cream. Santa and his reindeer will be in attendance to help ring in the holiday spirit with caroling, chestnuts, an open fire, hay rides, free food and more.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 Enjoy handmade crafts and handmade craft ale at Avery Brewing Co from noon to 7 p.m. At 3 p.m. Avery will feature a special tapping of 10 lb. Strawberry Wit, Avery's Belgian-style white ale made with -- you guessed it -- ten pounds of fresh strawberries. Proceeds from the event will benefit Women's Bean Project, a non-profit organization that works with women to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty by providing transitional jobs making food and handcrafted jewelry. For more information about the event, check out the Avery Brewing Facebook page.

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