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Seventeen Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar This Week, From Beef to Bowie

This week's calendar is packed with tasty events, everything from parties celebrating the life of David Bowie to tea with a Grand Champion steer. Keep reading for all the delicious details.

Monday, January 18

Frasca Food and Wine welcomes Andy Peay from Peay Vinyards for the restaurant's Monday Night Wine Dinner. The meal is $50 per person for four courses, not including optional wine pairings. For reservations or more information, call Frasca at 303-442-6966.

Tuesday, January 19

Since 2009, The Squeaky Bean has been paying its respects to iconic cultural figures with "Shrine cocktails." Now, with the passing of legend David Bowie, the restaurant is unveiling an entire cocktail menu to honor the cultural icon, and will launch it with a tribute evening. Guests are encouraged to channel their inner Bowie and dress for the occasion, as they drink and celebrate the life and music of one of the greatest; the party will run from 4 p.m. to close. The special cocktails will be available through the month (at least); for more information, contact the Squeaky Bean at 303-623-2665.  

Frasca Food and Wine is bringing back the restaurant's Istituto Frasca Per Il Vino. The wine class series kicks off today with a class on the wines of Napa (old and new); owner/Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey will guide students through an immersive, two-hour class on specific regions and wine styles. Tuition is $325 per person, which includes the workbook, wine flight, tax and gratuity, and if you can't make it today, If you can't make the class today, Frasca will be holding two more Napa classes tomorrow and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. To save a spot, contact Lindsay Koehn or Erin Pommer at 303-442-0608. For a complete schedule of upcoming classes, check out  
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is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a very beery party today at 6 p.m. Goose Island will be featured as a tap takeover, and Russian River’s Consecration & Supplication will also be making an appearance. There will be a "keg kick" with Lagunitas, with a $15 donation benefitting Urban Peak, a local foundation working with youth to overcome homelessness and poverty. Guests can expect many more rare beers to make an appearances throughout the night. Admission into the event is free; for more information, head to the event's Facebook page

Take a trip to Italy during Arugula's Tour of Tuscany wine dinner this evening. Importer and Certified Sommelier Roland Herman from Maisons Marques & Domaines will take diners through four wines, which will be paired with five courses. The dinner, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is $93; for reservations and more information, call Arugula at 303-443-5100.  

Rioja's Sips and Snacks series continues with a focus on tequila today. Diners can stop by the bar every Tuesday through February 2 and enjoy four tastes of wine or spirits paired with four snacks — for just $15. For more information, call Rioja at 303-820-2282.

Wednesday, January 20  

Illy, which currently serves up coffee in more than 140 countries, today will open the first free-standing illy Caffé in Colorado inside the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel To celebrate the grand opening, illy will be offering complimentary drip coffee all day, and one lucky coffee connoisseur will win free coffee for a year. For a chance to win, head to the caffe looking like you just rolled out of bed—think pajamas, slippers and bedhead—from 7 to 9 a.m. The three best looks will be captured by onsite photographers and posted to the Renaissance Denver Downtown at the Colorado National Bank Facebook page; fans will then vote by liking their favorite pre–coffee looks, and the photo with the most likes by 11:59 p.m. on January 21 will win one cup of drip coffee per day at illy’s for a year. For all the details, click here

The Nickel and Western Daughters are teaming up for a butcher shop-style Stock Show dinner tonight. Guests will be able to select cuts of meat from a roaming cart — priced by portion size — and Nickel chefs will grill the pieces — flatiron, bavette, bone-in New York, bone-in ribeye and round — to order. Certain cuts will be available as a tartare; and there will be family-style side dishes. Seatings range from 5 to 10 p.m.; for reservations, call 720-889-2128.  

Join Coohills for a Geyser Peak wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Geyser Peak winemaker Ondine Chattan will be on hand to offer tasting notes and insight on the wines throughout the evening. The dinner is $75; call  the restaurant at 303-623-5700 to make a reservation. 

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Ben Landreth