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

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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 frascafoodandwine.com.  
Park Burger RiNo 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. 

Thursday, January 21

Baur's Restaurant is teaming up with Lobster Bliss and Ocean to Plate, to host Go Fish: Pesce Amore, A Winter Warm-Up to Sustainable Seafood at 6:30 p.m. The informative seafood dinner will highlight the foods of Northern Italy, and will educate guests on sustainable ways to enjoy seafood throughout the winter. Each of the five courses, which include Amalfi Coast seafood stew, lobster gnocchi, seared diver scallops and more, will be paired with an Italian wine. Tickets for Go Fish are $65, and can be purchased here.  

Victoria Price will be at Alamo Drafthouse today to share a few recipes from  A Treasury of Great Recipes, a cookbook by her father, Vincent Price. The Alamo will be screening Price's The Abominable Dr. Phibes while guests enjoy a feast made from Price's recipes. Victoria will also share a few memories of her father, and will sign copies of her book Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography, as well as the cookbook. Tickets to the event, which starts at 7 p.m., are $75 each; grab yours here.  

The Beaver Creek Wine Festival kicks off a weekend of food, wine and skiing today. The festival features guest speakers, outdoor activities, interactive cooking demonstrations, innovative wine and spirits events, gourmet wine-pairing dinners and more. Things get under way with a wine and tapas social from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Cosmopolitan; tickets to this event are $95. Grab tickets and check out the full schedule of events here

Friday, January 22 

The DaVinci Institute, a futurist organization and coder academy, hosts its first Tasting Room for Colorado distillers at its new headquarters at the Compass Bank building at 9191 North Sheridan Boulevard, from 4 to 8 p.m. today. More than ten Colorado distilleries and eight caterers will take part in the event. General admission tickets are $25;  VIP tickets are $99 and include a private tasting hour from 4 to 5 p.m., raffle tickets, a gift bag, preferred seating and more. Attendees can register and learn more here.  

You can get a taste of a Denver tradition today, during the Brown Palace Hotel's Afternoon Tea with the National Western’s Champion Steer. For the 71st year, the 2016 Grand Champion Steer will make his entrance into The Brown Palace at 11 a.m. the public is invited to pose for photos with the steer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and rodeo royalty will also be on hand for photos and autographs.  Those who make a donation to There With Care will be entered in a contest to win Brown Palace prizes, including an overnight stay at the hotel. For more information, visit brownpalace.com.  

Arugula is taking its Tour of Tuscany Wine dinner on the road, and heading to Salto in Nederland. The restaurant will serve five courses and four wines, in the cozy comfort of a coffee shop. For reservations and pricing, contact Salto at 303-258-3537. 

Nicole Laurita, of Williams & Graham, will be behind the rooftop bar at MCA Denver for a special edition of the museum's Bartender in Residence program celebrating Marilyn Minter's Pretty/Dirty retrospective. The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m., with happy hour from 5 to 7. Admission is $5 after 5 p.m., and always free for members. For more information, see the event's Facebook page.   

Winter Brew Festival pours into Mile High Station starting this evening. Today and tomorrow guests can sample beers from over forty breweries each night while listening to live music by Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene on Friday night, and the Gin Doctors on Saturday. Tickets are $35 per night, or you can go with the VIP package, which includes early admission and a special cheese sampling by Mouco Cheese, for $45. For tickets and more information, visit denverbrewfest.com.  

For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to cafe@westword.com.

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