Sweet talk from Keegan Gerhard and other tasty events

There's quite a smorgasbord of food-related fun tonight.

"Taste Test: Random Encounters in the History & Science of Food" returns to the Lab at Belmar, 404 South Upham in Lakewood, at 6 p.m. today, March 12, when the focus will be on...sugar. Keegan Gerhard, pastry chef, Food Network host,owner of D Bar Desserts, at 1475 East 17th Avenue, and Westword cover boy (shown here with wife Lisa Bailey) will do some sweet-talking with Stephen Mihm, professor of history at the University of Georgia. For details on this and next week's event, which features Kevin Taylor talking about green chiles, go to www.belmarlab.org.

For more education, head to the Kitchen Table Cooking School, in the Landmark project in Greenwood Village, for a Scotch-tasting class that runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight. To enroll, go to www.kitchentablegv.com.

Or just sit back and let the chefs do the work. Tambien Cantina, 250 Steele Street, is hosting a five-course Scorpion Mezcal dinner on March 12, with Dave Query, Jamey Fader, Cy Yontz and Roberto Diaz joining Sean Yontz in the kitchen. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and reservations are $75; for details, call 303-333-1763. Also on March 12, Brett Smith will prepare a five-course menu paired with Del Maguey Mezcal at Zolo Southwestern Grill, 2525 Arapahoe Road in Boulder. Seats are $65 per person; to reserve yours, call 303-449-0444.

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