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Taste tests: Chocolate and the Yucatan

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At 6:30 p.m. tonight, the Lab at Belmar kicks off the latest round of Taste Test, a series that "investigates the foods that we eat through a combination of history, science, anthropology and culinary arts," according to the Lab's Sarah Skeen. First up: "Taste Test: Chocolate," William Poole, founder of Wen Chocolate; Bridget Coughlin, deputy curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science; and Rebecca Peizer, chef instructor at the Culinary School of the Rockies. Tickets are $25 ($20 members); the Lab is located at 404 South Upham Street in Lakewood.

And over at Lola, 1575 Boulder Street, Jamey Fader welcomes Troy Guard as the guest chef in the next in his series of regional dinners, this one focusing on Baja and the Yucatan Peninsula. The party starts at 6:30 p.m.; for reservations, $65, call 720-570-8686.

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