Ten Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar for March 14-18

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The start of Daylight Savings Time can throw a wrench in your work week; none of us wants to give up an hour of sleep. Fortunately, the next few days are full of tasty events to get you back on your feed. For starters, Nocturne is celebrating the supper club's first anniversary with half-price bubbly. Through March, guests who drop the password “happy first anniversary" when ordering any champagne by the bottle at Nortune, will see the price sliced in half. And that's just the beginning of the deals on our culinary calendar. Keep reading for the details.

Monday, March 14 

The latest Dunkin' Donuts location owned by the Bradley Donuts franchise group opened today at 4922 East Hampden Avenue. In celebration, through March 20 you can get a medium hot or iced coffee for just fifty cents at this spot, which is open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Boulder County Farmers' Markets will host an informational, community-supported agriculture happy hour at Powder Keg Brewing Co. in Niwot today from 5 to 8 p.m. The happy hour will feature nine local producers — including Boulder County Farmers' Markets, Red Wagon Organic Farm, Aspen Moon Farm, Ollin Farms, Sol Y Sombra Farm, Monroe Organic Farm and Altan Alma Organic Farm — that offer community-supported agriculture programs and will inform guests of the benefits of having a CSA share and membership options for the 2016 season. For more information, visit bcfm.org

Frasca Food and Wine's Monday Night Wine dinner will feature Phil Laramore, who will discuss the wines of Felsina. Tickets are $50 per person, not including optional wine pairings which range from $40 to $50. For reservations and more information, call Frasca at 303-442-6966. 

Tuesday, March 15 

Tropical Smoothie Café’s executive chef, Lake Dawson, will be visiting Colorado to showcase the new, limited-time-only Cali Chicken Club Flatbread, as well as the fan-favorite Avocolada Smoothie featuring avocado, lime, coconut, spinach, kale and pineapple. The public is invited to a free tasting event from 6 to 8 p.m., during which Dawson will preview a secret test menu item. Learn more at tropicalsmoothiecafe.com

Ototo is holding a six-course sake pairing dinner tonight at 6 p.m; the $100 ticket includes a short sake seminar. Grab tickets and learn more here

Keep reading for more culinary events this week.

Wednesday, March 16 

Get to know the basics of cheese pairing at Cheese + Provisions' Cheese 101 tasting and pairing class. You can taste your way through sixteen cheeses, two wines and six accompaniments while learning key tasting skills that will enhance your appreciation of cheese. The course starts at 7 p.m. today and tickets are $54; find out more here.  

As part of National Ag Week, the forty agricultural organizations that make up the Colorado Ag Council will once again host Ag Day at the State Capitol , starting at 10:45 a.m. Local chefs, lawmakers and others will team up for a cook-off competition of Colorado-grown foods, with lunch served at 11:30 a.m. to state legislators, farmers, ranchers and many others. For more information, visit agday.org

Carmine's on Penn is holding a Tour of Tuscany wine dinner and pairing tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. Dinner is $75 and seating is limited, so call the restaurant at 303-777-6443 to reserve your spot. 

Every Wednesday Mezcal holds Beyond Jose, a free, educational tequila tasting. from 6 to 8 p.m. This week the restaurant will highlight Patron; call  Mezcal at 303-322-5219 for more information. 

Thursday, March 17 

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Watch for updated our list of St. Paddy's events

Friday, March 18

Get weird at MCA Denver's Black Sheep Fridays. From 6 to 8 p.m. most Fridays, the museum will be serving up beverages and "sophisticated non-sense" that ranges from lip-syncing competitions to bingo with go-go dancers to this week's Poetry Spam, with poetry readings of your spam e-mails. You can join in on the fun for $5; the weirdness changes every week, so check out mcadenver.org to see the full schedule of shenanigans.

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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