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Ten Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar, May 9-12

Your weekend may have been full of derby drinks and Mother's Day love, but this week's culinary calendar is full, too, and you won't want to miss some of these tasty events. Keep reading for the details.

Monday, May 9

Johnson & Wales University will host chef Pati Jinich, host of the PBS show Pati’s Mexican Table and resident chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., for a free cooking demo and book signing at 2 p.m. today. Jinich, a nominee for two 2016 James Beard awards, will do a demo, then sign copies of her new book, Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for Contemporary Kitchens. Reservations are required; call Holly at 303-256-9452.

Frasca Food and Wine welcomes Marco Marengo of Barolo and Martina Minuto of the Barbaresco producer Moccagatta for this week's Monday Night Wine Dinner Series. Seats are $50 for a four-course menu, with optional wine pairings ranging from $40 to $50. For reservations and more information, call Frasca at 303-442-6966. 

Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, at 1937 Market Street, will host "A World of Taste: Thai," a class running from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The $89 tuition includes a meal complete with wine and dessert. Find out more at

Tuesday, May 10 

Today from 8 to 11 a.m., participating Dunkin' Donuts locations will be handing out free nine-ounce coffees to celebrate Coffee Sampling Day, a Colorado-only event created as a way for Dunkin' Donuts to say “Thank you” to the local communities it serves. Head to your neighborhood Dunkin' Donuts to grab your free coffee. 

After several other community appearances, chef Pati Jinich will hold a 7 p.m. book signing at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue. Find information at

Wednesday, May 11 

Carmine's on Penn will hold a special community dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, with a four-course menu paired with four handpicked Italian wines. Seating is limited to twenty reservations, which are $75 per person. Call Carmine's at 303-777-6443.

Firenze a Tavola will highlight sparkling wines during a dinner that features four courses and four varieties of bubbly for $58. Call Firenze at 303-561-0234.  

Frasca Food and Wine welcomes Steve Lewis, owner of Giuliana Imports and Giuliana Direct Olive Oil, for a special Istituto di Olio dinner at 6 p.m. Explore estate-produced olive oils from Northern, Central and Southern Italy; learn how they highlight certain dishes, and what pairs well with them. The event is $230; call Erin Pommer at 303-442-0608 to reserve a seat. 

Thursday, May 12 

La Biblioteca's Tapas and Tequila series, which returns every second Thursday of the month, will feature DeLeón tequila pairings and a four-course tasting menu for $35.

Friday, May 13

Fins & Noodles Italian Seafood, at 7530 South University Boulevard in Centennial, will hold its First Annual Spring Bash from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today. Throughout the day, you can sample a variety of menu items — including meatball or sausage sliders, fried calamari, fish tacos and sangria — for just $1. Each dollar purchase receives a ticket for a raffle with prizes including fly-fishing lessons for two, bottles of wine, gift certificates, catered lunches and more. You can also take part in educational seminars, more games and contests, and tastings. For more information, contact the restaurant at 720-489-6097. 

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 [email protected]
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