The ten best culinary events for April

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Spring is officially here, and important culinary events are popping up across Colorado -- from the annual Taste of Vail to the twentieth anniversary edition of Dining Out For Life, which benefits Project Angel Heart. There are also special dinners, lectures and beer festivals, of course. Keep reading for the ten best culinary events this month.

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10) Taste of Vail April 2-5 Often ranked among the country's best food and wine festivals, the annual Taste of Vail gets under way tomorrow and runs through Saturday, April 5. This year's event will host more than thirty chefs and almost 130 wineries; there will be seminars, picnics, dinners, wine tastings, auctions and much much more. Tickets for individual activities start at $50 and full festival passes will set you back $525. Visit tasteofvail.com for tickets and more information.

9) An Evening With Adrian Miller Thursday, April 3 Slow Food Denver is hosting an evening at Cora Faye's with soul food scholar and author Adrian Miller, a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for his book Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time. Tickets for the event are $38 for Slow Food Members and $43 for non-members; RSVP here. 8) Chefs Up Front Sunday, April 6 More than thirty of Denver's best chefs will be cooking up multi-course meals tableside at this year's Colorado Chefs Up Front benefit at the Colorado Convention Center. The beneficiary of the evening is Cooking Matters, which empowers low-income families by giving them the skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals. The night kicks off with a reception featuring some of the metro area's best bartenders shaking up signature cocktails, followed by dinner and a live auction. General admission starts at $300; click here to purchase tickets.

7) DAM Uncorked April 11-12 DAM Uncorked is one of the Denver Art Museum's largest fundraisers of the year. This year guests can enjoy hors d'oeuvres from Kevin Taylor Catering while sampling over 300 wines during the Wine Tasting on April 11; there's an Uncorked Dinner on April 12. Both evenings will feature a silent auction where guests can bid on art, wine, tours, travel packages and more. Tickets are $90 for museum members, $125 for non-members, and $45 for designated drivers. Find out more on the Denver Art Museum's website. 6) Taste of Pearl Sunday, April 13 Taste of Pearl is back for a fifth round in Boulder, pairing food from fifteen of the town's best restaurants with wine from fifteen Colorado wineries at boutiques and galleries in downtown Boulder. Tickets for the event are $75 and include a commemorative wine glass and more. Visit the Taste of Pearl website to buy tickets and to find out more about the event. Keep reading for more of April's best culinary events. 5) Gov's Beer Fest Saturday, April 19 Govnr's Park is holding its fifth annual Gov's Beer Fest, featuring more than 30 breweries and 100 craft beers. Tickets are $15 and only 300 will be sold; for more information, visit Gov's Facebook page.

4) Bru Frou Saturday, April 19 Yes, it's another beer festival. On April 19, Bru Frou will fill Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum with more than 70 of Colorado's craft breweries and restaurants to create unique beer and culinary pairings. Tickets for the event are $95 for the forty beer pairings and small plates, or $55 for the dining-only option. Check out the Bru Frou website for tickets and more information.

3) Colorado Restaurant Association Industry Spotlight Awards Monday, April 21 The fifth annual celebration hosted by the Colorado Restaurant Association honors chefs, restaurants and others who help make the state's restaurant industry so vibrant. Joining the Colorado Food Service Hall of Fame this year are Spero Armatas, Sam's No. 3; Blair Taylor, Barolo Grill; and Dick Carleton, Mi Casa Mexican & Cantina and Hearthstone Restaurant. The annual event starts at 6 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton; find more details here.

2) Dining Out For Life Thursday, April 24 This is the twentieth anniversary of Dining Out For Life in Denver! On April 24, more than 250 Denver and Boulder‑area restaurants will donate 25 percent of their food sales to Project Angel Heart, which provides life-sustaining meals for Coloradans suffering from illness, including AIDS. Find a complete list of participants and more details here.

2) Lecture by Loren Cordain: Origins and Evolution of the Western Diet: Health Implications for the 21st Century Saturday, April 26 The Fort is hosting hosting a dinner lecture with the founder of the Paleo Diet movement, Dr. Loren Cordain, on April 26. From 6 to 7 p.m. Cordain will discuss the history and health benefits of the diet; after the lecture, guests will be treated to a true and fully Paleo dinner. Tickets are $85 and include the lecture, dinner and a wine option. Call 303-697-2282 to make a reservation.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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