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The week's culinary calendar

Here's a sample of the week's culinary events to whet your appetite; for much, much more, look at our Food and Drink listings in the online calendar.

Monday, September 28: Alba introduces Mezzo Mondays, when all bottles of wine are half-price starting at 5:30 p.m. Visit

Tuesday, September 29, 5-8 p.m.: Beer and Cheese Pairing at Great Divide Brewing Co, 2201 Arapahoe Street, with five artisan cheeses paired with five Great Divide brews; RSVP at [email protected] to reserve your spot, and visit for more information.

Wednesday, September 30: Culinary School of the Rockies hosts the Dining Room, a three-course, bistro-style dinner featuring fresh, local, seasonal ingredients paired with wine. The meal is $45, and seatings at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. are available; call 303-494-7988 or visit

Thursday, October 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: You be the judge at Randolph's Judge's Table event, where you can taste more than fifteen items from award-winning chef Kristen Cofrades and vote on what should be included on the fall menu. Tickets are $20.09; call 303-318-7272.

Thursday, October 1: The third annual Redstone Mead Dinner at Restaurant 4580 in Boulder will pair five courses with mead; vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. The dinner is $40; RSVP at 303-448-1500.

Friday, October 2: Art Under the Influence, a First Friday event pairing wine with light appetizers at Infinite Monkey Theorem, 931 West Fifth Avenue. This is the last of the season! Visit

Friday, October 2: The Wazee Supper Club hosts the Gorilla Gathering from 5 to 8 p.m., when you can sign up for the annual Denver Gorilla Run (which supports the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund) and sip some Silverback Smoked Porter -- with 25 percent of the porter proceeds benefiting the fund. For details, call 303-623-9518.

Saturday, October 3: The inaugural Denver Chili Fest celebrates Denver's unofficial food, green chile. Admission is $5 or two canned food donations for Food Bank of the Rockies. Call 303-316-8002 or visit

Saturday, October 3: The Infinite Monkey Theorem, Fruition and Table 6 are collaborating on the Pig & Pie Farm Raising Benefit; Ben Parsons, Alex Seidel and Aaron Forman are your hosts. $40 buys all you can eat plus a glass of wine; proceeds go toward Fruition's new herb and vegetable garden. RSVP to 970-260-0710.

Saturday, October 3: The folks at Marczyk's Fine Foods have been roasting pigs for years -- seven, to be exact -- and you can pig out today at the annual urban Pig Roast at 770 East 17th Avenue.

Saturday, October 3: Kings Land Chinese Seafood Restaurant hosts the Harvest Moon celebration, a benefit for the Nathan Yip Foundation. Donation is $35; RSVP by September 28 to

Saturday, October 3 - Sunday, October 4: The 34th annual Lakewood Cider Days runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for kids; call 303-987-7850 or visit

Sunday, October 4: From noon to 6 p.m., Denver's urban vineyard hosts the annual Balistreri Harvest Party. Sample new wine releases, munch on hors d'oeuvres and roasted pig, and watch the kids stomp grapes. Admission is $55 in advance; visit

Sunday, October 4: Boulder's Black Cat Bistro hosts a Dirt Dinner focusing on the not-so-humble potato. It's $38 per person for the three-course meal, and a complimentary bottle of wine comes with the purchase of two tickets. Call 303-444-5500.

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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