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Thirteen Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar, April 11-15

This week's culinary calendar is brimming with goodness. Over the next few days, you can find out about the birth of sake while doing a little sake tasting yourself; support a local charity during an all-star chefs' dinner at Lola; learn about some of Denver's greatest food failures; and dig into much more. Keep reading for all the tasty details.  

Monday, April 11

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts will showcase its students' skills during the school's version of restaurant week, which gets under way today and runs through April 15. Each evening, the Cook Street Cafe will be transformed into a fully functioning restaurant where students will prepare a three-course meal under the guidance of Cook Street's chef instructors. Dinner is $25; check out the menu and make reservations here.

The Frasca Food and Wine team — Bobby Stuckey, Matthew Mather and Carlin Karr — will hand-select the wines for this week's Monday Night Wine Dinner; the kitchen will create a course to go with each one. Call Frasca at 303-442-6966 for reservations.

Tuesday, April 12

The Colorado Restaurant Association and the Denver Film Society have teamed up for a special screening of The Birth of Sake at 6 p.m. today at the Sie FilmCenter. Hosted by Marc Hughes, brewer and owner of Denver’s own Gaijin 24866, the film will be followed by a sake tasting and sake cocktails sponsored by Southern Wine & Spirits. There will also be sushi burritos provided by Komotodo, popcorn samples by SkinnyPop, and edamame tastes from EdaMovie. Tickets are $50; get them at   

Frasca Food and Wine dives into the wines of the Loire Valley for the final region in the restaurant's Istituto Frasca per Il Vino series. Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey offers the class from 6 to 8 p.m. today or Thursday; tuition is $255. To reserve a spot, contact Erin Pommer at 303-442-0608 or at [email protected]   

Keep reading for more events this week.

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