Tonight: Mexican and Italian multi-course meals

Lola, 1575 Boulder Street, knows Mexican food. And they'd like to educate the rest of us with events like tonight's Oaxaca Dinner, a five-course meal paired with cocktails and tequilas.

Then again, if you've been craving Italian lately, you might consider heading to Gaetano's, 3760 Tejon Street, for a four-course wine dinner.

The menus:

Oaxaca Dinner at Lola

First course: Ancho chile-glazed pork belly with white bean ragout, chicharones and mole rojo, served with Oaxacan Coinstyle (Los Danzantes Silver).

Second course: Pan-seared snapper with poached pear and basil pico, black bean chile poppers and mole blanco, served with Sombra Mezcal.

Third course: Crispy chicken confit with smoked mussel posole, huitlacoche pesto and mole verde, served with a savory Sotol cocktail (featuring Hacienda del Chihuahua Reposado).

Fourth course: Braised short rib pibil with frijoles charros, charred onion relish and mole negro, served with Los Danzantes Reposado.

Fifth course: Dark chocolate tart with chamayo chile caramel and vanilla serrano ice cream, served with Champurrado (Mexican hot chocolate).

Mouth watering yet? The Lola dinner is $65 per person, and mealtime is 6:30 p.m.; call 720-570-8686 for reservations.

Gaetano's Wine Dinner

First course: Citrus and spinach salad tossed with toasted almonds and red onion, served in a Parmesan cup and paired with Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali Bianco 2008.

Second course: Small-shell pasta tossed with lentils, pancetta, leeks and fresh garlic in a dijon balsamic broth, paired with Falesco, Vitiano (cab/merlot/sang blend) 2007.

Third course: Porcini-crusted beef tenderloin served with a shoestring potato cake and a red wine reduction, paired with Allegrini, Palazzo della Torre 2006.

Fourth course: Gelato al limone served with almond biscotti, paired with Limoncello della casa.

The Gaetano's starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $40; for more information, call 303-433-3172.

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