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Tonight: The Women's Lighthouse Project cooks off for a cause

The Women's Lighthouse Project -- which provides support and empowerment for women who are living with HIV -- knows not to fix something when it ain't broken. That's why its signature fundraising event, Cook-Off for a Cause, continues to pair chefs with local celebrities in an Iron Chef-style competition with delicious, and sometimes hilarious, results.

Here's what you can expect this year:

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. tonight at the University of Denver's School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, where attendees will enjoy cocktails and heavy appetizers until 7 p.m., when the contest starts. So far, teams include Jamey Fader with Lois Melkonian, Brandon Biederman with Tracy Register, Ben Davis with Mitch Morrissey, and Raymond Leigl with Mark Randall; they'll be using food donated by Sunflower Market and Tony's Market. While they compete, attendees can enjoy tours of the kitchen, wine tastings, cooking demonstration tables and a jazz band. The winners will be announced between 9 and 10 p.m., when there will also be a live auction.

Tickets are $75, which includes parking and two drinks; college students with valid IDs can get tickets for just $35. Visit for all the details.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.

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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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