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Truffle dinner at Frasca, free food advice -- a taste of this week's culinary calendar

Starting tonight,

Frasca Food & Wine

will host its seventh annual White Truffle and Barolo Dinner that will feature five courses paired with wines from Barolo, Italy. The food, prepared by chef/owner Lachlan Mackinnon and guest chef Ryan Hardy (formerly of the Little Nell in Aspen) will showcase white truffles, which are only available a couple of times during the year -- hence the hefty price tag. Frasca's Master Sommelier and co-owner, Bobby Stuckey, will complement these elaborate dishes with wines from Massolino Wines of Serralunga D'Alba, Barolo, Italy; he's enlisted help from guest sommelier Robert Bohr of Charlie Bird Restaurant in New York. Tickets are $675 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and include wine pairings; reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 303-442-6966.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 Join International Development Enterprises (iDE) for Women Feeding the World. The event will celebrate women from around the world who are using various technologies to grow more food, bring clean drinking water to villages, and lift families out of poverty. The event will take place at the Posner Center for International Development, also known at the Historic Horse Barn, from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include cocktails and appetizers. Tickets are $65 per person; all proceeds benefit Waterlift, an iDE partner thirty years that helps to bring water to impoverished countries.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Support the Prevent Child Abuse Colorado (PCA) initiative while sipping brews and shooting pool at the Wynkoop Brewing Company from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight. Pints for Prevention will raise funds so the PCA can educate and connect with Colorado families.Tickets are $20 at the door and include one drink, appetizers and free pool; there will also be a silent auction.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 Rachel Hofstetter, author of the new book Cooking Up a Business, will host a fireside chat to help those wanting to start up a business in the food industry. In addition to Hofstetter, the free event will feature the entrepreneurs beyond other innovative Denver businesses, such as Phil Anson, founder of Evol Foods; Justin Gold, founder of Justin's; and Maddy D'Amato and Alex Hasulak, founders of Love Grown Foods. It runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Love Pad, 3455 Ringsby Court Unit #94; register for a spot online.

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