Twelve Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar, April 4-8

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Sports fans have a lot to be thankful: With the NCAA basketball championship game today and the Rockies' home opener this Friday, the work week is book-ended with exciting events. Foodies also have plenty to be look forward: everything from a Top Chef dinner to the Denver Art Museum's Uncorked Wine Tasting.  Keep reading for all the tasty details.

Monday, April 4

Allegro Coffee Company opened its flagship Allegro Coffee Roasters shop and first freestanding micro-roasting facility last November on Tennyson Street; today it's opening a café at Boulder's Whole Foods Market., where customers can experience “taste of place” through micro-lot, single origin coffees that are sourced on a seasonal basis from small, responsibly-run coffee plantations and co-ops around the globe.

For the restaurant's first Monday Night Wine Dinner of the month, Frasca Food and Wine welcomes Luke Bishop, who will be pouring the wines of Vinifera Imports, including a twenty-year-old red, the Cantina Vignaioli Barbaresco from Piedmont. The Monday Night dinners are $50 per person for a four-course tasting menu, not including optional wine pairings that range from $40 to $50. For reservations and more information, call Frasca at 303-442-6966.    

Watch the NCAA College Basketball Championship game today at ViewHouse Centennial, and help support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Denver; the restaurant will be donating 10 percent of all sales to the non-profit. For more information, visit viewhouse.com.  

Tuesday, April 5 

Local celebrity chef Troy Guard is teaming up with Top Chef Season 13 contestant Marjorie Meek-Bradley, executive chef of Ripple and Roofers Union in Washington, D.C., for a special TAG Guest Chef Dinner tonight. You'll be able to enjoy a cocktail reception with passed hors d'ouevres, followed by a five-course dinner with each course prepared by either Guard or Meek-Bradley. The dinner is $95 or $135 with optional wine pairings; call TAG at 303-996-9985 to reserve your seats. 

Wednesday, April 6 

To help local food businesses grow, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is hosting a workshop entitled Breakfast with the Pros, today from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Colorado Department of Agriculture, 305 Interlocken Parkway in Broomfield. The workshop will feature a catered breakfast, guest speakers, a panel on funding sources and more. Registration is $40, register and learn more here.  

The City and County of Denver invites you to a District 1 Community Food Discussion, at North High School today from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Denver is developing its Denver Food Vision 2030 and Action Plan 2020, and wants your input.  Food, beverages, and door prizes will be provided. You can learn more and register for the event here

The West End Tavern is hosting a Heaven and Hell Whiskey Dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight. Diners can indulge in a four-course, slow-smoked BBQ dinner with whiskey pairings from Heaven Hill Distilleries for $65. To make rese rvations, contact the West End at 303-444-3535.  

Keep reading for more events this week.

Thursday, April 7

Salati Italian Street Food, which opened last year at 8270 Northfield Boulevard, is hosting a six-course Italian Wine Pairing Dinner featuring hand-selected Italian and domestic wines as Michelin-star-rated culinary cirector Shahin Afsharian Campuzano walks diners through a Salati culinary journey, preparing and serving the dinner tableside. The dinner starts at 7 p.m.and costs $70, not including tax and tip; RSVP at 303-307-1695.

On April 7, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act, officially making beer legal again after a thirteen-year dry spell. The Post Brewing Company is celebrating this act, and National Beer Day, by pouring 100 dealer’s choice, ten-ounce drafts for free in the Taproom. For more information contact, The Post at 303-593-2066.

Denver-based international nonprofit Water for People is celebrating 25 years of working to provide clean water to people around the globe by throwing a party at Mile High Station from 5:30 to 10 p.m. today. The event will feature globally-inspired food, music, dancing, cocktails, local craft beer and more. Tickets are $125 or $250 for VIP, which will get you an extra hour of food and drinks. For tickets and more information, click here

Friday, April 8 

The Denver Art Museum pops the cork on a weekend of fun with the museum's spring fundraiser, the Uncorked Wine Tasting, today from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature more than 300 wines from Colorado and beyond, spread out through three tasting areas manned by winemakers and winery representatives, as well as food from Kevin Taylor Catering, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $100 for museum members, $135 for non-members and $55 for designated drivers. First Taste tickets will also be offered for an additional $45, allowing guests to enter the Uncorked Wine Tasting an hour early at 5 p.m.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door for an additional $10, subject to availability. Get all the details at denverartmuseum.org. The museum will also hold Uncorked Reserve and the brand-new Uncorked AFTERGLO this weekend. 

You Are What You Eat, a show of food-centric collages and photography by Barbara Gal, opens at NEXT Gallery with a reception from 5 to 10 p.m. today with food samples and a wine tasting by One Hope Wines. The show will be on display through April 24; for more information check out nextgallerydenver.com.  

For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to cafe@westword.com.

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