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Whiskey, sushi and ice cream on this week's culinary calendar

Nothing says summer like ice cream, whiskey and sushi ... and beer dinners, train dinners and everything else taking place on this week's culinary calendar. Here's a taste of what's ahead:

Monday, July 11:

Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, hosts its Monday Night Wine Dinner; this week, Chip Lazarra is presenting the wines of Kermit Lynch at a four-course dinner. Admission is $50 and up; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.

Tuesday, July 12:

Elway's Downtown, 1881 Curtis Street, hosts whiskey master Robert Sickler for a North American Whiskey Dinner, offering five courses paired with whiskey. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $75; call 303-312-3107 or visit www.elways.com.

Wednesday, July 13:

Izakaya Den, 1518 South Pearl Street, presents Sliced!, a sushi-making class featuring chefs from Sushi Den, Izakaya Den and OTOTO; after class, sit for a meal that includes sushi, miso soup and green tea. Call 303-777-0691 or visit www.izakayaden.net.

Colterra, 210 Franklin Street in Niwot, hosts the Odell Beer Dinner, a summer patio beer-paired dinner featuring four courses. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $45; call 303-652-0777 or visit www.colterra.com.

Blue Star, 1645 South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs, presents a Bristol Beer Dinner, brews paired with fresh, seasonal food. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $50; call 719-632-1086 or visit www.thebluestar.net.

The Center on Colfax, 1301 East Colfax Avenue, hosts this round's Happy on the Hill with complimentary snacks, plus beer and wine. It starts at 5:30 p.m.; call 303-733-7743.

Thursday, July 14:

Eat dinner at Noodles & Company, 6155 South Main Street in Aurora, and 25 percent of the proceeds will benefit Canine Partners of the Rockies. Call 303-627-5000.

St. John's Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine Street in Boulder, presents the Boulder Blind Cafe, a vegan, multi-course dinner and concert in the dark that runs through Saturday, July 16; proceeds benefit Boulder Guide Dogs. It costs $35 to $45; visit www.theblindcafe.com.

Friday, July 15:

Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, hosts the Culinary Date Night; bring your date and indulge in an evening of cooking and fun from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $79 per person; call 303-308-9300 or visit www.cookstreet.com.

Saturday, July 16:

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad, 401 Water Street in Canon City, presents a Five Course Wine Dinner offering twilight views of the train route and dinner, paired with local wines from Holy Cross Abbey. Admission is $125 to $155; call 888-724-5748 or visit www.royalgorgereservations.com.

The T.E.V. Edelweiss Pavilion, 17832 Highway 8 in Morrison, hosts a German Biergarten Festival with music, food, games, dancing and beer; admission is $10. Call 720-837-6905.

Holy Transfiguration of Christ Orthodox Cathedral, 349 East 47th Avenue, hosts the Old Globeville Days and Orthodox Food Festival celebrations from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free; visit www.orthodoxfoodfestival.wetpaint.com.

Sunday, July 17:

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Crook's Palace, 200 Gregory Street in Black Hawk, hosts National Ice Cream Day with unlimited ice-cream tasting, courtesy of Miggs and Mutts, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free; there's a $2 requested donation for Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call 303-582-5182.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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