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The Eight Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar, April 10-14

Sample special whiskey this Tuesday at the Way Back.
Sample special whiskey this Tuesday at the Way Back.
Mark Antonation
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Seafood is on the menu: From a seafood-and-beer dinner to a Southern-Mex mashup at a Mexican fish house to classical Japanese omakase, you can't miss the fish this week. (Or burgers: The Cherry Cricket reopens on April 11.) Here are the eight best culinary events through Friday.
Monday, April 10
Ah, Monday: is there anything worse? How about a Monday without a wine dinner? Luckily, Table 6 isn't about to let that happen. Head to the restaurant at 609 Corona Street at 6:30 p.m. for a wine dinner with Moshin Vineyards. You'll get four courses (including Peking duck with crispy plaintain and foie gras mousse, and roast pork loin with braised pork belly, mustard jus and gooseberries) with six wines for $90. Call Table 6 at 303-831-8800 to reserve your table and check out the Moshin Vineyards website for the complete menu.

Let the chefs know what tickles your tastebuds tonight at the Way Back.EXPAND
Let the chefs know what tickles your tastebuds tonight at the Way Back.
Mark Antonation

Tuesday, April 11
The Way Back's Test Table Tuesday is back! March's event resulted in scallop crudo, yak liver tagliatelle and pork with fiddlehead fern chimichurri being added to the menu; tonight, check out a bundle of greens from GrowHaus, lamb scrapple and beet rotolo. Talk to the chefs about the inspiration behind the dishes, and offer up your opinions about what should make the cut on future menus. Try all three items for $45 (plus additional beverage pairings), or à la carte. Dinner service is from 5 to 10 p.m.; the Way Back is located at 4132 West 38th Avenue.

If you've committed to entertaining guests for Easter and you're ready to panic, don't: Stir Cooking School wants to help you put out a springtime spread to impress your friends and family. Stir's Easy Entertaining Easter Dinner class will walk you through preparing a seasonal, gluten-free meal of pea salad with radishes, feta and mint; spice-crusted roasted rack of lamb with pan sauce; roasted asparagus with pancetta, shallots and lemon; a creamy leek and Yukon Gold gratin; and chocolate-covered strawberries. Class starts at 6:30 p.m.; call Stir at 720-287-4823 for price and availability.

Get friendly with your neighbors at the cozy Chowder Room.
Get friendly with your neighbors at the cozy Chowder Room.
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Wednesday, April 12
The Chowder Room, at 560 South Broadway, just won our Best Restaurant on Broadway award, and it's hosting another delightful beer and seafood dinner tonight, this time with Crazy Mountain Brewery, beginning at 6 p.m. The menu includes a roasted salmon and corn sandwich on Navajo fry bread paired with Neomexicanus Pale Ale; a dirty martini-inspired halibut with gin-braised cucumbers and Old Soul Strong Belgian Golden Ale; and a barley-crusted bass served with Snowcat Coffee Stout. Just $64 will get you eight courses (including two desserts) and beer pairings. Call 303-777-3474 for reservations (required).

Downstairs at Parisi, better known as Firenze a Tavola, is an intimate yet lively place to share good wine and Italian cooking in a family-style setting. Join your friends, neighbors and fellow wine lovers for a 6:30 p.m. dinner
with Italian wine expert Mario Scanu, who will pour and talk about lesser-known treasures from northern Italy. "These hard-to-find wines will take you beyond the traditional," Parisi notes. To partake in the $58 four-course dinner, call the restaurant at 303-561-0234 or reserve seats online.

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For a more French experience, Coohills, 1400 Wewatta Street, is serving a dinner with winemaker Tom Hinde of Heritance and Au Contraire wineries. Diners can look forward to branzino with Meyer lemon and spring peas, and sous-vide lamb sirloin with fig and mint. Five courses and wine pairings cost $85, and dinner kicks off at 6:30 p.m. tonight. See the Coohills website for more information about the menu and Tom Hinde; call 303-623-5700 to secure your seat.

Lola Coastal Mexican's decor lives up to its name.
Lola Coastal Mexican's decor lives up to its name.
Mark Antonation

Thursday, April 13
Mexican-Southern food — it's the newest fusion cuisine. Get in on the cutting edge of culinary creativity at Lola Coastal Mexican, which is hosting a Tequila vs. Bourbon Dinner at 6:30 p.m. tonight. For just $45, you'll get one tequila and one bourbon to accompany each of three courses: barbecue carnitas, achiote shrimp and grits, and Mexican hot fried chicken. Reservations are required, so call 720-570-8686 to get yours, and get fixin' to skedaddle on over to 1575 Boulder Street, amigos.
Friday, April 14
Sushi Den is legendary in Denver, and for good reason. If you've been there, you already know about the excellent service and amazing quality of the fish, not to mention the long lines that form at 1487 South Pearl Street before the kitchen even opens. Now you have a chance to make reservations for an omakase (chef's choice) dinner tonight at 6:30 p.m., which means you'll get six courses of impeccably prepared sushi and sashimi, and no uncertainty about when (or whether) you'll get a table. At $120, it isn't cheap, but chances like this don't come around often — and as of this writing, there are only four spots available for tonight's dinner. Head over to Sushi Den's website for details and instructions to RSVP.

Know of an event that should be included here? Send information to cafe@westword.com. And for more culinary information, go to our Westword calendar.

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