Wine and beer dinners haunt the culinary lineup this week

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Halloween is right around the corner, but don't save yourself for candy. From wine-tastings to beer dinners to eerie ghost stories about Denver, there are many activities to eat up your time -- minus all of the fun-size candy bars.

HandleBar Tavern at 305 South Downing Street is holding a Flood Relief frundraiser from 4 to 6:30 p.m. tonight with free appetizers and drink specials, as well as raffle prizes. for more information, call 303-733-3923 -- or just hurry over now.

This evening, Frasca Food and Wine will host the final Monday night wine dinner of the season -- this one featuring the wines of Petrussa. The wines originate from Prepotto,a commune in the province of Udine in Italy. Its wines are dark in color with bright acidity and an exotic spice note, reminiscent of white pepper. For reservations, call 303-442-6966.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 Tables to Farm Dinner Bradford Heap, chef/owner of SALT Bistro in Boulder and Colterra Food & Wine in Niwot, and his neighbor, John Bachman of Big Red F Restaurant Group, came up with the concept of Tables to Farms while discussing the Colorado floods in September. With this new program, Boulder and Denver area chefs can help Boulder County farmers whose crops were lost or severely damaged by the floods. From now until November, participating restaurants will collect donations from customers and host fundraising events -- and all of the proceeds will go to Boulder County farms via Local Food Shift Group's Front Range Farm Relief.

The second dinner event will hosted at Colterra Food and Wine at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29. The fundraiser will include a five-course meal paired with wines donated from the Natural Wine Company .

Tickets are $150 per person; reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 303-652-0777. More information about the menu and event can be found at Colterra's website. Farms that benefit from the program include Full Circle Farm, Oxford Gardens, Black Cat Farm, 63rd Street Farm and The Fresh Herb Company.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30 New Belgium Dinner EDGE Restaurant and Bar in the Four Seasons Denver will host a four-course dinner -- each paired with various New Belgium Beers -- from 6 to 9 p.m. The menu includes poached pear salad, Prince Edward Island mussels, apple cider-glazed pork belly and coffee glazed "cro-dough" (EDGE's own cross between donut and croissant). A full menu with listed pairings can be viewed on EDGE's official website.

Tickets are $45 per person (plus tax and gratuity); reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 303-389-3050.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 Lala's Halloween Dinner & Ghost Tour Enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Chef Samir Mohammad of Lala's Wine Bar at 7 p.m. After dinner, hop on the bus (you can bring wine) and embark on a haunted tour through Capitol Hill and listen to some ghost stories about mansions around Denver.

A full menu can be viewed at Lala's Facebook page.

Tickets for the dinner and bus tour are $45 per person; reservations are required and can be made by calling 303-861-9463.

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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