Wine, beer, bison and benefits on this week's calendar

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The 8th Annual Denver International Wine Festival will uncork at the Grand Hyatt Denver this Wednesday, and will pouring into Saturday, November 10. The event will overflow with educational seminars, culinary pairings and a selection of more than 400 wines; check the website for a full schedule of events.

Here's a taste of what else is on the culinary calendar this week:

Monday, November 5:

It's Movember at local Larkburger locations. Each customer who becomes part of the team to grow mustaches and raise awareness for men's health will receive a Burger on Us card, and will be entered weekly into a raffle for gift cards; check the team's website for for information.

Project Angel Heart's Pie in the Sky fundraiser campaign is under way and runs until November 15. The annual pie sale benefits the nonprofit's efforts to deliver nutritious meals to those in need. Visit the website for more information on how to participate.Wednesday, November 7:

It's Dining Out for the Homeless today. Participating restaurants will donate a portion of the day's proceeds to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless; the lineup includes Strings, Black Pearl, Snooze, Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria, Cherry Cricket, Table 6 and Trillium. Go to the website for a full list of participants and more details.

Thursday, November 8:

EDGE Restaurant & Bar, 1111 14th Street, is commemorating Denver Art Week with a special three-course dinner in collaboration with LewisGraham Art Consultants, the firm that selected all of the art displayed in the hotel and will have reps on hand for a meet-and-greet. The event costs $49; call 303-389-3343 for more information and to reserve a spot.Thursday, November 8 (continued):

The Hyatt Regency, 650 15th Street, is hosting a benefit for Project Angel Heart from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight. A Taste for Life will feature appetizers, entrees and desserts from some of the most celebrated local restaurants, including twelve, Pinche Taqueria and Linger; view the full lineup and purchase tickets here.

Rioja, 1431 Larimer Street, welcomes renowned Spanish olive-oil expert Alfonso J. Fernandez for a special olive oil-inspired tapas and wine pairing tonight from 4 to 6 p.m. Fernandez and chef Jennifer Jasinski will also discuss the significance Spain's olive oil. The event costs $20; call 303-820-2282 to RSVP.

Centro Latin Kitchen & Restaurant, 950 Pearl Street in Boulder, will present a four-course beer dinner for the first time paired with ales from BRU -- Centro chef Ian Clark's in-house, nano-brewery project. Click here for the menu, which costs $45.Friday, November 9:

MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street, is hosting its second annual Art Meets Beast festival, honoring the history of the bison. The two-day celebration begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. with a workshop led by Pete Marczyk of Marczyk Fine Food, who will carve an entire bison; the vegetarian option is a film with food porn and archival food footage by filmmaker Kim Shively. Tickets are $5; call 303-298-7554 for more information.

Saturday, November 10:

Art Meets the Beast continues at 10 a.m. with a free 4H farm-animal showcase presented by the Urban Farm. That will be followed by a bus tour from noon to 3:30 p.m. ($55) that starts with lunch at the Kitchen Denver and includes stops at Happy Farms, the MM Local fruit and vegetable cannery, and Denver Beer Co.

The day ends with a 7 p.m. six-course feast at the MCA, where six local top chefs (Jamey Fader of Lola, Keegan Gerhard of D Bar, Troy Guard of TAG, Max MacKissock of Squeaky Bean, Jorel Pierce of Euclid Hall and Sean Yontz of El Diablo and Sketch) will serve dishes created with Marczyk's bison. Tickets are $85 in advance, $100 at the door.; visit the website for more information.

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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