Wine dinners, beer dinners and free smoothies on this week's culinary calendar

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This week is brimming with events for culinary enthusiasts. In addition to several beer and wine dinners (some with special guests), the Kitchen's newest location will celebrate its opening, LoDo bites will give guests a chance to experience the taste of one of Denver's hottest neighborhoods, and there will even be free smoothies to cool you down.

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Monday, June 16

Stoney's Bar and Grill is kicking off the U.S. Soccer team's run for the World Cup with a viewing party for the team's first game, against Ghana. There will be happy hour food, two-for-one drink specials, giveaways and free shots every time the U.S. scores. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. but arrive early to grab a good seat. Check out Stoney's Facebook page for more info.

Tuesday, June 17

Infinite Monkey Theorem will be the guest of honor at Lala's Wine Bar and Pizzeria for a special wine dinner this evening. The four-course meal will feature pairings from Infinite Monkey Theorem and winemaker Ben Parsons; tickets are $45. The evening starts with a cocktail reception at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Call 303-861-9463 to make reservations.

Jax Glendale location is also hosting a wine dinner tonight. Helen Keplinger, Food & Wine's 2012 Winemaker of the Year and a Wine Spectator "Rising Star Winemaker," will be on hand, giving guests a rare opportunity to taste some of her very limited wines (only around 250 cases are made). The five-course meal, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is priced at $125. Make reservations by calling 303-756-6449 and click here to see the night's menu.

Another wine dinner will be held tonight at Arugula Bar e Ristorante. The five-course dinner will highlight Seghesio Family Wines of Sonoma, and will feature almost all local products. Tickets are $50 and wine pairings are an additional $32 and can be purchased by calling 303-443-5100. Visit arugularistorante.com for the menu and more information.

Wednesday, June 18

Tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. the sixth annual LoDo bites will give guests a chance to sip, sample and stroll through historic LoDo, sampling the culinary diversity of the neighborhood. Eighteen different restaurants will be serving an array of popular food and drink items. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 day of, buy them at brownpapertickets.com early. For more information and a list of participating restaurants, visit lodo.org.

If you enjoy your brew with a view, Cherokee Ranch and Castle is hosting the event for you. From 6 to 8:30 p.m., this Grist beer tasting will offer castle tours, pizza from Anthony's, plenty of beer and gourmet popcorn from Oogies. Reservations are $30 and can be made by visiting the Cherokee Ranch and Castle website.

The Ale House at Amato's is celebrating the Fort Collins Brewery this evening with a beer dinner featuring pairings, giveaways and a raffle. The dinner costs $55 and starts at 6 p.m. Call 303-433-9734 to save your seat.

The Kitchen's newest location in Fort Collins will hold its first Community Night fund raiser and opening celebration tonight from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets for the celebration are $100 and $250 for VIP. Get yours up at this web site. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Kitchen's philanthropic branch, The Kitchen community and their effort to create Learning Gardens in Fort Collins schools.

Thursday, June 19

Tonight at 6 p.m. spend an evening at Frasca Food and Wine with Master Sommelier and star in the highly regarded documentary, "Somm", Dustin Wilson. The evening will include plenty of stories, five courses and wine pairings and is priced at $195. Space is extremely limited for the evening so call 303-442-6966 to make your reservations now.

Friday, June 20

Today, in honor of National Flip Flop Day, when you wear flip flops into any Tropical Smoothie Café you will receive a free 24-ounce Jetty Punch smoothie. Customers can also choose to donate $1 for a paper flip flop or $5 to get a National Flip Flop Day key fob, with both donations going toward Camp Sunshine. For more information on National Flip Flop Day or Camp Sunshine click here.

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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