Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Wine, bourbon and Burning Can
There are cooking classes, specialty dinners and wine events galore this week, including tonight's weekly Monday Night Wine Dinner at Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, which is pulling out all the stops: Attendees will enjoy a special four-course menu by Marcus Samuelsson, the Top Chef Masters 2 contestant, with wine pairings by Bobby Stuckey. Admission is $145; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com. Here's a taste of what else is ahead:
Marcus Samuelsson heats up Frasca.
Monday, June 21:
The City of Aurora offers a kids' cooking class, Pigs in a Blanket, for ages 7 to 12. It runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $24 for Aurora residents and $31 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
The Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th Street, hosts Feed Your Face, Find a Place, the 30th-anniversary fundraiser for Hope communities featuring barbecue sampling, live music and a silent auction. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $75 to $95 to attend; call 303-860-7747, ext. 132, or visit www.blacktie-colorado.com.
Bauman College Boulder Campus, 1128 Pine Street in Boulder, offers Vital Kids, Vibrant Families: Childhood Nutrition to Grow On, a free lecture on children's nutritional needs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call 800-987-7530 or visit www.baumancollege.org.
Tuesday, June 22:
Garden of the Gods' Gourmet, 2528 West Cucharras in Colorado Springs, offers One Night Stands: Grilled Pizza, a class teaching you to make simple dough from scratch along with sauce and toppings. It's $50 to attend and runs from 6 to 8 p.m.; sign up at www.godsgourmet.net or by calling 719-471-2799.
Outdoor Divas, 1133 Pearl Street in Boulder, wants you to learn how to spice up your camp food with a camping cooking class, Spicy Divas. It's free to attend and takes place at 7 p.m.; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 303-449-3482 or visit www.outdoordivas.com.
Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 East 35th Avenue, hosts a wine tasting in conjunction with Argonaut Liquors offering wines from Chile, Argentina and Spain; proceeds benefit Easter Seals of Colorado, and reservations are required. Admission is $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Call 303-831-7788.
The City of Aurora offers a teen cooking camp, Baking Boot Camp, for ages 12 to 16. It runs from 9 a.m. to noon through Thursday, June 24, and costs $95 for Aurora residents and $115 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
Visit the Flagstaff House Restaurant, 1138 Flagstaff Road in Boulder, Sundays through Thursdays through September, for Tastes on the Terrace, a selection of small plates and Hawaiian-influenced cocktails priced at $10 to $15 per plate. Call 303-442-4640 or visit www.flagstaffhouse.com.
Wednesday, June 23:
Parisi, 4401 Tennyson Street, offers a Customer Appreciation Community Table in its Firenze a Tavola dining room; it'll be multi-course, family style dining for just $22 per person. It starts at 7 p.m. Call 303-561-0234 or visit www.parisidenver.com.
Jax Fish House, 928 Pearl Street in Boulder, presents the Hosea Rosenberg Monthly Dinner Series. This month's theme is New Found Love for New Orleans. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and costs $100; sign up at 303-444-1811 or www.jaxfishhouseboulder.com.
The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, offers a Culinary Techniques Series: Fish and Seafood Workshop cooking class. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $75. Call 303-377-3222 or visit www.theseasonedchef.com.
Visit Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West 10th Avenue, for the Bulleit Bourbon Dinner, five tasty courses paired with Bulleit Bourbon cocktails. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $45; call 729-479-8829 or visit www.interstaterestaurant.com.
The City of Aurora offers a kids' cooking class, Firecracker Food, for ages 7 to 12. It runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and costs $24 for Aurora residents and $31 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
The Mercury Cafe presents Gorinto, an experimental event combining food, arts, ecology, music and community starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $5, plus a $5 fee if you'd like a vegetarian meal. The Mercury Cafe is at 2199 California Street; call 303-294-9281 or visit www.mercurycafe.com.
Head to the new SmartCo Foods, 1442 South Parker Road, for its Grand Opening celebrations starting at 6 a.m. Festivities include cake-cutting, samples, giveaways and more. Visit www.smartandfinal.com.
Thursday, June 24:
Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1635 18th Street, presents a Beer Dinner with Stone Brewing's Greg Koch; a four-course meal paired with both Stone and Wynkoop brews will be served. Admission is $40 and the dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 303-297-9999 or visit www.wynkoop.com.
The Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series features Redefining Soul Food: Politics and Pleasures of Food and Eating in Black Communities with Bryant Terry, nationally recognized eco-chef, author and food-justice activist, who will discuss the pleasures of food and eating in African-American communities, with a cooking demonstration and samples. A tour of the All-America Selections Garden Slow Food Denver tasting at 5:15 and 6 p.m. precede the lecture, which takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street. Admission is $20 to $30, or $110 to $140 for series tickets; e-mail your reservation to email@example.com, and visit www.botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3580 for information.
Heirloom Gardens, 4460 Winona Court, offers Simple Indian: Learn to make matar dal kichari, homemade chenna cheese, cabbage koftas, chapatis, coconut hard candy and chai tea. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $50; call 303-956-7203 or visit www.eatwhereulive.com.
Las Brisas, 6787 South Clinton Street in Englewood, will donate 15 percent of today's revenue to the American Cancer Society. Call 303-792-3212.
The City of Aurora offers a cooking class, Mexican Cooking: Menu 1. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $43 for Aurora residents and $56 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
Q's, 2115 13th Street in Boulder, offers another in its Food and Wine Series. This round's theme: A Night in Spain, Spanish-style cuisine and classic Spanish wine varietals. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $65. Call 303-442-4880 or visit www.qsboulder.com.
The International Cross Cultural Network of Aurora and Kaleidoscope Aurora Council presents a Meet, Greet and Eat at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 East Alameda Parkway in Aurora, at 6 p.m.
Telluride hosts the Telluride Wine Festival through Sunday, June 27, a multi-day event with luncheons, cooking demonstrations, programs, seminars, tastings and live music. Visit www.telluridewinefestival.com.
Friday, June 25:
The City of Aurora offers a kids' cooking class, Harry Potter Tea, for ages 6 to 10. It runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $24 for Aurora residents and $31 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
Sunflower Farmer's Market, 8601 West Cross Drive in Littleton, offers a Freebie Friday Senior Breakfast, free breakfast for seniors 50 and older, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.. Sign-up required. Call 720-214-0410 or visit www.sfmarkets.com.
Whole Foods Belmar, 444 South Wadsworth Boulevard, offers the Kids Food Adventure with Chef Jehangir Mehta through Saturday, June 25, a series of hands-on classes to encourage parents and kids to be more adventurous with food while still making healthy choices. Friday's workshop runs 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday's from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; admission is $30 for one child and one parent. Call 303-935-5000 to sign up.
Copper Mountain Resort hosts the Genuine Jazz & Wine festival through Sunday, June 27; packages start at $88. Visit www.coppercolorado.com.
Saturday, June 26:
Sunflower Farmer's Market, 8601 West Cross Drive in Littleton, offers Brats for a Buck from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; chips and a drink also available for purchase. Call 720-214-0410 or visit www.sfmarkets.com.
In Beaver Creek, chefs from local restaurants give free culinary demonstrations on the plaza in the Bon Appetit tent. Visit www.beavercreek.com/events-and-activities/culinary-demo-series.aspx.
Oskar Blues, 303 Main Street in Lyons, hosts the Burning Can Festival, a celebration of craft beer in cans with live music, beer-infused dishes and beer-can chicken, Can Art exhibition and more. It runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and admission is free; all proceeds benefit the Colorado Brewers Build. Visit www.oskarblues.com or call 303-823-6685.
The City of Aurora offers a Parent & Tot cooking class, Snack Attack, for ages 6 to 12 with parent. It runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $39 for Aurora residents and $51 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, offers a Spirited Summer Desserts cooking class. It runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $65. Call 303-377-3222 or visit www.theseasonedchef.com.
Head to the Empire Lounge and Restaurant, 816 Main Street, in Louisville, at 6:30 p.m. for the Corzo Tequila Dinner, three courses paired with tequila. Admission is $50 and up; call 303-665-2521 or visit www.theempirerestaurant.com.
Dana Cain presents the Winter Park Chocolate Festival, an open-air, outdoor festival with more than 20 exhibitors, sampling, live music, demos, contests and more. Admission is free, and a taste ticket is $10; call 303-347-8252 or visit www.winterpark.chocolate-festival.org.
Fort Collins brings back the annual Colorado Brewer's Festival through Sunday, June 27, celebrating quality Colorado brewing with music, more than thirty breweries and more. Admission is $10 to $45; call 970-484-6500 or visit www.downtownfortcollins.com.
Crested Butte hosts Bayou in the Butte through Sunday, June 27, with chef Mike Marchitelli's offerings of Louisiana cuisine, plus live music and more. Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and cost $25 per day; visit www.crestedbuttechamber.com.
Sunday, June 27:
Fromage to Yours cheese shop and Oskar Blues host a beer-and-cheese pairing with six beers and fifteen artisan cheeses from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $20 to $25; visit www.echeese.com. It takes place at Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake Street.
Head to Paris Hotel/Paris Lofts, 2193 Arapahoe Street, for the Hush Celebration of Denver Street Food featuring food by the Gastro Cart, Thai Cart and Biker Jim's. Admission is $25. Visit www.hushdenver.com.
The Margarita, 7350 Pine Creek Road in Colorado Springs, hosts the Club Nine BBQ, gourmet barbecue at its finest with seven of the area's best chefs. It starts at 4 p.m. and costs $40. Call 719-598-8667.
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