Culinary calendar for the week ahead: St. Germain cocktails, Tasty Colfax and teen cooking classes
There are plenty of dinners and tastings for oenophiles this week -- plus some beer and St. Germain action thrown in for good measure. Here's a taste of what's to come:
Monday, July 26:
Frasca Food and Wine, 1738 Pearl Street, presents its weekly Monday Night Wine Dinner. This week, winemaker Guiseppe Vajra presents the wines of G.D. Vajra Winery in Barolo, Itlay; a four-course seasonal menu has been prepared to pair with the wines. Dinner is $45, and wine pairings start at $35; call 303-442-6966 or visit www.frascafoodandwine.com.
TAG, 1441 Larimer Street, hosts the St. Germain Dinner, offering up fresh, local ingredients paired with St. Germain cocktails starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $50. Call 303-996-9985 or visit www.tag-restaurant.com.
The City of Aurora offers a teen cooking class, Think Like a Chef, for ages 12 to 16. It runs from 9 a.m. to noon, July 26 and 28, and costs $64 for Aurora residents and $84 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
Tuesday, July 27:
The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, offers a Cooking Light and Healthy cooking class. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $65. Call 303-377-3222 or visit www.theseasonedchef.com.
Le Central, 112 East Eighth Avenue, hosts a Cooking Class Demonstration Dinner: Learn to make gazpacho, paella and crepes at 6:30 p.m. for $26. Reservations are required; call 303-863-8094 or visit www.lecentral.com.
The City of Aurora offers a teen cooking class, Future Chefs, for ages 12 to 16. It runs from 9 a.m. to noon on July 27 and 29 and costs $64 for Aurora residents and $84 for the general public; it takes place in the Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Call 303-326-8360.
Sample the rich and varied cuisine from Colfax's Bluebird District at Tasty Colfax: Eats on the Beat, which will feature Annie's, Atomic Cowboy, Tommy's Thai, Denver Biscuit Company, the Shoppe, Goosetown Tavern and many more. It runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $20 to $25. Visit www.mycolfax.org.
Argonaut Wine & Liquor and the Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 East 35th Avenue, hosts Grapes & Hops, tastings of Washington and Oregon wines along with craft beer to benefit Easter Seals of Colorado. It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and admission is $30 to $35; call 303-831-7788.
Riverfront Park, 1610 Little Raven Street, will be the site of Table Lessons: A Dining Performance, an artistic performance exploring eating habits and the transmission of personal family and cultural values through food consumption. It runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is free to watch; call 303-893-0791 for information.
Limon, 1618 East 17th Avenue, hosts Step Up for Cancer Happy Hour featuring drink specials and a chance to mingle with Step Up for Cancer volunteers; a portion of proceeds will be donated to the organization. Call 303-322-0898.
Wednesday, July 28:
Terroir hosts a Meet the Winemaker night with Ballentine Vineyards and five courses paired with their wines. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $45 and up; Terrior is at 246 Main Street in Longmont. Call 303-651-0630 or visit www.terroir-restaurant.com.
Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, presents the Passion for Pinot Noirs Wine Tasting, an array of pinot noirs (and some non-pinot wines as well) with appetizers. It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $30; call 303-831-7310 or visit www.stringsrestaurant.com.
Front Range Community College's Larimer Campus, 4616 South Shields Street in Fort Collins, hosts an Open House & BBQ where you can get acquainted from the college between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call 970-226-2500.
Parisi, 4401 Tennyson Street, hosts a Seafood Community Table featuring four courses from the sea served family-style. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $40; call 303-561-0234 or visit www.parisidenver.com.
Thursday, July 29:
Sunflower Farmers' Market, 8601 West Cross Drive in Littleton, presents Homemade Popsicle Tasting, where you can learn how to make your own popsicles using fresh produce. The class runs from 1 to 2 p.m.; call 720-214-0410 or visit www.sfmarkets.com.
The Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series features The Kitchen Ecosystem with food writer Eugenia Bone. A tour of seasonal edible plants in the garden and a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit www.botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3580 for information.
Visit Parisi, 4401 Tennyson Street, at 6 p.m. for the Tasting Tennyson: A Gourmet Progressive Dinner, which will also stop at Tastes Wine Bar, House and Brasserie Felix on a progressive dinner with wine pairings. Admission is $89; sign up at www.denvergourmettours.com.
Green Spaces Colorado, 1368 26th Street, hosts Go Live: Live, a multi-media benefit dinner cabaret offering local and healthy soul food to benefit Flobots.org and the GrowHaus. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m.; get details at www.goliveonline.net.