Cheers to a good cause…Pair Denver’s best wine shop with one of the city’s best restaurants, and what do you get? An appetizing fundraiser. On Wednesday, May 4 from 6 to 8 p.m., Mondo Vino pours French wines and champagne and Highland’s Garden Cafe serves nibbles—all in the name of preserving the historic Elitch Theater. Doing your part only costs $30. Call Highland’s Garden Cafe (3927 W. 32nd Ave.) for reservations. 303-458-5920.

Cinco de Drinko… It’s that time of year again and The Rio‘s famously potent margaritas are calling our name. But there’s more than one way at this fabled marg spot to celebrate Mexican Independence Day—try $3 Traditional Cuervo shots (in a souvenir glass to boot), $2 Cuervo Gold shots, and $2 Coronas. 1525 Blake St., 303-623-5432,

For the slightly more civilized…Spend your Cinco de Mayo at Tamayo on Larimer Square. Cha-cha-cha to the beat of a Mariachi Band (8 p.m. to midnight), dine on appetizer and entrée specials, and stop by the rooftop fiesta for $5 Cazadores margaritas and $4 Corzo tequila shots. 1400 Larimer, 720-946-1433.

Lest you forget…Sunday, May 8, is Mother’s Day. Flowers are nice but you could shop for something that won’t wait and helps women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. The Women’s Bean Project is selling spice rubs and fajita mixes, salsas and dips, chocolate-covered espresso beans, instant iced teas, and more at the Bean Bazaar May 6 and 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 3201 Curtis St.,

Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison
Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.