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ALL THINGS CHOCOLATE

Try cake making or chocolate-and-beer pairing at Piece, Love & Chocolate, a decadent shop curated by chocola-tier and pastry chef Sarah Amorese. Classes from $55; 8o5 Pearl St.; piecelove andchocolate.com

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SHAKE ONE UP

The Bitter Bar's cocktail class (Nov 4; $50) will give you the on using bitters, the right ice, and how to mix it all up like a pro. 835 Walnut St.; 303/442-3050.

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COCKTAILS FOR CHAMPIONS

A trail runner turned mixologist, Bryan Dayton (at left) transferred his athletic drive to the bar he co-owns, Oak at Fourteenth. His housemade bitters, sodas, and hand-carved ice spheres have put Boulder on the map in cocktail competitions nationally. No wonder, with drinks Like the East Aspen Heights: gin, yellow Chartreuse, and blackberry and pear juice. 1400 Pearl St.; 303/444-3622.

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DIY WORKSHOP

At Fabricate, shop for fabric, and learn to make your own clothing, table linens, and quilts. Classes from $25; 2023 17th St.; fabricateboulder.com

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EAT LIKE A FARMER

Eric Skokan (at left), chef and owner of the new Bramble & Hare restaurant, is transforming Front Range cuisine as a new breed of chef-farmer. At his 160-acre Black Cat Farms, he grows more than 250 varieties of fruits and veggies, and raises hogs, sheep, and chickens. Skokan says, "Now I can dream up dishes with the seed catalog," instead of simply relying on what's available. $.$; 197o 13th St.; 303/444-9110.

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A EURO-STYLE GROCERY

Coral and Will Frischkorn (formerly a graphic designer and pro cyclist) were inspired to open Cured, a shop specializing in meats, breads, cheeses, and wines, while living in Spain. "Rather than stocking up weekly, people did daily rounds, like to the cheesemonger," says Coral. Free wine sampling Tue; wine-and-cheese classes Thu (from $35); 1825B Pearl St.; cureclboulden.com

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GET CREATIVE

Shop and DIY design at FactoryMade. Classes from 05; 2000 21st St.; madelife.com

HIGH-ALTITUDE COFFEE

At Boxcar Coffee Roasters, which shares a storefront with Cured, Cara and Vajra Rich have developed a special brewing method for Boulder's elevation and lower water-boiling temp. The process involves mixing almost-boiling water with coffee grounds, heating to boiling, adding ice, and straining--kind of like a mad science experiment. Brewing classes start this winter. 1825B Pearl St.; boxcarcoffeeroasters.com

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Title Annotation:ESCAPE; Boulder, Colorado
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Date:Nov 1, 2012
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