After the meat madness, here come the veggies

If you think about it, there was no way Meat Week would go unanswered by the city's vocal contingent of vegetable lovers. And so, when Washingtonians are through with their  celebration of all things barbecued next week, D.C. Meat-Free Week will swoop in with a vegan cookie and make it all better.

The event, which was launched four years ago by the blog DCVegan in direct response to the first Meat Week, will run Feb. 4-11 with offerings at several local restaurants, with a pop-up dinner event, wine tasting and a vegan cooking class also in the mix. Proceeds from several events go toward two other organizers, the Kindness Collective and Compassion Over Killing.

This schedule has been updated. Here's an early look at the schedule (which could change in the coming days):

Feb. 4

The Meat-Free Week BBQ kick-off party, with vegan barbecue, cornbread, greens and a cupcake ($17.99) at Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats. (6:30– 9 p.m.)

Feb.  5

Three-course vegan tasting menu offered at Casa Oaxaca.

Feb.  6

Whole Foods' weekly Wine-Down Wednesday gets a vegan spin; five samples of wine and gourmet dishes are offered ($5). (5-7 p.m.)

Feb. 7

One-night-a-week raw food restaurant Elizabeth's Gone Raw will launch its small-plates menu at a happy-hour celebration. (5:30-8 p.m. )

Feb. 8-Feb. 10

Goûter, a local company that makes raw tonics, cleanses and treats, prepares a multi-course meal ($60 donation) that includes a raw Caesar salad, roasted cauliflower soup, a cocktail and more.  The space will also be decorated with the artwork of Dana Ellyn. (410 Florida Ave. NW. 8-10 p.m. Feb. 8-9; Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. ). Reserve a space here.

Feb. 9

Comedian Myq Kaplan, a vegan who has won national attention  on “Last Comic Standing,” and “Comedy Central Presents” (and who will perform a two-night stand at the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse next month) will entertain guests at the monthly vegan brunch at Todd Gray's Muse at the Corcoran. Reserve a space here.

Feb. 11

Free vegan cooking class at Whole Foods Market Foggy Bottom (6- 7 p.m.; 2201 I St. NW). R.S.V.P. to rachel.morris@wholefoods.com.

The closing party at Wonderland Ballroom, with vegan sloppy joes, meatless-meatball sandwiches, sweet potato bean burritos and more. The event offers $2 off vegan entrees during happy hour. (6:30 p.m.)

More coverage of vegetarian and vegan dining on the Going Out Guide:

• Washington's Essential Vegetarian Eats

• Essential Vegetarian Eats: Staff Faves

• Best restaurants for Vegetarians and vegans

Lavanya Ramanathan is a professional eater/drinker/thinker for Weekend and the Going Out Guide. University of Texas. Northwestern University. Rap fan.
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