BEER DINNER: Four courses paired with beer from Blue & Gray Brewing. Proceeds benefit the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. 5 p.m. $57, including tax and gratuity. National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle. 703-649-2369. www.usmcmuseum.com.
BOOK SIGNING: Former White House chef John Moeller signs copies of his new book, “Dining at the White House — From the President’s Table to Yours.” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Decatur House, 1610 H St. NW. diningatthewhitehouse.com.
COOKING DEMONSTRATION: Cookbook author S. H. “Skiz” Fernando Jr. demonstrates Sri Lankan cuisine using seasonal ingredients and sells copies of his cookbook “Rice & Curry,” as well as spice blends. 4-5 p.m. Free. Penn Quarter FreshFarm Market, Eighth and D streets NW. freshfarmmarket.org.
PINOT NOIR TASTING: Oregon pinot noirs with a holiday menu from Cork executive chef Kristin Hutter. 7 p.m. $50, not including tax and gratuity. Cork Market and Tasting Room, 1805 14th St. NW. 202-265-2674. www.corkdc.com.
WINE DINNER: Four courses with Torres wines. Includes a flamenco performance. 6-9 p.m. $75, including tax and gratuity. La Tasca, 2900 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-812-9120. www.latascausa.com.
WINE DINNER: Multi-course meal with Tuscan wines. Open seating. 5 p.m. $75, not including tax and gratuity. Assaggi Mozzarella Bar, 4838 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. 301-951-1988. www.assaggirestaurant.com.
BREW & BOURBON CLASSIC: More than 60 beers and bourbons, food trucks and races. Noon-5 p.m. $19. Laurel Park Race Course, Route 198 and Race Track Road, Laurel. www.tastedc.com.
COOKING CLASS: The session focuses on Thanksgiving dishes. 11 a.m. $65. Patowmack Farm, 42461 Lovettsville Rd., Lovettsville. 540-822-9017. www.patowmackfarm.com.
COOKING CLASS: In a session on “chocolate therapy,” students learn how to evaluate chocolate’s characteristics and make custom Belgian chocolates. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $30. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org.
CULINARY EDUCATION CRAWL: Throughout the weekend, participants can choose from 22 food and wine classes at neighborhood restaurants and shops and the Hill Center. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $20-$30 per class. Barracks Row, Eighth Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and M Street SE. 202-544-3188. www.barracksrow.org.
CZECHOSLOVAK HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Ethnic food, Czech Christmas cookies and crafts. Noon-4 p.m. Free. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda. 703-281-2570.
FALL HARVEST TEA: Traditional Victorian tea followed by a tour of the house and gardens. 1-3 p.m. $30. Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. www.tudorplace.org.
SATURDAY SUPPER: Abbreviated Thanksgiving boot camp with demos on how to cook turkey, corn bread, pies and cocktails for Thanksgiving. Includes supper. 2:30 p.m. $65, including tax and gratuity. Art and Soul, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. 202-393-7777. www.artandsouldc.com.
THANKSGIVING WINE FESTIVAL: Samples of Thanksgiving wine recommendations with bites of turkey and trimmings from local chef Jacques Imperato. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Chain Bridge Cellars, 1351 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. 703-356-6500. www.chainbridgecellars.com.
WEST AFRICAN CELEBRATION: Organized by the nonprofit group Deeper Missions, a buffet of West African food plus drumming, dancing and silent auction. 7-9:30 p.m. $25. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 9203 Braddock Rd., Burke. deepermissions.eventbrite.com.
COOKBOOK TALK: As part of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington’s annual book festival, Equinox co-owners and restaurateurs chef Todd Gray and his wife Ellen Kassoff Gray give a talk and cooking demonstration on their book, “The New Jewish Table: Modern Seasonal Recipes for Traditional Dishes.” 1:30 p.m. $20. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-881-0100. www.jccgw.org.
COOKING CLASS: The session on meatless holiday dishes includes recipes for soup and dairy-free pumpkin cheesecake. 9302 Hallston Ct., Fairfax Station. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $55; $100 for two people. 703-643-2713. www.veggourmet.wordpress.com.
COOKING CLASS: Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac teaches a class on making pies. 6-8:30 p.m. The session repeats Nov. 20 and Nov. 21. $85. Buzz Bakery, 901 Slaters Lane, Alexandria. 703-600-2899. www.eventbrite.com/event/8879882969/estw.
WHISKEY TASTING: Kayleigh Kulp, author of “Booze for Babes,” leads a whiskey tasting of an American bourbon, rye and straight whiskey from Buffalo Trace Distillery. Includes discussion of the differences among the three and how to describe and understand their tastes and aromas. 6-7:30 p.m. $35, including welcome cocktail, tasting, food pairing and book. Graffiato, 707 Sixth St. NW. www.boozeforbabes.com.
WINE DINNER: Four courses with Torres wines. Includes a flamenco performance. 6-9 p.m. $75, including tax and gratuity. La Tasca Rockville, 141 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-279-7011. www.latascausa.com.
SPIRITS TASTING: Tasting of cocktails made with “SweetShines” from Bloomery Plantation Distillery. 7-8:30 p.m. $45. Crown Liquors, 1325 Connecticut Ave. NW. www.eventbrite.com/event/9022310975.
BEAUJOLAIS TASTING: Tasting of five Beaujolais wines with a holiday menu from Cork executive chef Kristin Hutter. 7 p.m. $50, not including tax and gratuity. Cork Market and Tasting Room, 1805 14th St. NW. 202-265-2674. www.corkdc.com.
COOKING CLASS: Marilena Leavitt shares recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $70. Culinaria Cooking School, 110 Pleasant St. NW, Vienna. 703-865-7920. www.culinariacookingschool.com.
WHITE TRUFFLES DINNER: Multi-course meal paired with wine. 7 p.m. $250, not including tax and gratuity. Elisir, 427 11th St. NW. 202-546-0088. elisirrestaurant.com.
OYSTER RIOT: About two dozen oyster varieties, music and wine. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 23, noon-3 p.m. and 6:30-9:30 p.m. $140. Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th St. NW. 202-347-4800. www.eventfarm.com/oysterriot2013.
— Becky Krystal
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