CIGAR DINNER: Fundraiser for Annapolis Rotaract Children of the Philippines campaign. 6 p.m. $100. Overlook Pavilion, Port Annapolis, 7074 Bembe Beach Rd., Annapolis. www.annapolisrotaract.org.
FALL FOR THE BOOK: Cookbook authors and food writers, including Washington Post Food editor Joe Yonan, author of “Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook,” participate in a panel, cooking demonstrations, tastings and book sales and signings. 6-9 p.m. Free. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. www.fallforthebook.org.
HOPS AND BEER: The session explains the different types of hops, how to grow them and how they affect the flavor and preservation of beer. Includes tasting and light refreshments. 7-9 p.m. $30. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. 703-642-5173. www.greenspring.org.
OUTDOOR DINNER: Three-course, family-style meal in Strawberry Park prepared by chef R.J. Cooper of Rogue 24 and Gypsy Soul, opening this winter in the Mosaic District. 7 p.m. $150; $200 for chef's table. Mosaic District, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax. www.mosaicdistrict.com.
PAELLA CLASS AND DINNER: Attendees learn to make paella. Includes tapas dinner and drinks. 6-9 p.m. $65, including tax and gratuity. La Tasca, 722 Seventh St. NW. 202-347-9190. www.latascausa.com.
CHEF’S TABLE DINNER: Four-course menu with optional wine pairings. 6:30 p.m. $60 without wine, not including tax and gratuity; $75 with wine. Wildfire, Tysons Galleria, Third Floor, 1714 International Dr., McLean. 703-442-9110. www.wildfirerestaurant.com/mclean.
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: Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi share ideas on cooking with eggplant. Noon and 12:45 p.m. Free. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.
DAS BEST OKTOBERFEST: All-you-can-drink beer, German food, contests and music. 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 2-6 p.m. $59 Friday; $39-$59 Saturday; $85 two-day pass; $25 designated drivers; children 12 and younger free. National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. www.dasbestoktoberfest.com.
JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION DINNER: Benefit for the James Beard Foundation with a menu created by Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk in Charleston and R.J. Cooper of Rogue 24. Also featuring Scott Drewno of the Source by Wolfgang Puck, Mike Isabella of Graffiato and Kapnos, Haidar Karoum of Proof, Enzo Fargione of Osteria Elisir, Vikram Sunderam of Rasika, Todd Gray of Equinox, Tony Conte of the Oval Room and pastry chef Alison Reed of Ripple. 6:30 p.m. $500. Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. www.jbftasteamerica.org.