Washington Post food calendar for Aug. 17-26

August 16, 2012
FRIDAY

BEER TASTING: Craft beers with cheese and charcuterie pairings. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. The Butcher’s Block, 1600 King St., Alexandria. 703-894-5253. www.braborestaurant.com.

SATURDAY

BOOK SIGNING: Ellen Crosby autographs copies of “The Sauvignon Secret,” now out in paperback. 1-3 p.m. Salt & Pepper Books, 125 Mill St., No. 6, Occoquan. 703-491-4411. www.saltandpepperbooks.com.

COCKTAIL CLASS: Learn the history of bitters and how and why they are used, with a tasting of several types. 3:30-5 p.m. $65, including three cocktails. Green Pig Bistro, 1025 N. Fillmore St., Arlington. 703-618-8633. scofflawsden.com.

COOKING CLASS: How to prepare soft-shell crabs, including cleaning, prep and cooking several recipes. A four-course lunch follows the class. 12:30-3 p.m. $100, not including tax and gratuity. BLT Steak, 1625
I St. NW. 202-689-8999. www.e2hospitality.com/blt-steak.

MONDAY

WINE DINNER: Five-course meal with wines from Joseph Phelps Vineyards and a book signing by Terrence D. Jones, president and chief executive of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and author of “Road Trip: A Photographer’s Journey to America’s National Parks.” 6:30 p.m. $125, not including tax and gratuity. Bazin’s on Church, 111 Church St. NW, Vienna. 703-255-7212. www.bazinsonchurch.com.

RESERVE NOW

AUG. 22

WINE TASTING: With Doukenie Winery. 4-8 p.m. Free. Planet Wine, 2004 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-3444. www.planetwineshop.com.

AUG. 24

COOKING CLASS: Learn to make a Spanish paella dinner. Judy Harris Cooking School, 2402 Nordok Place, Alexandria. 7-10 p.m. $85. 703-768-3767. www.judyharris.com.

WINE DINNER: Four cooks from the Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar management team create a four-course meal based on ingredients from a mystery basket prepared by Fleming’s corporate executive chef Russell Skall.
6:30 p.m. $85, not including tax and gratuity. At the restaurant, 1960-A Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. 703-442-8384. www.flemingssteakhouse.com.

AUG. 25

BUTCHERING DEMONSTRATION: Learn how to break down whole chickens, as well as how to grill with marinades. 3-4 p.m. Free. The Butcher’s Block, 1600 King St., Alexandria. 703-894-5253. www.braborestaurant.com.

FUNKY FRESH FOODIE FEST: Food truck and craft beer event with music, karaoke and the D.C. Trucky Awards. 1-9 p.m. $59.99. Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. dcf4.weebly.com.

AUG. 26

COOKING CLASS: With lessons on meal planning, shopping, using knives, equipment and presentation. Judy Harris Cooking School, 2402 Nordok Place, Alexandria. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $85. 703-768-3767. www.judyharris.com.

Becky Krystal

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