GEORGE WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY: Mount Vernon marks George Washington’s 280th birthday. On Feb. 18, a new exhibit, “Hoecakes & Hospitality: Cooking with Martha Washington,” opens, and several local chefs will hold cooking demonstrations (9 a.m.-noon); on Feb. 18-19, visitors can sample Washington’s favorite breakfast of hoecakes (9 a.m.-noon); throughout the weekend, chef Walter Staib of Philadelphia’s City Tavern and host of PBS’s “A Taste of History” will sign books and DVDs at the museum shop. Included in museum admission ($15 for adults, $7 for children, 5 and under free); free admission Feb. 20. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. 703-780-2000. www.mountvernon.org.
BOOK SIGNING: Doron Petersan of Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats discusses and signs copies of her new book, “Sticky Fingers’ Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes.” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. www.busboysandpoets.com.
LUNDI GRAS PARTY AND DINNER: Les Dames d’Escoffier DC hosts New Orleans native chef David Guas, who will talk about Mardi Gras food traditions and do a cooking demonstration. 6 p.m. $55, including tax and gratuity. Bayou Bakery, 1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington. 202-973-2168. www.lesdamesdc.org.
A TALE AND TASTE OF TUSCANY: Chef Gina Stipo of Ecco La Cucina cooking school near Siena, Italy, holds a seminar, demonstration and tasting of Tuscan fare. 7-10 p.m. $100. Culinaria Cooking School, 110 Pleasant St. NW, Vienna. 703-865-7920. www.culinariacookingschool.com.
COGNAC AND ARMAGNAC TASTING: Scott Clime, Passion Food Hospitality’s wine and beverage director, discusses the history and production of cognac, Armagnac, Bas Armagnac, brandy and grappa. Lunch and 10 spirits for tasting will be served. 1-3 p.m. $85, including tax and gratuity. Acadiana, 901 New York Ave. NW. 202-408-0201. email@example.com. www.acadianarestaurant.com.
COOKING CLASS: Chef Gina Stipo of Ecco La Cucina cooking school near Siena, Italy, teaches how to make three types of pasta. 2-5 p.m. $95. Culinaria Cooking School, 110 Pleasant St. NW, Vienna. 703-865-7920. www.culinariacookingschool.com.
BEER DINNER: Three-course meal paired with sour Belgian beers. 6:30 p.m. $49, not including tax and gratuity. Belga Cafe, 514 Eighth St. SE. 202-544-0100. belgacafe.com.
BOOK EVENT: Doron Petersan of Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats discusses and signs copies of her new book, “Sticky Fingers’ Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes.” 7 p.m. $8; $10 day of the event. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org.
Les Dames d’Escoffier DC hosts its eighth “Salute to Women in Gastronomy,” with more than 40 speakers in 16 sessions and hands-on cooking classes led by cookbook author Domenica Marchetti; Patricia Jinich of public television’s “Pati’s Mexican Table”; Mary Beth Albright of “The Next Food Network Star”; food writers Maria Speck and Regina Schrambling, and more. Keynote speaker: Sara Moulton, food editor of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” 8:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Registration and session signup required. $99 (before Feb. 29); $35 for students with ID includes lunch, festival of desserts and afternoon beer-dumpling pairings reception. At the Universities of Maryland at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville. 202-973-2168. www.lesdamesdc.org
BOOK EVENT: Giada De Laurentiis talks about her new cookbook, “Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner,” with Washington Post interim Food editor Bonnie Benwick. De Laurentiis will sign books as well. 8 p.m. $35, including a copy of the book and one ticket; $45, including a copy of the book and two tickets. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org.
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