DINING IN THE DARK: The fundraiser for the Foundation Fighting Blindness has diners wear light-blocking masks and eat their entrees using their senses of smell, sound, taste and touch. 6 p.m. $500. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean. 202-530-4672. www.fightblindness.org/dininginthedark.
COOKING CLASS: Students learn to make fermented foods. 1-3 p.m. $45. Forever Fit Physical Therapy & Wellness, 3909 National Dr., #100, Burtonsville. 301-602-6560. www.simplisticwholistic.com.
CULINARY HISTORY LECTURE: Sasha Gong and Scott Seligman discuss China’s Cultural Revolution and their book, “The Cultural Revolution Cookbook.” 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. 301-320-6979. www.chowdc.org.
LADIES’ TEA: Attendees sample period food and a tea blend from Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, as well as take a tour of the museum. 3-4:30 p.m. $35, including tax and gratuity. At the museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-746-4242. www.gadsbystavern.org.
TASTE OF THE MARKET: Fundraiser for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign features food prepared by area restaurants using ingredients found at Union Market. 4-6 p.m. $55 ($45 in advance). Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. www.strength.org/washington.
DIM SUM RECEPTION: Chefs Wolfgang Puck and Scott Drewno host a dumpling and sparkling wine reception for the Chinese New Year. 8-10 p.m. $50, not including tax and gratuity. The Source, 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-637-6100. www.wolfgangpuck.com.
MARDI GRAS BLOCK PARTY: Fat Tuesday celebration with food, drinks and a parade. 5-11 p.m. $10-$30. Bayou Bakery, 1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington. 703-243-2410. www.bayoubakeryva.com.
ST. JUDE GOURMET GALA: Fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital features food from more than 40 area chefs. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $350. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 703-677-4412. www.stjude.org/gourmetgala.
WINE DINNER: Featuring wines from Heitz Wine Cellars. 6:30 p.m. $125, including tax and gratuity. Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row, 2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-736-1453. www.capitalwinefestival.com.
CHEESE CLASS: Participants will taste four kinds, paired with champagne, sparkling wines and chocolate accompaniments. 7 p.m. The class repeats Feb. 14 and Feb. 20. $69. Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. 202-716-3320. www.righteouscheese.com.
COOKING CLASS: Students will learn how to make pasta. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free, reservations required. Olio2go, 8400-H Hilltop Rd., Fairfax. 703-876-4666. www.olio2go.com.
— Becky Krystal
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