Washington Post food calendar for Jan. 19-Feb. 6

January 17, 2012

HIGH-ALCOHOL-BEER DINNER: Pizzeria Paradiso hosts a multi-course dinner paired with beers of at least 11 percent alcohol by volume. Seatings at 6:30 and 9 p.m. $65, including tax and gratuity. 3282 M St. NW. events@
. 202-337-4936. www.eatyourpizza.com.


A TASTE OF UMBRIA: Bella Italia holds a reception and tasting with Simone Proietti Pesci, chef-owner of le Delizie del Borgo in Bevagna, Italy. He will speak about the cuisine and culture of central Italy and prepare dishes highlighting Umbrian truffles, Sagrantino wine and traditional Umbrian confections. 1-4 p.m. Free, reservations required. 4934 Hampden Lane, Bethesda. 301-654-2667. www.bellaitaliaonline.com.


SYRAH AROUND THE WORLD: Paul Jameson of the Jameson Wine Experience leads a tasting comparing wines made from the syrah grape. Light fare will be served. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $35. Twisted Vines Bottleshop, 2803 Columbia Pike, Arlington. 571-482-8581. www.jamesonwine.com.


FOOD AND WINE PAIRINGS: Eight wines will be paired with savory, salty, tangy and sweet foods. 7 p.m. $25. Chain Bridge Cellars, 1351 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. 703-356-6500. www.chainbridgecellars.com.


JAN. 26

WINE DINNER: L’Auberge Chez Francois and chef Jacques Haeringer host a dinner featuring wine by the Four Graces Winery. 6:30 p.m. $125, including tax and gratuity. 332 Springvale Rd., Great Falls. 703-759-3800. www.laubergechezfrancois.com.

JAN. 28

COOKING CLASS: Good Stuff Eatery’s Spike Mendelsohn leads a culinary tour of Eastern Market and takes participants to the Hill Center for a class, preparing Eastern Market purchases and honing students’ knife skills. 11 a.m. $85. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. www.hillcenterdc.org.

TEA BASICS SEMINAR: Historic Green Spring hosts a session about tea varieties. Proper brewing methods will be discussed; samples and finger foods will be served. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $45 for Fairfax County residents, $60 for nonresidents; registration required. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. 703-941-7987. www.greenspring.org.

JAN. 30

CASSOULET DINNER: Chain Bridge Cellars hosts a meal of classic French cassoulet paired with French wines. 7 p.m. $80, including tax and gratuity. Mediterranee, 10123 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. 703-356-6500. www.chainbridgecellars.com.

JAN. 31

CHAMPAGNE TASTING: Praline Bakery & Bistro hosts a champagne tasting paired with canapes by chef Christian Gautrois. 7-9 p.m. $38, not including tax and gratuity. 4611 Sangamore Rd., Bethesda. 301-229-8180. www.praline-bakery.com.

FEB. 5

SUPER BOWL PARTY: Wildfire hosts a viewing party with a buffet in its private room. 5-9 p.m. $45, not including tax and gratuity. Tysons Galleria, Third Floor, 1714 International Dr., McLean. 703-442-9110. www.wildfirerestaurant.com/mclean.

FEB. 6

CASSOULET DINNER: Chain Bridge Cellars hosts a meal of cassoulet from Spain’s Basque region paired with Spanish and Portuguese wines. 7 p.m. $80, including tax and gratuity. Mediterranee, 10123 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. 703-356-6500. www.chainbridgecellars.com.

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Becky Krystal covers food for the Going Out Guide and Weekend and Food sections. In her spare time she loves to, of course, eat and cook.
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