Washington Post food calendar for July 26-Aug. 8

THURSDAY

FARM-TO-FORK LOUDOUN: Through Aug. 5, area restaurants create special menus centered on locally grown foods. Prices vary. www.farmtoforkloudoun.com.

MAKER’S MARK TASTING: Maker’s 46 paired with hors d’oeuvres. Demonstration of Maker’s trademark wax dipping. 6-7:30 p.m. $49, including tax and gratuity. Morton’s of Chicago-Arlington, 1750 Crystal Dr., Arlington. 703-418-1444. www.mortons.com/arlington.

SATURDAY

BLUEMONT BBQ BASH AND BLACKBERRY BONANZA: Kansas City Barbecue Society-certified barbecue competition. Also featuring a blackberry dessert contest, berry picking and more. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $12; children $10; $10 in advance; $22 for barbecue tasting ticket. Great Country Farms, 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd., Bluemont. 540-554-2073. www.greatcountryfarms.com.

DRINK THE DISTRICT: Unlimited tastings of more than 40 craft beers, with food trucks. 500 New York Ave. NW. Noon-4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. $40 per session; $30 in advance; $10 for designated drivers. www.drinkthedistrict.com.

SUNDAY

GOSPEL SUPPER: Performance by musician Jim Lauderdale. 5:30 p.m. $15; additional $20 for prix-fixe menu. Hill Country Barbecue, 410 Seventh St. NW. 202-556-2050. www.hillcountrywdc.com.

RESERVE NOW

AUG. 3

RUM COCKTAIL DINNER: Four-course meal paired with drinks featuring Cruzan Rum. 6:30 p.m. $65, not including tax and gratuity. Wildfire, Tysons Galleria, Third Floor, 1714 International Dr., McLean. 703-442-9110. www.wildfirerestaurant.com/mclean.

AUG. 6

BEER DINNER: Four-course meal with beer from DC Brau Brewing. 7 p.m. $55, including tax and gratuity. Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th St. NW. 202-347-4800. www.ebbitt.com.

WINE TASTING: Several Burgundies paired with tapas. 5:30-6:30 p.m. $28, not including tax and gratuity. Cafe Dupont, 1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-797-0169.

WINE TASTING: Sample 25 wines from France paired with light snacks. 6:30 p.m. $25, not including tax and gratuity. Mon Ami Gabi, 7239 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. 301-654-1234. Also at Mon Ami Gabi, 11950 Democracy Dr., Reston. 703-707-0233. www.monamigabi.com.

AUG. 8

BEER DINNER: Four-course meal with beer from Port City Brewing. 7 p.m. $55, including tax and gratuity. Clyde’s at Mark Center, 1700 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-820-8300. www.clydes.com.

JULIA CHILD’S CENTENARY: Biographer Bob Spitz talks about the cookbook author and television chef. His new book about Child, “Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child,” is available for signing after the program. 7-8:30 p.m. $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org.

Becky Krystal

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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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