Washington Post food calendar for March 21-April 2

WEDNESDAY

TOUR OF BORDEAUX: A tasting of eight wines with Bordeaux expert Steven Schattman. 7 p.m. $30. Chain Bridge Cellars, 1351 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. 703-356-6500.
www.chainbridgecellars.com
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THURSDAY

WINE DINNER: The six-course meal features organic Italian wines from importer Il Pioppo. 6:30 p.m. $99, including tax and gratuity. Occidental, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-1475. www.occidentaldc.com.

FRIDAY

GRANDE FETE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE: Cuisine and culture of more than 35 embassies. The evening also includes a concert and dancing. 7 p.m.-midnight. $35. La Maison Francaise (Embassy of France), 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. 202-944-6400.
www.la-maison-francaise.org.

SATURDAY

A TASTE OF THE HILL: The gala fundraiser for Brent Elementary School will feature small plates from Capitol Hill restaurants with wine pairings, in addition to live music, dancing and a silent auction. 6 p.m. $75. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 118 Third St. SE. 202-543-5836. brentelementary.org/gala.

BARREL TASTING: Gray Ghost Vineyard’s barrels will be opened for tasting the only time this year. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (also Sunday), $15, including wine tasting, barrel tasting, logo glass and hors d'oeuvres. Gray Ghost Vineyards, 14706 Lee Hwy., Amissville, Va. 540-937-4869.
www.grayghostvineyards.com
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DRAFT AND CRAFT BEER TASTING CLASS: Attendees twill taste more than 20 craft and draft beers, and learn about the production and history of the beverage. Lunch will be served. 1-3 p.m. $85, including tax and gratuity. District Commons, 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-587-8277. www.districtcommonsdc.com/
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CHOCOLATE LAYER CAKE BAKING CHALLENGE:The Makes-Me-Wanna Shout! semifinals will feature cakes from 15 Washington area cooks and serve as a benefit for Martha’s Table. 2-4 p.m. $20, including a $15 donation to Martha's Table. At Martha’s Table, 2114 14th St. NW. 202-939-0794. www.shoutbakingchallenge.com.

GREAT RUM PUNCH CHALLENGE: Area distilleries and restaurants compete while serving a variety of rum drinks. 7-9:30 p.m. $50; $100 for a VIP package that includes a pre-event rum tasting. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-746-4242.
www.gadsbystavern.org.

PARK HYATT MASTERS OF FOOD AND WINE: The seasonal event features a cooking class (3-5:30 p.m.), tea session (5:30-7 p.m.) and four-course lamb dinner paired with wine (7 p.m.). Cooking class $65, tea session $45, dinner $145, all including tax and gratuity. Park Hyatt Washington, 24th and M streets NW. 202-419-6768. masters.phwashington@hyatt.
com
. www.mastersfoodandwine.com.

SPRING SOIREE HOW-TO: Participants will learn how to throw a spring party, including choosing decor and making several dishes. 2-4 p.m. $24.99, not including tax and gratuity. Community Canteen, 11950 Democracy Dr., Reston. 703-707-9442.
www.communitycanteen.com
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WINE BLENDING: Participants learn how to make a wine blend with instruction by winemaker Sebastien Marquet and help create a Vintner’s Reserve. 1 p.m. $40. Doukenie Winery, 14727 Mountain Rd., Purcellville. 540-668-6464.
www.doukeniewinery.com
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SUNDAY

COCKTAIL COMPETITION: Attendees can sample drinks prepared by competing bartenders, as well as partake in a cognac tasting, cheese buffet and canapes. 2-6 p.m. $40. Quill, the Jefferson Hotel, 1200 16th St. NW. 202-448-3274. www.jeffersondc.com.

DRINK LIKE “MAD MEN”: To mark the season premiere of the AMC series, students will learn about the history and ingredients of the cocktails featured in the show. The session will also teach how to make the cocktails. 5:30 p.m. $50. Last Exit, 3155 Mount Pleasant St. NW. 703-618-8633.
marshall@scofflawsden.com
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scofflawsden.com.

WILD ABOUT MUSHROOMS: Attendees will learn how to grow edible mushrooms. 1-4 p.m. $40, plus $10 materials fee. Mountain View Farm, 11661 Harpers Ferry Rd., Purcellville. 571-271-2136. mvforganics.com.

BOOK EVENT: Matt and Stacy Toth will read from and discuss “Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-Free Kids,” their new children’s story and cookbook hybrid. They will be joined by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason, authors of “Make It Paleo: Over 200 Grain Free Recipes for Any Occasion.” A book signing follows. 2 p.m. Free. Salt & Pepper Books, 125 Mill St., #6, Occoquan. 703-491-4411. www.saltandpepperbooks.com.

MONDAY

ARTISANAL CHEESE AND CHARCUTERIE: Beers from three local brewers will be paired with samples from three local charcuterie producers and a selection of six cheeses. 7 p.m. $49. Seasonal Pantry, 13141 / 2 Ninth St. NW. cheese-course.com.

WINE DINNER: A four-course dinner will be paired with wines from South Africa’s Badenhorst Family Wines. 7 p.m. $90, including tax and gratuity. Cashion’s Eat Place, 1819 Columbia Rd. NW. info@cashionseatplace.com. 202-797-1819. cashionseatplace.com.

WINE DINNER: The meal hosted by the American Institute of Wine and Food National Capital Area Chapter will be paired with German and Austrian wines. 6:30 p.m. $70, including tax and gratuity. Kafe Leopold, 3315 M St. NW. 202-468-3792. www.aiwf.org/dc.

TUESDAY

WINE DINNER: A five-course dinner will be paired with wines from Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton. 7 p.m. $60, including tax and gratuity. Walker’s Grille, 6909 Metro Park Dr., Alexandria. 703-922-6200. walkersgrille.com.

WINE SEMINAR:

The session will focus on the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. 6:30 p.m. $50, including tax and gratuity. Taberna del Alabardero, 1776 I St. NW. 202-429-2200.

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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