Washington Post food calendar for March 28-April 11

March 27, 2012
THURSDAY

FOOD THAT’S OUT OF THIS WORLD: Vickie Kloeris, manager of NASA’s Space Food Systems Laboratory, talks about the science of astronaut food (including Tang) . 6:30-8 p.m. $35. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030.

WINE DINNER: The six-course meal highlights wines from St. Innocent Winery of Salem, Ore. 6:30 p.m. $150, not including tax and gratuity. BlackSalt, 4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-342-9101. www.blacksaltrestaurant.com.

FRIDAY

AFAC BENEFIT: The fundraiser for the Arlington Food Assistance Center features music, dancing, food and raffles. 8 p.m. $35; $60 for two. Cafe Asia/Arlington, 1550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-845-8486. www.afac.org.

SCOTCH DINNER: The dinner offers four single-malt whiskies. 6:30 p.m. $95, not including tax and gratuity. Wildfire, Tysons Galleria, Third Floor, 1714 International Dr., McLean. 703-442-9110. www.wildfire restaurant.com/mclean.

SATURDAY

ARTINI: Inspired by works in the Corcoran collection, 12 mixologists compete to create the most artistic martini. 8:30 p.m.-midnight. $115. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. www.corcoran.org.

CHOCOLATE EGG DECORATING CLASS: The children’s class will be taught by the hotel’s pastry staff. 10 a.m. $65, including tax and gratuity. The session repeats April 7. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean. 703-506-4300. www.ritzcarlton.com/tysons.

SUNDAY

ARTISAN CHOCOLATE EGGS: The class for adults will be taught by the hotel’s pastry staff. Canapes, petits fours and champagne will be served. 4 p.m. $95, including tax and gratuity. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean. 703-506-4300. www.ritzcarlton.com/tysons.

MONDAY

TASTE OF THE NATION: The fundraiser for Share Our Strength to benefit Mary’s Center, the Capital Area Food Bank and D.C. Hunger Solutions will feature food from area restaurants and a silent auction. 7 p.m. $95. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 877-268-2783. www.strength.org/washington.

RESERVE NOW

APRIL 7

PIG BUTCHERING AND PROCESSING: The session will teach participants how to butcher pigs and make bacon, sausages, pâtés and terrines. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $125. Mountain View Farm, 11661 Harpers Ferry Rd., Purcellville. 571-271-2136. mvforganics.com.

APRIL 9

PINOT NOIR AROUND THE WORLD: Paul Jameson of the Jameson Wine Experience leads a tasting comparing wines from the pinot noir grape. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $40, including wines and light fare. Twisted Vines, 2803 Columbia Pike, Arlington. 571-482-8581. twisted-vines.com.

APRIL 10

WINE DINNER: The five-course meal presents wines from Cass Winery and Thacher Winery. 6:30 p.m. $125, including tax and gratuity. Ris, 2275 L St. NW. 202-730-2500. www.risdc.com.

Becky Krystal

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