WINE DINNER: Featuring wines by Pio Cesare. 6:30 p.m. $125, including tax and gratuity. Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row, 2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-736-1453. www.capitalwinefestival.com.
WINE DINNER: Four courses paired with Alsatian wines. 6 p.m. $58, not including tax and gratuity. Praline Bakery & Bistro, 4611 Sangamore Rd., Bethesda. 301-229-8180. www.praline-bakery.com.
CHEESE CLASS: Four local craft beers paired with four cheeses and local charcuterie. 7 p.m. The class repeats March 21 at 7 p.m. and March 27 at 7 p.m. $59. Righteous Cheese, Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. 202-716-3320. www.righteouscheese.com.
COOKING CLASS: Attendees learn to make pasta. 12:30-2:30 p.m. The class repeats March 20. Free. Olio2go, 8400-H Hilltop Rd., Fairfax. 703-876-4666. www.olio2go.com.
COOKING THE BOOKS: Pati Jinich discusses her new book, “Pati’s Mexican Table,” with Washington Post Food editor Joe Yonan. 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org.
ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL: Through March 24, several films feature food. Prices and locations vary. 202-342-2564. www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.
PI(E) DAY: The event benefiting Common Good City Farm features sweet and savory pies, music and more. 6-8:30 p.m. $7 donation. The Dunes, 1402 Meridian Place NW. www.nothinginthehouse.com.
WINE CLASS: Participants taste and compare current releases with older wines. 7:15 p.m. $25. Chain Bridge Cellars, 1351 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. 703-356-6500. www.chainbridgecellars.com.
WINE CLASS: Focusing on wines for winter and early spring. 5:30-7 p.m. $85, not including tax and gratuity. Fiola, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-2888. www.fioladc.com.
CUP TASTERS’ CHALLENGE: Competitors taste multiple sets of three cups of coffee and identify which is different from the other two in each set. 7 p.m. $5. Counter Culture Coffee Training Center, 1840 Columbia Rd. NW, Suite 203. counterculturecoffee.com.
COOKING DEMONSTRATION: Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi share ideas for how to use asparagus and rhubarb. Noon-1:30 p.m. The session repeats March 21, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.
WHISKY DINNER: Four courses paired with Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky. 6:30 p.m. $90, not including tax and gratuity. Wildfire, Tysons Galleria, Third Floor, 1714 International Dr., McLean. 703-442-9110. www.
WINE TASTING: Features French wines from family farms and grower-owned co-ops. 7 p.m. $20. Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. www.francedc.org.
BOOK SIGNING: Patricia Jinich discusses and signs copies of her new cookbook. 2 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 7851 Tysons Corner Center, McLean. 703-506-2937.
COOKING CLASS: The session focuses on French bistro recipes. 11 a.m. $75. Patowmack Farm, 42461 Lovettsville Rd., Lovettsville. 540-822-9017. www.
GUIDED OLIVE OIL TASTING: Chris DelBonis, the importer of Pelliccia, provides a tasting of the new harvest of his olive oil from Lazio and talks about growing and pressing the olives. Noon-1 p.m. Free. Olio2go, 8400-H Hilltop Rd., Fairfax. 703-876-4666. www.olio2go.com.
SPRING VEGETABLE GARDEN OPEN HOUSE: Topics include starting a vegetable garden, testing soil, caring for garden tools and growing vegetable plants from seed. Participants can buy vegetable transplants or swap seeds and tour the demonstration garden. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Montgomery County Agricultural History Farm Park, 18410 Muncaster Rd., Derwood. 301-590-9650. growit.umd.edu.
COCKTAIL SEMINAR: Bartenders Gina Chersevani, Rachel Sergi, Jo-Jo Valenzuela and JP Fetherston host a seminar on Irish whiskey cocktails. 6-8 p.m. $50 ($45 in advance). Occidental, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. museumoftheamericancocktail.
SPIRITS DINNER: Five courses with spirits from Catoctin Creek Distilling. 6:30 p.m. $55, not including tax and gratuity. Mad Fox Brewing, 444 W. Broad St., Falls Church. 703-942-6840. madfoxbrewing.com.
WINE DINNER: Five courses with wine from J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. 6:30 p.m. $50, including tax and gratuity. Asia Nine, 915 E St. NW. 202-629-4355. asianine.com.
COOKING THE BOOKS: Mark Russ Federman discusses his new book, “Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes From the House That Herring Built,” with cookbook author Joan Nathan. 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org.
EAT4LIFE CELEBRITY CHEF COOK-OFF: Hosted by D.C. Central Kitchen staffer Rock Harper, winner of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” the fundraiser for the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation features chefs Scott Drewno of the Source by Wolfgang Puck, Sebastien Archambault of Blue Duck Tavern, Carla Hall of ABC’s “The Chew,” Mike Isabella of Graffiato and Bandolero, and Eric Ziebold of CityZen. 6-9 p.m. $50. Crios Modern Mexican, 2120 P St. NW. 855-610-1733. www.chris4life.
WINE DINNER: Featuring wines made by Wine & Soul in Portugal. 6:30 p.m. $135, including tax and gratuity. Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row, 2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-736-1453. www.
COOKING CLASS: The session with gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi focuses on using early spring garden vegetables for Passover and Easter meals. Noon-1:30 p.m. $32. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400. www.brooksidegardens.org.
PINK TIE PARTY: The annual fundraiser features spring- and cherry-inspired cuisine and cocktails from more than 30 area chefs and restaurants, plus an auction. Chef Lorena Garcia of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” hosts the party. 7 p.m. $200. Marriott Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. 202-661-7567. www.
BOOK SIGNING AND WINE TASTING: Jancis Robinson discusses the new book she co-wrote with Linda Murphy, “American Wine: The Ultimate Companion to the Wines and Wineries of the United States,” with Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre. The event includes a book signing and tasting of wines from around the country. 6:45-8 p.m. $75. National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org.
COOKING CLASS: Students cook dishes for a spring brunch. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $65. Butterfly Gourmet, 148 N. 21st St., Purcellville. 540-441-7094.
WINE DINNER: Locally sourced food paired with Virginia wines. 7 p.m. $120, not including tax and gratuity. Girasole, 4224 Loudoun Ave., The Plains. 540-253-5501. www.girasole-panino.com.
COOKING CLASS: Chefs Stephen Sands and Marilena Leavitt prepare an Italian-style dinner party with several courses accompanied by regional Italian wines. 7 p.m. $80. Culinaria Cooking School, 110 Pleasant St. NW, Vienna. 703-865-7920. www.
PARK HYATT MASTERS OF FOOD AND WINE: Pastry chef Peter Brett and chocolatier Zoe Tsoukatos of Zoe’s Chocolate in Frederick host a cooking class using cherries and chocolate. 3-5 p.m. $55, including tax and gratuity. Park Hyatt Washington, 24th and M streets NW. 202-419-6768. www.mastersfoodandwine.com.
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