THURSDAY: Wine Talk and Tasting -- sample and compare eight red grape varietals. Sponsored by Bell Wine Shoppe. Free. 6:30 p.m. Borders Books & Music, 18th and L streets NW. Call 202-466-4999.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY: Greek festival at St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church. Free admission. Friday and Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-

9 p.m. 3149 Glen Carlyn Rd., Falls Church. Call 703-671-1515.

SATURDAY: Taste of Georgetown -- food tastings with wine pairing from Georgetown restaurants. Benefits the Georgetown Ministry Center to aid the homeless. Free admission. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Grace Church, Wisconsin Avenue between M and South streets NW. Call 202-298-9222 or see

SATURDAY: Oktoberfest at Capitol City Brewing Co. with music, dancers and tastings from more than 30 micro-breweries and 10 restaurants. Free admission, $20 for tasting glass and unlimited beer tastings. Noon-6 p.m. The Village at Shirlington, 2700 South Quincy St., Arlington. Call 703-578-3888.

SUNDAY: Recipes and Revelations from Moll Flanders' Kitchen -- Discussion of 18th-century food traditions with culinary historian and author Sandra Sherman. Sponsored by the Culinary Historians of Washington. Free. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Bethesda/Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. Call 301-320-6979 or see

TUESDAY: Emeril's Delmonico: Preserving Culinary Traditions & Culture -- Discussion with New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse and journalist Cokie Roberts, a New Orleans native. Book signing to follow. Sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates. $22 for nonmembers. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. Call 202-357-3030 or see


OCT. 18: Capital Food Fight -- Sample foods from 25 local restaurants while watching a cooking competition, including chefs Katsuya Fukushima of Cafe Atlantico, Greggory Hill of David Greggory and defending champion Ris Lacoste of 1789. Benefits D.C. Central Kitchen. $125 in advance; $150 at the door. 6:30 p.m. Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Call 202-338-6100, Ext. 112.

-- Terri Sapienza

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