JAN. 17

SPARKLING WINE DINNER: Wildfire holds a four-course dinner paired with sparkling wines. The event will be hosted by WUSA-9 anchor JC Hayward. 6:30 p.m. $70, not including tax and gratuity. Wildfire, Tysons Galleria, Third Floor, 1714 International Dr., McLean. 703-442-9110.

JAN. 21

BEER ACADEMY: Neighborhood Restaurant Group beer director Greg Engert hosts a monthly tutorial with at least six beers to taste. 1-3 p.m. $24. Rustico, 4075 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 571-384-1820.

JAN. 27

CHINESE NEW YEAR BANQUET: Les Dames d’Escoffier hosts a 14-dish dinner and lecture with Hollywood East Cafe chef and owner Janet Yu about the meaning of the foods served for the new Year of the Dragon. Lion dancers will entertain. 6:30 p.m. $50, including tax and gratuity; reserve by Jan. 23. Hollywood East Cafe, 11160 Veirs Mill Rd., Wheaton. 202-973-2168.

JAN. 28

TEA BASICS SEMINAR: Historic Green Spring Gardens hosts a session about tea varieties and proper brewing methods. Tea samples and finger foods will be served. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $45; registration required. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. 703-941-7987.

JAN. 29

DECADENT DESSERTS: More than 10 local chefs, caterers and other vendors will provide dessert samples accompanied by music from the 1920s. Father Leo Patalinghug, author of “Grace Before Meals,” will be on hand for cooking demonstrations and other activities. 5 p.m. $35. Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. 301-662-4190.

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