WINE TASTING: Paul Jameson of the Jameson Wine Experience will teach attendees how to determine the characteristics they like best in wine. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $35, including wines and light fare. Twisted Vines, 2803 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Reservations: or 571-482-8581. www.jamesonwine.


VEGAN THANKSGIVING: The Vegetarian Society of DC hosts a vegan holiday feast with speaker Will Tuttle, author of “The World Peace Diet.” Noon-4 p.m. $58. Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Ave. 202-362-8349.


NOV. 28

BEER TASTING: Acqua Al 2 launches its Italian craft beer program with tastings through Dec. 1. 5:30-7 p.m. Free. A five-course Italian craft beer dinner takes place Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. $60, including tax but not gratuity. Reservations: or 202-525-4375. 212 Seventh St. SE.

WINE TASTING: Lyon Hall restaurant hosts a tasting of French wines accompanied by cheese and charcuterie. 8 p.m. $40, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations: lyonhallwine@gmail.
. 3100 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington. 703-741-7636.

NOV. 30

TRUFFLE TASTING DINNER AND AUCTION: Cafe Milano hosts a four-course dinner featuring Alba white truffles, followed by an auction of truffles. 7:30 p.m. $200, including wine pairings, tax and gratuity. 3251 Prospect St. NW. 202-965-8990, Ext. 120.

DEC. 2

BOOK LAUNCH LUNCHEON: Fiola restaurant hosts a luncheon in honor of Monica Bhide’s e-book, “In Conversation With Exceptional Women.” Also attending will be several women featured in the book, including chef and “The Chew” co-host Carla Hall and cookbook authors Aviva Goldfarb and Joan Nathan. Noon. $40, including tax, gratuity and a copy of the e-book. Reservations: 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-2888.

DEC. 3

ACCENTI D’ITALIA RECEPTION: Bella Italia and the Italian Trade Commission kick off their two-week Accenti d’Italia (Italian Accents) promotion of Italian products in the United States with food samples, opera and more. 6-9 p.m. Free, but call for reservations by Dec. 1. 4934 Hampden Lane, Bethesda. 301-654-2667. www.bellaitaliaonline.

CHOCOLATE DECADENCE BUFFET: The Lobby Cafe at the Ritz-Carlton Washington serves an all-you-can-eat chocolate-themed spread. 8-11 p.m. Additional dates: Dec. 10, Dec. 17 and Dec. 24. $35. 1150 22nd St. NW.

HOLIDAY SEASON “GREAT DINNER”: Chef Francois Dionot, founder and director of L’Academie de Cuisine, hosts a 10-course meal. 6-10 p.m. $175, including tax and gratuity. 16006 Industrial Dr., Gaithersburg. 301-986-9490.

REPEAL DAY BALL: The D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild hosts its annual event honoring the end of Prohibition. 8 p.m. $100. Halcyon House, 3400 Prospect St. NW. www.

Becky Krystal

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