CHEFS FOR EQUALITY: Gala featuring food and drinks from area chefs and mixologists, in addition to a display of eight wedding cakes from local pastry chefs. Proceeds benefit the Human Rights Campaign’s advocacy for Maryland Question 6. 6:30 p.m. $150. The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd St. NW. 202-628-4160. chefsforequality.org.
VINEGAR TASTING: Tasting of two wine vinegars on salads. Noon-2 p.m. Free. Olio2go, 8400-H Hilltop Rd., Fairfax. 703-876-4666. www.olio2go.com.
APPLE FEST FAMILY FUN DAY: With samples, cooking demos and other apple-related activities. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Whole Foods Market, Annapolis Towne Centre, 200 Harker Pl., Suite 100, Annapolis. 410-573-1800. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/ annapolis.
CHILDREN’S CLASS: Pumpkin-carving session, with a portion of the proceeds going to Food for Others. 3-4 p.m. $15, not including tax and gratuity. Wildfire, Tysons Galleria, Third Floor, 1714 International Dr., McLean. 703-442-9110. www.wildfirerestaurant.com/mclean.
PUMPKIN-CARVING PARTY: Participants taste food featuring pumpkin and carve gourds to be displayed at the restaurant. Proceeds benefit D.C. Central Kitchen. Noon-3 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Ris, 2275 L St. NW. 202-730-2508. www.risdc.com.
WINE DINNER: Five-course meal featuring wine from Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron. 7 p.m. $195, not including tax and gratuity. Blue Duck Tavern, 1201 24th St. NW (in the Park Hyatt). 202-419-6755. www.blueducktavern.com.
BARTER FAIR: Attendees trade homemade or home-grown food items. A potluck follows the event. 2-5 p.m. $5 donation requested. Mountain View Farm, 11661 Harpers Ferry Rd., Purcellville. 571-271-2136. mvforganics.com.
SNAIL OF APPROVAL AWARDS PARTY: Slow Food DC recognizes restaurants and food producers for their efforts toward quality, sustainability and craftsmanship. 1-4 p.m. $45. Policy, 1904 14th St. NW. www.slowfooddc.org.
CHEESE CLASS: Six American cheeses paired with three fall craft beers. 7 p.m. $49. Seasonal Pantry, 13141 / 2 Ninth St. NW. 202-716-3320. www.righteouscheese.com.
CRAB CAKE COMPETITION: Eight area chefs compete to win funds for a culinary intern. Attendees receive samples of the crab cakes, wine and Port City beer. 6:30-9 p.m. $75, including tax and gratuity. Phillips Seafood, 900 Water St. SW. 202-550-3842. 202-488-8515. www.aiwf.org/dc.
METRO COOKING SHOW: Workshops, specialty food vendors, cooking demos and appearances by celebrity chefs Giada De Laurentiis, Jacques Pepin, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Michael Symon and Carla Hall. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $27 ($24.50 in advance); celebrity events and drinks pavilion extra. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 202-249-3400.www.metrocookingdc.com.
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