Author Mark Bittman visits the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on Saturday to talk about his latest book, “VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good.” (Sally Stein)

100 BOWLS OF COMPASSION: The fundraiser for Miriam’s Kitchen has a “Nordic Nights” theme this year. 6-9:30 p.m. $250. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-452-8926.

BOOK SIGNING: Featuring seven authors, most of whom have written culinary mysteries. 4-7 p.m. Free. Salt & Pepper Books, 125 Mill St., #6, Occoquan. 703-491-4411.

STRATFORD DINING SERIES: Dinner prepared by culinary students features wild game. 7:30-9 p.m. $20, including tax and gratuity. Stratford University, 14349 Gideon Dr., Woodbridge. 202-277-8307.

WINE CLASS: The session focuses on sparkling wines. 5:30-7 p.m. $85, not including tax and gratuity. Fiola, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-2888.

WINE DINNER: With wines from La Formica. 7 p.m. $75, not including tax and gratuity. Al Dente, 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW. 202-244-2223.

WINES OF PORTUGAL 2013 ANNUAL GRAND TASTING: More than 100 wines paired with hors d’oeuvres. 5:30-8 p.m. $75; $37 with discount code TASTEDC. W Hotel, 515 15th St. NW. tastedcwinesofportugal13.eventbrite.


WINE TASTING: Five wines from Domaine Philippe Plantevin in the Rhone Valley. 4-8 p.m. Free. Oakton Wine Shop, 2952A Chain Bridge Rd., Oakton. 703-255-5425.


BOOK TALK: Mark Bittman discusses his new book, “VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good.” 7:30 p.m. $18. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100.

CIGAR AND WHISKEY NIGHT: Cigars and spirits from Smooth Ambler Spirits and Catoctin Creek Distillery. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $75. 20644 Park Hall Rd., Rohrersville. 301-695-1864, ext. 25.

COOKING CLASS: The session focuses on Chesapeake Bay seafood. 11 a.m. $85. Patowmack Farm, 42461 Lovettsville Rd., Lovettsville. 540-822-9017.

COOKING CLASS: Food blogger and cookbook author Skiz Fernando teaches a class on easy Asian cooking. 11 a.m. $75. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172.

LIVINGSOCIAL BEERFEST: Dozens of craft breweries, wineries, local food trucks and music. 1-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. $35. Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE.

NATIONAL HARBOR WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: Wines, spirits, food samples and cooking demonstrations by local chefs. Noon-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. $48 general admission ($39 in advance); $30 for designated drivers in advance. National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. 800-830-3976.


SOUTHERN DINNER: A dinner and talk by cookbook author Nathalie Dupree. Five courses of 13 Southern foods plus a glass of wine. Autographed books available for separate purchase. Sponsored by Les Dames d’Escoffier. 5:30 p.m. $68, including tax and gratuity. Vidalia, 1990 M St. NW. 202-973-2168.


COOKING CLASS: Chef instructor James Kirby teaches students how to prepare Cajun dishes. 7-10 p.m. $60. Stratford University, 14349 Gideon Dr., Woodbridge. 202-277-8307.


BEER DINNER: Five courses paired with beer from Flying Dog Brewery, winner of this year’s Washington Post Beer Madness. 6:30 p.m. $55, not including tax and gratuity. The Daily Dish, 8301 Grubb Rd., Silver Spring. 301-588-6300. www.

WINE BENEFIT: Fundraiser for the Center for Adoption Support and Education features dinner and wine samples from Tin Lizzie Wineworks, which will also start making a wine over the course of the evening. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $125. Columbia Country Club, 7900 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-476-8525.


DINNER WITH CARLA HALL: Chef, cookbook author and “The Chew” co-host Carla Hall presents some of her favorite Southern dishes, prepared by Janis McLean, executive chef at Social Reform Kitchen and Bar. 6:30 p.m. $95, including tax and gratuity. Social Reform Kitchen and Bar, 401 Ninth St NW. 301-598-5677.

GARDEN STROLL AND TEA: A tour of the demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent, followed by a traditional English afternoon tea. 1-3 p.m. $28. The event repeats May 23, June 6 and June 20. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. 703-941-7987.

WINE CLASS: Taste three pairs of wines from Europe and the United States. 7:15 p.m. $25. Chain Bridge Cellars, 1351 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. 703-356-6500.

Becky Krystal

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