LOBSTER DINNER: Maine lobsters, beer and cocktails. A portion of the proceeds benefits Bike to the Beach, a fundraiser for Autism Speaks. 6-9 p.m. $75. P.J. Clarke’s, 1600 K St. NW. 202-463-6610. www.biketothebeach.org.

SCIENCE OF COOKING: Author, former Washington Post columnist and professor emeritus of chemistry Robert Wolke answers cooking science questions. The session includes dessert. 6:45-8:15 p.m. $30. Mitsitam Cafe, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org.


CHEF’S TABLE DINNER: Four courses with optional wine pairings. 6:30 p.m. $60 without wine, not including tax and gratuity; $75 with wine. Wildfire, Tysons Galleria, Third Floor, 1714 International Dr., McLean. 703-442-9110. www.wildfirerestaurant.


BARNESVILLE PICNIC: Barbecued-chicken dinner, children’s games and more. Noon-7 p.m. $14; children 10 and younger free (for those eating in). St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville. 301-972-8660. www.stmaryonline.com.

BLUEMONT BBQ BASH AND BLACKBERRY BONANZA: Kansas City Barbecue Society-certified barbecue competition and a blackberry dessert contest, berry picking and more. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; also Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $12 ($10 in advance); children $10; $23 for barbecue tasting ticket (Saturday only). Great Country Farms, 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd., Bluemont. 540-554-2073. www.greatcountryfarms.com.


DISCUSSION AND BOOK SIGNING: Washington Post deputy Food editor Bonnie S. Benwick talks about “The Washington Post Cookbook: Readers’ Favorite Recipes,” with samples from the book. Free; discounted books available for purchase. 5-6:30 p.m. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. www.politics-prose.com.

WINE TASTING: Benefit for Our Daily Bread’s Collect for Kids Back to School program with wine, barbecue and live music. 3-5 p.m. $25 (purchase by Wednesday). Winery at Bull Run, 15950 Lee Hwy., Centreville. 703-273-8829. www.odbfairfax.org.


MASON DIXON MASTER CHEF TOURNAMENT: Multi-week, single-elimination tournament consisting of 16 teams of chefs who prepare courses for judges and select ticket-holders. Ten percent of the net ticket sales goes to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. 6-9 p.m.; also Tuesday, 6-9 p.m. $35 ($25 in advance), including tax; $55 ($45 in advance) for the judging experience ticket. Mari Luna Bistro, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore. www.

PAELLA FESTIVAL: Paella and cocktails. 6-8 p.m. $20 suggested donation to World Central Kitchen. Jaleo, 2250-A Crystal Dr., Arlington. rsvp@jaleo.com. 703-413-8181.


COOKING CLASS: Paella class with head chef James Gee. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $65, not including tax and gratuity. Jaleo, 7271 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. 301-913-0003.

AUG. 3

FERMENTATION CLASS: Class explains what fermented foods are, how to make them and possible health benefits. 11 a.m. $55 (register by July 27). Arlington Oaks Condominium, Community Center, 4490 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. 301-602-6560. www.simplisticwholistic.com.

Becky Krystal

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