Through Sunday, it's VegWeek, a national initiative to get diners to cut out meat for at least a few days. If you missed Meat-Free Week in February, this is your chance to get in on the happy hours at Whole Foods, the vegan cooking classes and limited-time-only vegan tasting menus.

Local restaurants are offering a few incentives to help you pass on bacon and make your morning coffee a soy latte. Union Jack's will substitute mock meat on any of the dishes on its menu, and Restaurant Nora will offer a vegan tasting menu all week. The best incentive? Today, Red Velvet Cupcakery shops in Penn Quarter and Reston Town Center are offering their vegan cupcakes on the house. (Not to be outdone, Sprinkles will sell buy-one-get-one vegan cupcakes through Sunday.)

For the full list of VegWeek events here.

SLUG: PH-CUPCAKES. DATE: August, 12, 2009 CREDIT: Marcus Yam - TWP. LOCATION: Washington, DC. CAPTION: A customer takes time to decide which cupcake to buy at the Red Velvet Cupcakery in Washington, DC on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009. StaffPhoto imported to Merlin on Thu Aug 13 20:45:07 2009
Red Velvet Cupcakery is giving away free vegan cupcakes today only. (Marcus Yam/The Washington Post)