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The Source kicks off Chinese New Year with star Sichuan chef Peter Chang

If you are a nerd for spicy food, and authentic Sichuan cooking in particular, you'll recognize the name Peter Chang.

Chang won a league of followers, dubbed Changians in a 2010 New Yorker piece, in part by being frustratingly peripatetic. You'd discover him, only to lose him again as he flitted from kitchen to kitchen, or so say the folks who remember him from the Washington dining scene years ago. These days, Chang seems to have planted roots in mid-sized Virginia cities including Charlottesville, perhaps with aspirations of a bigger Chinese food empire. Luckily, curious foodies don't necessarily need to make the trip a couple of hours south.

Read: A first look at Peter Chang Cafe

Tonight, the Source is kicking off a series of early Chinese New Year events with a cocktail party featuring the Sichuan chef and Source chef Scott Drewno. The duo will serve dim sum-style canapes for the soiree in the Source's lounge tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $50; an additional $17.90 will be added upon purchase to cover tax and gratuity.

Chinese chef Peter Chang at his restaurant Peter Chang's China Grill. He is known for his famous lamb chops and eggplant dishes. (Photo by Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)

The Source's celebrations will continue with a family style banquet on Friday, the first night of the new year, with tickets ranging from $65 per person for tables of six or fewer, $60 per person for tables of eight to $50 per person for tables of 10 or more.  On Feb. 1, Drewno will lead a dumpling-making class ($75) and on Feb. 10, the Source will host a Chinese street-food style market with five stations ($95). Get tickets here.

Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.



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