Birch & Barley is teaming up with Garrett Oliver, the brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery and a recent James Beard Award nominee, for a special five-course tasting menu. Oliver is pairing rare Brooklyn beers with a menu—designed by chef Kyle Bailey—which includes tuna niçoise crudo with quail eggs; gnocchi with rabbit sausage and ricotta salata; lamb loin with bulgur wheat; a selection of cheeses; and almond-rhubarb shortcake with mascarpone ice cream. ChurchKey, the upstairs bar/lounge, will have five cask ales from Brooklyn Brewery. The dinner costs $100 per person and starts at 7. For reservations, call 202-567-2576.
Tuesday, April 20
At Dino, the casual Italian dining room in Cleveland Park, chef/owner Dean Gold is hosting a ten-course duck dinner. Some of the fare on the small-plates menu includes duck-and-mushroom soup with pea shoots, farro, and garbanzo beans; crispy duck confit with a spicy green salad; and for dessert, saffron panna cotta garnished with sugar-glazed duck cracklings. The dinner costs $55 per person and starts at 7. A flight of Montalcino wine is available for an additional $40. For reservations, call 202-686-2966.
Wednesday, April 21
Zola Wine & Kitchen presents “Hog 201,” the second class in its pork series. Students will learn how to cook braised pork belly and porchetta and also to encase beer-poached brats. The class costs $50 per person and starts at 6:30. For information and reservations, click here or call 202-639-9463.
Thursday, April 22
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with Mixt Greens, the gourmet salad house. The first 150 customers who visit one of the three DC locations (1200 19th St., NW; 1700 K St., NW; and 1311 F St., NW) receive a free tote bag stuffed with all kinds of ecofriendly goodies, including packets of herb seeds and recipes from chef/co-founder Andrew Swallow’s upcoming cookbook, Mixt Salads. All three locations open at 11.
Tallula chef Barry Koslow is offering a special four-course Earth Day dinner with locally grown produce, humanely raised meats, and sustainable seafood. On the menu: bison carpaccio with pickled spring vegetables; house-made linguine with Virginia clams; pan-roasted sea bass with asparagus; a trio of pork cuts; and doughnuts, Belgian waffles, and miniature chocolate bombes. The dinner costs $85 per person, including wine parings, and starts at 7. For reservations, call 703-778-5051.
Friday, April 23
Relax on Acadiana’s outdoor patio, and let chef Jeff Tunks do the cooking. Every Friday, you can nosh on crawfish ($13 per pound) and shrimp ($17 per pound) plus potatoes and fresh corn on the cob. But it ain’t a boil without the beer. Score an icy bucket of four Abita beers for $12 or a pitcher of draft for $15. The Sazerac, mint julep, and bourbon fizz cocktails are $5. The boils run from 3:30 to 6:30, weather permitting. No reservations are necessary. For more information, call 202-408-8848.
Saturday, April 24
Head to the Kennedy Center’s Roof Terrace Restaurant for a Russian-vodka tasting. Sample sips of Snow Queen vodka, made with wheat and spring water from the Himalayan foothills; Imperia vodka, a premium brand made from winter wheat that grows in the black soil of the Russian steppes; and Russian Standard, also made from winter grains that are milled, fermented, and distilled four times. The tasting costs $25 per person, including hors d’oeuvres, and starts at 6. For reservations and more information, call 202-416-8555.
Sunday, April 25
Celebrate the grand opening of Dolcezza’s newest gelateria in Dupont Circle, a chic space outfitted with Argentine antiques and a pour-over coffee bar. Listen to live bluegrass music by Olivia Mancini (free!), nosh on 250 pounds of smoked pork (free!), and sample some of Dolcezza’s signature, hand-spun gelato (free!). Not a bad way to spend an afternoon. There’s no cost to attend the event, which runs from noon until 6.