Learn how to imbibe like an expert at Cork Market’s Wine Fundamentals 2 class. You’ll study the differences between grape varietals and regional wine characteristics and hear about the basics of wine production. The class, $45 per person, runs from 7 to 8:30. For reservations and information, call 202-265-2674.
Tuesday, March 9
Open Kitchen (7115 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) is hosting a Caribbean dinner to benefit relief efforts in Haiti. From 7 to 9:30, guests can munch on a buffet of West Indian food, listen to live music, and enjoy tropical-drink specials ($6 each). Tickets cost $50. To reserve your space and learn more, call 703-942-8148 or click here.
Wednesday, March 10
To help resolve the beer-or-wine debate, Brabo wine director Leah Dedmon and Brasserie Beck beer director Thor Cheston, an engaged couple, are staging a head-to-head showdown. Each will pair a drink of choice with a four-course meal at Brabo (1600 King St., Alexandria) at 7. Diners will vote for the winner at the end of the meal. Look for French wines from Dedmon and both American and European microbrews from Cheston. To purchase tickets, $95, call 571-482-3308.
Thursday, March 11
Celebrate the end of this long winter with cherry-blossom-inspired dishes and cocktails at the Eat, Drink, and Be Cherry Pink Tie Party at the W Hotel (515 15th St., NW). Twenty local chefs are participating, and chef/restaurateur Charlie Palmer is the host. There’s also live music and a silent auction. The party, $150 per person, begins at 6:30. For more information, call 202-661-7567.
Friday, March 12
Equinox chef Todd Gray reveals the secrets making your own mozzarella and whipping up fresh pasta at Market Salamander’s Italian Wine Dinner. After taking notes, participants can dine on roasted tomatoes, grilled Tuscan sausage, pecorino cheese, and tiramisu, among other dishes. The dinner, $48 per person, begins at 7. Call 540-687-8011 to reserve a spot.
Saturday, March 13
Passion Food Hospitality wine and beverage director Scott Clime leads a bourbon tasting at Acadiana. Participants will be served rare and premium bourbons—including small-batch and single-barrel varieties—along with lunch. The event, $75 per person, runs from 1 to 3. To reserve a spot, call 202-408-8848.
Sunday, March 14
Fred Czarra, author of Spices of Life: The Savory Story of the First Global Marketplace, is speaking at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor La., Meeting Room A, Bethesda). The free event, sponsored by the Culinary Historians of Washington, runs from 2:30 to 4:30. For more information, call 301-320-6979.
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