Risotto tastes great, but it’s a hard dish to get exactly right. Practice your skills tonight with Robert Donna’s risotto class at Bebo Trattoria (2250 Crystal Dr., Arlington). The hands-on class includes an apron, recipes to take home, and a five-course dinner with wine. The class, which costs $110, starts at 6:30. Call 703-412-5076 for reservations.
Tuesday, January 13
Ready to start celebrating for the inauguration? The Museum of the American Cocktail presents “President and Political Libations in American History” at Rock Creek at Mazza (5300 Wisconsin Ave., NW). The event kicks off at 6:30 with a discussion of George Washington’s rye distillery and touches on cocktails throughout American history, including the Ward 8, the Rickey, the Bronx Cocktail, the Daiquiri, and Navy Grog. Drink samples and appetizers will be provided. The event costs $35 per person but prices may increase at the door. Visit museumoftheamericancocktail.org to purchase a ticket.
Wednesday, January 14
Train your nose with GiraMondo Wine Adventures’ beginners class, “The Ultimate Sensory Experience.” Taste six wines while discussing the origins of wine flavors, aroma categorization, and how to recognize the different aromas. Cheese will be available during the tasting as palate cleansers, and appetizers will be served afterward. The class, held at the Whitemore House (1526 New Hampshire Ave., NW), starts at 6:30 and costs $54 per person. Call 301-841-7609 for reservations.
Thursday, January 15
Sample some of Argentina’s great wines with Taste DC’s “Argentina: the Next Napa?” Wine specialist Fletcher Henderson will lead the tasting of six to eight wines, which includes a Malbec. The event starts at 7 at the Hilton Washington Embassy Row (2015 Massachusetts Ave., NW) and costs $59 per person. For reservations, call 202-244-3700.
Friday, January 16, and Saturday, January 17
The Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture hosts its tenth annual Conference of Future Harvest. This year’s theme is “Connect Locally: Food, Farms, and Communities.” On Friday, seminars, panels, and roundtable discussions will cover agritourism, soil fertility, farm-to-school programs, and raising healthy food. Saturday’s workshops will cover the basics of sustainable agriculture, specialty crops, grass-based systems, profitable grain production, and market gardening. Meals served will showcase the region’s local food options. The event, which costs $40 per person, will be held at the Holiday Inn (5400 Holiday Dr., Frederick). Call 410-549-7878 for reservations and additional information.
Sunday, January 18
La Cuisine (323 Cameron St., Alexandria) presents “The Wonderful World of Chocolate Ganache” with dessert specialist Phyllis Farzam. The hands-on class will cover how to make a poured ganache tart as well as miniature cakes, confections from poured ganache, and truffles. The class starts at 2 and costs $125. Call La Cuisine at 703-836-4435 for reservations.