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The Week in Food Events: Dino’s Farewell Dinner, a Cooking Class at Del Campo, and Crystal City’s Wine Walk
Plus a bubbly-and-oyster tasting at BlackSalt. By Anna Spiegel
Learn to make Peruvian specials at Del Campo during a cooking class on Saturday. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.
Comments () | Published February 24, 2014

Goodbye, Dino: Cleveland Park’s neighborhood Italian is closing after nine years, and is hosting a “last meal” party on Monday. Owner Dean Gold will cook up all the food left in the restaurant and serve it buffet-style, along with a cash bar. Tickets are $30, and the event starts at 5:30. The silver lining: The team’s new Shaw restaurant will open this year. 

Beer dinner: Start the week on a beery note at Rustico Alexandria, which hosts a pairing dinner with Boulevard Brewing Company at 6:30 on Monday. Find an hors d’oeuvre and Single Wide IPA reception, followed by a four-course dinner matched with the brews ($50 per person). 

East meets Brau: Sip local brews alongside Asian eats at a DC Brau pairing dinner on Wednesday at Zentan. The four-course dinner includes dishes such as hop-smoked pork belly and salmon crudo, each paired with a different beer. Reservations are $78 online, all-inclusive. 

Sing for a cause: Cheap beer and a desire to do good will help you up on the karaoke stage at Hill Country, which hosts a musical benefit for the Fisher House Foundation on Wednesday starting at 8:30. Make a $20 donation during the usual live-band karaoke night and get a wristband for $2 Jell-O shots and happy hour pricing all night long, including $3 PBR and $5 margaritas. All proceeds go to the charity. 

Kitchen tour: The Junior League of Washington teams up with Room & Board for a food-filled event on Thursday at 6. Check out the latest kitchen designs while snacking on bites from the likes of Hill Country and G by Mike Isabella. There’s also a silent auction with plenty of culinary prizes, such as a private wine tasting. Tickets are $35 online. 

Vote with your stomach: Hank’s Oyster Bar gets into the political game, hosting a fundraiser on Thursday from 5:30 to 7 for delegate Heather Mizeur and her campaign for Maryland governor. You’ll find $1 beer and wine as well as free oysters, stuffed mushrooms, and other snacks. Suggested contributions start at $20 for young professionals. 

Wine walk: You won’t need to train for Crystal City’s annual 1K Wine and Beer Walk on Saturday. “Racers” will navigate the course, stopping at “hydration stations” along the way for samples of beer or wine, plus snacks from local restaurants. Tickets are $40.

Bubbly and oysters: Head to BlackSalt on Saturday for a mid-afternoon sparkling-wine-and-oyster tasting from 3 to 5. The restaurant has partnered with Maryland’s Barren Island Oyster Company and Roederer Estate for the event, which features the vineyard’s bubbly and a variety of oyster preparations. Call BlackSalt or e-mail Jen Dyson at jdysonevents@blackrestaurantgroup.com for reservations ($70 per person). 

Learn to cook, Peruvian-style: Ever wanted to whip up ceviche? Now you can after Del Campo’s cooking class on Saturday from noon to 3. The focus is Peruvian street fare, such as ajiaco, a meat stew, and piquarones, sweet potato doughnuts. Guests will sip South American cocktails with each dish. Tickets are $98.

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