Bethesda’s Mon Ami Gabi hosts a French spring wine dinner. A tasting of sparkling wine begins at 6:30 followed by a five-course meal with wine pairings. It’s $55 per person. Call 301-654-1234 for reservations.
Shirlington wine shop the Curious Grape is holding a “Cheese 101” class at the nearby Signature Theatre. A tasting of cheeses from around the world with wine pairings is included. The class begins at 6:30 and costs $45 per person. Call 703-671-8700 or click here for more.
Bob and Fred Luskin of downtown DC’s Bell Wine come to the L Street Borders to talk about their favorite wines for Easter dinner. The event begins at 6:30 and is free.
Tuesday, April 7
Chef José Andrés (Oyamel, Café Atlantico, Zaytinya, Minibar, Jaleo) joins Wylie Dufresne, chef/owner of WD-50 in New York, to discuss the rise of Spanish vanguard cuisine and its influence on the culinary world. Vanguard cuisine, also known as molecular gastronomy, employs forward-thinking techniques and sciences in cooking. The event, held at the American History Museum’s Carmichael auditorium is free and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 6:30; the lecture starts at 7. Click here for more information.
Roberto Donna will teach a hands-on class on traditional Italian antipasti at Bebo Trattoria. The class will be followed by a five-course dinner and selection of wine. It begins at 6:30 and costs $110 per person, which includes an apron and a set of recipes. Call 202-257-0168 for reservations and more information.
Wednesday, April 8
The new Zola Wine & Kitchen (505 Ninth St., NW) presents “For the Love of Seafood: Oysters, East Coast vs. West Coast.” The class focuses on a variety of techniques for preparing seafood, including sushi, raw-bar displays, and whole-roasting. It will also cover how to find and store fresh seafood. The class starts at 6:30 and costs $70 per person. Call 202-654-2855 for reservations.
Thursday, April 9
The French Wine Society’s Advanced Wine Studies series presents “Oak and Smoke.” The class will discuss the main differences between French and American oak flavorings, the smokiest varietals, and the use of barrel toasting. It runs from 6:30 to 9:30 and will be held in the wine room at the Embassy Suites. The cost is $89.10 for members and $99 for nonmembers; call 202-466-0808 for reservations.
Saturday, April 11
Ready to spice up your Passover? Bring a box of matzo to Rosa Mexicano for a free Mexican Passover cooking demonstration and luncheon. The dishes include matzo-ball soup with roasted-jalapeño/chicken broth, cilantro matzo balls, carrots, and black garbanzo beans; ancho chile stuffed with slow-cooked veal shoulder, tomatillos, and mole verde; and a pecan/date/bittersweet-chocolate flourless cake served with orange crème fraîche. The demonstration begins at 10, and lunch is at 11:30. The class costs $35 if you don’t bring matzo. Call 202-654-7010 for reservations.
Sunday, April 12
Check out our list of Easter brunches here.