Restaurant 3 is working to fight breast cancer one four-course dinner at a time. In support of the Cook for the Cure program, the restaurant will donate $25 toward breast-cancer research for every four-course meal served tonight. Executive chef Brian Robinson’s pink-themed menu includes a choice of Hawaiian pink snapper, New York strip with a pink-peppercorn crust, or Cornish game hen. For dessert, strawberry ice cream will be paired with chocolate-dipped strawberries and a shortbread cookie. Mixologist Ria Freydberg has created two pink cocktails for the occasion: Boozin’ for Boobies, featuring Absolut Citron, lavender simple syrup, and fresh grapefruit juice, and the Strawberry Sparkler, with strawberry-lemongrass purée and sparkling wine. Customers will also receive a KitchenAid plate, which automatically donates $5 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation every time it’s registered online. The pre-fixe menu costs $60; call 703-524-4440 for reservations.
Tuesday, October 28
Need help finding good tea? Great Falls Tea Garden hosts a tea-tasting seminar on Chinese green, white, and oolong teas at Cathy’s Corner. The tasting starts at 10 AM and costs $20 per person. Every participant will also go home with a tea sampler. For reservations, call 703-757-6209.
Tuesday, October 28
Washington Women and Wine is celebrating its ninth anniversary with a gala dinner at the Willard InterContinental Hotel at 7 PM. Chef Nicolas Legret’s menu will be paired with French wines selected by sommelier Caterina Abbruzzetti. Former Washington Post food critic Phyllis Richman will be honored at the event. The cost is $115 for members, $125 for nonmembers; call 703-271-0601 for tickets.
Wednesday, October 29
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Virginia Wine Month at the Hotel Palomar Arlington with A Taste of Virginia’s Own. From 6 to 9, indulge in hors d’oeuvres and a selection of 20 wines from some of the state’s most acclaimed winemakers, including Chrysalis, Delfosse, Jefferson Vineyards, Rappahannock, Virginia Wineworks, and White Hall. The event takes place in the hotel’s living room and costs $20—proceeds will benefit the Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry. Starting at 7:30, a six-course food-and-wine tasting menu will be offered at Domaso for $85. Call Domasoteca at 703-894-5104 for tickets and reservations.
Wednesday, October 29
The Smithsonian Resident Associate Program presents an evening with celebrated chef, cookbook author, and television personality Jacques Pépin at 7 in the Natural History Museum’s Baird Auditorium. Pépin will be interviewed by Joe Yonan, editor of the Post’s Food section, about his culinary career and new PBS series, More Fast Food My Way. After the discussion, Pépin will be on hand to sign copies of the companion book. The event costs $28 for general admission and $18 for members; for tickets, call 202-633-3030 or visitsmithsonianassociates.org.
Thursday, October 30
The Junior League of Washington presents Eat and Drink for Pink! An evening for Breast Cancer Awareness. The all-pink cocktail-and-cupcake happy hour will be held in Lounge 201’s private Sierra Lounge at 6:30. A pink-martini special will be available for $7.50. For more information, visit lounge201.com.
Friday, October 31
Start off your Halloween night at Helix Lounge with Alice in Helixland, a charity event to benefit the Whitman-Walker Clinic. Admission ($10) includes two drink tickets and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Make sure to come as your favorite Alice in Wonderland character—prizes will be awarded for best costume. The event starts at 7; call 202-661-2707 to RSVP.
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Saturday, November 1
Halloween’s over—ready for a drink? Stop by Cork Wine Bar for an afternoon of German-wine tasting. Bryan Forsgren of Potomac Selections and the Cork staff will present seven Rieslings from Rudi Wiest Selections, including Schäfer-Fröhlich Estate Riesling Kabinett 2007 and Monchoff Erdener Pralat Riesling Auslese 2006. The tasting starts at 3 and costs $50 per person. Call 202-265-2675 for reservations.
Sunday, November 2
Want to know more about farming? The Virginia Organic Producers’ and Consumers’ Association presents a free Farm & Food Expo, featuring trade demonstrations, food tastings, live music, and activities for kids. Stop by the ZeroPak Warehouse (580 N. Cameron St., Winchester) from 1 to 7 For more information, visit vopca.org.