Table to Table: The Week in Food Events

Meet a CIA-agent-turned-chef, learn how chocolate is made, and take the kids to a pizza-making class.

By: Julyssa Lopez

Monday, April 12
The weathermen predict it’s going to reach 72 degrees today, so grab your sunglasses and head to the patio at Morton’s the Steakhouse in Georgetown for mini burgers and Champagne. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign. RSVP to Denielle Nall at 202-342-6258 or e-mail Cm.mdc@mortons.com. $25 suggested donation; 6 PM.

Tuesday, April 13
What do you do when you’re a CIA agent in need of a cover? Pretend to be a food writer, of course! In the case of Kay Shaw Nelson, her disguise led to a successful career that includes publishing 20 cookbooks. Tonight, she’s working with Stir Food Group (Zola, Potenza) chef Bryan Moscatello to make recipes from her new book, The Cloak and Dagger Cook: A CIA Memoir. The event, $75, includes a copy of the book, food samples, and two glasses of wine—plus 10 percent off Zola Wine & Kitchen purchases. Click here to register. 6 PM.

Wednesday, April 14
Biagio Abbatiello of Biagio Fine Chocolate and chocolate maker Steve DeVries are hosting Chocolate: From Bean to Bar at National Geographic Live! at 7. The two chocolate experts will teach you how the sweet is made, starting from its infancy as a cocoa bean. Tickets—$75 for National Geographic museum members and $80 for nonmembers—include samples. For reservations and information, call 202-857-7588 or click here.

Thursday, April 15
For its Thursday wine-tasting series, Willow restaurant is taking participants through Australia. The “Agrarian Aussies” class includes samples of Riesling, Grenache, and Mourvedre. The tasting begins at 5:30 and is $35. For more information, click here.

Friday, April 16
As part of its new Tasty Workshops, GiraMondo is putting on a High-Tea Tasting. Samples include nine high-end teas, pound cake, lemon bars, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. The tea party kicks off with a brief trivia game—the winner gets a box of tea—before Elise Scott, a certified US Tea Master and owner of Pearl Fine Teas, talks about the geography of teas, health benefits of the drink, and more. Tickets are $49. The event is at Alliance France (2142 Wyoming Ave., NW; 202-234-7911). 11:30 to 1. For more information and to register, click here.

Saturday, April 17
Do your kids need something to do after Saturday-morning cartoons? Take them to lunch at Wildfire, where there’s a hands-on kids’ pizza-making class with executive chef Steven Lukis and his son Spencer at 11:30. The $10 fee covers an adult and two children, and proceeds go to Northern Virginia’s Food for Others. Call Michelle Bringham at 703-442-9110 for reservations.

Sunday, April 18
Dino is hosting a tasting of wines from Italy’s Montalcino region in Tuscany. You’ll try a 2004 Brunello and Rossos from 2005 and 2007. Swirling and sipping starts at 5, and tickets are $40. For reservations and information, call 202-686-2966 or click here.

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