Table to Table: The Week in Food Events

Learn to decorate cakes, snack on Kentucky Derby-inspired dishes, and eat lots and lots of pork.

By: Julyssa Lopez

Monday, April 26
Fancy Cakes by Leslie is holding its Beginning Cake Decorating Workshop tonight from 7 to 9. The hands-on class, $95 per person, includes instruction on torting and filling cakes as well as a discussion about the differences between boxed and from-scratch cakes and icings. To register or for more information, call 301-652-9390.

Tuesday, April 27
Looking to cook vegetarian dishes at home? Lebanese Taverna Market is offering a meatless cooking class where you’ll learn to make such dishes as garlic hummus, okra stew, and coconut macaroons. The class goes from 6:45 to 9:30 and is $60 per person. To register, call Pamela at 703-841-1562 or click here. Post-class purchases at the market are 15 percent off.

Wednesday, April 28
Stop by Zola Wine & Kitchen for a lesson on using local lamb. The $50 class includes a traditional roast leg, pulled-lamb salad, and lamb-shoulder ragout. The class starts at 6:30. To register, click here.

Thursday, April 29
For its weekly Thursday tasting, Willow restaurant is showcasing wines from Bodegas Lan Winery in Rioja, Spain. The export manager for the vineyard, Lady Trinidad, will be on hand to guide participants through a tasting of four wines, which includes the Lan Crianza—Wine Trials magazine’s 2010 Wine of the Year. The event is $55 per person, and attendees can drop in anytime from 5:30 to 7:30.

Friday, April 30
Try more than eight types of honey at GiraMondo’s Taste Buds University session today at Alliance Française. The tasting includes varieties from Germany, Spain, and the United States. After a quick trivia game (the winner gets a jar of honey), you’ll learn about honey classifications, its health benefits, and how to cook with it. The class goes from 11:30 to 1 and is $44 per person. Click here for more information and to register.

Saturday, May 1
Celebrate the Kentucky Derby at Acadiana’s bar from 5 to 7 with $5 mint juleps and $5 Derby-inspired dishes. While watching the race, snack on Benedictine sandwiches, Burgoo stew, Kentucky hot browns, barbecue lamb ribs, and fried apple/bourbon pies. .

Sunday, May 2
Cochon 555, an event that tours the country to promote the preservation of heritage-bred pigs, is in DC tonight from 5 to 8. For the event—held at the West End Ritz-Carlton—five chefs each get a heritage hog to prepare from head to tail. There are also five local winemakers and a pig-breakdown demonstration. This year’s chef lineup includes reigning champ R.J. Cooper of Vidalia, Bibiana’s Nicholas Stefanelli, Bourbon Steak’s David Varley, Eola’s Dan Singhofen, and Westend Bistro’s Joe Palma. Guests can sample their creations during a reception, and judges pick a winner based on presentation, utilization of the pig, and best overall flavor. Tickets are $125 for general admission and $175 for VIP tickets, which include reserved tastings from select wineries. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

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