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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