Wednesday, October 20
Boar and pork get paired with cocktails at Jackson 20 in a five-course dinner that features the Virginia-based Bowman Distillery. Courses include ham-fat-dipped honeydew paired with gin, smoked-and-braised boar belly with small-batch whiskey, and a sweet-potato crème brûlée with bacon powder and a dark-rum pairing. Bowman distiller Joe Dangler will be on hand to discuss brewing and distilling spirits. The dinner, $85 plus tax and gratuity, starts at 6. For reservations, call 703-842-2790. This event has been canceled.
Thursday, October 21
There is such a thing as free lunch: From noon to 2, Muncheez Mania in Georgetown (1071 Wisconsin Ave., NW) is giving away one crepe or sandwich to every customer to celebrate its opening day.
To mark the third anniversary of its Brazilian Rhythms Night, Café Saint-Ex is paying homage to Brazil with activities and specials. Chef Billy Klein worked with the Brazilian Embassy to put together a menu that includes braised meat on cheese bread with fried plantains, coconut-and-shrimp soup, pumpkin-pork fritters, and chocolate-caramel fudge truffles. There’ll be caipirinha cocktails at the bar and a DJ spinning samba and electro-funk music.
Christopher Kimball, editor and publisher of Cook’s Illustrated, is at Politics and Prose to talk about his new book that re-examines Fannie Farmer’s The Boston Cooking School Cookbook. For Fannie’s Last Supper: Re-Creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer’s 1896 Cookbook, Kimball worked his way through Farmer’s 12-course Christmas dinner, using the same Victorian cooking techniques and tools that she did. 7 PM.
Friday, October 22
For the 16th time, the Washington Wine Academy is holding its Great Wines Around $15 event, which is like a boozy potluck. Each attendee is required to bring a bottle of wine that’s $10 to $15, and Washington Wine Academy staff will place them out for sampling. The registration fee ($13.50 online only; payments must be made before Thursday, October 21) includes a sampling glass and an appetizer buffet. To register and to figure out what wine to bring, click here.
Red Velvet Cupcakery is opening its third Washington location, in Reston (others are in DC’s Penn Quarter and Dupont Circle), today and offering free cupcakes to every customer from 11 to 11. We suggest trying to snag one of the namesake cupcakes. 11939 Democracy Drive.
Saturday, October 23
The fourth annual Northern Virginia BrewFest takes place today and tomorrow with more than 40 microbreweries from around the world, beer-friendly food, and live music. Admission (in advance, $20 or $15 for designated drivers; at the festival, $25 and $20) includes a 6¾-ounce tasting glass and four sampling tickets. It’s at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville (7700 Bull Run Dr.) from 11 to 7. For more information on the festival—including free shuttles from Leesburg and South Riding—and to purchase tickets, click here.
Sunday, October 24
Black Market Bistro is hosting Pig Out for Diabetes, a fundraiser with a barbecue-ribs competition, burgers, hot dogs, and dessert, plus two bands, a silent auction, and an art show. The event, from 1 to 6, is part of owners Jeff and Barbara Black’s initiative to raise $200,000 for a new kitchen at Children’s National Medical Center to support kids with diabetes. For tickets ($45 in advance, $50 at the door; $20 for kids under age 12, free under age five), click here.
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