Wednesday, March 2
Blame Canada for turning an average mid-week night into a chance to sample more than ten wines from Ontario and British Columbia. The Canadian Embassy opens its doors at 7 for guests to sip from bottles of Mission Hill Sauvignon Blanc, Wayne Gretzky Shiraz/Cabernet, 20 Bees Ice Wine, and ice cider (see a full list of wines here). Passed hors d’oeuvres include crab croquettes, wild-boar sausage, and artichoke-Parmesan tarts. To reserve a space ($74 per person) click here.
Thursday, March 3
What better environment for a sustainable-seafood dinner than the National Aquarium? Start off with a cocktail reception and cooking demonstration by chef Xavier Deshayes of the Ronald Reagan Building at 6:30. After working up an appetite perusing the aquarium’s tanks, sit down for a three-course menu that includes seafood sausage with wild-watercress salad; pan-seared lionfish fillet with aïoli mashed potatoes and bouillabaisse sauce; and red-madras-curry-and-mango tart tatin with tamarind sorbet. For reservations ($79 for aquarium members; $89 for nonmembers), call 202-789-2782. Visit the Web site for more on the event and the aquarium’s Fresh Thoughts: Sustainable Seafood dinner series.
Friday, March 4
To celebrate Brazilian Carnaval, which starts this week, Café Atlántico is hosting a series of events today through Tuesday, March 8. This evening’s special is a complimentary tasting (4 to 6) of cachaça, Brazil’s fiery spirit most frequently included in caipirinha cocktails. Get in the mood with live samba music from ZezehBrazil and a demonstration of capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, from the Ballet Teatro Internacional. Click here for the full lineup of activities, which includes a three-course carnaval dinner ($50 per person) March 8.
Saturday, March 5
Casa Nonna’s executive chef, Amy Brandwein, begins a series of Italian cooking classes that focuses on culinary traditions from different areas of that country with a session on Emilia-Romagna. Brandwein will demonstrate four dishes and offers samples, and there’ll be a seated lunch after the 90-minute class. Expect fried dough with house-made pork salami; baked lasagna with bolognese and béchamel; country pork ribs braised with tomatoes and olives; and cherry-topped sponge cake layered with vanilla and chocolate custard. The class and meal are $100, including tax and gratuity. Call 202-629-2505 for reservations.
Check out the latest brands of salami from Olli Salumeria Americana at Arrowine in Arlington at a free tasting from 1 to 4. The Richmond-based Olli is owned by Oliviero Colmignoli, whose family started Italy’s Fiorucci salumi line. Colmignoli combines Fiorucci’s 150-year-old recipes with pork from local, sustainable farms. Arrowine sells other Olli products, such as hot lomo, guanciale, and lardo, and will have the new salami for sale. Call 703-525-0990 for more information.
Sunday, March 6
Embrace New Orleans' Francophile side at Central, which is serving a Big Easy-inspired menu through Fat Tuesday, March 8. Menu items include fried oysters with caviar-creole remoulade, beignets, and Michel Richard's whimsical take on classics such as gumbo and a trout po'boy. Louisina's Abita Mardi Gras Bock Ale is on tap, in addition to cocktails found in the French Quarter such as the sazerac, cyclone, and hurricane. Drop by the bar, or call 202-626-0015 for reservations.
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