Wednesday, March 30
ThinkFoodGroup beverage director Jill Zimorski is leading diners through the history of Catalan wines during a five-course dinner at Jaleo Crystal City ($95). The small-plates menu has such dishes as crispy boneless pigs feet with seared head-on shrimp; a mini grilled sobrasada cheese sandwich with honey and Mahon; and cod with spinach, pine nuts, and Pedro Ximénez reduction. Dessert is almond cream with raspberry ice and candied lemon, paired Torres Gran Reserva ten-year brandy. To reserve a seat for the event, which begins at 7:30, call 703-413-8181.
Casson Trenor, author of Sustainable Sushi, is hosting a book signing, lecture, and dinner at National Geographic. The event starts with an introduction by local chef and National Geographic fellow Barton Seaver, then guests will dine on a seven-course seafood-centric meal with wine and sake. Dishes include seared skipjack tartare with spicy miso, blue-crab-and-oyster-mushroom soup, and, of course, sushi (a full menu is available here). For tickets ($100), go to the National Geographic event site.
Thursday, March 31
Chinatown Coffee Company is starting its Food Truck Thursdays happy-hour series today. A different mobile vendor will park outside the Penn Quarter coffeeshop each Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30, and customers are encouraged to bring the street food inside to soak up $3 beers and discounted wine and absinthe. Look for Asian-influenced tacos from Takorean tonight. Click here for the future lineup, which includes Red Hook Lobster truck, Fojol Bros., and Sabor’a Street.
Friday, April 1
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, one of India’s biggest culinary stars, is holding a book signing, lecture, and dinner at Indique Heights. There’s a cocktail reception at 7, followed by a meal that includes an array of dishes from Kapoor’s latest book, How to Cook Indian. Visit the Indique Heights Web site to purchase tickets ($79 per person; $145 per couple), which include a signed copy of the cookbook.
MacArthur Beverages’ (4877 MacArthur Blvd., NW) 26th annual winemakers’ dinner and barrel tasting starts with a sparkling-wine reception at 7 PM at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, followed by a seven-course meal from chef Eric Ziebold at CityZen. Dishes and pairings include salsify agnolotti with crispy shiitakes, braised chard, and truffle jus with Larkin Cabernet Franc; and pan-roasted rib eye with spring-garlic-and-potato napoleon and bordelaise sauce alongside Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon. There are two sessions for a California barrel tasting at the hotel Saturday from 12:30 to 3 and 6:30 to 9. Vintners such as Kamen, Paul Hobbs, and Tablas Creek are offering tastes of their 2008 and 2009 vintages (see a full list of participants here). Tickets for both events ($325 per person for the dinner; $125 for tasting sessions) are available here.
Saturday, April 2
Nine Capitol Hill restaurants are coming together for Taste of the Hill, a gala event at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church from 6 to 10 that benefits Brent Elementary School. The lineup includes Ba Bay’s savory coconut tart with shrimp salad and Vietnamese herbs, Granville Moore’s braised-brisket-and-cheddar sliders, and Matchbox/Ted’s Bulletin’s mini burgers and boozy milkshakes. (For a list of participating restaurants and menus, click here *PDF). The silent auction includes a Chinese banquet for ten and a local/sustainable feast for eight (click here to see a list of auction items). Tickets ($75) are available here.
Sunday, April 3
Kushi, in DC’s Mount Vernon Square, is hosting a fundraiser, Let’s Rebuild Japan, from 7 PM to 1 AM. The event includes DJs, a silent auction, and a special menu; all the proceeds go to Japan Red Cross. For tickets ($20 for general admission, $100 for VIP), call 202-682-3123.
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