Food folk, we're putting you on notice: Next week is full of events that are selling out quickly. Here are five you'll want to book this weekend--and don't forget to check our regularly scheduled roundup of culinary happenings for more tasty get-togethers around town.
Badenhorst Wine Dinner
Cashion's Eat Place
Monday, March 26, at 7 PM
South African winemaker Adi Badenhorst of Badenhorst Family Wines will be on hand to talk about his varietals during a four-course paired dinner from chef John Manolatos. Think cobia ceviche with avocado and chili peppers, spit-roasted Pennsylvania goat, and the chance to have all your South African wine questions answered by an expert ($90 per person, including tax and tip). Reserve online or by calling 202-797-1819.
Around the Cow in 80 Ways
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 from 1 to 2:30 PM
Carnivorous types, check it out: On Tuesday, March 27, erstwhile Man vs. Food host Adam Richman joins NYC meat legend Pat LaFrieda for a luncheon and seasoning and butchery demo to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. The meat-focused, three-course meal includes wine. Tickets are $125; call 202-547-4713 or email to register.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art
Saturday, March 31, from 8:30 PM to midnight
Throughout March, some of the city's top bartenders have competed to create the best "artini," a cocktail inspired by works from the Corcoran collection. There's still time to check out three feature nights next week and vote for your favorite libation--the winner will be revealed at the Artini gala on Saturday. Other incentives: the chance to sample all 12 artinis, live music, dancing, an open beer and wine bar, cocktail and dessert buffets, and beautiful art. Tickets ($95 to $200 per person) are available online.
Talk with Giada De Laurentiis
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Saturday, March 31, at 8 PM
Best-selling author, Food Network star, and Bandolero "Deep Throat" Giada De Laurentiis is in town promoting her latest home chef-friendly cookbook, Weeknights With Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner. The Post's interim food editor, Bonnie Benwick, sits down with the celebrity chef to chat about the book, which is based on meals Laurentiis makes with her own family. Tickets ($35 per person, including a copy of the book) are available online.
Free Dinner for April Babies
Starting Sunday, Restaurant Eve goes above and beyond the typical comped slice of cake by offering a free tasting-room dinner to anyone born in April. The concept is inspired by Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong's daughter, Eve, who prefers charitable gifts to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria for her birthday over anything else. To thank the Armstrongs for your comped meal, you can bring a few animal-friendly gifts too. There are a few restrictions (no Friday and Saturday reservations, alcohol not included), but all in all, this sounds like quite the birthday present. Call 703-706-0450 and mention "Birthday in April" for reservations and details.