The Week in Food Events: Alexandria and Bethesda Restaurant Weeks, Catoctin Creek Workshop, and Sips & Suppers

Plus: The start of the months-long Capital Wine Fesitval.

By: Anna Spiegel

Alexandria Restaurant Week: ’Tis the season for specially priced lunches and dinners. Eateries in Alexandria offer $35 set dinner menus as well as $35 dinners for two through Sunday during Restaurant Week. Many menus are available online for participating restaurants, like Virtue Feed & Grain, A La Lucia, and Trademark.

Bethesda Restaurant Week: Over in Maryland, Bethesda starts its Restaurant Week on Wednesday. You’ll find two- and three-course lunches for $12 and $16 respectively, and $33 set dinners. Participating restaurants include Black’s Bar and Kitchen, Assaggi, and Freddy’s Lobster.

Ramen craze continues: Whole Foods gets into the Japanese ramen game with a new line of miso-tonkotsu ramen bowls topped with either shrimp tempura or roasted pork. You can get two for the price of one on Wednesday from 6 to 8 at the Whole Foods Arlington at the Genji sushi counter. Bonus: If you’re at a store in DC or Virginia, chances are you can slurp your noodles alongside a cold beer.

Wine festival debut: The 2013 Capital Wine Festival debuts with a (what else?) wine-filled reception at the Fairfax Hotel on Friday, starting at 7. Begin with passed hors d’oeuvres and vino, and then move on to buffet stations with more sips and dishes like pistachio-crusted lamb from chef Chris Ferrier. Tickets are $65 per person. Don’t forget to browse the calendar for the full lineup of events, which are spread out over the next few months.

Distilling workshop: Local distillery Catoctin Creek leads an educational seminar on Saturday from 3 to 5 at the Park Hyatt Washington as part of the hotel’s ongoing Masters of Food and Wine series. Catoctin co-owner Scott Harris leads the course, which will cover the foundations of opening a craft distillery, tastings, and bites from Blue Duck Tavern chef Sebastien Archambault. The class is $55 per person, and reservations/inquiries can be made by calling 202-419-6625 or e-mailing

Sips & Suppers: José Andrés, Joan Nathan, and Alice Waters host the annual benefit for DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table on Saturday and Sunday, and are joined by a roster of all-star chefs and mixologists. If you’re looking to indulge, check out the many Sunday suppers at which a team of chefs prepares an intimate dinner at a private home. Not ready to drop $400-plus on an evening? Tickets are still available for the Saturday night Sips cocktail party ($95 per person), which starts at 7 in the Newseum.