Need advice on seasonal wines? Taberna del Alabardero (1776 I St., NW) hosts a Battle of the Tempranillos wine dinner as part of its Tasting Spain series. Sommelier Gustavo Iniesta will be on hand to discuss Spain’s various wine growing regions, vineyards, and varietals. Dinner starts at 6:30 and costs $125 per person. For reservations, call 202-429-2200.
Tuesday, October 7
Chef Roberta Donna of Bebo Trattoria (250-B Crystal Dr., Arlington) will lead a hands-on cooking class centered around dishes native to Sicily. The $110 fee includes an apron, recipes, and a five-course dinner with wine. The class starts at 6:30. Call 703-412-5077 for reservations.
Wednesday, October 8, and Thursday, October 9
Another week, another High Holy Day. In honor of Yom Kippur, Cleveland Park Italian restaurant Dino (3435 Connecticut Ave., NW) is offering a five-course family feast ($37 per person). The restaurant opens at 4:45 PM on Kol Nidre night so that patrons can still make it to services; on Thursday, the restaurant opens at 6. Call 202-686-2966 for reservations to break the fast.
Thursday, October 9
TasteDC hosts an introduction to French wines focusing on the wines of Burgundy. Burgundy growers excel in making wines from only Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes on especially small plots of land. Kirby Poke will lead a discussion as guests taste a selection of six to eight wines. Bread, crackers, and cheese will be available as palate cleansers. The tasting is $65 per person and will be held from 7 to 9 at the Embassy Row Hilton (2015 Massachusetts Ave., NW). Call 202-244-3700 for reservations.
Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11
Jackson’s Roasting & Carving Company (933 N. Quincy St., Arlington) is celebrating its grand opening with a two-day fair. On Friday, from 7 to 2, breakfast and lunch specialties will be served, and there will be demonstrations in latte art. From 11 to 4 on Saturday, there will be apple bobbing, pumpkin decorating, an Iron Chef-style sandwich-creating competition, and a live blues band. For more information on the free festivities, call 703-312-1073.
Saturday, October 11
Miss last weekend’s Taste of Bethesda? This Saturday from 11 to 4, you can hit Taste of Georgetown. The food-and-wine festival features a wide range of neighborhood restaurants—including 1789, Mendocino Grille and Wine Bar, and Tackle Box—offering samples (tasting tickets cost $5) plus an Old World wine pavilion ($10 entry fee). A panel of judges, including the Food Network’s Marc Silverstein, will pick the event’s best appetizer, entrée, display, and dessert. There will be activities for children and live music from Blues Alley. Visit georgetowndc.com for more information.
Wine importer and distributor Terry Theise teams with Café Atlántico sommelier Jill Zimorski and chef Terri Cutrino for a Champagne brunch at the restaurant (405 Eighth St., NW). Guests will be able to sample five of Theise’s awarding-winning “grower Champagnes,” including Gaston Chiquet Blanc de Blancs d’Ay Brut and Chartogne Taillet Millesime Brut. The menu will be prepared in the restaurant’s “Latino dim sum” style, and will feature quail eggs with caviar, cigalas with brioche, and foie gras with pomegranate. Brunch begins at noon. Call Café Atlántico at 202-393-0812 for reservations.
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