To Do: Free Paella at Taberna del Alabardero

To kick off their annual paella festival, this downtown dining room is handing out free servings of Spain's famous dish.

Taberna chef Santi Zabaleta (left) stirs up his giant paella pan.

Tomorrow might be a good day to leave the bag lunch at home. That’s because from noon to 1 PM, Taberna del Alabardero in downtown DC is starting off its annual paella festival with a free tasting of Spain’s national dish on the outdoor patio. Chef Santi Zabaleta, using an extra-large paella pan, will lead a cooking demonstration for anyone interested in replicating the hearty rice casserole at home.

Taberna offers ten versions of paella ($22 per person at lunch, $26 at dinner), but tomorrow’s tasting will showcase one made with chicken and Spanish chorizo.

Taberna del Alabardero, 1776 I St., NW; 202-429-2200.