Monday, January 5
Slow Food DC presents an evening of braised comfort food at Zola (800 F St., NW). The event includes a tour of the kitchen, a talk by chef Bryan Moscatello about the history and lore of braising, and a meal highlighting the cooking technique. Guests will receive a complimentary glass of wine, a copy of one of Moscatello’s favorite recipes, and tips on braising at home. The event, which starts at 6:30, costs $45 for Slow Food members and $50 for nonmembers. For reservations, call 202-654-0999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, January 6
Head to ACKC Cocoa Bar (1529 14th St., NW) for a two-hour chocolate-truffle-making class at 6:30. Call 202-387-2626 or click here for reservations; $35 per person.
Wednesday, January 7
Tuscarora Mill (203 Harrison St., Leesburg) hosts a Beers of Winter tasting which includes samples of Samuel Smiths Winter Welcome, Sierra Celebration, and Troegs Mad Elf. Chef Patrick Dinh will prepare a five-course meal to go with the brews. The dinner starts at 7 and costs $75 per person. For reservations, call 703-771-9300; click here for more information.
Friday, January 9
The cider happy hour at Equinox (818 Connecticut Ave., NW) has officially switched to a chocolate theme. Creative cocoa-accented cocktails and complimentary snacks will be offered at the bar every Friday through March 20th. The happy hour runs from 5 to 7. Reservations are not required. Call 202-331-8118 or click here for more.
Saturday, January 10
Learn about the history of Scotch during a tasting of the spirit at DC Coast (1401 K St., NW). Wine and beverage director Scott Clime will lead the afternoon tasting, which runs from 1 to 3. For reservations, call 202-408-0201; $75 per person.
Sunday, January 11
Tired of cooking for your kids? Maybe it’s time to teach them a few skills. Old Town's La Cuisine (323 Cameron St., Alexandria) presents “Asian New Year,” a class for children aged seven to 11. The menu includes teriyaki peanut noodles, chicken skewers, fruit sushi, and cinnamon tea. The class is $55 per student. Call 703-836-4435 for reservations; click here for more.