Monday, November 23
Get a head start on holiday baking plus a few new recipes with Open Kitchen’s (7115 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) course on cookies. In a three-hour hands-on class, instructor Angie Lee will cover pistachio/cherry/dark-chocolate chunk, apple/cranberry/oatmeal, checkerboard shortbread, and drei augen (German shortbread). Tuition is $75 and includes a box of cookies to take home. Click here for more.
Tuesday, November 24
Raise your glass and give thanks at a beer dinner at Belga Café, (514 Eighth St., SE) which will showcase Belgian Christmas brews and winter ales. The three-course, seven-beer dinner is $49 per person. Reserve your spot by calling 202-544-0100.
Thursday, November 26
Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re not in the mood to cook, check our roundup of Thanksgiving dinners at area restaurants.
Friday, November 27
For those braving the madness of Black Friday at Dulles Town Center, stop by Cookology (21100 Dulles Town Cir., Sterling) for kid-friendly cooking lessons. With parental supervision, kids ages three to six can learn to make snowmen and snowflake brownies ($25; 10 to 11), and older kids can take an independent lesson on Christmas whoopie pies ($45; 12:30 to 2). For adults and kids over age six, there’s an afternoon lesson on gingerbread houses ($65; 2 to 4) and an evening class on sushi ($59; 6 to 8). Reserve by calling 703-433-1909. Click here for more.
Saturday, November 28
At CulinAerie cooking school (1131 14th St., NW; 202-587-5674 in DC’s Thomas Circle, owner/instructor Susan Watterson will teach you how to make scone mix, lemon curd, cranberry-port preserves, granola, and white-chocolate bark—all easy-to-make edible holiday gifts. The class, $85 per person, runs from 1 to 4. Click here for more details and to sign up.
Sunday, November 29
Today’s the last day to give to Urbana’s (2121 P St., NW; 202-956-6650) food drive, a collection of supplies for the outreach programs at Church of the Pilgrims in DC’s Dupont Circle. Bring in a nonperishable food item for a free appetizer or glass of wine.
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