Tuesday, July 6
Take a walk on the wild side with an absinthe tasting at Wisdom. The evening includes two drinks and four tastings from bar’s collection. For more information and to purchase tickets ($40), click here. 7:30.
Politics and Prose hosts novelist Allegra Goodman at 7 for a reading of her latest book, The Cookbook Collector. The story follows two sisters through their relationships and recipes. Free. 7.
Wednesday, July 7
Love classic cocktails? Head to the Passenger to learn about the rickey, a concoction originally created in the 1880s in Washington. The event also includes making your own rickey cocktails with bourbon, gin, and other spirits. Admission is $65 per person; call 202-393-0220 to register. 7 to 8:30.
Thursday, July 8
Kushi chef Darren Norris is at the Penn Quarter FreshFarm market for its Chef at Market series. The program hosts area chefs for demonstrations, tastings, market tours, and book signings. Free. 4 to 5.
Friday, July 9
Who says barbecue is limited to American fare? Sur la Table in Pentagon City holds a global-grilling class based on techniques from Steven Raichlen’s latest book, Planet Barbeque! Learn to apply Raichlen’s methods to Moroccan, Belgian, and Spanish cuisine. Admission is $49 per person; call 800-243-0852 to sign up. 11:30 AM.
Saturday, July 10
Brabo celebrates Old Town’s birthday with a rooftop cocktail party in the Lorien Hotel & Spa’s lush Presidential Suite. Take in sweeping views of Alexandria while dining on a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, and desserts. Wine, beer, and specialty cocktails will also be available. Tickets are $45; call 703-894-3440 to reserve your spot. 8 to 10.
Sunday, July 11
Get ready for a cocktail showdown of epic proportions: Mixologists Clinton Terry of PX, Patrick Owens of Jaleo in Penn Quarter, Sal Aldna of CityZen, Carlton McCoy of Sou’Wester, and others battle it out at the Jefferson hotel’s inaugural Quill Cocktail Competition. Taste the competitors’ signature creations and nosh on tapas while listening to music provided by DJ Xavier Herit of Daniel in Manhattan. $50 a person; call 202-448-3231 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. 2 to 6.
Enjoy a tasting of Spain’s famous Ibérico de Bellota ham with Jaleo’s Ramon Martinez at Wagshal’s Market. As part of the market’s DC Grill Masters series, Ramon will demonstrate the proper technique for preparing the meat, which is made from free-range pigs raised on an acorn-only diet. A minimum donation of $10 is requested; the money goes to benefit camp scholarships for diabetic children. Call 202-363-0884 to reserve your spot. 11:30 to 12:30.
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