Table to Table: The Week in Food Events

Happy 2011! Start your year off with this week's winetastings, free deviled eggs, and a Top Chef-like challenge.

Monday, January 3
Founding Farmers is hosting a viewing party from 10 to 11 in honor of the restaurant’s inclusion in tonight’s episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Food Network. Tonight’s show is about reinvented classics, and chef Robert Irvine—the host of Dinner: Impossible—has picked Founding Farmers’ Devil-ish Eggs. During the party, there’ll be free samples of the snack.

Tuesday, January 4
Think Food Group’s beverage director, Jill Zimorski, is leading the first weekly Tuesday Tastings event at Jaleo’s Crystal City wine shop. Each tasting ($5) will have a different theme; this week, the wines are from the producer Abadal.

Wednesday, January 5
Meet the face behind your favorite local food blog at the DC Food Bloggers happy hour, hosted by Lyon Hall in Clarendon. The event includes specials ($5 house-made hot dogs and bratwurst, $5 cocktails, half-price wine, $3 beers) from 6 to 7:30, and the event goes until 9. To RSVP, which is required, click here.

Thursday, January 6
It’s officially soup season. Learn to make three kinds—French onion, New England clam chowder, and split-pea-and-ham—at Cookology’s Classic Soups class from 7 to 9. To register ($65), click here.

Friday, January 7
Every Friday from 6 to 8, Cork Market & Tasting Room hosts a free winetasting. This week, Ed Addiss from Wine Traditions will pour reds that are good for winter dinners.

Saturday, January 8
As part of Imagination Stage’s all-day open house, husband-and-wife team Geoff Tracy and Norah O’Donnell are signing copies of their new cookbook, Baby Love: Healthy, Easy, Delicious Meals for Your Baby and Toddler, from 9 to 11. Tracy is the restaurateur behind three Chef Geoff’s restaurants and Lia’s.

Sunday, January 9

Top Chef wannabes can test their culinary chops at CulinAerie’s “Test Your Mettle in the Kitchen” session from 2 to 5. After revealing a secret ingredient, instructors will give a short talk about its characteristics and do a quick cooking demonstration. Then you’re on your own to come up with dishes using the secret ingredient. The whole class sits down for an early dinner to try the results of their experiments. To sign up for the class, which is $85 per person, click here.

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