The Week in Food Events: Artini Feature Nights, Restaurant Weeks, and Cooking Classes Galore

Plus a new brew and dinner from DC Brau.

Sip cocktails like these eye-catching Artinis from last year’s soiree during three feature nights this week. Photograph by Kevin Allen.

Frederick Restaurant Week: If you haven’t scoped out the blossoming food scene in Frederick, then its restaurant
is a prime time to do it. Running
Monday through Sunday, you’ll find specially
priced two- and three-course

at participating eateries including Family

Shab Row Bistro, and Wine Kitchen on the Creek.

Martini madness: Bethesdians can drink a lot
more cocktails in March during the Martini

competition, with ten spots, such as

and Mussel

competing to make the best drink and win the most votes online.
The draw: All martinis
are offered at happy hour prices through March 31.

National Harbor Restaurant Week: Head to the harbor for another restaurant week featuring three-course $20.13 lunches
and $35.13 dinners,
March 4
through 17. Check out the menus from restaurants like Bond
Rosa Mexicano,
and Fiorella Pizzeria.

Drink your art: The official
Artini cocktail affair isn’t until
March 22 (tickets are available online
but the feature

are in full-swing this week. Each of the venues competing to
craft the best art-inspired
cocktail hosts a special night featuring the drink alongside a
raffle with prizes
such as winery tours and restaurant gift certificates; proceeds
benefit NOW at the
. Up this week:

(Tuesday), the Passenger
(Wednesday), and P.O.V.

Rooftop beer dinner: Like DC Brau? Then head to 1905
restaurant on
Thursday for two beery events: a tasting on the rooftop of Brau’s newest release—a Belgian-style
Saint Joseph’s Tripel—from 5 to 7, followed by a beer dinner in the main dining room
at 7:30. The menu and tickets are available online;
the dinner is $75 per person.

Learn to braise: The upside of this frosty weather: more time to hole up in the kitchen and make slow-cooked
meals. To that end, 1789
toque Anthony Lombardo leads a cooking class on braising meats and vegetables
Saturday at 10 AM. The course is followed by lunch with wine pairings ($100 per person, all-inclusive).
Call 202-965-1789 for reservations.

Learn to cook for a crowd: So you’ve mastered dinner for two, but what about hors d’oeuvres for 20?
Lincoln hosts a cooking class on
Saturday from noon to 2:30 that teaches you how to make popular cocktail party snacks and
drinks. Call Elle or Jeanhee at 202-386-9200 to reserve a space ($45 per person).

Learn to paint boozily:

launches a new series of wine and painting

Sunday from 4:30 to 6:30. First up: Paint in the style of Cubist Spanish artists such as
Picasso and Maria Blanchard while sipping two glasses of Spanish wine and receiving
instruction from a Bold Strokes artist. Tickets ($65) are available online.

Taste Puglia: Chef
Roberto Donna is cooking up a storm at Al

(read more about his Laboratorio-esque tasting menu in our

Drop by on
Sunday at 5 for a dinner with wine pairings inspired by Italy’s southern region of Puglia
($65 per person). Check out the menu,
and, if you like it, consider joining Donna for a culinary tour of Puglia in May.

Comfort food lunch: Chef-author
Carla Hall of ABC’s
The Chew hosts a
Sunday lunch at CulinAerie from noon to 2 with Les Dames
d’Escoffier, featuring dishes from her cookbook,
Cooking with Love. Dishes include down-home deviled eggs and braised pork with collards and sweet potatoes.
Make reservations by close of business
Monday by calling 202-973-2168 ($85 for the public).

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.