The Week in Food Events: Michel Richard’s Birthday Celebration, Paella Day Festivities

Plus Jack Rose commemorates 2,015 bottles of whiskey.
The Week in Food Events: Michel Richard’s Birthday Celebration, Paella Day Festivities
Try Jaleo's classic paella dish (above) for $6 during National Paella Day. Photograph courtesy of Jaleo.

Bring the kids: Meridian Pint, Brookland Pint, and Smoke & Barrel host a kid-friendly happy hour on Monday from 5 to 7 benefiting Miriam’s Kitchen. Bring any healthy, low-sugar/sodium breakfast cereal and get a kids’ meal for free.

Wine week: The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington hosts its Spring Wine Fling from Monday to Sunday. A variety of restaurants such as Ripple and Aggio offer specially priced wine flights and pairings, as well as seasonal selections. Prices vary by restaurant.

Secret social club: Dolcezza Factory continues its series of Secret Monkey Social Clubs on Monday at 7:30. Enjoy six newly crafted punches, and watch cabaret acts by local performer while Shayna Blass. Admission is free (21+ only), and punches are $9 each.

Local pours: Denizens Brewing Co. in Silver Spring teams up with the Daily Dish on Tuesday at 6:30 for dinner. Enjoy a social hour before the dinner begins, where brewmasters from Denizens will be on hand to talk about the art of crafting beer. Dishes like stuffed calamari and porter-braised lamb shoulder are paired with beers. The evening ($70 excluding tax and gratuity) can be reserved online.

Beer dinner: Belga Cafe hosts a collaborative five-course dinner with Van Honsebrouck Brewery on Tuesday at 6:30 in honor of the beginning of spring. Belgian beers are paired with dishes like cherry tomato salad with arugula dressing, and poached lobster with blood orange hollandaise. Tickets ($59 exclusive of tax and gratuity) can be reserved by calling 202-544-­0100

Happy birthday, chef: Michel Richard celebrates his birthday on Tuesday in true chef style. Central’s head toque, David Deshaies, prepares a menu of favorite dishes including crab cakes with leek tartare, prime au jus, and cake for two. Guests can opt for the three-course meal ($65), or pick individual dishes from the menu. Reservations are available by calling 202-626­0015.

Prepare for Pesach: The Jewish Food Experience has teamed up with local chefs in advance of Passover, who’ll demonstrate a few top holiday dishes at area Whole Foods. Look for DGS Delicatessen’s Nick Wiseman making quinoa risotto with preserved lemon at the Vienna shop on Tuesday from 6:30 to 7; the Red Hen’s Mike Friedman demoing brisket-style short ribs at the Rockville branch on Sunday from 4 to 5; and Amy Brandwein of the upcoming Centrolina at Kentlands on Sunday from 6 to 7 cooking up matzo pasta with lamb ragu.

That’s a lot of whiskey: Jack Rose Dining Saloon celebrates a landmark number in their whiskey collection, the biggest in the western hemisphere: 2,015 bottles. Drop by on Wednesday from 6 to 9 for a meet-and-greet with Willett master distiller Drew Kulsveen, a book signing with bourbon historian Michael Veach, and specials. Admission is free.

Steak meets whiskey: Join chef Will Artley of BLT Steak and Dad’s Hat Rye Distillery on Thursday at 7 for a “whole barrel dinner. ” Collaborative dishes include bread made from spent rye grain and barley malt, and a ribeye grilled on wood from one of the barrels. Herman Mihalich, founder of the distillery, will be on hand to answer questions. The evening ($100 excluding tax and gratuity) can be reserved by calling -202-689-­8989.

Happy paella day: National Paella Day is this Friday, and all three locations of Jaleo celebrate with individual $6 plates of their classic paella Valenciana (typically only served in large, shareable form). Cooks at the Crystal City branch will demonstrate how to make the dish on the restaurant’s outdoor patio all day, giving away free portions until 4.

Sri Lankan cooking class: Chef and food writer Skiz Fernando hosts a Sri Lankan cooking class at the Hill Center on Saturday from 11 to 1:30. Be prepared to get your hands dirty while making dishes like chicken and eggplant curries, coconut roti, and lentils. Tickets ($75) are available online.

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