Can’t-Miss Food Events This Week: Veloce Pizza Pop-Up, Toki Underground at One Eight Distilling

Plus bar tending 101 at Eat the Rich.

Try snacks from Toki Underground (above) at One Eight Distilling. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Gin on the patio: Urbana partners with New Columbia Distillery for a patio debut party on Tuesday from 6 to 9. Taste a series of new warm-weather cocktails made with Green Hat Gin, like a white negroni and aperol spritz ($7). The event is free and open to the public.

Empanada special: Did you know that Wednesday is National Empanada Day? Commemorate the savory pastry on the patio at Rural Society from 11:30 to 6:30. The restaurant serves empanadas, chorizos, Quilmes beers, and glasses of Malbec. Reservations are not needed. Food and drinks ($3 to $6) are sold individually.

Wine dinner: Head to Republic in Takoma Park on Wednesday at 7 for a collaboration dinner with Acorn Wines from the Russian River Valley. Chef Danny Wells pairs dishes like seared duck breast and potato gnocchi with pours from the vineyard. The dinner costs $85, and reservations can be secured by calling (301) 270-3000.

Peak blossom social: One Eight Distilling hosts a cherry blossom party with Toki Underground on Thursday from 7 to 10. Guests can roam the production facility, sample bites from chef Erik Bruner-Yang, and try cherry blossom-themed cocktails made with spirits from the distillery. Tickets (for guests 21+) are $20, include the first plate and cocktail, and are available online.

Pizza popup: Can’t wait for chef Ruth Gresser’s Veloce Pizzeria to open downtown? Drop by the patio of the Dupont Pizzeria Paradiso on Saturday from 9 to noon for a pop-up on the sidewalk. Preview dishes from the upcoming menu includes egg-topped breakfast pizzas, calzones, and a smoked salmon pocket, alongside drip Compass Coffee. All items are $5.

Secrets of smoke: Head to the Restaurant at Patowmack Farm on Saturday at 11 for a cooking class lead by chef Tarver King. The course centers around cooking with charcoal, and guests will be treated to a yakitori lunch paired with Japanese beers in addition to instruction. Reservations are required for the two-hour session ($85 per person).

Book signing and dinner: Chef Bryan Voltaggio hosts a dinner at Aggio in Chevy Chase on Saturday at 7. He will also sign copies of his new book Home: Recipes to Cook with Family and Friends. Admission also includes a ticket to the DC Design House for a subsequent date. Tickets ($250) are available online.

Party primer: Learn the basics of bartending from the team at Eat the Rich on Saturday from 11 to 3. Participants learn shaking, muddling, stocking, and serving. Tickets ($65) are available online.

Greek easter: The springtime celebrations continue with the arrival of Greek Easter on Sunday. Three top restaurants offer special meals: Zaytinya, Iron Gate, and Kapnos. See our Easter roundup for more details.