The Week in Food Events: Conversation with Yotam Ottolenghi, Giada De Laurentiis at MetroCooking DC

Plus a Virginia distillery dinner at Trummer's On Main.

Giada De Laurentiis is one of the celebrity chefs present at MetroCooking DC.

Ottolenghi in DC: Chef/author Yotam Ottolenghi and Nopi chef Ramel Scully come to Sixth & I on Tuesday at 7 for a joint discussion of Ottolenghi’s new book, In Nopi: The Cookbook. Tickets ($18) are available online. Jeffrey Goldberg from the Atlantic moderates the conversation.

Bourbon night: Masseria brings Charlie Nelson of Green Briar Distillery in Nashville, TN to town for a celebration of Belle Meade Bourbon on Wednesday. The restaurant will offer its three course tasting menu ($62) and a cocktail pairing option ($32), or a flight of three bourbons ($20). Nelson will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the family’s history. Make reservations online.

Fill your bowl: The Capital Area Food Bank hosts a fundraiser on Wednesday at the FHI 360 Conference Center from 11:30 am to 2 pm, part of their Empty Bowls series. Each ticket includes a hand-made bowl, plus unlimited soup, bread, and dessert. Tickets ($35) are available online.

Bakery bonanza: Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar speaks with Washingtonian’s Todd Kliman on Thursday at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center from 6:45 to 8:45. Hear about her new cookbook Milk Bar Life before she opens a location of her famed bakeshop in City Center DC. Tickets ($42) are available online.

Journey through Tuscany: I Ricchi brings together top wines from Tuscany on Thursday at 6. Expert Mauro Maugliani of Kobbrand Wines talks about differences between the Italian varietals, while guests snack flatbreads, soups, and cured meats. Tickets ($73.79) are available online.

Virginia is for distillers: Head to Trummer’s On Main on Thursday at 6:30 for a dinner featuring Virginia distilleries and chefs. A seven-course collaborative meal from Joe Sparatta of Richmond’s Heritage, Ashby Inn chef Patrick Robinson, and others is paired with spirits from local producers like Catoctin Creek and Copperfox. Proceeds go to Farm Aid. Tickets ($175 all inclusive) are available online.

A boozy history lesson: Author Garrett Peck moderates a conversation about the history of alcohol regulation on Thursday at 7 in the National Archives. Speakers include Jim Sgueo from the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association and Brien Fox of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. The event is free, but guests can reserve a spot online.

Cider club: Anxo, a cider and tapas bar opening in Truxton Circle next year, continues its cider series on Friday at 5:45 at Colony Club. Guests learn how to crush, press, and ferment apples with beverage director Tim Prendergast, and sample a variety of pintxos ($7) as a part of ANXO’s collaboration with Millstone Cellars. There is no charge for admission.

Celebrity chef gathering: MetroCooking DC heads to the Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday. Celebrity chefs like Giada De Laurentiis, Michael Symon, and Bryan Voltaggio are on board, as well as a host of local toques who’ll be leading demonstrations, signing cookbooks, and preparing tasty dishes and drinks. Tickets to various events, such as a VIP meet-and-greet with Giada ($350) are available online; general admission tickets ($20.50) are also available online.