Pre-Purim Palooza: Celebrate the Jewish holiday at Commissary on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets, from $20 to $32 include all-you-can-eat appetizers of falafel, hummus, tzatziki, pita, and Israeli pastries. Ten percent of the event’s proceeds will go to the Jewish Food Experience.
Beer dinner: Brookland’s Finest partners with the Arlington-based Heavy Seas Alehouse for a special beer pairing menu, including dishes like bouillabaisse and spicy Italian sausage pasta, on Wednesday night. Each dish will be paired with a brew from the pirate-themed Heavy Seas ($35 per person).
Holi holiday: The Cleveland Park Indian restaurant Indique honors India’s spring festival of colors, Holi, with an assortment of thali specials on Wednesday starting at 5:30 p.m. Choose from a vegetable or chicken and lamb thali, which includes lentils, cucumber raita, rice pilaf, and papadam. After the meal, consider showering yourself in colorful powders at Potomac’s Holi celebration on April 9.
Japanese whisky tastings: To help ring in the National Cherry Blossom Festival, BLT Steak offers speciality Japanese whisky flights from now until April 17. A $80 sampling will include one-ounce pours of rare Hakushu, Hibiki and Nikka varieties.
Sherry Blossoms: Spanish Logan Circle spot Estadio celebrates the Cherry Blossom Festival with a special happy hour menu from 5 to 6 pm through April 17. Expect a variety of Sherries for $5 to $7 alongside seasonal Spanish tapas. Don’t miss the sherry float for dessert.
Cherry blossoms with a buzz: Drink the District returns for the 3rd annual Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival on Saturday from 1 to 4 pm and 6 to 9 pm. Choose from over 100 beers and 100 wines while you scour The Yards parking lot for the best food trucks: Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken, Miso Honey, Peruvian Brothers, The Big Cheese and Maki Shop, to name a few. You can also expect live music and games, like giant Jenga. Tickets starting at $35 go up as sessions sell out.
Cook like an Italian: Learn how to prepare a whole Mediterranean Branzino and other dishes during Casa Luca’s new cooking series “Saturdays in the Kitchen with Chef Erin” from 3 to 5:30 pm. After watching the chef at work, you’ll dig into the classic Italian meal with wine pairings. Take the recipe home and use it to impress your next dinner party guests. Tickets are $85 per person, and include the meal.
Crawfish boils: Dig into fresh crawfish flown up from Louisiana at Little Miss Whiskey’s annual crawfish boil. The all-you-can-eat and drink event featuring beer from DC Brau starts at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and goes until all the food and booze runs out. If you can’t make it to this one, there’ll be five more running until June 4. Tickets are $48 to $53.