The Week in Food Events: “Silence of the Lambs” Dinner, Discount Dim Sum

Plus Anthony Bourdain is in town!

Koji Terano at China Chilcano's sushi and ceviche bar. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Michelin star celebration: Chef José Andrés and the team at Minibar are holding an open house this Monday to celebrate their Michelin stars. Stop by Minibar and the adjacent “cocktail lab” Barmini between 1 pm and 3 pm to sample one of their whimsical creations: risotto with burgundy truffles and white truffles.

You dim sum, you lose some: Think Peruvian cuisine doesn’t go well with Chinese food? Think again. At China Chilcano, another restaurant in José Andrés’ empire, Peruvian cooking gets accented by Chinese and Japanese influences. Head there on Tuesday for a special, lower-priced dim sum menu that includes dishes like crispy shrimp-pork dumplings with hoisin-tamarind sauce.

Movie and a meal: There’s a famous line from Silence of the Lambs: “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” On Wednesday at 7:30 pm, the Italian market and restaurant Via Umbria is bringing this line to life. Guests can watch the psychological thriller while enjoying a buffet dinner that includes—you guessed it—fava beans and Chianti. Click here to purchase a $25 ticket, which includes dinner and one glass of wine.

Rare cognac tasting: If you fancy yourself a cognac connoisseur, come sample an impressive array at the Columbia Room this Wednesday from 6 pm to 9:30 pm. The Dutch collector Bay van der Bunt is offering 28 people the opportunity to try and discuss part of his collection, which includes some of the world’s rarest cognac dating back to 1780. Tickets cost $250 per person, and are going fast; purchase one here.

TV host on tour: Is binge-watching the Food Network one of your guilty pleasures? Now you can see one of its breakout stars in person. Anthony Bourdain, previous host of A Cook’s Tour (and currently host of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown) is coming to DAR Constitution Hall on Thursday at 7:30 pm as part of an 11-city tour. The globe-trotting chef plans on discussing diverse cultures and street cuisines before taking questions from the audience. Look here for available seats and tickets.

Time to unwined: Say goodbye to the stress of work and hello to the weekend at Cork Wine Bar this Friday. The cozy Logan Circle spot is hosting a 7 pm dinner curated by renowned Italian winemaker Elisabetta Foradori. Guests can sip a selection of wines while listening to Foradori tell her remarkable life story—her father’s early death forced her to take over the family estate as a teenager, and she never looked back. The dinner costs $80 per person; email to reserve a space.

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