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On Tap This Week: A Food & Friends Fundraiser, Craft Beer Week and Italian Wine Pairings

By Rina Rapuano
May 12, 2014

Eat

The Food & Friends Chef's Best Dinner & Auction takes place tomorrow night at the Washington Hilton Hotel (1919 Connecticut Ave. NW) starting at 6:30 PM. The event features tastings from 60 local chefs - such as Deth Khaiaphone of Doi Moi, Jeremy Shelton of BLT Steak and Wes Morton of Art and Soul -  to benefit children and adults facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. There will also be live and silent auctions. Online tickets sales are closed, but tickets - which cost $250 apiece, $200 of which is tax deductible - will be available for purchase at the door starting at 5 PM.

Drink

Pinstripes celebrates American Craft Beer Week with a free 3 Stars Brewing Co. beer social from 5-7 PM Thursday, when guests can enjoy passed Pinstripes bites while the 3 Stars team discusses brewing methods and philosophy - and pours tastings of their beers. The restaurant and bowling alley will also offer craft beer happy hours Monday through Friday from 3-7 PM this week, when craft drafts from such local breweries as 3 Stars, DC Brau Brewing Co., Atlas Brew Works, Dogfish Head Brewery, Port City Brewing Co. and Victory Brewing Co. will be available for $3 each at the bar, bowling, bocce and patio areas. The deal will resume from 9 PM to closing (1064 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-625-6500).
  
Learn

Get schooled on the vinos coming out of Manincor wine estate, located in the Alto Adige region of Northern Italy, from producer Matthias Jaeger, who will lead two wine discussions at Alba Osteria Wednesday - one for a tasting held from 6-7 Pm and one during a five-course dinner that starts at 7:30 PM. The first event costs $22 and includes three wines paired with small plates created by executive chef Roberto Donna and chef de cuisine Amy Brandwein. The dinner costs $100 and includes such dishes as a warm lobster salad with artichokes and asparagus as well as venison with walnuts and an herb-grappa sauce. Reservations are required for each event, and prices don’t include tax and gratuity (425 I St. NW; 202-733-4454).

Places Mentioned

BLT Steak

Steakhouse • White House/World Bank

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Art and Soul

Soul Food • Capitol Hill

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Doi Moi

Asian • 14th Street Corridor

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Alba Osteria

Italian • Mount Vernon Square

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Pinstripes

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