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Weekend Planner: Holly and Jolly

By Rina Rapuano
December 13, 2013
Photo by: Fil.Al/Flickr

The food and drink events have taken on a definite holiday theme this weekend. Get out there and taste all that the season has to offer, and maybe do some good in the process:


Central Michel Richard hosts its annual Sweet Hope: Dessert for Toys reception from 1-3 PM, when the donation of an unwrapped toy (or money) for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital gains entrance to a dessert extravaganza featuring the chef’s sweet creations. Carolers and a balloon artist will also be on hand. RSVP to (202-626-0015).

Maple hosts a Champagne and oysters wine tasting from 2-4 PM, when Robert McFarlane of Roanoke Valley Wine Co. will speak about pairing bubbly with bivalves. Small-grower varieties will be available for tasting, along with local oysters from Maryland's Dragon Creek. Cost is $65, including tax and gratuity. Email your contact information to to reserve a spot (202-588-7442).

Chef Carmine Marzano conducts an Italian-style Christmas cooking class from 11 AM-2 PM at Osteria Marzano. Dishes covered will include spinach and ricotta agnolotti with walnut cream sauce and roasted rack of lamb with lentil salad, roast potatoes and rosemary jus. Lunch and Champagne are included in the $85 price per person. Email to reserve a spot (703-313-9700).


Café Deluxe Tysons Corner is offering a $25 three-course dinner Sunday nights. The meal starts with a salad; choice of entree includes grilled salmon with red pepper coulis and goat cheese-asparagus orzo; and the meal is capped with a crème brûlée. The offer runs from 4 PM to close (703-761-0600).

Roof Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center hosts a holiday brunch with Santa today and next Sunday with live jazz, the full brunch spread and a “special memento.” There will be a kids table with macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers and fries, while adults will receive a complimentary mimosa or glass of sparkling wine for $45 per person, $20 for ages 4-11. Seatings begin at 10 AM (202-416-8555).

Places Mentioned

Central Michel Richard

Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Food26 Decor21 Service23 Cost$54
Ris Restaurant

American • West End

Food25 Decor22 Service24 Cost$57

American • Columbia Heights

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Osteria Marzano

Italian • Franconia

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Cafe Deluxe

American • Tysons Corner

Food20 Decor18 Service20 Cost$29
Roof Terrace Restaurant

American • Foggy Bottom

Food16 Decor20 Service17 Cost$51
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