Weekend Planner

A Crab Cake Throw-Down, a Wine Dinner and a Whiskey Tasting

By Rina Rapuano  |  June 12, 2014
Credit: Laura Hayes


The American Institute of Wine and Food and The Source by Wolfgang Puck host a crab cake competition Sunday from noon-3 PM to raise funds for culinary internships, scholarships and educational programs. Eight local chefs - including Johnny Spero of Minibar, Tony Chittum of Iron Gate and Chris Clime of PassionFish - will compete in a crab cake showdown using Maryland blue crab. Tickets cost $75 and include crab cakes, local oysters, beer and wine (575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-637-6100)


701 Restaurant brings in winemaker Blair Walter of Felton Road winery of New Zealand to discuss biodynamic wines, such as the dry Riesling, Chardonnay and duo of Pinot Noirs that chef Benjamin Lambert will complement with a four-course meal. The $100 wine dinner takes place Saturday at 7 PM and includes a king salmon crudo, roast squab and a 21-day dry-aged Roseda rib eye. Tax and gratuity aren’t included (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-393-0701).


Paul’s Wine & Spirits in Friendship Heights conducts a free scotch, bourbon and rye tasting Saturday from 1-4 PM. Guests can arrive and taste at any point during that time frame, but those who register in advance using this link will receive a discount code for online wine orders at check-in (5205 Wisconsin Avenue, NW; 202-537-1900).