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Weekly Planner: Pie Crusts and Beer Events

By Rina Rapuano  |  November 18, 2013
Credit: Fareham Wine

Your weekly roundup of interesting food events this week:


Local spirits author Kayleigh Kulp conducts an introductory tasting of American bourbon, rye and straight whiskeys from 6-7:30 PM at Graffiato (707 Sixth St. NW; 202-289-3600). Guests receive a welcome cocktail and whiskey tastings with food pairings from Graffiato's fall menu, as well as an advance signed copy of Kulp’s book, Booze for Babes: the Smart Woman's Guide to Drinking Spirits Right. Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased here.

The Daily Dish hosts Equinox’s Todd and Ellen Gray for a book-signing of their cookbook The New Jewish Table from 6-8 PM. Co-author Todd Gray and Daily Dish chef Jerry Hollinger will prepare a three-course prix fixe dinner based on recipes from the book. Dishes will include curried butternut squash soup with focaccia and Cornish game hen with matzo-chicken-liver stuffing. Dinner costs $40, with a $5 supplement for the game hen (8301A Grubb Rd., Silver Spring, MD; 301-588-6300).

Buzz Bakery pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac hosts a series of baking classes tonight, tomorrow and Thursday, when she will walk participants through baking both a savory quiche and a double-crust apple pie to take home. The classes, which take place at the Alexandria shop from 6-8:30 PM, cost $85 each and include a Q&A session and a glass of wine or beer. Space is limited, and tickets can be purchased here (703-600-2899).


Jack Rose Dining Saloon hosts a Samuel Adams Autumn Gala with the theme of “Gambling, Games & Gigglejuice” from 7-10 PM. Tickets start at $60 for a dressy night featuring passed hors d’oeuvres, fun money, an open beer bar with 20 Sam Adams drafts and Angry Orchard Sparkling Cider plus craps, blackjack and roulette. Tickets can be purchased here (202-588-7388).

Vinoteca is the setting for the Green Hat Gin Cocktail Shakedown from 7-9 PM, when five of the restaurant’s bartenders will battle to create the best cocktail featuring Green Hat Gin, which will be judged by local food and drink experts, plus attendees will get a chance to vote. Tickets cost $25 and include tastes of each cocktail plus hors d'oeuvres by chef Lonnie Zoeller for $25. Tickets can be purchased here (202-332-9463).


RedRocks Arlington kicks off a Thursday craft-beer series with Port City Brewing Co. owner Bill Butcher tapping his holiday brew, Tidings Al and other Port City favorites. Special Port City growlers will be available and new pizzas will be offered at the event, which takes place from 5:30-8:30 PM. Anchor Steam and Flying Dog are already on tap to present their beers December 5 and December 19, respectively (703-920-0706).

Osteria Elisir presents a white-truffle dinner starting with a cocktail reception at 7 PM. The seven-course menu with wine pairings will include such dishes as chestnut soup with ricotta flan and pickled tomato jam; green pea cappuccino with goose-liver custard; and a veal filet and Parma crepinette with porcini mushroom ragu. Dinner costs $250 per person, excluding tax and gratuity (202-546-0088).

Del Campo chef Victor Albisu and the American Institute of Wine & Food host a dinner featuring street foods of South America with wine pairings at 6:30 PM at the restaurant. The event, which costs $125 for AIWF members and $135 for nonmembers, will serve grilled salmon ceviche, beef empanadas, chile-braised lentils and chivito sandwiches, among other dishes. For reservations and to pay by credit card, email Bob at