What’s Happening in Washington, DC: April 11, 2016

Beer pairings, cocktails, a birthday party for Thomas Jefferson, and Kosher wines are what’s happening in D.C. this week

Love cookies and beer? Check out Girls Pint Out's 2nd annual seasonal cookie and beer pairing on April 14th.

Old Man Winter still hasn’t let go of his grasp on our weather so why not beat the cold with some reviving and warming drinks? Beer and wine take center stage once again with tastings that feature a few of Thomas Jefferson’s favorite dishes, cookies and beer, Kosher wine, cocktails, and juried arts and crafts. The prices to attend range from a low of $15 per person to a high of $92. You’ll love the food, drink some great drinks, and maybe meet some new friends. This is what’s happening in D.C. this week.

Ardeo+Bardeo to Host Kosher Wine Tasting Featuring Quality Wines from Around the Globe

Passover is just a few weeks away and if your bubby craves something more modern than wine in a square bottle, reserve a spot for Ardeo+Bardeo’s Kosher Wine Tasting on Wednesday, April 13 from 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In this engaging session, guests will have the pleasure of sampling four Kosher wines paired with two Kosher hors d’oeuvres. Moreover they will be both entertained and educated on the ins and outs of what makes a wine Kosher and how to find quality and value. The price is $50 per person (not including tax and gratuity) and folks from Pearson’s Wine & Spirits will be on hand to offer guests a discount on the featured wines. Space is limited so please purchase tickets in advance by calling Ardeo+Bardeo at (202) 244-6750. 

Friends Night Out at the Smithsonian

O culture, art, crafts, and now food and drink, the Smithsonian is throwing some smashing new programs, like the Smithsonian Craft Show’s Friends Night Out on April 21 at the National Building Museum, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s an incredible night of shopping, cocktails, and friendship featuring 121 artists and 12 exclusive Dale Chihuly pieces, which will be accompanied by signature concoctions from four of DC’s top celebrity mixologists. Tickets are $25 (includes one drink/munchies and all day Thursday admission to the show).

Masseria to Host Barboursville Wine Dinner to Celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday

This Wednesday, April 13, Nicholas Stefanelli, chef and owner of Masseria, is hosting a lavish dinner that Thomas Jefferson would have been pleased to attend. In his honor, a special five-course tasting menu is planned at $92 per person, with an additional $65 per person for a Barboursville Vineyard (one of Virginia’s most celebrated and award-winning estates) wine pairing. The special menu features dishes reminiscent of some of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites such as maccheroni cacio e pepe, and a cheese and pepper pasta. Jason Tesauro, an acclaimed author, Virginia wine ambassador, and chief sommelier at the Italian owned winery, will be on hand to present the perfect complementary sips to Stefanelli’s Italian heritage-based cuisine. Call (202) 608-1330 to make reservations.

Scout’s Honor” Cookie and Beer Pairing at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar

On Thursday, April 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar is hosting Girls Pint Out for their 2nd annual, seasonal cookie and beer pairing.  Brews from local breweries that include DC Brau, Flying Dog, and Port City will be paired with those irresistible cookies sold by young ladies in green uniforms (gooey caramel cookies with coconut chips; crisp, minty, chocolate covered chocolate cookies; oatmeal peanut butter cookie sandwiches, and more.) To protect the innocent we can’t say the name of the cookie folks, but the beer pairing ticket is only $15 per person for a four ounce pour with cookies. The event is designed to promote Girls Pint Out, a national craft beer organization for women whose mission is to build a community of women who love craft beer and who are an active, contributing part of the greater craft beer community.

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Summer Whitford is the D.C. Editor and a food, drink and travel writer at The Daily Meal. You can follow her on Twitter @FoodandWineDiva and on Instagram at thefoodandwinediva.