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Random stuff I've found on local events lists. Listing here does not necessarily imply an endorsement.

Saturday Feb 7, from 1 pm to 4:30 pm. Tickets $82 (Smithsonian RAP members: $65)

Location: R.F.D. (810 7th St NW)

Beer Behemoths: The Connoisseur's Guide to Doppelbocks, Barley Wine and Beyond


Hosted by Bob Tupper, longtime host of the Brickskeller's tasting series and the dean of DC beer lecturers, and coordinated by the editors of
American Brewer

Tuesday Feb 10, from 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm. Tickets $45 (Smithsonian RAP members: $35)

Location: Nat'l Museum of Natural History's Atrium Café (10th & Constitution Ave NW)

History in a Glass: Famous New Orleans Cocktails, "with tastings"


Hosted by Phil Greene and Chris McMillian, both New Orleans natives and founding members of the Museum of the American Cocktail.

Saturday-Sunday Feb 14 & 15. Tickets $85 (1-day)/$140 (2-day) ($95/160 after 2/7/09)

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW)

10th Annual Washington DC International Wine & Food Festival


Saturday Feb 21, from 2 pm to 3 pm. Admission $10 (Students $5, Walters members free)

Location: Walters Art Museum's Graham Auditorium (600 N Charles St., Baltimore)

Food of Power: The History of Chocolate among the Ancient Maya


Distinguished Lecture in Art of the Ancient Americas. Presented by Dorie Reents-Budet, senior research associate in the Smithsonian NMNH Department of Anthropology, and the UPenn Museum. A history of Mayan chocolate from before 1200 BC through 850 AD as told through pictorial ceramics.

Wednesday Feb 25, at 6:30 pm. Tickets $100 (Smithsonian RAP members: $65)

Location: Nat'l Museum of Natural History's Atrium Café (10th & Constitution Ave NW)

An Evening of Chili Madness with Jane Butel


Albuquerque-based author and cooking school founder Jane Butel talks about chili and chiles, and shares tastes of three different recipes.

Friday Mar 20, 6 pm book signing, lecture from 7 pm to 9pm. Tickets $90 (Smithsonian RAP members: $75)

Location: Nat'l Museum of Natural History Rotunda (10th & Constitution Ave NW, use Constitution Ave entrance)

Savoring Seafood


The obvious celebrity blowout of the vernal equinox.
Alton Brown
book signing precedes event. Eat your way through displays of sustainable seafood (and desserts and wines) from
Ann Amernick, Jeff Black, Jeff Buben, Ann Cashion, Terri Cutrino, Xavier Deshayes, Roberto Donna, Scott Drewno, Andrew Evans, Maziar Farivar, Todd Gray, Matt Hall, Richard Hetzler, Mike Isabella, Kate Jansen, Rob Klink, Ris Lacoste, Jamie Leeds, Cedric Maupillier, Janis McLean, Tracy O'Grady, Nora Pouillon, Anthony Reynolds, Minoru Ogawa, Michel Richard, Barton Seaver, Jim Swenson, Jeff Tunks,
Rob Weland

Note that there are additional events available the following day: a morning-long
Understanding Sustainability
seminar with chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier (Arrows Restaurant, Ogunquit ME), Susan Spicer (Bayona, Herbsaint and Cobalt, NOLA), and Allen Susser (Chef Allen's, Miami FL), which may optionally be followed with a sustainable seafood luncheon with Alton Brown (limited seating)

Saturday Apr 18, details TBA, registration opens in March

Location: Johnny's Half Shell

Potlikker Film Festival


Southern Foodways Alliance presents new films about buttermilk and catfish.

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More schtuff:

Saturday-Sunday Feb 14 & 15, from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location: National Museum of the American Indian (4th & Independence Ave. SW)

The Power of Chocolate Festival


Link to last year's site: http://www.nmai.si.edu/chocolate/2008/

The program will explore the rich history and ongoing story of chocolate and the world of cacao and will be comprised of an assortment of programming from the spectacular Peruvian scissor dancers, to demonstrations with artisans like the Guatemalan gourd artists, food demonstrations, to one-on-one interactions with Bolivian cacao growers. ... Program will also include hands-on activities for families and children.

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