March 23 is the date for the Park Hyatt (1201 24th St. NW, 202-419-6768)Washington Masters of Food & Wine Event. The event salutes the ingredients and flavors used by talented local chefs and regional artisans. The e34vent includes an interactive cooking class led by pastry chef Peter Brett, and features a spring flower workshop celebrating the city’s cherry blossoms. The art of flower decorating takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; guests will learn to make a lovely flower arrangement while sipping on a glass of sparkling rose.. Tickets for the event are priced at $55 per person.
On Monday, March 25, Bastille presents a dinner featuring “Right Bank” Bordeaux wines to accompany a five-course dinner. While “right” and “left” bank references don’t usually bring the Potomac to mind, Bastille (1201 N Royal St., Alexandria, 703-519-3776) is, after all, located on the right bank of the Potomac. The right bank of the Dordogne River is the Libournais region where the wines featured at Bastille, such as the wines of Pomerol and St. Emilion, come from. Dinner starts with scallop carpaccio, followed by duck rillettes and prosciutto sliders, pheasant breast with foie gras croutons, a cheese course and a chocolate terrine for dessert. Dinner with wine pairings is priced at $95, and $60 without wines.
Passover is coming, and DGS Delicatessen (1317 Connecticut Ave. NW) will celebrate the holiday with a modern seder. A special Passover dinner menu will be available from March 25th to the 31st for $40, or $60 with wine pairings. The menu starts with house-made matzo and marrow matzo ball soup. Bitter herb crusted halibut, braised lamb with spiced carrot tzimmes and crusty artichokes is followed by apple, rhubarb and walnut crumble. Wines come from Spain, Austria, Israel and Vermont. DGS is a Jewish delicatessen featuring modern Jewish cookery.
Stay tuned for Easter and cherry blossom celebrations.