Here’s something unusual: monthly oyster classes. Beginning on Monday, February 4th, and each first Monday of the month thereafter, Tel’Veh Cafe & Wine Bar (401 Massachusetts Ave.NW, 202-758-2929) is planning to hold a class on different varieties of oysters beginning at 7 p.m. Classes will be held at the restaurant’s 12-seat bar, and are priced at $35 per person. “Students” will enjoy eight different varieties of oyster preparations and an oyster shooter, as well as two gasses of sparkling wine.
For the first class on February 4th, Dan Beck of Northwest Shellfish Co. from Olympia, Washington, will be on hand to discus the company’s history, how oysters are grown, and how they are harvested. The menu includes both East and West Coast oysters and such baked dishes as an oyster souffle and a traditional Roman dish of baked oysters.
Snakeheads aren’t oysters, but on Monday, January 28, a dinner and silent auction will be held at Tony & Joe’s (3000 K St.NW, 202-944-4545). Chef participants include Scott Drewno of the Source, Philippe Reininger of J&G Steakhouse and Dennis Marron of Poste Moderne Brasserie. Tickets are priced at $125 (or $400 for a table of 4), and include a cocktail reception, and a five-course seafood tasting menu with wine pairings. Each course will be prepared by a different chef.
And don’t forget the 2013 winter Restaurant Week will run from February 4 to February 10. More than 200 restaurants are participating, and the prices are $20.13 for lunch and $35.13 for dinner.