Pop-up wine and painting classes. Sounds interesting. The bar manager of Tel’Veh Cafe & Wine Bar has partnered with Lindsay Anchors of Bold Strokes to start a series of pop-up wines with painting classes, beginning on Sunday, March 10.
The classes will take place on the second Sunday of each month in the restaurant (401 Massachusetts Ave., NW, 202-758-2929) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Guests will receive two glasses of wine and all the necessary painting materials for the creation of a painting. Materials provided include brushes, paints, canvas, easels and guidance from an experienced artist. The March 10th class will feature Spanish wines and Cubist artists such as Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris. Classes are priced at $65 per person per class.
Bold Strokes is a pop-up painting studio. That means that individuals or businesses provide the space, and Bold Strokes provides all the rest, including artistic guidance. Remember, classes are held on the second Sunday of each month. Should be fun.
There’s a new Japanese restaurant in the busy Penn Quarter section of downtown. Actually, Daikaya (705 6th St.NW, 202-589-1600) is in Washington’s minuscule Chinatown, behind the Verizon Center.
The restaurant has two floors. On the first floor, four different types of Sapporo ramen are served: miso, shio (salt), shoyu (soy) and vegan. Four major elements of ramen must come together with care in making good ramen: stock, noodles, the sauce which determines the general flavor of ramen, and the spices, oil and topping. Ramen are available for $11.50 to $12.75 in a bright and lively setting.
Upstairs will house the larger 90-seat izakaya, where movie posters decorate the walls. The owners (including Daisuke Utagawa of Sushiko Restaurant) seek to create a nightlife gathering place, akin to the high-density restaurants of Tokyo, where different restaurants are stacked on top of one another in the same building. Japanese tavern-style fare, along with music will be enjoyed upstairs. Prices range from $3 to $35.