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Foodie To-Do List: Raising Food and Raising Glasses

Todo As part of an ongoing effort to alert you, the readers of DC Foodies, to all of the really cool food-related events, classes and opportunities throughout the Washington Metropolitan area, we give you this week's edition of the Foodie To-Do List.

Each Wednesday, we give you a heads-up on a few of the upcoming events that we think look particularly interesting.  This week, we've got:

Southern Foodways Alliance's Potlikker Film Fest:

What:
Spend an evening learning about the Southern Foodways Alliance and their members through a series of short documentaries and a sampling of Southern cuisine prepared by local DC chefs.  Start out with a shot of potlikker (the liquid left over after slow-cooking greens) and some cornbread courtesy of Mark Furstenberg.

When:
Saturday, April 18th, 6-9 PM

Where:
Johnny's Half Shell
400 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC

Why:
Where else can you watch short films about Sweet Potato Pie, Hot Chicken, and urban farming while listening to jazz and enjoying snacks prepared by top chefs like Ann Cashion, Jeff Buben, and Gillian Clark?  Consider this your gateway to the SFA.

Cost:
$40 per person

For more information, check out the SFA's website.

Ambassador Week at Belga Cafe <<UPDATED INFO PER BELGA>>:

What:
To celebrate Chef Bart Vandaele's being named as one of four international brand ambassadors by Anheuser-Busch and their InBev counterparts, Belga Cafe welcomes guests for a week of prix fixe dining, "Drink Your Beer, Steal Your Glass" and other promotions involving Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, and Leffe.

When:
Monday, April 13th - Sunday, April 19th
"Perfect Pour" Demonstrations on the Patio - Friday, April 17th

Where:
Belga Cafe
514 8th Street, SE
Washington, DC
(202) 544-0100

Why:
There's something fun about the unique glassware used for serving Hoegaarden, Stella Artois and Leffe.  Admit it - you've thought about walking out with one before (maybe you've even snuck one!).  Here's your chance to get one on the up-and-up.

Cost:
$45 for a prix fixe four-course meal with recommended pairings of Stella Artois ($7), Leffe Blond ($6.95), Leffe Brune ($6.95) and Hoegaarden ($6.50) - the glasses are yours to keep.

$2 per beer on the patio for the "Perfect Pour" demonstrations Friday evening.

For more information, check out Belga Cafe's website.

Mysterious Absinthe Cocktails and Tasting at Chi Cha Lounge:

What:
TasteDC introduces you to the Green Fairy through a tasting of at least seven different absinthes now available as led by Brian Robinson of the Wormwood Society.  Along the way you'll learn about the history of absinthe and its use in classic cocktails and enjoy a selection of empanadas and international cheeses.

When:
Thursday, May 14th, 7-9 PM

Where:
Chi Cha Lounge
1624 U Street, NW
Washington, DC
Call 202-654-7010 for reservations

Why:
Now that absinthe is no longer verboten in the US, you owe it to yourself to get to know this classic spirit that shows up in everything from traditional Sazeracs to modern creations at spots like PX and The Gibson.

Cost:
$50 per person

For more information, check out the event listing at TasteDC's website.

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