Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events and promotions going on around the city:
1) Pre-game (or post-game) the tree lighting
Where: P.J. Clarke's
1600 K St. NW
When: From 4 p.m. to close Friday
What: P.J. Clarke's has a variety of activities and discounts scheduled tonight in honor of the National Tree Lighting ceremony at the White House. There's $5 Irish coffee and spiked cider from 4 p.m. to close (kids get free regular cider), as well as carolers from 6-8 p.m. and $5 Cadillac burgers from 10 p.m. on.
2) Sweet Dough Class
2121 P St. NW
When: Saturday 2-4 p.m.
What: Urbana is teaching attendees how to make sweet dough treats like bombolini and brioche sticky buns at this weekend's class. The price is $45. Email Cherry Decena at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a slot.
3) Try out Republic
Where: 6939 Laurel Avenue
Takoma Park, Md.
When: Sunday (weather permitting)
What: Jeff Black's latest project opens its doors this weekend (unless the weather gets in the way). Expect lots of oysters and a seafood-heavy menu, a unique design, and live music, eventually.
4) Sample one (or more) of the 12 Beers of Christmas
Where: Black Squirrel
2427 18th St. NW
When: Saturday and Sunday
What: Black Squirrel will have at least 12 Christmas-themed beers on draft this weekend, including Great Lakes' Christmas Ale, Troeg's Mad Elf and more. Here's a list of beers coming.
5) Learn all about haggis
Where: Bethesda/Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Meeting Room A
4805 Edgemoor Lane Bethesda, Md.
When: Sunday 2:30 - 4:30
What: Joy Frasier, Ph.D., is giving a talk on the history and culture of haggis, Scotland's national dish. The talk is free and is part of the Culinary Historians of Washington's programming.
Also this weekend: The WaPo food team is hosting a cookie-making class (but it's sold out)...the Repeal Day Ball is Saturday...Lyon Hall is tapping the Great Return WC IPA at 5 p.m. tonight...Dolcezza's factory has its opening party Saturday.