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Amanda Cook-Pilkerton IN at Centrolina; Veloce Celebrates First Anniversary

Plus, SER is hosting a special wine dinner

R. Lopez

PENN QUARTER— Amanda Cook-Pilkerton is the new pastry chef at Centrolina. She most recently worked at Cookshop in New York City and also had a successful stint at CityZen here in D.C. Cook-Pilkerton will begin making changes to the restaurant menu and expand market offerings in late May. [EaterWire]

FARRAGUT WEST— Veloce will mark their one year anniversary with celebrations and giveaways the week of May 2. Expect a week of free pizzas, a breakfast pizza pop-up on the patio, a beer and pizza happy hour, and complimentary cupcakes. The events will be announced each day on social media, so follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information. [EaterWire]

BALLSTONSER is hosting Spanish winemaker Isaac Fernandez for an exclusive six-course dinner on Wednesday, May 11th at 6:30 p.m. Wine pairings are included. Tickets ($110) and more information are available here. [EaterWire]