IN THE KNOW: EVENTS YOU JUST CAN’T MISS

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MetroCooking D.C. – The region’s largest two-day culinary showcase returns on December 3 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Celebrate the holiday season and shop specialty food products, including a wide variety of holiday gift options, while experiencing live demos from James Beard-honored celebrity chefs. Partake in interactive and informative workshops and enjoy book signings from some of the most celebrated culinary authors in our country. Participating D.C. area-based chefs include Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto, Scott Drewno of The Source, Caitlin Dysart of 2941 Restaurant, and Peter Chang. Admission is $21.50 for adults and $10 for children ages 4-12. (801 Mount Vernon Place NW; metrocookingdc.com)

Fourth Annual Bacon and Bourbon: A Whiskey FestivalThe Washington City Paper holds its annual Bacon & Bourbon whiskey festival at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain on December 8 from 6-9:00pm. During an evening of bacon, bourbon, beer, bites, butchering, and bluegrass, taste your way through more than 30 premium whiskies and mouth-watering bacon dishes from some of the region’s best restaurants. General admission tickets are $85. (2801 16 St NW; washingtoncitypaper.com/events)

dcbeer-glass-and-3-stars-growlerFifth Annual Artists and Artisans Holiday Extravaganza — The team behind D.C.’s 3 Stars Brewing Company is throwing their epic holiday party again on December 18 from 1-6pm. This year’s party includes 16 different vendors, DJs, live music, and tons of great food. Included in the array of vendors, artists, and chefs are Ivy City Smokehouse, Greenhat Gin, Catoctin Creek Whiskey, Cotton & Reed, Rachel Pfeffer Jewelry, District of Clothing, Jerkface Jerky, Cielo Productions, Buttercream Bakeshop, Qualia Coffee, Sloppy Mama’s BBQ, Odd Provisions, & Undone Chocolate. (6400 Chillum Pl NW; click here)

Christmas on the Potomac – Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center brings back its annual Christmas holiday celebration with lavish Christmas décor, twinkling holiday lights, indoor snowfall, and ICE! Carved from over two million pounds of colorful ice, this must-see attraction is back with a new theme, “Christmas Around the World.” Plus, experience other holiday attractions including: gingerbread decorating, The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt, gourmet holiday experiences, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and Food & Fun with Charlie Brown and Friends. Visit the site for package and ticket prices. (201 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD; 301.965.4000; christmasonthepotomac.com)

Ninth Annual Sips & Suppers – Nonprofits D.C. Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table will hold a two-day fundraising event—Sips & Suppers—on January 28 and 29. On January 28 (“Sips”), gather at the NEWSEUM to sample some of the finest local foods, cocktails, and wines from the area’s leading chefs and mixologists. On January 29 (“Suppers”), dine in the homes of more than 35 generous hosts throughout the D.C. area, feasting on gourmet meals made by many of the nation’s most acclaimed chefs. Visit sipsandsuppers.org to learn more. (555 Pennsylvania Ave NW; sipsandsuppers.org)

imagesWinter Restaurant Week — Winter Restaurant Week will once again sweep the greater Washington region from January 30 to February 5. Restaurant Week, now in its 17th year, provides the perfect opportunity for you to enjoy good company and delicious plates, with participating restaurants across the region offering $22 brunch menus for the first year ever in addition to $35 dinner and $22 lunch menus. (rwdmv.com)

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