Things to do for March 21, 2013

The Weekender

10 Pastas, Eight Cocktails and Four Amazing Wines

The weekend is poised to make a deep run.

Thursday
An Upscale Italian Go-To Scales It Back
TRANSFORMATIONS

An Upscale Italian Go-To Scales It Back

You’ll no longer get tasting menus on white tablecloths at Elisir. You will get 10 pastas (spinach tagliatelle with duck ragù) and eight new cocktails (Smoked Pear Balsamic Mojito). Oh, also: wine barrels, pitchforks and shovels on the wall. If a populist march on the Capitol breaks out, you’ll be ready.

Friday
The Corcoran Becomes a Cocktail Party
COR VALUES

The Corcoran Becomes a Cocktail Party

The Corcoran Gallery is letting you cocktail your way around the museum all night. To make sure you do it right, they’ll have live music and dancing, small bites and eight top bartenders who’ll each whip up a cocktail. And you thought the art was nice looking before.

Saturday
Blind Tastings at RdV Vineyards
BLIND MAN’S BLUFF

Blind Tastings at RdV Vineyards

Virginia’s most secretive winery is finally open by appointment—and they’re making it a challenge. You’ll blind-taste their two wines, alongside two coveted reds from around the world. Play your cards right, and you can also take a stroll around the vineyards and through the underground caves. Headlamp not required.

Select weekends through June, 11am and 2pm, $60, RdV Vineyards, 2550 Delaplane Grade Rd, Delaplane, VA, reserve at 540-364-0221 or here

80 Breweries at Nationals Park
SPRING TRAINING

80 Breweries at Nationals Park

Bad news: there won’t be any baseball at Nats Park this weekend. Good news: there will be 200 beers from 80 breweries throughout the concourses, bars and picnic areas. In the event you get bored, there’s always bocce, live music and March Madness on the TVs. But not running the bases.

Monday
A Next-Level Seder Feast at DGS
PASS TENSE

A Next-Level Seder Feast at DGS

We know. You’d rather go to Grandma’s house. But if you can’t get there for Passover, DGS is dealing a tasting menu of halibut crusted with bitter herbs, matzo ball soup with bone marrow and braised lamb. Also: your grandmother probably doesn’t have Israeli wines or Vermont ice cider on hand.

Mar 25-31, 5:30pm-close, $40 ($60 with wine pairings), DGS Delicatessen, 1317 Connecticut Ave NW, 202-293-4400

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