Things to do for December 24, 2009

The Weekender

Walnut Hooch, Indoor Bocce and $1500 of Wine

The weekend is melting.

Thursday
Asian-Style Banquet at The Source
DROP THE PUCK

Asian-Style Banquet at The Source

Amid all the ham, roast beef and pies, a little change of pace for the palate is in order. Chef Scott Drewno's nine-course, family-style Asian feast, including stir-fried lamb and a clay pot of spicy Assam-style seafood should fit the bill perfectly. You can still have pie when you're done.

Winter Bocce Taking Teams
TEAM SHIRTS ENCOURAGED

Winter Bocce Taking Teams

The city's lawn-bowling enthusiasts are undaunted by a lack of lawns. They've set up two indoor courts—at the Pour House and nearby at the Capitol Hill American Legion Post—and are taking teams for winter leagues. Drinking is encouraged, but not to worry: the indoor balls are lighter. Because nothing ruins your weekend like a booze-induced bocce injury.

$35 for pre-New Year registration, $40 thereafter, register here

Saturday
$1500 Wine Dinner at Grapeseed Bistro
BOTTLE SHOCK

$1500 Wine Dinner at Grapeseed Bistro

The week after Christmas deserves some revelry too, so you'll want to sip and sniff your way through a pre-New Year's fete that just happens to have corralled quite the lineup of coveted, cultish wines—Paul Hobbs, Veuve Clicquot's "La Grande Dame" and Vérité Cabernet among them—all for about one-sixth of what it might cost you at the wine shop. Oh, and they'll ply you with duck breast with foie gras and risotto with black truffles too. Sometimes Christmas comes late.

$250, 7pm, Dec 26, Grapeseed Bistro, 4865 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD, 301-986-9592

Homemade Hooch at Room 11
GONE NUTS

Homemade Hooch at Room 11

Inspiration struck twice this summer at this Columbia Heights pub. First they brought you the Sunday night "Punch Club," then they started infusing vodka with crazy stuff like green walnuts, baking spices and lemon. The result: the Italian-inspired Nocino liqueur, now rewarding your patience by meeting your winter warming needs.

Room 11, 3234 11th St NW, 202-332-3234

Sunday
New Sunday Supper at Kora
ALL IN THE FAMILY

New Sunday Supper at Kora

Chefs Mourou and Amadou Ouattara made their name with sky's-the-limit tasting menus that could also test the limits of your wallet. Now on Sundays, $15 a head gets you and your supporting cast your own family-style feast—think platters of pork chops au jus and all the parmesan risotto you care to tackle. Your holiday feasting continues...

$15pp, 3-9pm every Sunday, Kora Restaurant, 2250-B Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA, 571-431-7090

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