Woo your Valentine's date with a romantic evening at Vinoteca's "Sweets for Your Sweets" wine class Tuesday evening. The wine-centric bistro (1940 11th St. NW) recently launched a new series of winter wine classes just in time for Valentine's Day. Led by local wine master Tim Galvin, guests can enjoy a selection of bubble and dessert wines along with perfect food pairings. Already have plans? There will be two more wine classes offered on Feb. 19 and Feb. 26, where you'll learn about South American wine and the different styles of chardonnay, respectively, that just might turn any chardonnay-hater into its biggest advocate.
These classes are very popular and tend to fill up quickly, so nab your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Vinoteca at 202-332-9463. The cost is $40 per person.
We may be adults, but that didn't stop us from squealing like a little kid when we heard about the arrival of Disney on Ice here in the District. Its latest show, "Treasure Trove," premieres at the Verizon Center on Wednesday, and in anticipation of the show, Disney on Ice is hosting a skating party on Tuesday at the Washington Harbour Ice Rink in Georgetown (3050 K St. NW). Sadly for us, this free event is for kids only. The rink will be transformed into a magical wonderland as Disney on Ice performers offer skating tips and tricks to young skating enthusiasts. There will also be a red carpet meet and greet with various Disney characters and free hot chocolate provided by Farmers Fishers Bakers. The party starts at 4:30 p.m.
Mardi Gras is coming to D.C. thanks in part to New Orleans-raised, award-winning chef David Guas' Mardi Gras Block Party. Guas' restaurant, Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery (1515 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington), is about to get funkified with live tunes, a tricked-out parade float, and a carnival costume contest that'll have you wearing more feathers and sequins than you're probably comfortable with. This is the third consecutive year of "Bayou Gras," and we've been told it will be the most epic "Nawlins-style blowout" to date.
Head to the "Quarters" of the Courthouse neighborhood and enjoy spicy crawfish tamales, andouille and shrimp gumbo and oysters courtesy of the Croxton boys of Rappahannock River Oysters. Gina Chersevani of Buffalo & Bergen will also be serving up roadie-sized drinks.
The party is from 5 to 11 p.m. Get your tickets and the itinerary at bayoubakeryva.com.