In addition to the dozens of events on the official festival schedule, a number of venues are throwing their own special events while they have a captive culinary audience. Here is an overview of some of the breakaway fun:
Rioja Wine Dinner
Who: Dhane Chesson of Wines of Rioja
Where: The Macintosh, 479B King St.
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday
More info: Chesson has chosen the wines for this three-course dinner, for which the menu includes roasted tilefish and duck galantine. For reservations, call 789-4299.
Who: Alex Lira of The Lot and “Kill The Recipe” author Mark Andrew Gravel
Where: Elliottborough Mini Bar, 18 Percy St.
When: 6-11 p.m. Friday
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
More info: Lira and Gravel are serving up charcuterie, smoked meats, slow-cooked cowpeas and salads at this drop-in event at the neighborhood bar that’s known as one of the city’s most hospitable pop-up hosts.
Eat Your Vegetables Cooking Class
Who: “Eat Your Vegetables” author Joe Yonan
Where: Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant
When: 5 p.m. Saturday
More info: Yonan, The Washington Post’s food and travel editor, will teach participants how to make a menu that includes Asian bean and barley salad, potato and bean tostadas and chocolate chunk cookies. To register, visit southernseason.com or call 416-1240.
Anson Mills Grain Dinner
Who: Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills
Where: Circa 1886, 149 Wentworth St.
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
More info: This five-course dinner with wine pairings will showcase cake flour, oats, buckwheat, barley and grits, and the stories behind them. The menu includes pigeon pie with Virginia ham and a brown butter barley cake. For reservations, call 853-7828.