A Quartet of Unofficial Events

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

Cost: $85

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.

Slocuts

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

Cost: $50

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

Cost: $150

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.

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