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Posted at 4:14 PM ET, 10/15/2008

This Weekend's Food Calendar

By Julia Beizer

Sample sandwiches from Jackson's Roasting and Carving at a two-day festival this weekend. (Aaron Kobilis)

Maybe it's the harvest, but this weekend is shaping up to be another food-friendly one. Wine tastings, sandwich samples and cheese classes are all on the horizon, but let's start with a few of my favorites: the freebies.

Jackson's Roasting and Carving Company opened in Ballston this summer, but the sandwich shop celebrates its arrival this weekend with a two-day fest. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, stop in for coffee and check out cupping demonstrations by Annapolis' Caffe Pronto (a coffeeshop that Walter Nicholls and Erin Hartigan profiled in article and video form for us a few months back). On Saturday, the fest adds a little country fair flair with meatloaf-slider-eating, apple-bobbing and sandwich-making contests from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Blues band Bad Influence will perform from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The fest is free -- and guests will get to sample some of the shop's creations on both days -- but if you want a full sandwich or salad, bring some cash. Sandwiches will be sold at a promotional price of $5 this weekend.

Expand your wine knowledge at Cork on Saturday with Wines of Southwestern France, a complimentary tasting. From 3 to 4:30 p.m., taste six wines and learn about oft-overlooked wine-making regions in France. The kitchen will be closed, but patrons can hang around the bar until service starts and get their names on the list for an early table. The event is close to full, so if you're interested, RSVP soon to info (at) corkdc.com.

On Monday, stop by Vegetate from 6 to 8 p.m. to see the paintings of Victor Flores and the photographs of John Thurman. At the exhibit, the restaurant will be giving away samples from its new fall menu, which debuts that evening.

Tomorrow, StreetWise Partners, an organization dedicated to providing job training to the unemployed and underemployed, hosts Taste of Success. Sample dishes from restaurants like Mandu, Cafe Trope, Oceanaire, Hudson and Hank's Oyster Bar. Tickets will set you back $50 (and business attire is requested), but because the restaurants donated the food for this event, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to StreetWise D.C.'s programs. Raffle tickets for restaurant gift certificates will be sold on-site for $5.

Art and Soul, a new Capitol Hill restaurant run by Oprah's former chef Art Smith, welcomes dog lovers to Barktoberfest, an event this Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. Dogs who attend the patio party can sample fancier-than-average dog treats and Bowser Beer (a hooch specifically formulated for dogs, which I'm told isn't harmful or alcoholic). Human visitors get some treats, too; expect hors d'oeuvres from the restaurant's low-country menu and beer flights. Tickets are $35 for people, $5 for dogs, and a portion of the proceeds benefit Washington Humane Society.

Cheesemaker Bradley Parker brings his expertise to Domaso this Saturday for a cheese-making class from 1 to 4 p.m. Learn how to make actual goat cheese (and three goat cheese dishes) with Parker and Domasoteca's Christianna Sargent and then sample some chef-prepared meals featuring the ingredient. Wine pairings are included in the $50 lesson/tasting. RSVP to 703-894-5104 or e-mail at Christianna.Sargent (at) domasoteca.com

Looking ahead, now would be a good time to buy your tickets to Capital Food Fight, which takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Chefs battle on stage during the annual event -- but besides that entertainment, ticket holders can enjoy lots and lots of grazing from more than 40 area restaurants like BlackSalt, Vermilion, Olives and 2941. Tickets are a hefty $175, but a portion is tax-deductible and proceeds go to DC Central Kitchen.

-- Julia

By Julia Beizer  | October 15, 2008; 4:14 PM ET
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