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It’s hardly been a week in 2012 and I’m sure many of us have broken any dietary and budgetary plans put in place December 31. If you haven’t yet, you will now. This week there is a host of events centered entirely on food and spirits … so kiss your resolutions and resolve goodbye, darlings.

DC Restaurant Week begins today and runs through Sunday. Participating restaurants offer three-course lunches for $20.12 and three-course dinners for $35.12. More than 200 restaurants are participating. See the full list and snap up any remaining reservations, here.


Gin, whiskey, and chocolate … I never knew they paired together! Wisdom, a cocktail parlor in Capitol Hill, hosts an evening of whiskey and gin cocktails from Virginia distillery Catoctin Creek paired with chocolates from MC2 Confections. Tickets to this luscious evening are $35, and can be purchased online. 7:30-10 p.m. 1432 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.


Join ballerinas and ballet fans at Mad Hatter for the January Jete Society happy hour, featuring drink specials and special offers to tickets for their spectacular annual dance party, which is Alice in Wonderland themed and aptly titled the Mad Hatter Dance Party. 6-9 p.m. 1320 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Northside Social, an adorable wine-and-coffee shop this Bitch is dying to try, is hosting a Wine & Food Experience with Brooklyn Oenology. Taste five wines and New York-influenced small plates for $40 a person. 7-9:30 p.m. 3211 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA.


If you haven’t had your fill of restaurants’ prix fix menus yet in Washington, then head on over to Alexandria, where the city’s restaurant week begins today. Get the full details online, here.


Head to A.M. Wine Shoppe to help the boutique wine and charcuterie store celebrate its second anniversary! The gang at A.M. is bringing in their favorite wine, beer, and spirits representatives, along with White House Meats, El Ceibo Chocolate, Cashion’s Sous Chef Sarah Smith, and more, to share samples of their best products. The neighborhood discount of 15 percent is extended to all customers all day long, and new customers will receive 20 percent off.

The Park Hyatt and its restaurant Blue Duck Tavern host Masters of Food & Wine, a culinary event with tea and microbrew tastings and a cooking class that highlights the season’s best ingredients and is taught by Blue Duck Tavern Chef John Melfi. Details and tickets, here. 3-7 p.m., 1201 24th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Brunch! We’ve recently enjoyed Room 11, Oyamel and Comet Ping Pong. Or, if you’re looking to satisfy a particular craving, check out our 2011 Best Brunch Bites.

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