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A Running List of Virtual Cooking and Bartending Events From D.C.

Eater logo Eater 5 days ago Tierney Plumb
a person sitting at a table: The owners of Maxwell Park host a wine happy hour on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. on their IG account. © Rey Lopez/Eater DC The owners of Maxwell Park host a wine happy hour on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. on their IG account.

While the coronavirus crisis keeps customers out of D.C. restaurants and bars until at least April 27, antsy and idle bartenders and business owners around town are translating their talents online.

Webinars, Zoom hangouts, and IG Live streaming services are designed for those isolated eaters and drinkers yearning to get some face time with their favorite hospitality pros, and maybe to learn a thing or two along the way.

Here are a few free e-events to put on the iCal:

Wednesday, April 1

Virtual Happy Hour With Bidwell

What: These days Bidwell’s bar boss Cassie Womack is “missing the sense of community I feel when I’m behind the bar,” at Union Market. So every Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., she’s hosting a Zoom virtual happy hour whipping up a few of her cocktail hits.

Details: Check out Bidwell’s booze list here, then join here and enter meeting ID 852 395 1346. Cocktail demos are followed by a “show and tell” drinking segment with the group and booze-related trivia with swag giveaways (she’s do safe drop-offs herself).

#TAA_LIVE With Restaurant Industry Vets

What: D.C.-based hospitality PR firm TAA PR debuted a new culture and lifestyle series on its IG Live that offers tips, best practices, and overall morale boosters during these dark days ahead. Tonight at 7 p.m., join wine course creator and educator Shari Sheffield. Tune in again on Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m. to watch chef Erik Bruner-Yang (Maketto, Spoken English, ABC Pony) do a live cooking demo.

Details: TAA also plans to host future live discussions and demos with Tim Ma (American Son, Prather’s) and more. Ghanaian-American chef Eric Adjepong helped kick off the series last week.

Pedro Mariano sitting on a table: ABC Pony chef Erik Bruner-Yang will do a cooking demo on IG Live on Thursday, April 2. © Rey Lopez/Eater D.C. ABC Pony chef Erik Bruner-Yang will do a cooking demo on IG Live on Thursday, April 2.

Friday, April 3

Friday Night Pours With Maxwell Park

What: The whimsical wine bar’s new TGIF series kicks off at 7 p.m. on its Shaw location’s IG Live, with Maxwell’s sommelier owners Brent Kroll, Niki Lang, and Daniel Runnerstrom in the house. Musical “guests” swing from Taylor Swift to Usher.

Details: For its first Friday night installment, the bar will dive deep into the Italian red wine grape Nebbiolo, talking and tasting all things tannin.

Saturday, April 4

Happied’s Virtual Happy Hour Series

What: The happy hour tracker app brings D.C.’s favorite drinking event into fans’ homes. Featured bar managers teach viewers how to make their top cocktails in real time, all while making some money during quarantine time. On Saturday, Thamee mixologist Richard Sterling will be doing his thing at 5 p.m.

Details: Upon registration ($10), participants receive an ingredients list to stir drinks live.

El Techo Streams DJ Sets

What: While El Techo’s airy rooftop sits vacant in Shaw, owner Louie Hankins will bring its good-vibe dance parties into guests’ living rooms. Its Facebook page will stream live DJ sets every Tuesday and Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Details: El Techo’s to-go menu offerings (available Wednesdays to Saturdays) include a group set ($65) of six tacos, 24-oz. vats of its spicy mezcal (or passion fruit) margarita or Caipirinha, along with incense, a candle and roll of toilet paper. Parties of one can partake for $20. ⁣Cocktails ($7 for individual or $40 for multiple participants) and all tacos can be delivered à la carte, too. Call 202-836-4270 to place orders.

a plastic container filled with different types of food on a tray: To-go tacos at El Techo. © El Techo/official photo To-go tacos at El Techo.

Sunday, April 5

Sunday Night Family Meal at Service Bar

What: Shaw’s hot cocktail bar will stream its popular weekly gathering online, complete with live bartending and DJ sets.

Details: The bar also just created its own You Tube channel. Subscribe for crafty cocktail intel and donate to support its team. On-demand 32-ounce cocktails and snacks are also available daily from 5 p.m. to 10 pm.


  • Convivial’s former pastry chef Eva Kronenburg is churning out YouTube videos almost daily, teaching viewers how to make treats like Swedish cardamom buns, croquettes, and tarts at home.
  • Mark Henry, the Jamaican-born founder of sausage and jerk seasonings shop Island Bwoy Cuisine, teams up with his daughter to do playful cooking demos in their kitchen.

Date TBA

Quarantine Cooking Class Episode 2: Italian - Perfect Pantry Pasta

What: With food tour company Mangia DC unable to take its groups to cooking classes and tastings around town, it’s bringing its instructional offering to the public at home. The latest class is teaches ways to liven up pantry pasta (register in advance).

Details: Classes focus on three dishes, and viewers can ask the featured local chef questions in the live stream. Participants are also sent an ingredient list to accompany the class. The webinar is free to the public, but donations and tips are welcome. All of the proceeds will go to its staff, who’s unable to work while everyone’s inside.


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