Causes to Celebrate: Charity, Wine, Poutine

You don’t need scientific studies on the benefits of alcohol to feel OK about drinking tonight, even though it’s a Monday. “It’s for charity,” you can mumble, grabbing the basket of potato chips and munching them like an irritable raccoon, “for the children.” For this is No Kid Hungry Day, and 10 percent of the bar proceeds at the Passenger (1021 7th St. NW) between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. will go to Share Our Strength, which feeds needy children in D.C.

Not in the mood for imbibing? (Why are you reading this column?) Several local food trucks, including Eat Wonky, DC Love Bites, DC Empanadas, Choupi Crepes, RedHook Lobster, CapMac, Bada Bing and Takorean have agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds Monday to Share Our Strength as well. So go eat lunch! It’s good for you. Well, maybe Eat Wonky’s poutine — a Canadian concoction of fries, gravy and cheese curds — isn’t technically good for you, but you get the idea.

Local Flavor
The Kennedy Center’s Roof Terrace restaurant (2700 F St. NW) has hosted several wine tastings, but they’ve finally gotten around to showcasing Virginia vino. Tickets to the tasting are $40, and locally sourced dishes will be served to complement the selection of reds, whites, sparklings and roses. To make reservations, go to Roofterracerestaurant.com. Even in November, it’s a great place to spend an evening — especially when there’s wine.

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