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Ladurée’s special-edition box of 12 macarons in red and gold


3 Tastes for Chinese New Year

By Faye Hadley

Photo courtesy of Ladurée Georgetown


Ring in the Year of the Pig with these culinary delights throughout DC.

You’re in luck: Chinese New Year begins Feb. 5, and we’ve got the feasts and treats to bring you goodwill and fortune in the days ahead.

1. American Son
Executive chef Tim Ma is dishing out a full menu inspired by the Year of the Pig, with everything from fried eggplant with chili garlic and peanuts ($16) to Kung Pao pork belly with cashews and celery ($18) to whole-roasted, dry-aged pizza-oven duck with scallion pancakes and sides ($80). The delectables are served Feb. 5, from 5:30 to 10PM. Dishes available a la carte, full menu $250, reservations required, 1201 K St. NW, 202.900.8416

2. Ladurée Georgetown
Who doesn’t love a box of macarons from the French luxury baker? Through Feb. 5, give a sweet message via Ladurée’s special-edition red and gold box of 12 macarons. $41, available in store, 3060 M St. NW, 202.737.0492

3. The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Chef Russell Smith and his team are going all out: On Feb. 5, from 6:30 to 9:30PM, indulge in a graze craze from some of DC’s top culinarians. Downstairs, excite the taste buds with Belle Meade Bourbon, an pig-shaped ice luge, dumpling stations and different twists on Chinese cuisine created by Kevin Tien (Himitsu), Tae Strain (Momofuku), Johanna Hellrigl (Doi Moi) and Kyoo Eom (Dirty Habit), among other talents. Upstairs, diners will find a bar pouring Rhône wines, live food stations with different presentations of duck and a whole pig roast from Joe Neuman, Sloppy Mama’s BBQ pit master and owner. And Feb. 9, from 11AM to 2PM, Smith is holding a dumpling class and brunch, so you can have the skills to make your own iteration too. Feb. 5 dinner $85, Feb. 9 class and brunch $75, 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.637.6100