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WEDNESDAY

“Beulah, peel me a grape!” Or a strawberry, raw oyster, hot pepper, or other legendary love food. Join Martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge, authors of Intercourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook, for a demonstration of their invigorating recipes during the Capital Cookbook Classic. Their stimulating discussion will be escorted by a special drink-and-appetizer buffet followed by a full-course meal based on their menus. Using the kitchen table for Formica foreplay, they offer sumptuous dishes for new dates out to score or long-married couples needing spice put back into their love lives. From hot chocolate, to an intriguing strawberry pasta, to a hula skirt of asparagus stalks, the authors tantalize cooks and eaters alike. If the results are as sure a thing as the confidence of the authors suggests, you’d better come with a significant other. Or arrange for someone to walk your dog in the morning. At 5 p.m.at J. Paul’s, 3218 M St. NW. $30-$60.(202) 333-3450. (Liz Eckstein)