There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.

Tonight, in the build up to Artini 2012, the boozy Mar. 31 fundraiser benefiting the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Cleveland Park’s Ardeo + Bardeo hosts a happy hour to preview the frothy contribution of its own in-house mixologist, Sam Haltiwanger. Like all bottle-slinging participants in the annual event, Haltiwanger has whipped up a type of cocktail inspired by the Corcoran’s artwork. I have no idea exactly what Haltiwanger has planned. But, if it has anything to do with the current Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro exhibit, I’m expecting something involving a splash of Coca-Cola with a Lego garnish. Twenty percent of bar proceeds go to the Corcoran’s ArtReach program.

Meanwhile, in Adams Morgan, Smoke & Barrel hosts a “Beer Meat Whiskey” dinner with the guys from 3 Stars Brewing, Oliver Breweries, and Copper Fox Distillery, but don’t bother trying to snag that last-minute reservation. It’s all sold out. Across town, Oyamel hosts a four-course mezcal-themed dinner as part of its two-week Tequila and Mezcal Festival. Price is $90 per person. All in all, an overwhelmingly liquored-up night on the town.

Coming up: more meatball specials on Friday to pass along. In addition to deals at Carmine’s and Casa NonnaSonoma on Capitol Hill is also celebrating National Meatball Day with $8 lamb balls, $13 meatball pizzas and other stuff.

For more info and other options, click on any link in the Y&H food events calendar above.

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