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The Week in Food Events: Patrick O’Connell at Rogue 24, Lemonade for a Cause, Rosés at Johnny’s Half Shell
Plus: DC Restaurant Week 2012 extensions and Churchkey’s international invasion. By Anna Spiegel
Cheese school is in session at Seasonal Pantry this week. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.
Comments () | Published August 20, 2012

Inn at Little Washington at Rogue 24: So this one doesn't happen until September 11, but you need to buy tickets in the next two days. Inn at Little Washington chef Patrick O’Connell is teaming up with RJ Cooper on a 24-course meal for the ages. It'll cost you—$800 for two people; $1,600 for four—but how many chances to you get to eat O’Connell's renowned dishes so close to home? Available through Gilt City.

Dining deals forever: DC Restaurant Week officially ended this past Sunday, but there are a number of restaurants—top-tier and casual alike—that are extending the special deals. Across the river, Alexandria Restaurant Week is in full swing through Sunday, with most eateries offering $35 three-course dinners per person or $35 meals for two.

Beer week, also still going strong (at ChurchKey): The ever-zealous beer nerds at this 14th Street beer mecca see DC Beer Week and raise it a month. Keep the good times flowing with the “international invasion” this week, starting with a showcase of Swiss craft brews today.

Drink pink: Through August, Johnny’s Half Shell is offering ten old- and new-world rosé wines by the glass and bottle for 25 percent off. The restaurant is also featuring a special pairing menu of small bites ($3 each or $11 for all four): spicy grilled chicken wings, smoked-fish spread, grilled calamari and arugula, and Provençal pork stew.

Lemonade for a cause: Monday is National Lemonade Day, but instead of the regular discounts and promos, several restaurants are offering lemony beverages and donating proceeds to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization that raises money to fight childhood cancer. Hill Country and Carmine’s set up dueling lemonade stands with $1 drinks from 11 to 4—­the boozy renditions can be found inside both eateries. Other specials include a lemonade “Jell-O” at Rosa Mexicano, and a bourbon-spiked lemonade cocktail at Granville Moore’s.

Cheese and beer: Cheese wiz Carolyn Stromberg hosts an end-of-summer course at Seasonal Pantry Monday at 7 PM (and again the following Monday, August 27). You’ll learn how to mix up a few shandies while tasting six cheeses alongside three craft brews. Sign up for the $49 course online.

Locavore wine dinner: Wildfire in Tysons Galleria features a five-course menu paired with wines from Barboursville Vineyards on Tuesday starting at 6:30 PM. Locally sourced dishes include oysters Rockefeller, pan-fried rockfish, and artisanal Virginia cheeses ($75 per person). Call 703-442-9110 for reservations.

The three Bs: Capitol City Brewing Company’s Shirlington location is throwing a Beer & Burger Bash on Wednesday from 4 to 9 . The patio party includes specials such as $3.50 pints, $6 brats and burgers, and $5 margaritas.

Food trucks and beer: The Funky Fresh Foodie Fest takes over the Half and M Street fairgrounds on Saturday from 1 to 9, and tickets are still available. What you’ll find: food truck eats pared with craft brews, mussels from Granville Moore’s chef Teddy Folkman, live music, and the DC Karaoke Invitational, among other festivities.

Another crab feast: Sonoma hosts a crab feast on Sunday with two seatings: one at 5 and another at 7. The $35 price tag includes all-you-can-eat local crabs, pork ribs, hushpuppies, and slaw. PBR tallboys and Belgian Fat Tire will cost you extra, but not much ($4 and $5, respectively). Call 202-544-8088 for reservations.

Sunday suppers: Cashion’s is offering a special barbecue-style menu Sundays in August, which means yet another fried chicken night to try. The $30 deal includes three courses and a bourbon-blackberry punch. Call 202-797-1819 for reservations.

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