The Week in Food Events: Guest Chefs at Graffiato and Mandu, 1789’s Summer Special, and a Crabcake Competition
Plus: a weekend lunch at Barboursville Vineyards.
Industry night: You’ll get a taste of Baltimore and Boston at Graffiato’s monthly industry night on Monday, starting at 10. Complimentary snacks come courtesy of Pabu chefs Chris Ford and Jonah Kim—as well as Jamie Bissonnette of Beantown’s Toro and Coppa—while sake master Tiffany Soto provides specialty drinks.
Summer special: Chef Anthony Lombardo launches a summertime deal at 1789 on Monday: a four-course tasting menu priced at $50 per person with a $20 optional wine pairing. Dishes are seasonal, but you might find plates such as scallops with crispy lobster grits and truffles or braised beef short ribs. The special is offered Monday through Thursday from 6 to 10 and Friday from 6 to 11, and runs through September 13.
Benefit dinner: Share Our Strength cohosts a high-dollar fundraising dinner at Range on Tuesday benefiting the No Kid Hungry Campaign. The event starts at 6 with a cocktail reception, followed by a multi-course meal. Tickets start at $500 and are available online.
Special brews: Head to Meridian Pint on Wednesday starting at 5 for a number of specialty drafts from Boulevard Brewing Company, Dogfish Head, and Sierra Nevada. Each beer’s brewer or owner will be present to chat.
Pinot 101: Fiola continues its monthly wine class series on Thursday from 5:30 to 7 with a course on Pinot Noir. You’ll taste bottles from the US, France, Italy, and New Zealand alongside bites from chef Fabio Trabocchi. Reservations are $85, and should be made by calling 202-628-2888.
Book signing: Author/chef/advocate Barton Seaver signs copies of his newest book, Where There’s Smoke: Simple, Sustainable, Delicious Grilling on Saturday at Salt & Sundry from 1 to 2:30. Just in time for Father’s Day!
Run for the carnations: Acadiana hosts a party for the last Triple Crown race on Saturday during the Belmont Stakes. Catch the horses on the big screen while eating and drinking $5 specials such as short-rib sliders and a Belmont Breeze cocktail.
Chefs get crabby: The American Institute of Wine & Food cohosts the eighth annual crabcake competition on Sunday at the Source from noon to 3. Eight top toques including Jeff Black of the Black Restaurant Group and Woodberry Kitchen’s Spike Gjerde compete to create the best crabcake. Tickets are $70, and include tastes of the cakes, oysters, and beer and wine.
Dine amongst the vines: Get out of town on Sunday for a special lunch from Al Dente chef Roberto Donna at Barboursville Vineyards in Virginia wine country. The four-course meal is paired with the property wines, and is $95 per person.
Happy birthday, Mama Lee: Mandu chef Yesoo Lee celebrates her birthday soon, and her kids and fellow Washington toques are giving her the day off to celebrate. Head to the K Street location on Sunday at 7 for a collaborative family-style dinner from the chefs at Pabu, the Source, and more, with half of the proceeds benefiting the DC Youth Orchestra Program. Reservations are $50, and should be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy birthday, Israel: The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington celebrates Israel’s 65th birthday at Union Market on Sunday from noon to 5. You’ll find Israeli artisans and vendors, an Israeli beer and wine garden, and plenty of Jewish food in addition to live entertainment.