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The Week in Food Events: H Street Festival, All-You-Can-Eat BLT Steak, and Hank’s Oyster Luau
Plus “Moosewood Cookbook” author Mollie Katzen speaks at Sixth & I. By Anna Spiegel
Fans of barbecued meat and brown liquor should plan their weekend around Reston’s Beer, Barbecue & Bourbon Festival. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Comments () | Published September 17, 2013

Pop-up tavern: Get into the Oktoberfest spirit at Trummer’s on Main, which launched an Austrian-themed pop-up tavern on Monday in the third-floor gallery (running through October 31). Sausages, schnitzel, and wine and beer from Austria are in the mix.

Happy Birthday, Tryst: The longtime Adams Morgan favorite turns 15 this month, and is celebrating this week through Monday, September 30. On the schedule: $1.50 cups of coffee (Tryst’s 1998 opening price), throwback menu items—Swedish Fish served in a large martini glass, anyone?—and more.

All-you-can-eat steak: Need we say more? BLT Steak hosts a charity soiree on Tuesday from 6 to 11 to bid farewell to summer and raise money for the National Children’s Hospital. Five local chefs, including 1789’s Anthony Lombardo and R.J. Cooper of Rogue 24 will tend grills laden with meats, seafood, and veggies. You’ll also find a popover station and a bar serving a variety of beers, wines, punches, and cocktails. Entry is $86, and can be reserved by calling 202-689-8989.

Mash tour: The Brooklyn Brewery-sponsored Mash tour hits the District with a full lineup of events starting Tuesday. Sessions play to a range of interests, from a secret Chaos Cooking supper club on Tuesday to a talk over beers with author Tracie McMillan on Saturday. Events are priced individually.

Cookbook conversation: Renowned Moosewood Cookbook author Mollie Katzen speaks at Sixth & I on Tuesday. The discussion is based on her latest vegetarian cookbook, The Heart of the Plate, a collection of 250 recipes with an emphasis on “unfussy” preparations. Tickets start at $15, or $40 for a ticket and copy of the book.

Birds of a feather: The Source throws an avian-themed event on Wednesday from 7 to 10: Duck, Duck, Grey Goose, a canard and martini party. Eight guest chefs, including Daikaya’s Katsuya Fukushima and Mike Isabella (Graffiato, Kapnos) will prepare duck dishes from their various cuisines, all to be paired with Grey Goose martinis and local beers. Tickets are $99 online.

Dog days of fall: Grab your pooch and get out of the house for two dog-friendly events this week. First up is a Paws in the Park happy hour on Wednesday at the Park Hyatt from 6 to 8, benefiting the Washington Animal Rescue League. The $14 tickets include two drinks and dog treats. Come Sunday you can head over to Crystal City for Pups & Pilsners, a dog-friendly outdoor beer fest. The $25 passes include six tasting tickets and a token for a full beer.

H Street Festival: The ever-growing H Street Festival returns on Saturday, and you can expect a bigger-than-ever event this year. Most of the restaurants and bars on the strip will participate with events and specials—think a water-ice-eating contest from Taylor Charles Steak & Ice—as well as live music, performances, and more.

’Cue and whiskey fest: The national Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival makes its Washington stop at the Reston Town Center on Saturday. Tickets (starting at $35 for regular admission) include unlimited samples of 40 bourbons and 60 draft beers, live music, and presentations from chefs and distillers. Hearty plates of barbecue are available for an additional cost.

Oyster luau: The Dupont flagship of Hank’s Oyster Bar hosts a luau Saturday starting at 11. Dress in your Hawaiian best for all-you-can-eat grilled oysters, whole suckling pig, shrimp, sides, and more. Tickets are available online for $75 and include six drink tickets for tiki-themed cocktails.

Italian cooking class: Newly opened Osteria Marzano launches a series of cooking classes with chef Carmine Marzano on Saturday, starting with a course geared toward pasta lovers. The 11 AM class includes instruction on how to make dishes such as short-rib ravioli and tagliolini with fresh tomato sauce, and is followed by lunch with complimentary Champagne. The class is $85 per person.

Oysterstock: Poste hosts its annual Oysterstock party on Sunday from 3 to 6, benefiting the Oyster Recovery Partnership. The spread includes a variety of oyster preparations, spit-roasted pig, Border Springs lamb and clams, local beers, and a specialty gin rickey on tap. Tickets are $85 per person.

Slow food victors: Slow Food DC hosts the third annual Snail of Approval party at Jackson 20 on Sunday from 2 to 5. Celebrate the latest winners during a reception and pig roast starring a whole hog, a taco bar, and various desserts and sides. General admission tickets are $55.

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