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The Week in Food Events: Scotch and Oysters at Black Jack, Crystal City Wine Fest, and Beery Times at ChurchKey

Plus Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue celebrates its final days.

Say farewell to summer at the last of Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecues at the National Building Museum. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Gentiles welcome: Dino is still in summer Restaurant Week spirit, offering a three-course, “You don’t have to be Jewish” tasting through Thursday. The menu features Italian-Jewish dishes and recipes from owner Dean Gold’s family.

Beery events: Puns aside, there’s plenty on tap at ChurckKey this week. Tuesday brings a Perennial Artisan Ales cask takeover, while you’ll find a Goose Island “migration week extravaganza” on Wednesday starting at 4 with rare bottles and drafts from the Chicago-based brewery. Head over on Saturday for the DC celebration of Cantillon Zwanze Day, where special drafts and taste of the Zwanze 2013 will be available starting at noon.

Bye-bye, Backyard Barbecue: Hill Country’s pop-up at the National Building Museum enjoys its final days this week, starting on Thursday with outdoor live-band karaoke from the Harikaraoke Band from 5:30 to 8:30; gear up for singing with specials like pit-smoked brisket. The festivities culminate on Saturday for the last session from noon to 9.

Viva Mexico: Celebrate Mexican Independence Day Friday through Sunday at Oyamel. Special dishes and drinks for dinner and brunch include the likes of menudo, a tripe soup said to cure hangovers, and braised pork tamales.

Turkish delight: The American Turkish Association brings Turkish Restaurant Week back to Washington, starting Friday and running through Monday, September 23. Participating restaurants, including Zaytinya and Cafe Divan, offer three-course lunches for $18 and $30 four-course dinners, alongside other specials. Check out the full lineup on the event site.

Whisky and bivalves: Fancy Scotch and oysters? Black Jack hosts a tasting of both on Saturday from 3 to 5, where the shellfish will be paired with blended Scotch whiskeys, such as Kumamoto oysters and Compass Box Asyla. Beers and snacks are also available. Tickets are $45 and available online.

Pop-up alert: Hopefully Gristle, the new restaurant by former Pig chef Garret Fleming, tastes better than it sounds. Find out for yourself starting on Sunday, when the toque hosts a three-day pop-up at the charcuterie shop 3 Little Pigs. Call the market 202-726-0102 for more information about the meal, which consists of seven courses for $85 per person.

Outdoor wine fest: Head to downtown Crystal City on Sunday for Sip & Salsa, an al fresco wine festival featuring varietals from Spain, Portugal, Argentina, and more. You’ll also find live music, salsa dancing, and fare from local eateries. Tickets are $20 for the full tasting.

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