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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.
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.