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This Week’s Food Events: Julia Child Feasts, Restaurant Week, and Melissa d’Arabian

Plus: Porc Out at Bourbon Steak and DC Beer Week.

Help rescue dogs when you eat at the Pig tonight. Photographs by Jeff Martin.

Dog Days: It’s officially the dog days of summer, which isn’t a bad thing tonight. All EatWell DC restaurants (Grillfish, Logan Tavern, Commissary, the Heights, and the Pig) are donating 15 percent of all food and drink tabs to City Dogs Rescue.

Beer Week: DC Beer Week officially started yesterday with a brews cruise, but there are still plenty of tap takeovers, pairing dinners, brewer meet-and-greets, and specials to check out before it wraps up on Saturday. Browse our list of activities, and check in with your favorite beer bars to see what they may have up their kegs.

Restaurant Weeks: Not one but two restaurant weeks are going down. DC restaurants run their $20.12 lunch and $35.12 dinner deals Monday through Sunday, while Alexandria eateries mainly focus on dinner with three-course prix-fixe meals for $35 per person, or a $35 dinner for two. Late to the reservation game? Check out our procrastinator’s guide for dining in the District.

Celeb Signer: Food Network host Melissa d’Arabian is signing copies of Ten Dollar Dinners at the Williams-Sonoma Mazza Gallerie location on Friday at 2 PM. The cookbook will cost you more than a Hamilton—$24.95, to be exact. Pre-purchase a copy over the phone or at the store in order to get it signed.

Julia Child’s Birthday: JC is being remembered this week on the anniversary of what would have been her 100th birthday (Wednesday). We mentioned a few ongoing specials in last week’s events, including a Julia-themed lunch club at Ris and the reinstallation of her kitchen at the National Museum of American History on Wednesday. Also recently brought to our attention: an homage to Julia at the Inn at Little Washington, featuring a menu ($168 per person) filled with dishes such as lobster à l’Américaine and baked Alaska.

National [fill in the blank] Day: This week we’re celebrating rum (as a change from other healthy things, like doughnuts, tequila, and burgers). To mark the occasion, Cuba Libre offers half off all rum and rum-based drinks on Thursday during “Caippy” hour from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.

Free tastings: The Butcher’s Block hosts two gratis tastings this week. First up on Monday are Oregon wines from the Biggio Hamina Winery with winemaker Todd Hamina, who’ll focus on Pinot Noirs for the 6 to 8 drop-in tasting. Then on Friday, in honor of DC Beer Week (see above), distributor Michael Zelechoski of Hop and Wine pours craft brews like Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale and Port City Optimal Wit alongside charcuterie snacks from 4:30 to 6:30. Like the tastes? Full bottles of all of the above are available to purchase.

Crab class: Saturday, BLT Steak kicks off its celebration of soft-shell crabs with a class on how to cook the local specialty. The tutorial runs from 12:30 to 3 PM and costs $100 per person—call Lindsey Greenbaum at 202-689-8989 to reserve. It’s also the debut night of a soft-shell menu, which the restaurant will be offering through August.

Pork out: Bourbon Steak hosts its third annual Porc Out on the restaurant’s back patio on Sunday from noon to 3 PM. There’s a whole roast pig, plus pork-shoulder tacos, Red Apron sausages, Thai-style pork ribs, a War Shore Oyster Company oyster bar, and plenty of sides. For dessert: soft-serve sundaes and the infamous spiked watermelon. Tickets ($50 for food only; $60 with drinks; $40 for children 12 and under) are available through Eventbrite.

  • jessvoelker

    Thanks to all who participated. There was a close second—that'd be you, Ad Much—but we have to reward Elise Bernard for her well-articulated pitch as well as the above-and-beyond factor of including an image. Elise, email me at and I'll get you in touch with BLT Steak to claim your prize.

  • Elise Bernard

    I'm an avid home cook. I only have a small galley kitchen, but I delight in turning out all sorts of food and drink for my friends. My current obsessions are curries, grilled oysters, a particular aromatic salmon dish, and fresh ginger beer. I enjoy experimenting and playing with new ingredients. I'd love to add soft-shell crab to my repertoire. If I got the tickets I'd bring a good friend of mine who often acts as my culinary partner in crime. I've attached a photo of my stove in action.

  • Ad Mich

    I would love the tickets to the crab class. My girlfriend actually sent me the link to it two days ago, but then our dog ended up sick and... several hundred dollars later I guess you could say the dog ate the crab money! She knows I love soft shells, and I'm starting to convert her too. She's beginning to order them out sometimes. I think she's most curious about the prepping and alternate cooking ideas on the BLT menu though. I cleaned and fried some at the start of the season and the kitchen looked like a crime scene and then smelled like fried crab for a week. Show me the ways of roasted crab!

  • Lauren C

    The soft shell crab class would be a perfect way to end our DC summer before my boyfriend has to go back to school next week! We bought soft shells in NC last year and had some trouble so we'd really love a lesson from the pros.

  • Kallie

    I'd like to win the tickets to the crab cooking class because I've never tried softshell crabs before! Please help me!

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