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This Week’s Food Events: Olympics Specials, Hula at Hank’s, Vegan Dinners

Plus: Watch “Top Chef Masters” with former contestant Art Smith, and hit an Alexandria dinner featuring a lot of beer.

Art and Soul hosts a Top Chef Masters viewing party this Wednesday. Photograph courtesy of Art and Soul.

Eat Like an Olympian: Yes, there are some healthy promotions going down for the games—egg-white omelet at the Madison, anyone?—but mainly you’ll find yourself sipping martinis at the Ritz, snacking on Welsh rarebit at Johnny’s Half Shell, and enjoying other indulgences that have nothing to do with athletics. Check out our full list of specials here.

Alexandria Beer Dinner: Port City and Virtue Feed & Grain are pairing up to host a four-course beer dinner on Tuesday at 7 in Cathal Armstrong’s casual pub. Meet the brewmasters and come hungry for dishes like arctic char rillettes and beef rib eye with creamed leeks. Call 571-970-3669 or e-mail for reservations ($65 per person).

Actual Reality TV: Get that extra dose of reality on Wednesday at Art and Soul, where you can watch Top Chef Masters with TCM celeb contestant Art Smith. In addition to the regular Wednesday crab boil, there’s an extended happy hour at the ArtBar with $4 brews and $7 wines and cocktails, plus complimentary bar snacks.

Pop-Up Toque: Miss chef Amy Brandwein’s cooking after the Casa Nonna shutter? You’ll find her at Cork Market and Tasting Room on Thursday at 7 preparing a five-course, market-driven Italian dinner paired with Italian wines. The dinner is $50, or $90 with wine pairings, and spaces can be reserved by phone (202-265-2675) or by e-mail.

Hula at Hank’s: Hank’s Oyster Bar in Dupont teams up with the Hula Girl Truck for a Saturday luau from 11 AM to 3 PM, complete with tiki drinks, all-you-can-eat suckling pig, macaroni salad, shrimp skewers, and more. Purchase tickets ($75) online, or follow us on Twitter to find out how you can snag two for free.

Vegan Dinners: We already lost some of you with those two words, but for the rest, Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats is starting a series of Wednesday night suppers made with organic ingredients from local farmers markets, plus desserts from Doron Petersan’s new cookbook. This week kicks off with a taco night featuring dishes such as mushroom ceviche, “chorizo” poblano, and chocolate in cinnamon phyllo pockets.

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  • Congrats Nap!!! Have fun, this way you get luau and burgundy and gold! :D

  • Jessvoelker

    Thanks to everyone who played. Really great entries! We loved the poems/haiku and all the personal stories but in the end it was nap won us over. Nap, please send your full name/address/phone number to and we will get you your tickets.

  • nap

    I would love to win tickets so I can surprise my boyfriend - he split time growing up in Hawaii and Connecticut (of all combinations) and he hasn't had a chance to visit his tutu (grandma) who has since retired there, in over a year! He misses Hawaii like crazy. He talked up plate lunch for months before *poof* Hula Girl premiered and he swears the mac is legit and always tried to go early before the spam masubi are sold out. We just moved in together, and between moving costs and tickets to the Skins home opener, I just cant afford 2 tix to this. (Only the burgundy and gold could top this, hope you understand.) He would be writing an even more enthusiastic response if he knew about this drawing, but I wanted to try and surprise him. Take my word for it, he deserves it!

  • Leanne

    I was going to spend time writing a cooler poem,
    but I just found out the contest ends at one
    Now I have just enough time to write a subpar poem,
    So I can get back to getting more work done

    p.s. Hula at Hank’s will be a great way to take a break from this endless data entry!

  • Admichel

    My fiance and I should win the luau tickets because we have been without AC since this weekend due to an isolated Pepco brownout shorted out our unit. After multiple nights of trying (and failing) to sleep in a muggy 90 degree bed, we could use some reprieve in the form of pig and tiki drinks. Our house is as hot as a deserted island as it is...

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