Tuesday, July 14
Bastille Day is officially upon us! Celebrate la fête nationale the culinary way with a roundup of French-themed foodie events:
You’ll find live accordion music, grilled French specialties, and crepe and ice-cream stations at Café du Parc during both lunch (noon to 2) and dinner (6 to 9).
Central Michel Richard gets in on the party with a French prix fixe menu ($55 per person), live music, and complimentary gougères (cheese puffs) for every diner. Reservations are available from 5:30 to 10:30. For more information call 202-626-0015.
A three-course Celebrate the Revolutions prix fixe dinner ($35 per person) is on offer at Bastille. Pay homage to both the American and French uprisings by mixing and matching dishes from both sides of the Atlantic—everything from steak frites to blackberry upside-down cake. Call 703-519-3776 for reservations.
Napoleon Bistro puts a youthful spin on the holiday with a slew of specials. Wear red, white, and blue to the restaurant and you’ll be served free Champagne until that faux French accent begins to slur. There’ll also be buy-one-get-one free deals on French fries and Bayonne ham/Gruyère tater tots. Call 202-299-9630 for reservations.
Old Town’s Fontaine Caffe & Creperie (119 S. Royal St., Alexandria) has hourly trivia (with edible and wearable prizes) plus a two-course prix fixe menu with cider ($15.95 for lunch and $19.95 for dinner). Call 703-535-8151 for reservations.
Wednesday, July 15
Phil Greene from the Museum of the American Cocktail hosts a night dedicated to the favorite cocktails of Ernest Hemingway and his iconic characters. You’ll learn how to make such drinks as Death in the Afternoon (a mix of Champagne and absinthe) and listen to excerpts, anecdotes, and more about the literary hero. The event runs from 6:45 to 8:45 at the National Museum of the American Indian. It’s $45 for Smithsonian members, $65 general admission. Click here for tickets.
Thursday, July 16
Oyamel chef Joe Raffa holds a free demonstration of his Mexican squash-blossom recipes. It’ll begin at the Penn Quarter FreshFarm Market (Eighth St., NW, between D and E sts.) at 4.
It's mix your own wine night at Morton's. The steakhouse's Crystal City branch (1750 Crystal Dr., Arlington) hosts the Fransciscan Wine Blending Seminar, where guests can snack on appetizers as they experiment with concocting their own libations. The event, $45 (tax and gratuity included), runs from 6 to 7:30. RSVP to Kim Christensen at 703-418-1444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, July 17
Capitol Hill’s Belga Café celebrates Belgian Independence Day with Blondes Have More Fun, during which the staff will don blond wigs and the bar will serve two specialty blond-beer cocktails. Leffe Blonde and Hoegaarden will be on special all day.
Saturday, July 18
Foodie parents take note—Art and Soul is offering a “Baby Food for the Soul” class today at 11. Learn how to make meals for your toddler with surprisingly nutritious ingredients such as lavender and cayenne pepper, and take home the recipes. There’ll also be tips on foods to avoid with your child. Get tickets ($35) here.
Take a taste-oriented tour of Adams Morgan, sampling bites from Bukom Cafe (Ghanaian), Jyoti (Indian), Napoleon (French), and Bardia’s New Orleans Cafe (Cajun). Washington guidebook author Anthony Pitch leads the tour, which runs from 2 to 5:15; meet in front of SunTrust Bank (southwest corner of Columbia Rd. and 18th St., NW). Call 202-633-3030 during regular business hours for tickets, which are $76 each.
Sunday, July 19
Hungry Cubs and Nats fans will want to head to the Bullpen (N and Half sts., SE, across from the main entrance to Nationals Park) before today’s big game. The park will feature a Bud Light beer garden for the 21-and-over crowd, game tents for the little ones, live music, hot dogs and sausages on the grill, and food from local vendors such as Surfside, Rocklands, and Colonial Kettle Corn. Get in on the fun two hours before the 1:35 game time. For more information, click here.
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