Thursday, July 14
Happy Bastille day! There are lots of Francophile celebrations today, which you can check out in our roundup here.
The National Zoo's annual Brew at the Zoo event, which runs from 6 to 9, features samples from more than 40 local and national microbreweries, including Abita, Leinenkugel's, Starr Hill, and Port City Brewing Company. Click here to purchase tickets ($65 general admission; $50 FONZ members); a portion of sales goes toward animal care, education, and other programs at the zoo. Cash tickets are also available at the door. Visit the event Web site for more details.
Friday, July 15
Today is the start of Belgian Restaurant Week, during which nine restaurants—including Brasserie Beck, Marcel's, and Granville Moore's—and the Embassy of Belgium are hosting events. Tonight's launch features prix fixe menus at all of the participating restaurants (click here for the list). Other festivities include tomorrow's mussel competition at Eastern Market (a $5 entrance fee includes a beer and bowl of bivalves), and Belgian chocolate paired with Veuve Cliquot Champagne at some restaurants on July 18. Visit the Web site for a complete list of events.
The second Truckeroo food-truck gathering is happening today from from 11 to 9 across from the Navy Yard Metro. Get grub from the Red Hook Lobster truck, Takorean, Curbside Cupcakes, and more (click here for the full list) while listening to live tunes.
Saturday, July 16
Aspiring gardeners can check out Temple Garden's (1750 15th St., NW) open house from 10 to 4. There'll be hors d'oeuvres, based on ingredients grown and harvested from the garden, cooked by local green thumbs. There'll also be stations set up for kids to touch, see, smell, and taste the various plants grown nearby. Visit the Facebook page for more information.
Sunday, July 17
Red, White & Bleu in Falls Church is holding a cheddar-focused cheese class at 1 PM. Participants will sample eight farmstead cheddars, each with a wine pairing, and learn about the flavor profiles along with lessons on the cheesemaking process, the history of the cheese in the US, and the comeback of artisanal cheddars. For reservations ($25 per person), call 703-533-9463. Visit the shop's Web site for more details.
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