Hidden gems: Mike Isabella and sous chef Adam Brick are taking inspiration from scarce ingredients for their newly launched Gem Tasting Menu. Held every Sunday and Monday at 8 for six guests at Graffiato’s “ham bar,” the 12-course menu ($85 per person) features the likes of chicken “oysters” with Osetra caviar. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations up to a month in advance.
Swine and wine: There’s only a few seats left for Jackson 20’s annual Pigs ’n’ Pinot dinner on Wednesday at 7, a five-course nose-to-tail feast paired with Pinot Noir. Local pig king Bev Eggleston of Eco-Friendly Foods provides the trotter, while Dmitri Corbet of Nice Legs Wine Distributors leads diners through the various pairings. Check out the menu and purchase tickets ($85 per person) on the CityEats event page.
See you at Suna: Chef-owner Johnny Spero’s covert Capitol Hill dining spot opened about a month ago, but the official debut party happens Wednesday at 6 with some big-name visiting talent. Spero is joined by Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, John Shields (formerly of Townhouse), and Alex Talbot (Ideas in Food) for a collaborative ten-course dinner with snacks and pairings. The space is small, so e-mail email@example.com for reservations soon ($175 per person).
Ciao, chef: Assaggi Mozzarella Bar in Bethesda hosts a special visitor on Monday: chef Simone Proietti-Pesci of Le Delizie del Borgo restaurant in the city of Bevagna, Italy. The five-course menu ($58 per person) is available from 4 to 10, with dishes such as eggplant with buffalo mozzarella and house-made pasta with beef ragu. Call 301-951-1988 for reservations.
Eat through inauguration: You know us and holidays—they’re just another excuse to eat and drink. Inauguration/Martin Luther King Day is no different. We have a full lineup of foodie activities in our Inauguration 2013 Guide, including the rundown on what local bars and restaurants are doing to celebrate; ten ways to eat like the President; takeout eats and drinks for hosting your own inauguration party (plus tips on good substitutes for the White House Honey Ale); and much more. Hail to the chief—and to the chefs, too.
Drink like a Chicagoan: Jack Rose starts the inaugural events early on Thursday with a “Yes, we can” Goose Island tap takeover. You’ll find $3.12 specials on the Chicago-based brewery’s canned beers from 5 to midnight, plus a few vintage brews and a tasting of rare imperial stouts from 6 to 10, hosted in the newly opened basement bar.