The Week in Food Events: More Wine Tastings Than You Can Handle (Probably)

Plus: A Sweetlife Food Flashback, a Rooftop Barbecue, and a Taste of Mount Vernon.

Snacks from Luke's Lobster should calm the crowd at the Wine Riot. Photograph by Joshua Yospyn.

Want to watch the Caps game with the Rogue 24 folks? They’re reliving all the taco and hot dog glory from the Sweetlife Festival (check out the food porn here) tonight in Blagden Alley outside the restaurant. Enjoy the same “haute” dogs and carnitas tacos they served at the festival (now $6 each instead of the jacked-up venue pricing of $10). You bring a plate, a chair, and whatever you want to drink. Contact the restaurant for more details.

Heart’s Delight, a series of wine tastings, dinners, and auctions benefiting the American Heart Association, starts this Wednesday and runs through Saturday with plenty of big-ticket events. Ambassadorial residences will host dinner with top-tier chefs and winemakers on Thursday; there’s an $1,000 black-tie vintners’ dinner on Friday; and a grand tasting and auction takes place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on Saturday.

Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits is hosting its biggest event to date on Friday from 5 to 8 PM with California-based Jaqk Cellars. Seven wines are available to taste, and there will be discounts if you want to purchase bottles and/or have the vino delivered to your house the next day for a weekend get-together. Firehook Bakery is providing snacks.

This Saturday, Wine Riot will draw a crowd to DAR Hall; said crowd will then be “unleashed against” 50 wines. Given that photo booths, deejays, and temporary tattoos are part of the entertainment, expect these rioters to fall in the 21-to-28-and-feeling-old category. Tickets are $50, and can be purchased online for two slots: 1 to 5 PM and 7 to 11 PM. Don’t forget to eat something, young drinkers–there will be food from vendors such as Luke’s Lobster and Cabot.

Been meaning to try out restaurants in Mount Vernon Triangle like Kushi and Sixth Engine? Hit them all at once on Saturday from 2 to 5 PM at the Taste of Mount Vernon Triangle, where nine eateries are offering samples of appetizers, entrées, and drinks for $20 (online, or $30 at the will-call table at Fifth and K streets, Northwest).

Saturday is also, of course, Cinco de Mayo. Here’s a list of places boasting specials and discounts. 

The admission options for the fifth annual National Harbor Wine & Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday are on the way to selling out, so if you’re interested, buy tickets online soon (prices vary). Activities include unlimited wine tasting, cooking demos, live music, and a variety of eats.

If the forecast stays warm and a little sunny, you’ll want to head to Eventide Restaurant in Arlington at 4 PM for the first of many Sunday rooftop barbecues. The $30 entrance fee gets you barbecue chicken, grilled brats, burgers, sides, cobbler, and more, alongside samples of bourbon (beers, spiked and unspiked lemonade, and sweet tea are extra). Kids under 10 are free with an accompanying adult. No reservations are required, but call (703) 276-3165 for more information.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.