1789’s Summer Special, Swine and Wine, and Beard Trims and Gentleman Jack: The Week in Food Events

Plus: a fried chicken picnic at PS7's, sustainable seafood at the Smithsonian, and more.

A free pig (you have to buy a drink) happy hour debuts tonight at Society Fair. Photograph by Erik Uecke.

Today is the start of Swine and Wine happy hours at Society Fair. Buy a bottle or glass of wine indoors or on the patio between 5 and 7 on Mondays, and you can chow down on roast suckling pig for free.

Also debuting today is the Summer Special from 1789—a
$50, five-course tasting menu from chef Anthony Lombardo in
honor of the restaurant’s 50th anniversary. Pick three small dishes
from the soup, salad, half pasta, and cheese sections of the
menu, as well
as an entrée and dessert—quite a deal considering entrées alone can
cost $40 at the venerable Georgetown restaurant. The special is offered
Sunday through Thursday during regular hours; call 202-965-1789 for

Food-loving fashionistas can get their fix for a good cause at Citronelle on Wednesday evening during the Summer Hope event, a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Snack on passed hors d’oeuvres from chef Michel Richard and sip cocktails while MyDCStyle’s April Jones Firoozabadi presents resort wear, handbags, and accessories, all available for sale at the event through Saks Fifth Avenue. Tickets ($50 general admission, $100 VIP) can be purchased by calling Devon Dupay at 703-351-5171 or e-mailing.

Dudes, this one is for you: The Grooming Lounge is offering free services—including beard trims and nail buffing—on Thursday from 3 to 8 PM alongside cocktails from Gentleman Jack reps. The event is open to the public, but you have to RSVP.

The Smithsonian’s annual sustainable-seafood event is this Thursday at the Museum of Natural History, where chefs, bartenders, and activists come together to support the health of the world’s oceans. You’ll start off the evening with a cocktail reception in the Sant Ocean Hall with sustainable seafood hors d’oeuvres from chefs like Mike Isabella, Victor Albisu, and Ris Lacoste, followed by a seated dinner with wine pairings from co-chefs Scott Drewno and Richard Hetzler, who helms the Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe in the Museum of the American Indian. Tickets ($125) are available online.

We’re fans of PS 7’s casual bar fare, and as of Friday there’s another opportunity for a laid-back meal with the start of fried chicken Patio Picnics. Previously the buttermilk-brined birds were an off-menu special, but chef Peter Smith is offering them to the general public during lunch and dinner along with two or three sides (pasta salad, deviled eggs, slaw). It’s $19 for lunch and $27 for dinner; you can order it to go if you prefer your own patio.

EatBar has you covered for a beach proxy on Saturday with the return of the Big Backyard Beach Bash from noon to 3 PM. No sand, but you’ll find 20 bottles of summery wine, beachy treats like conch fritters, fish tacos, and crab sliders, and dogs from the Red Apron cart. The $25 ticket price includes all of the above, plus tropical tunes and a photo booth for documenting tipsy people in grass skirts.

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.