This Week’s Food Events: Snallygaster Beer Fest, Lamb Roast, Gin Class

Plus: try your hand at fat-washing cocktails.
Learn how to fat-wash drinks at Ripple on Saturday. Photograph by Elizabeth Parker.

Restaurant week alert:
Shirlington Village launches its Restaurant Week
Monday, and it’s more wallet-friendly than its area equivalents, with two-course lunches
and three-course dinners for $12 and $25, respectively. Browse the menus for eateries
such as Cheesetique online.

Street festival: Taste of DC takes over a stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue from noon to
7 on
Monday. Head over for lunch or dinner from 50-plus restaurants and food trucks, and a Stella
Artois-sponsored beer garden. The $10 admission includes a complimentary brew, wine,
soda, or water.

Gin tasting: Learn more about a local-ish gin at
Wisdom on
Tuesday at 7:30 PM with master distiller Robert Cassell from Philadelphia-based Bluecoat
Gin. The $10 tickets for the session include a Bluecoat
cocktail of your choice.

Get soulful: Cafe Saint-Ex
launches midweek soul
food specials to correspond with its basement club, Gate

spinning soul tunes. The series, called Pass the
, launches

Wednesday at 6 PM, and continues the second Wednesday of every month with music and dishes
like fried chicken, shrimp and grits, cornbread, and more.

Cute alert: Wines for Canines and Felines a tasting
and dinner to benefit the Montgomery County Humane Society, returns to
Thursday from 6:30 to 9 PM. A silent auction
includes culinary buys such as a Napa Valley
wine tour and dinner at local restaurants.

are $75 per person through cosponsor Paul’s Wines and Spirits.

Beer jamboree:
Snallygaster, a massive beer festival
from the Neighborhood
Restaurant Group folks (Birch &


etc.), hits
Yards Park on
Saturday from 1 to 5. More than 100 different brews from beer director Greg Engert are on
hand, including Oktoberfest lagers and German-style ales, plus live music, food, and
kids’ activities. Tickets start
at $25.

Fatwash away: Learn how to mix pork fat and bourbon the tasty way with a “fat-washing” cocktail
class at
Saturday from 3:30 to 5. Barman Josh Berner will take you through bacon-washed mezcal and
olive-oil-washed vodka. Reserve a seat by calling 202-244-7995 (admission is $45,

Free lobster buffet: Well, there aren’t actually crustaceans involved, but you’ll be too busy swing-dancing
to live tunes from the Free Lobster Buffet band to notice. Mixtress
Gina Chersevani teams up with the American Legion on Capitol Hill on
Saturday for an 1940s-style Boogie Woogie Dance Party
benefiting the USO ($35 per person). The tickets include an open bar and wines picked
by former Proof sommelier Sebastian Zutant.

Lamb roast: We’re fans of
brunch (check out our latest issue to see why), and the spot is taking it up a notch
Sunday with a whole lamb roast in addition to more classic brunch dishes and the BYO Bloody
Mary Bar. Radio hosts Nycci and David Nellis will be live-taping a broadcast of
Foodie & the Beast, in addition to other culinary-minded guests such as chef Patricia Jinich and Craig
Roberts from Virginia’s Border Springs Farm. Call 202-783-6060 to reserve a space
($35 per person).

Wine class: Spend a lazy
Sunday afternoon at
from 3 to 5, where Roanoke Valley Wine Company’s Robert McFarlane leads a course
on Oregon wines
. The $40 session includes a taste of five wines and antipasti. Call
202-588-7442 to reserve a space or e-mail


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