The Week in Food Events: Inaugural Festivities, Pigs ’n’ Pinot, and a Graffiato Dinner Series

Plus: A grand-opening party at Suna.
Celebrate Suna’s grand opening with both Voltaggio brothers. Photograph by Dakota Fine.

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
“ham bar,” the 12-course menu ($85 per person) features the likes of chicken “oysters”
with Osetra caviar. E-mail for reservations up to a month in

Swine and wine: There’s only a few seats left for
Jackson 20’s annual Pigs ’n’
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 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,

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.


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