The Week in Food Events: Guest Chefs at Graffiato and Mandu, 1789’s Summer Special, and a Crabcake Competition

Plus: a weekend lunch at Barboursville Vineyards.

Eight chefs vie to create the best crabcakes this weekend at the Source. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Industry night: You’ll get a taste of Baltimore and Boston at
monthly industry night on
Monday, starting at 10. Complimentary snacks come courtesy of Pabu chefs
Chris Ford and
Jonah Kim—as well as Jamie Bissonnette of Beantown’s Toro and Coppa—while sake master
Tiffany Soto provides
specialty drinks.

Summer special: Chef
Anthony Lombardo launches a summertime deal at
1789 on
Monday: a four-course tasting menu priced at $50 per person with a $20 optional wine pairing.
Dishes are seasonal, but you might find plates such as scallops with crispy lobster
grits and truffles or braised beef short ribs. The special is offered Monday through
Thursday from 6 to 10 and Friday from 6 to 11, and runs through September 13.

Benefit dinner: Share Our Strength cohosts a high-dollar fundraising dinner at
Range on

Tuesday benefiting the No Kid Hungry Campaign. The event starts at 6 with a cocktail reception,
followed by a multi-course meal. Tickets start at $500 and are available online.

Special brews: Head to
Meridian Pint on
Wednesday starting at 5 for a number of specialty drafts from Boulevard Brewing Company, Dogfish Head, and Sierra Nevada. Each beer’s brewer
or owner will be present to chat.

Pinot 101:
Fiola continues its monthly wine class series on
Thursday from 5:30 to 7 with a course on Pinot Noir. You’ll taste bottles from the US, France,
Italy, and New Zealand alongside bites from chef Fabio Trabocchi. Reservations are
$85, and should be made by calling 202-628-2888.

Book signing: Author/chef/advocate
Barton Seaver signs copies of his newest book,
Where There’s Smoke: Simple, Sustainable, Delicious Grilling on
Saturday at
Salt & Sundry from 1 to 2:30. Just in time for Father’s Day!

Run for the carnations:
Acadiana hosts a party for the last Triple Crown race on
Saturday during the Belmont Stakes. Catch the horses on the big screen while eating and drinking
$5 specials such as short-rib sliders and a Belmont Breeze cocktail.

Chefs get crabby: The American Institute of Wine & Food cohosts the eighth annual crabcake competition on
Sunday at the
Source from noon to 3. Eight top toques including
Jeff Black of the Black Restaurant Group and Woodberry Kitchen’s

Spike Gjerde compete to create the best crabcake. Tickets are $70, and include tastes of the cakes,
oysters, and beer and wine.

Dine amongst the vines: Get out of town on
Sunday for a special lunch from Al Dente chef
Roberto Donna at
Barboursville Vineyards in Virginia wine country. The four-course meal is paired with the property wines,
and is $95 per person.

Happy birthday, Mama Lee:
Mandu chef
Yesoo Lee celebrates her birthday soon, and her kids and fellow Washington toques are giving
her the day off to celebrate. Head to the K Street location on
Sunday at 7 for a collaborative family-style dinner from the chefs at Pabu,
the Source,
and more, with half of the proceeds benefiting the DC Youth Orchestra Program. Reservations
are $50, and should be made by e-mailing

Happy birthday, Israel: The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington celebrates Israel’s 65th birthday at
Union Market on
Sunday from noon to 5. You’ll find Israeli artisans and vendors, an Israeli beer and wine
garden, and plenty of Jewish food in addition to live entertainment.

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.