The Week in Food Events: Fourth of July Guide, Jackie’s BBQ & Bake Off, and Graffiato Industry Night

Plus a brewmaster dinner at Birch & Barley.

Bring your best baked good to Jackie's on Sunday for the BBQ & Bake Off. Image via Shutterstock.

Brew dinner: Meet brewmaster Sebastian Sauer from Freigeist Bierkultur of Cologne, Germany, on Monday during a beer dinner at Birch & Barley. The restaurant will prepare a five-course meal to pair alongside seven of his craft beers—look for dishes such as tagliatelle with braised pork belly and sauerbraten beef neck. Dinner ($73 per person) starts at 7, and reservations are a must.

Taste of the garden: Vegetarians and veggie lovers, take note: Bibiana launches its new Il Giardino menu on Monday. The four-course vegetarian meal ($48 per person) includes summery dishes such as Tuscan tomato-bread soup, house-made pasta with zucchini and squash blossoms, and mixed berries with strawberry sorbet. The offer runs until September.

Industry night (for charity): Monday marks another Graffiato industry night, this time with guest chefs from Roanoke’s River and Rail as well as Cypress in Charleston. They’ll be whipping up gratis eats from 10 to 1. Duane Sylvestre from Bourbon Steak is the man behind the cocktails. Partial proceeds from the evening (including a $10 cover charge) go toward Taste of Hope.

Independence day: Restaurant events are fairly light this week given the national holiday, but you can do more than make up for it on Thursday with plenty of foodie fun. Check out our July Fourth guide for grilling and cocktail recipes, holiday brunch spots, barbecue parties, and more.

Happy beery birthday: In honor of its third anniversary, Rockville’s Baying Hound Aleworks hosts a three-day celebration Friday through Sunday from noon to 10. Attractions include $6 pints and a dunk tank—free beer awaits those with good aim.

More meats: Keep the Fourth of July barbecue vibes going on Sunday at Jackie’s during its third annual BBQ & Bake Off from 1 to 5. Meet newish chef Adam Harvey, who’ll serve smoked Texas-style brisket, ribs, steak, and other grilled treats. There’s also a baked goods contest; submit your dish by 4 to participate. The event is $20, all-you-can-eat, and kids under ten dine for free.

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.