The Week in Food Events: Scotch and Oysters at Black Jack, Crystal City Wine Fest, and Beery Times at ChurchKey

Plus Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue celebrates its final days.

Say farewell to summer at the last of Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecues at the National Building Museum. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Gentiles welcome: Dino is still in summer Restaurant Week spirit, offering a three-course, “You don’t have
to be Jewish” tasting through
Thursday. The menu features Italian-Jewish dishes and recipes from owner
Dean Gold’s family.

Beery events: Puns aside, there’s plenty on tap at
ChurckKey this week.
Tuesday brings a Perennial Artisan Ales cask takeover, while you’ll find a Goose Island “migration
week extravaganza” on
Wednesday starting at 4 with rare bottles and drafts from the Chicago-based brewery. Head over
Saturday for the DC celebration of Cantillon Zwanze Day, where
special drafts and taste of the Zwanze 2013 will be available starting at noon.

Bye-bye, Backyard Barbecue: Hill Country’s
pop-up at the
National Building Museum enjoys its final days this week, starting on
Thursday with outdoor live-band karaoke from the Harikaraoke Band from 5:30 to 8:30; gear
up for singing with specials like pit-smoked brisket. The festivities culminate on

Saturday for the last session from noon to 9.

Viva Mexico: Celebrate Mexican Independence Day
Friday through
Sunday at
Special dishes and drinks for dinner and brunch include the likes of menudo, a tripe
soup said to cure hangovers, and braised pork tamales.

Turkish delight: The American Turkish Association brings
Turkish Restaurant Week back to Washington, starting
Friday and running through Monday, September 23. Participating restaurants, including
Zaytinya and
Cafe Divan, offer
three-course lunches for $18 and $30 four-course dinners, alongside other specials.
Check out the full lineup on the event site.

Whisky and bivalves: Fancy Scotch and oysters?
Black Jack hosts a tasting of both on
Saturday from 3 to 5, where the shellfish will be paired with blended Scotch whiskeys, such
as Kumamoto oysters and Compass Box Asyla. Beers and snacks are also available. Tickets
are $45 and available online.

Pop-up alert: Hopefully
Gristle, the new restaurant by former Pig chef
Garret Fleming, tastes better than it sounds. Find out for yourself starting on
Sunday, when the toque hosts a three-day pop-up at the charcuterie shop
3 Little Pigs. Call the market 202-726-0102 for more information about the meal, which consists
of seven courses for $85 per person.

Outdoor wine fest: Head to downtown
Crystal City on
Sunday for
Sip & Salsa, an al fresco wine festival
featuring varietals from Spain, Portugal, Argentina, and more. You’ll also find live
music, salsa dancing, and fare from local eateries. Tickets are $20 for the full tasting.

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.