The Week in Food Events: Mardi Gras, BLT Steak’s Birthday Bash, and 2 Beer Fests

Plus a talk with the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten.

Get in the Mardi Gras spirit by ordering a king cake for tomorrow’s festivities. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Industry takeover: Graffiato’s monthly industry takeover adopts a tattoo theme on Monday, and will go forward despite the snow. The first 20 guests receive a copy of Eat Ink, a book that features tatted toques, some of whom will be part of the night’s events. Partial proceeds from the $10 door donation benefit Oyster Recovery.

Mardi Gras: It certainly doesn’t feel like Louisiana weather, but many Mardi Gras festivities are still planned for Tuesday. Check our roundup of parties, restaurants serving king cakes, Sazeracs, po’ boys, and more. You may want to call and make sure events are going ahead as planned.

Rooftop concert: The W Hotel’s rooftop bar, P.O.V., hosts the local band U.S. Royalty, who’ll play a free concert while DC Brau serves its new specialty brew aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. The concert starts at 9 and there’s no admission charge, but you can RSVP at

Frederick Restaurant Week: Head to Frederick for its Restaurant Week, Tuesday through March 9. Eateries including Ayse, Family Meal, and more offer $15.14 lunches and $20.14 dinners.

Happy birthday, BLT: We think of BLT Steak as a splurge spot, but it’s lowering its prices on Monday* for its tenth birthday celebration. Many items are offered for just $3.03, including cocktails, select appetizers, and all sides and desserts. Indulgent entrées like Dover sole, lobster, and filet are discounted to $33.04.

Wine dinner: Napa Valley’s Newton Winery teams up with Blue Duck Tavern for a special wine dinner on Wednesday at 7. The four-course meal is $140 per person; reserve by phone.

Barefoot Contessa in DC: Celebrity chef Ina Garten (a.k.a. the Barefoot Contessa) makes a rare DC appearance on Wednesday at the Lisner Auditorium. An hourlong interview is followed by an open Q&A with the audience. Tickets start at $85.

Beer dinner: Devil’s Backbone Brewing brings its brews to a beer dinner at Poste on Thursday at 6:30. The five-course meal and pairings is $75, all-inclusive.

Brewer’s Ball: The tenth annual Brewer’s Ball goes down at the National Building Museum on Saturday from 7 to midnight. Sip beers from more than 30 breweries and sample fare from 20-plus restaurants, all while supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tickets start at $130.

A British feast: Art and Soul’s Saturday Suppers series adopts a British theme this week. Scotch eggs, house-made corned beef, and sticky toffee pudding are among the dishes, which can be paired with beers and whiskies. Tickets are $75, and available online.

Beer-fest: It’s a good week for beer drinkers! The DC Craft Beer Festival goes down on Saturday at the Washington Convention Center in two sessions: 2 to 4:30 and 7 to 9:30 (VIP times differ). Sample unlimited two-ounce tastings of more than 150 craft beers, and nosh on brew-friendly eats (sold separately). Tickets start at $55.

Pop-up alert: Baltimore’s Artifact Coffee continues its chef collaborations, this time with Kyle Bailey and Tiffany MacIsaac of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group from Thursday through Saturday. You’ll find a special sandwich menu built around MacIsaac’s biscuits, two types of pie, and GBD doughnuts on Friday morning.

*This post has been updated from a previous version.

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.