New This Week: Pig Parties at Jackson 20, FreshFarm Farmers Market Opens at CityCenterDC

Fresh options for dining and drinking.

Lupo Verde and its Italian larder are now open for brunch. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

FreshFarm farmers market opens at City Center

The corner of Tenth and I sts., NW

The newest FreshFarm farmers market location opens at CityCenterDC on Tuesday, and will run from 11 to 2:30 each week through October. Look for vendors selling a variety of goods, from Frenchie’s Bakery pastries to Pinch Dumplings, meats from Urban Butcher, local produce, and more.

Personal pig parties at Jackson 20

480 King St., Alexandria

Gather a group and head to the courtyard for a private, family-style porchetta roast. Chef Brian McPherson’s spread includes the pig, tomato salad, mac and cheese, collards, biscuits, and more. The fine print: an eight-guest minimum, $38 per person, and one week’s notice required.

Italian brunch at Lupo Verde

1401 T St., NW

The newest Italian spot on 14th Street just started brunch, with dishes such as poached eggs in tomato sauce with grilled bread, Nutella crepes, and pizzas with spinach, prosciutto, and eggs. Wash it down with morning cocktails including Prosecco with peach purée and grapefruit bitters. Service runs Saturday and Sunday 10 to 3.

Soi 38 launches summer happy hour

2101 L St., NW

The West End’s newish Thai spot starts happy hour. Look for half off Singapore sling cocktails, draft beers, wines by the glass, and a number of snacks such as pork belly with spicy lime sauce and fresh chilies stuffed with shrimp. The discounts run from 4:30 to 7 Monday through Friday.

STK starts lunch

1250 Connecticut Ave., NW

Ladies (and men) who lunch can drop by Dupont’s female-friendly steakhouse, which just began afternoon service. Salads, burgers, sandwiches, and a range of steaks in small, medium, and large make up the menu served Monday through Friday 11:30 to 3.

“Meet the artist” happy hours at Fainting Goat

1330 U St., NW

The U Street spot starts an artistic happy hour series this Thursday, which will continue on the third Thursday of every month. Stop in between 6 and 8 to meet local artists and view their works, sip $5 glasses of punch, bubbly, wine, and DC Brau, and snack on complimentary cheese and charcuterie.

Special beer at Shake Shack

1216 18th St., NW; 800 F St., NW

The New York-based burger chain celebrates its tenth anniversary with a new beer: Shack X from Brooklyn Brewery. The malty IPA is available in 16-ounce drafts for $5.25, and pairs well with a double Shackburger.

Tacos and tequila at Rosa Mexicano

575 Seventh St., NW; 5225 Wisconsin Ave., NW

The Mexican chain starts taco and tequila pairings on Wednesday, which will run through mid-July. Look for appetizer or entrée tacos from various regions of Mexico (such as a version with grilled shrimp with pineapple-mint salsa), paired with spirits.

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.