The Week in Food Events: DC Beer Takeover, Crab Feasts, and Restaurant Weeks

Plus: a presidential cocktail seminar at the Smithsonian.
Top restaurants including Rasika join in Washington Restaurant Week, while Alexandria's version launches Friday. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Washington Restaurant Week: It’s baaack! Summer Restaurant Week returns, with 200-plus restaurants serving $20.14 lunches and $35.14 dinners throughout the area. With so many options, how does one choose? Start by checking a few of our guides, including a roundup of new restaurants participating in the promotion, and tips for finding the best deals, meals, and more. The 100 Very Best Restaurants list is also a good place to start. 

Lambrusco week: Call it the week of weeks. The Neighborhood Restaurant Group launches Lambrusco Week on Monday with a happy hour at the Partisan from 5 to 7:30. You’ll find seven varieties of the charcuterie-friendly Italian wine for $6 a glass at the restaurant, and flights paired with cured meats ($17 to $30). Red Apron locations are also celebrating with special pricing and tastings. 

Drink like the President: The Smithsonian Associates host a Tuesday evening seminar focused on favorite tipples of American presidents. Learn about FDR’s martinis, Truman’s bourbon, and more, all while sipping samples from 6:45 to 8:45. Tickets are $60 for nonmembers, $50 for members. 

Free food alert: Washingtonian readers voted California Tortilla “best Mexican” in our 2014 Best Of Washington survey, and the chain is celebrating with a taco giveaway on Tuesday. All locations will serve free tacos all day long (limit one per customer). 

Seeing stars: Dino’s Grotto teams up with local 3 Stars Brewing Company for a dinner on Wednesday. The four-course meal includes dishes such as pasta with eggplant and grilled pork ribs, and comes with drink pairings for each item. Tickets range from $59 to $69, depending on which seating you choose. 

Rum for it: Washingtonians can celebrate National Rum Day starting Thursday, with a number of events through the end of the week. Rum United hosts everything from a tasting and cigar party on the Graham Hotel rooftop to a boozy barbecue at Jack Rose. Check the schedule, as ticket prices and times vary. Over at Cuba Libre, guests can sip half-price rums from 5 to 7 on Friday and Saturday, and will find mojito and rum flights through the rest of the month. 

Chef’s choice: Wildfire goes more upscale with a chef’s table on Thursday at 6:30. The $60, four-course menu from chef Eddie Ishaq includes dishes like hamachi crudo and bison filet with foie gras butter, and can be paired with wines ($75 total). Call for reservations. 

Snacks and a movie: Headed to the Avalon Theater on Thursday for The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren? Drop by Macon Bistro & Larder before or after the culinary-themed flick for complimentary small bites paired with $15 wine flights from 4:30 to 9. 

Alexandria Restaurant Week: Find more dining deals in Alexandria as it starts Restaurant Week on Friday (through August 24). The offers vary slightly from the Washington version, with participating restaurants serving a three-course set menu or a dinner for two, both priced at $35. 

Crab week: The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay launches crab week on Friday. Overnight guests at the hotel can try a variety of crab dishes, tour a historic crab house, catch cooking demos, try crustacean-friendly wines, and more. A number of kids’ activities are included. 

DC Beer Week: One of the beeriest weeks in Washington officially starts on Sunday: the sixth annual DC Beer Week. The official kickoff party goes down on the water with a brew-filled cruise aboard the Odyssey, co-hosted by Ommegang and Boulevard Brewing Company (tickets start at $95). Other events include an all-you-can-eat-and-drink barbecue at Hank’s on the Hill, a lobster boil at City Tap House, DC Brau’s brunch at Granville Moore’s, and more. 


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