Food

The Week in Food Events: Margarita Wars, Delaplane Strawberry Festival

Plus Graffiato's bottomless beer brunch.
The Week in Food Events: Margarita Wars, Delaplane Strawberry Festival
Take a day trip into Virginia for the Delaplane Strawberry Festival. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Garden to table: L’Auberge Chez François hosts its first Garden to Table Extravaganza on Monday at 6:30. Guests wander through the restaurant’s gardens during an opening reception, and then partake in a five course al fresco meal centered around seasonal ingredients. Tickets ($160) are available online.

Wine dinner: Cakebread Cellars in Napa Valley comes to Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse on Monday at 7 for a dinner. Nine varietals accompany the five-course menu, filled with dishes like gnocchi with morels, fiddlehead ferns, and black truffles. Seats ($295 excluding tax and gratuity) are available by calling 202-289-0201.

First bloom dinner: Chef Anthony Chittum of Iron Gate invites guests for a family-style spring meal on Tuesday at 5, centered around platters of rotisserie spring lamb, whole chickens with lemon, and grilled sourdough with mint and burrata. Tickets ($55 per person) are available by calling 202-524-5202.

Korean pop-up: Compass Rose hosts a pop-up on Thursday inspired by Korean night markets from 7 to 10. Chefs from Mandu, Bar Pilar, and Café Saint-Ex collaborate on a menu street foods served at live cooking stations, such as barbecue short ribs and chilled noodles with kimchi. Tickets ($20) include food, tax, and gratuity; drinks sold separately. Email events@compassrosedc.com to purchase.

Margarita wars: Who makes the best margarita in Washington? Head to Yards Park on Thursday at 6:30 to sample some top contenders during the Margarita Wars competition. Barkeeps from spots like El Centro D.F. and Del Campo fight to make the tastiest. Tickets ($25) include unlimited margarita tastings. Food will be available for sale.

Tasting table: Glen’s Garden Market hosts its monthly Tasting Table dinner on Thursday and Friday at 8:30. Chef Travis Olson’s four-course menu draws from whatever’s fresh in the fields–including foraged ingredients–and will be paired with beers, wines, and ciders. Tickets ($75, inclusive of tax, tip, and alcohol) are available online.

Beer brunch: Graffiato teams up with Victory Brewery for a beery Memorial Day weekend special. Head to the restaurant on Saturday and Sunday for brunch with bottomless Victory Hop Devil IPA alongside three courses. Reservations ($35 per person) are available online.

Strawberry festival: Take a weekend day trip to Virginia’s Sky Meadows State Park for the Delaplane Strawberry Festival on Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5. The family-friendly occasion includes plenty of berries in shortcakes, frozen shakes, and for sale by the pint, as well as hayrides, craft-making, and an antique car show. Advance tickets ($20) are available online.

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