The Week in Food Events: Best of Washington Party, a Pop-Up Farm Dinner, and the Beer, Bourbon, and Barbecue Festival

Plus a whiskey cooking class at the Hill Center.
The Week in Food Events: Best of Washington Party, a Pop-Up Farm Dinner, and the Beer, Bourbon, and Barbecue Festival
The lively party scene at last year's Best of Washington party, held again this Wednesday at the National Building Museum. Photograph by Daniel Swartz.

Food & Friends: Head to the Marriott Marquis on Monday at 6:30 for the 25th anniversary gala to support Food & Friends, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping those with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. Chefs Jeff Black and Victor Albisu host the evening, joined by a large number of their peers preparing dishes for guests. Tickets ($250) are available online.

Creative pop-up: The Secret Monkey Social Club returns to the Dolcezza Gelato Factory on Monday at 8. Guests sip unusual cocktails—think whiskey punch with rhubarb juice—and sample sweet treats while catching cabaret performances by Shayna Blass. Admission is free and open to the public.

Hail to the V: Industree highlights female food and beverage professionals in the DC area on Tuesday at 5. The restaurant industry-centric event is held at the Wonder Bread Factory, and involves networking and panel discussions with leading chefs, bar/restaurant owners, designers, and more. Participants include Hilda Staples, Ris Lacoste, and “femme-cee” Eun Yang of NBC4. Tickets ($10 to $45) are available online.

Best of Washington: Join fellow food-lovers on Wednesday from 6 to 10 at the National Building Museum for Washingtonian’s annual Best of Washington party. Over 75 restaurants serve dishes and drinks, including many of those featured on the magazine’s 100 Very Best Restaurants list. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Tickets ($125 to $175) are available online.

Calling all wine lovers: Rhone Rangers, a non-profit wine group that promotes American Rhone-style wines, hosts two events in Washington this week. The first is a tasting of over eighty wines from local and international vineyards on Thursday from 7 to 9 at Shaw’s Longview Gallery. Tickets ($55) are available online, and include a cheese plate. Then on Friday, Willow co-owners Tracy O’Grady and Kate Jansen host ten winemakers at their restaurant from 5:30 to 9:30, for a tasting with paired small plates. Tickets ($121.60, all-inclusive) are available online.

Cooking with bourbon: Chef Matt Finarelli gives lessons on how to cook with bourbon on Friday from 6:30 to 9 at the Hill Center. In addition to learning how to make a bourbon cocktail, Finarelli whips up dishes like whiskey-infused chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, and pecan pies. Tickets ($85) can be purchased online.

Beer, bourbon, and barbecue: Head to the National Harbor on Friday and Saturday for a festival celebrating the three b’s: beer, bourbon, and barbecue. Guests can pick between 60 brews, 40 whiskeys, and tons of ‘cue, and also attend tasting seminars, check out hot sauce exhibits, listen to live rock tunes, smoke cigars, and hop on the Wild Turkey tour bus. Ticket prices vary by day and event, and are available online.

Summer movie: Occidental Grill and Seafood continues its summer movie series on Saturday at 8 with the Cary Grant classic, Notorious. Catch the flick on the outdoor patio while eating a three-course meal and grabbing drinks from a cash bar. Call 202-737-4147 for reservations.

Treats for Dad: Meredith Tomason, founder of Rare Sweets in CityCenterDC, pops up at Salt & Sundry’s Union Market location on Saturday with special treats for Dad. Pick up gifts like a s’mores kit, coconut macaroons, or a tin of peanut brittle among other items. Prices range from $6 to $14.

Bark ball: Join the Washington Humane Society on Saturday from 6 to 10 for a black tie gala at the Washington Hilton. Human guests are treated to a three-course seated dinner and entertainment, while their four-legged companions can sample treats from a “bark bar.” Tickets ($250) are available online.

Summer solstice dinner: Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture teams up with chef Rob Rubba of the upcoming Hazel restaurant for a four-course, family-style dinner on Sunday from 4 to 8. Guests learn about our local food system while sipping beverages prepared by the Neighborhood Restaurant Group team, and gather around a table set up in the farm’s field. Tickets ($141 to $157) are available online.

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