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The Week in Food Events: Barbecue Bootcamp with David Guas, Del Campo’s Rooftop Pig and Oyster Party

Plus Mad Fox's beery birthday.
The Week in Food Events: Barbecue Bootcamp with David Guas, Del Campo’s Rooftop Pig and Oyster Party
David Guas of the Travel Channel show American Grilled leads a barbecue bootcamp at the Hill Center. Photograph by Scott Suchman.


Breakfast for dinner:
City Tap House celebrates the release of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Canadian Breakfast Stout with a pancake dinner on Thursday starting at 5. Flavors include lemon ricotta with blueberry, bananas foster, and Benton’s bacon with chocolate chips. Beers and pancakes are priced individually ($10 to $13).

Join the family: Table hosts another pop-up “family meal” on Thursday from 5 to 6, inviting the public into the kitchen to join the staff for an all-you-can-eat, pre-shift dinner. In addition to the food ($20 per person) guests can opt for a glass of beer/wine ($5), or pairings from The Grape American Road Trip author Andrew Stover ($15). Charm City Meadworks will also be on hand to talk mead and give tastings. Buy passes online.

A wine-fueled holiday: Rural Society celebrates Argentinian Independence Day on Thursday at 6:30 with a wine dinner featuring Zuccardi Vineyards. The small gathering begins with hors d’oeuvres, followed by a four course meal and pairings. Both the restaurant’s sommelier and the vineyard’s brand ambassador will be in attendance to answer questions. Tickets ($145) are available online.

Del Campo at Dusk: Join chefs Victor Albisu of Del Campo and Jeff Black of Black’s Restaurant Group on Friday from 7 to 10 for a tiki party on the rooftop of Albisu’s Penn Quarter restaurant. Feast on roasted suckling pig, oysters, and other island-inspired bites, while sipping on tropical cocktails, beer, and wine. Tickets ($37) are available online.

Truckeroo: Head to The Fairgrounds on Friday from 11 to 11 for your monthly dose of food trucks. Vendors including Captain Cookie & the Milkman, Surfside, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Goodies Frozen Custard participate; festival-goers can wash down the street fare with beer from the Bullpen and play corn hole. Admission is free.

Prohibition drinking 101: Visit the National Archives Museum on Saturday at 3 for a discussion of the cocktail’s evolution through prohibition. Garrett Peck, author of Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t and The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet, speaks about the topic with three panelists. The event includes a tasting. Tickets ($45) are available online.

Date night: Open Kitchen in Falls Church hosts a date-night cooking class on Saturday from 6 to 9:30. Hone your knife skills and learn tips from the pros while preparing and cooking a menu of heirloom tomato salad, cod en papillote, and grilled peaches with pound cake. Dinner on the patio follows the course. Purchase tickets ($85) online.

Barbecue bootcamp: Chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery and the Travel Channel’s American Grilled whips up dishes from his new cookbook, Grill Nation, on Saturday from 11:00 to 1:30 during a class at the Hill Center. Learn recipes, tips, and tricks on the grill and smoker while sipping complimentary beers from co-sponsor Budweiser. Tickets ($85) are available online.

Mad Fox madness: Mad Fox Brewing Company celebrates its fifth anniversary on Saturday beginning at 11 (get there early and receive a limited edition glass). Speciality beers will be tapped throughout the day, live tunes can be heard from the Justin Trawick band, and chef Travis Weiss roasts a pig.There is no charge for entrance; beer and food are priced separately.

Ramen experience: Head to Daikaya on Saturday from 10 to 11 for a lecture, demonstration, and tasting centered around the restaurant’s Sapporo ramen ($28, exclusive of tax and gratuity). Learn what ingredients go into the broth, and how best to eat the dish. Guests finish the course with a bowl of ramen, a soft drink, and a bag of Japanese sweet treats. Call 202-589-1600 for reservations.

Happy birthday, Poste: The Penn Quarter restaurant celebrates its 13th anniversary on Saturday from 4 to 7 on their outdoor patio. Come for $2 bao buns and $4 truffle frites, stay for happy hour pricing on all drinks and tunes from a DJ.

Fish fry: Acadiana throws a fish fry with live jazz and zydeco music on Saturday from 2 to 5. Catfish and shrimp will accompany fried green tomatoes, corn on the cob, and other southern specialties. Indulge in peach cake and blueberry pie for dessert. Beer, wine, and cocktails are included in the ticket price ($65), which can be purchased online.

Party like it’s 1979: Cashion’s Eat Place hosts another night in their Decades of Cocktails series on Sunday at 10, this time focusing on drinks and snacks of the 70’s. Special guests like Boundary Road’s chef Brad Walker and barman Rico Wisner whip up riffs on Harvey Wallbangers, clams casino, and duck a l’orange. Dishes and drinks are priced individually, and served until midnight.

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