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The Week in Food Events: Bottomless Oysters and Beers at Black Jack, One Eight Distilling’s Whiskey and Biscuits

Plus Belgian Restaurant Week brings many mussels and brews.
In addition to their new gin (pictured), One Eight Distilling releases a specialty whiskey alongside lunch from Mason Dixie Co. this weekend. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Sake safari: Bar Otsukare, a pop-up inside Crane and Turtle, offers a sake seminar and tasting led by Certified Sake Advisor Jesse Selvagn on Monday from 6:00 to 7:30. Learn the basics while sipping Japan’s national drink and snacking on treats from the kitchen. Purchase tickets ($75) online.

Rising stars dinner: Downtown DC’s pop-up restaurant space, Prequel, kicks off the first dinner in a series centered around up-and-coming chefs on Monday from 7 to 10. First up: house sous-chef Cody Penton, who prepares a five-course menu of dishes such as carbonara with beets and arugula, and scallops with summer vegetables and chorizo. Secure reservations for your meal ($50, including alcoholic beverage pairings) online.

Belgian Restaurant Week: The mussel and beer-filled holiday continues, culminating in Belgian Independence Day on Tuesday. B Too celebrates with half-price large-format beers on Monday and $16.95 mussels-frites specials on Tuesday; Black Squirrel joins in on Tuesday from 5 to 8 with beer and all-you-can-eat mussels; while Bethesda’s Mussel Bar & Grille serves a three-course lunch ($15) and dinner ($45) special with rare Belgian dishes through Sunday. Check in with your favorite Belgian spot for more specials—chances are they’re celebrating.

Hemingway’s birthday: Celebrate the birthday of one of America’s great writers at the Papa-themed Bar Pilar on Tuesday at 5. A special menu from chef Jesse Miller accompanies Hemingway-inspired rum cocktails, many offered at happy hour pricing. Food ($3 to $14) and drinks are priced individually.

Beer dinner: Granville Moore’s partners with Denizens Brewing Co. on Tuesday beginning at 6:30 for a five course beer dinner. The Silver Spring brewery pairs beers with dishes such as crispy oysters with foie gras mousse, cherry pepper mussels, and jerk pork tenderloin. The evening ($65) can be reserved by calling 202-399-2546.

Drink lab: The drink lab cocktail series returns to Salt & Sundry’s Union Market location on Thursday from 7:30 to 9, featuring Lyon Distilling Co. of St. Michael’s, Maryland. Learn more about tiki drinks and their recent revival, while sipping on concoctions made with Eastern Shore small-batch rums. Purchase tickets ($60) online.

Shuck and chug: Head to Black Jack on Saturday from 3 to 5 for Shuck and Chug, an afternoon of all-you-can-drink-and-eat beer and oysters. Barren Island Oyster Company and Lagunitas Brewing Company join forces with the restaurant’s team for the bivalve and brew bash. A limited quantity of tickets ($50) are available online.

Wine lunch: Macon Bistro & Larder hosts a four course wine lunch on Saturday from 2 to 4. The restaurant teams up with Circle Wine & Spirits for the unusual southern meal, with dishes such as country-fried goat. Email ajohnson@maconbistro.com for reservations.

Whiskey and biscuits: Untitled Whiskey No. 2—a Tennessee sour-mash whiskey finished in sherry casks—takes center stage in One Eight Distilling’s DC tasting room on Saturday from 1 to 4. This is the first batch for sale, with a limited supply. Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. prepares a lunch of biscuit sandwiches to pad the stomach. The event is free, but online RSVPs are encouraged.

Reality star chef brunch party: Chef Roble Ali of Bravo’s Roble & Co. hits DC on Sunday to host the EverydayPPL brunch and day party at RedRocks on H Street. The event runs from 11:30 am to 8 pm with two brunch seatings (11:30 and 2), a DJ-fueled party from 4 to 8, and plenty of bloodies and mimosas. Tickets are $45 for brunch, $20 for the after-party, and can be purchased online.

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