The Week in Food Events: Washington and Alexandria Restaurant Weeks, Drink Lambrusco at the Partisan

Plus birthday bashes at La Tomate and Brookland Pint.

Dine out for Restaurant Week at top spots like Fiola (pictured). Photograph by Scott Suchman

Summer Restaurant Week: Hundreds of restaurants around Washington participate in Summer Restaurant Week, offering prix-fixe $22 lunches and $35 dinners. Looking for the best meals and deals? Check out our Restaurant Week guide, which includes menus at the top-rated restaurants, hot newcomers, pro tips, and more.

Drink more wine: Head to the Partisan from Monday to Friday for the return of Lambrusco Week—a celebration of effervescent wines from the Emilia-Romagna region. Each evening a selection of ten wines will be available at special pricing; wine director Brent Kroll will be on hand from 5 to 7 to discuss the varietals. Guests can pair charcuterie plates ($21 to $60) with the vino. Sister ventures Red Apron locations and B Side will also run Lambrusco-centric specials.

Cider fest: Sip six ciders from Millstone Cellars while dining on a five-course menu from the team at Birch & Barley on Monday. Call 202-567-2576 for reservations ($65 exclusive of tax and gratuity).

Birthday specials: Dupont’s stalwart Italian, La Tomate, celebrates its 28th year on Monday by launching a month-long series of specials (through September 17). Guests can drop by for a happy hour deal between 4 and 7 featuring a snack buffet and drink for $10, or opt for a three-course dinner ($28) that includes a salad or soup, choice of three entrees, and dessert; a glass of wine can be subbed in for the appetizer or sweet.

Anniversary party: Brookland Pint celebrates its first anniversary on Tuesday at 5 by throwing a family-friendly neighborhood party. A kids buffet (free with purchase of an adult entree) will be set up along with an arts and crafts room. 3 Stars Brewery presents outdoor games and brews, while kids can head to the free buffet (with the purchase of an adult entree) or play in an arts-and-crafts room. All can enjoy birthday cake. Admission is free.

Cake-pop class: Cook with your kids on Tuesday at Baked by Yael, which offers classes for kids from 10:30 and 1:30. Reservations ($35 to $45) are available online. Register early and receive a $5 gift card to the shop.

Pacific Northwest dinner: Mussel Bar & Grille in Bethesda hosts a Pacific Northwest beer dinner on Wednesday at 7. Dishes like geoduck pancakes, wild King salmon, and roasted elk are paired with regional brews. Tickets ($70) are available by calling 301-215-7817.

History & hops: The Heurich House Museum in Dupont Circle welcomes Blue Mountain Brewery from Afton, Virginia on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 as part of their History & Hops series. Take a tour of the historic home of DC’s early top brewmaster, and indulge in unlimited tastings. Admission is 21+ only, and tickets ($30) are available online.

Bitter end: Drink Lab returns for a final summer session at Salt & Sundry’s Union Market location on Thursday from 7:30 to 9. The evening features Dan Searing, Room 11 co-owner and author of The Punch Bowl: 75 Recipes Spanning Four Centuries of Wanton Revelry. He demonstrates how to best mix bitter liqueurs in a cocktail. Tickets ($60) are available online.

Truckeroo: The monthly gathering of food trucks returns to the Fairgrounds on Friday from 11 to 11. A variety of trucks like Arepa Zone, Cajunators, and Surfside will be in attendance, dishing up street eats alongside live music, cold beer, and corn hole. There is no charge for admission; food and drink prices vary.

Alexandria Restaurant Week: Just when Washington’s Restaurant Week is heading into its final days (see above), Alexandria Restaurant Week begins begins on Friday. Over 60 restaurants participate in specially priced meals, mostly offering a) a dinner for two, or b) a three-course dinner for one, both priced at $35.

Block party: North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose development hosts a block party and slider smackdown on Sunday from 1 to 4. Restaurants like City Perch and Stella Barra participate in the slider “taste-off,” as well as serving other dishes. Beer and wine are available for purchase, while entrainment includes sidewalk sales, kids activities, and more. Tickets for the slider tastings are $10 kids, $20 adults; admission is free otherwise.

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