This Week in Food Events: Leap Day Specials, Whiskey Tastings

Hank's Pasta Bar is offering an extended happy hour in honor of leap day. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Leap Day deals: To celebrate the extra February day, restaurants are offering extra specials. At Poste, near Gallery Place, try frog’s legs ($2.90) with 1-ounce pours of PBR (29 cents) from 8 to 10 PM. Or head to Firefly to toast the bonus day with select $29 wines during dinner service, which runs from 5:30 to 10 PM. And if you’re a neglected leap day baby, you get dinner for free at Urbana with a valid photo ID. Other deals include a beer-and-shot combo for $10 at Petworth’s Twisted Horn and extended happy hours at Hank’s Oyster Bar and Hank’s Pasta Bar, where you can get $1.25 oysters and $1 meatballs.

Taco Tuesday: Every Tuesday night at Smoke and Barrel, you can get three of the Adams Morgan barbecue joint’s tacos—smoked tofu, veggie chili, pulled pork, or pulled chicken—plus one side of collard greens, mashed potatoes, jalapeno-cheddar grits, baked beans, or coleslaw, for $5. 

Whiskey week: World Whiskey Day isn’t until May, but you won’t have to wait that long to celebrate the brown liquor. WhiskyFest is happening Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the Marriott Marquis. For a $245 ticket, you can taste from a selection of over 275 whiskies from around the world and learn about how the stuff is made. For a similar, slightly more affordable event, head to the Grand Hyatt on Saturday from 6 to 10 PM for Whisky Live DC. Tickets are $133. You can also hit Boss Shepherd’s on Friday from 6 to 8 PM for a free tasting featuring Kentucky’s Four Roses Bourbon. On Saturday from noon to 10 PM, an all-day Whiskey Walk takes you to eight Dupont Circle bars.

Beer for a cause: On Saturday from 7 PM to midnight, support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with local beer and food at the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Ball at the National Building Museum. Over 30 breweries and restaurants—including Ted’s Bulletin, Hill Country Barbecue Market, and Matchboxwill be there. Tickets are $140, and it calls for cocktail attire.

Green fairy tales: This holiday started back in 2007, when the US officially lifted its ban on the strong green liquor. If you want to learn more about its history and try a few sips, head to the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen on Saturday from 2:30 to 4 PM. Individual tickets are $53, while group bundles range from $143 to $154.

Asado like a pro: On Saturday between noon and 3, chef Victor Albisu will teach you to cook authentic Uruguayan and Argentine dishes (for meat-lovers only) at his restaurant, Del Campo. For $98, you’ll leave with a slight buzz from Argentine red wine and useful knowledge on how to prepare traditional South American barbecue.

Spring (tea) blooms: Spring is almost here, which means it’s time for floral gardens and “artisanal” tea. On Saturday from 10 to 11:30 AM, Green Springs Garden Park in Alexandria is offering a class on hand-crafted tea balls, which bloom into pretty floral displays when hot water is poured over them. Tickets are $25 per person.

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Greta started as an editorial fellow in January 2016 and joined as a full-time staff member that August. She now works as a web producer and writer. She was previously an intern at Slate and National Geographic and graduated from the University of Missouri’s Journalism School. She lives in Adams Morgan.