Weekend Food Events: Toki Underground Brunches, Potomac Beer Cruise

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Late-night kolaches at DachaRepublic Kolache is popping up again this weekend for all your late-night needs, serving  Texas pastries at the Dacha Market from 9:30 pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Look out for news about its permanent location in the near future.

Toki Underground does brunch: The “chef-approved” apparel line Tilit is collaborating with Dirty South Deli and Toki Underground on Friday and Sunday, respectively, offering limited-edition menus at Toki. On Friday starting at 11 am, Dirty South Deli will serve the “Bill Cutting Sandwich,” named after the Gangs of New York character, which combines chorizo, queso fundido, pickled jalapenos, avocado and lime. On Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., Toki’s chefs are cooking up a traditional Japanese-style breakfast of smoked sable and catfish, kippered salmon, ferments and housemade Tofu with tomatillo salsa. You can reserve a one-hour slot on Friday or Sunday (or both) for $30.

Long Island brewery visits DC: Come say hello to the visiting Long Island brewery Blue Point, which hosts the Toasted Tour, a Saturday afternoon festival at Yards Park of craft beer, live music, and seafood cooking demos from Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford. The fest starts at 2 pm, and costs $5 to get in (drinks and food priced separately).

Drink beer on a boat: Cruise the Potomac with Devils Backbone beers in hand at the brewery’s 3rd annual “Riverboat Ramble.” You’ll board the Cherry Blossom Sternwheeler in Alexandria at 10:30 am on Saturday, and float until 1:30 pm. Along with the beer, they’ll have barbecue and live music—all included in the $75 ticket.

Beer bash: One of the biggest beer events of the year, Savor, brings together over 70 breweries at the National Building Museum on Friday and Saturday. Limited tickets are left, so check out the site for more info.

Sunday supper: Union Market hosts the 5th annual James Beard benefit dinner on Sunday starting at 4:30 pm. After an outdoor reception of cocktails and bites from Pizzeria Paradiso, Hanks Oyster Bar, Chaia, and more, they’ll be a family-style sit down dinner from top chefs like Amy Brandwein of Centrolina and Nick Stefanelli of Masseria. Proceeds from tickets ($250 per person) benefit the James Beard Foundation and the Executive Education Program for Women in Culinary Leadership.

Local distillery tasting: You’re probably familiar with all the local breweries by now, but what about the distillers? José Andrés’ America Eats Tavern in Tysons Corner hosts a reception and six-course dinner on Sunday starting at 6 pm, featuring six local distillery experts who can tell you all about the profiles and history of whiskey and rum. The cost is $150 per person.

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