This Week in Food Events: Le Cirque Pop-Up, Bad Yelp Review Reading

Red Hook Lobster is one of the many food trucks dishing up brunch this weekend. Photograph via Facebook.

Free milkshakes: Z-Burger rings in the first day of summer by giving customers a free milkshake on Monday between 11 am and 8 pm at the Tenleytown or Columbia Heights locations. You just need to say the secret password “Zummer.”

Feel the burn: The viral Jimmy Kimmel segment “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” inspired Compass Rose to host a food industry equivalent called “Industry Reads Bad Reviews,” where hospitality insiders read harsh Yelp reviews, tweets, Facebook posts, and beyond on Tuesday night. Thick-skinned readers include Derek Brown from The Columbia Room, Jonathan Fain from Bar Pilar, Elizabeth Parker from Le Diplomate, and more. Anyone and everyone can drown their sorrows with a happy hour from 5 p.m. to close, plus a karaoke session to boot.

Paella festival: José Andrés’s Jaleo in Crystal City kicks off the 14th annual Paella Festival on Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Enjoy a night of specialty paellas (rice, seasoning, meat or seafood), tapas, wine, beer, and cocktails while you feast your eyes on colorful flamenco dancers. The festival runs through July 3 at all locations.

Burgundy dinner at Fiola Mare: Pretend you’re in the French countryside with a five-course seafood dinner paired with Girardin wines on Wednesday at Fiola Mare, Washingtonian’s very best restaurant this year. Burgundy is one of France’s main winery areas, producing some of the world’s top-ranked wines. The dinner is $275 per person; reservations are limited.

Le Cirque pop-up dinner: The legendary Manhattan restaurant Le Cirque is teaming up with the Tower Club at Tysons Corner for a pop-up dinner benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Friday starting at 6 pm. The haute French restaurant has been a magnet for celebrities and politicians for more than 40 years, so the experience will likely be a memorable one. Admission is $175 per person, which includes wine and dinner.

Food truck brunch: Take your weekend brunch plans outside on Sunday for the Taste on Wheels food truck event at Yards Park from 11 am to 4 pm. Try dishes from over 20 food trucks while you sip bottomless mimosas. General admission is $5, which includes a free drink voucher. Bottomless drinks plus admission is $19.

Correction: In an earlier post we stated that Buredo was offering free food this Wednesday, but the date for the giveaway is Wednesday, June 29 in honor of their one-year anniversary. The first 150 people to come by the  downtown location next week will get a free burrito-size sushi roll.

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