This Week in Food Events: Union Market Drive-In Movies, Free Whiskey Tasting

This Week in Food Events: Union Market Drive-In Movies, Free Whiskey Tasting

Shark week special: In honor of its namesake, Requin (French for “shark”), celebrates Shark Week from Monday to Sunday with a “shark bite” menu and Shark Week shows screened at the bar. Chef Jennifer Carroll created a lineup of red and “bloody” dishes like scallop and tuna crudo with seaweed, fennel, and jalapeno, or a blood orange salad.

The Royal turns one: LeDroit Park’s The Royal commemorates its first anniversary on Monday with free cold brew ice pops, all-day happy hour, and the launch of a new house-made”rosita” vermouth. A big perk for rosé fans: the wine is $5 all day.

Jersey Shore week: Graffiato launches its second annual Jersey Shore Week on Monday, with a menu of seaside dishes like fries with meat gravy and mozzarella, lobster rolls, and linguine with clams. Drinks include a blue Hawaiian shot with rum, coconut cream, and pineapple.

Free sushi burritos: Buredo, the DC purveyor of burrito-sized sushi rolls, is celebrating its one-year anniversary on Wednesday with free food. The first 150 people to come by the 14th Street location will get a free buredo.

Gravitas pop-up: Chef Matt Baker’s forthcoming Ivy City restaurant, Gravitas, is taking over The Liaison Hotel on Wednesday at 7 p. with a 5-course preview dinner themed after Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. After a spring vegetable salad and squid ink ravioli, you’ll dig into poached Chesapeake Bay flounder and a tasting of lamb. Tickets are $65 and must be purchased beforehand.

Bourbon tasting: Bourbon connoisseur and author Fred Minnick is hosting a bourbon tasting and history lesson at Jos. A. Magnus & Co. distillery on Thursday at 7 pm. The first 100 people to register will get a free ticket, and everyone who comes will get a copy of Fred’s Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker. Register here.

Civil War bar crawl: Retrace the steps of the Grand Review of the Armies, when thousands of Union soldiers marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to celebrate the end of the Civil War, and stop at bars along the way during a Civil War-themed pub crawl on Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. The tour starts at the Grant Memorial and ends at the White House, with an optional last stop at the Exchange Saloon. Other stops will include the Capital Grill and the Willard. The tour is free; drinks are priced individually. Register here.

Drive-in movie snacks: Union Market kicks off its drive-in movie series on Friday at 8 pm with Top Gun. Go for Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear, and stay for the fried chicken biscuits from the Mason Dixie food truck and popcorn from Stella’s Popkern. The DC Rollergirls will deliver eats and drinks to your car. Entrance costs $10 per car, and is free for pedestrians in the picnic area.

Orlando fundraiser at Commissary: It’s been two weeks since the shooting in Orlando, and there are still ways to help. This one-night fundraiser on Tuesday at Logan Circle’s Commissary will give 100 percent of the proceeds to three organizations: The Center Orlando (for the victims and families), Everytown for Gun Safety, and Americans for Responsible Solutions. Tickets start at $50 per person and include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and a full dinner and dessert buffet with food from Logan Tavern, Grillfish, The Pig, and Commissary.

Dinner with a side of jazz: On Friday from 5:30 to 11 pm, enjoy live jazz from Washingtonian musicians while you dine on a special three-course menu at the white-table cloth 701 restaurant. It’s $55 per person; $75 with wine pairings.

July 4th weekend: Who needs the beach when you have a weekend full of fireworks, barbecues, and brunches around town? Check out our Fourth of July dining, drinking, and partying guide for all your holiday fun.

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