8 Fun Food Events Around DC This Weekend

A Serbian food festival, Haiti Week, grilling lessons, and more

Del Campo chef Victor Albisu is teaching grilling fundamentals on May 20. Photo by Scott Suchman

Shuck yourself some oysters this Thursday with a tasting and shucking class held in the Ivy City Seafood Market from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. A master-shucker will guide a small group through a variety of shucking styles. Tickets are $50 and include a dozen oysters (a blend of cultivated, wild, West Coast, and East Coast) as well as a shuck-kit you can take home for future shucks.

History & Hops is a monthly series held every third Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Heurich House Museum, located in the former Dupont Circle home of DC’s most successful brewer, Christian Heurich. The event features a self-guided tour of the Victorian mansion (known as the “brewmaster’s castle”), beer tastings, and insider insights about the brewing industry from Kathy Rizzo, Executive Director of the DC Brewers Guild. Tickets are $30, and proceeds benefit the museum.

SAVOR ticket scavenger hunt: The Brewers Association is hiding five pairs of tickets to its annual SAVOR craft beer event (June 2 and 3) in three secret locations around DC. The hunt runs now until Friday. Here are the clues:
•A Philadelphia native, this D.C. hot spot perfects the classic combination of beer and (wood-fired) pizza.
•Beer and meat lovers visit this spot for the porkstrami sandwich and handcrafted charcuterie.
•D.C. natives head here, in the Shaw neighborhood, to dine on their craft favorites and Italian-influenced cuisine.
Happy hunting!

It’s cookout season, so up your grill game with chef Victor Albisu this Saturday from noon to 3 pm at Del Campo. You’ll learn to prepare the perfect short ribs, chicken wings, and grilled guacamole–welcome cocktail and luncheon featuring the aforementioned proteins (paired with wine) included. Tickets are $98.

SerbFest DC
Spring Festival celebrates authentic Serbian food, culture, and entertainment this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Eat your fill of traditional dishes while listening to Srpski Sinovi, a Serbian tamburitza band, and watching folk dancers with their beautifully embroidered garb. The family-friendly event is hosted by  Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church of Potomac, MD–the epicenter for Serbian culture in the Washington area–and proceeds benefit the same. Get more details about the event here.

It’s Haiti Week in DC! If you’re not familiar with Haitian cuisine, you’re missing out–trust. Taste some dishes at Busboys and Poets all week through Sunday. After you’re hooked, take the Haitian Cooking Class on Saturday and learn to make a traditional three-course meal with Haitian celebrity chef Dimitri Lilavois. He will be leading a free class at Haiti’s embassy from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. If you’d rather just eat, come after the class at 5:30 to dine with Ambassador Paul G. Altidor on the sunny patio. (Peruse the art exhibit in the renovated Chancery while you’re there.) Check out all of the Haiti week events here.

Next week:

Winemaker Christopher Tracy of Channing Daughters in Bridgehampton, New York is hosting a Channing Daughters 5-course tasting dinner with wine pairings and dessert at Maketto this Monday. Sample dishes such as grilled royal trumpet with herb chimichurri and raw beef salad with green strawberries and toasted rice. There are two seatings, one at 5:30 pm and the other at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $115 (tax and gratuity included).

The DC Embassy Chef Challenge is the local diplomatic community’s exciting annual culinary throw-down. Over 30 different countries will be represented on Wednesday as they showcase their traditional dishes and vie for the title of best chef. Tickets to the event include samples and drinks and run from $75 to $125.

Julie Strupp is an editorial fellow. Before Washingtonian, she did francophone video, radio, and photography projects addressing gender-based violence in Togo, West Africa with Peace Corps. She worked at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and AllAfrica and has contributed to Mic, Center for Public Integrity, DCist, and more. Now a proud Petworth-dweller, she’s also a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate who loves judo, biking, art, and keeping the powerful accountable.