8 Fun Food Events Around DC This Weekend

Head to Cotton & Reed distillery for Saturday rum slushies and special sandwiches. Photograph courtesy of Cotton & Reed

Gov’t Taco is traveling from Baton Rouge to DC for a two-day pop-up at Alfie’s on Thursday and Friday from 5 to 10 PM. Food Network personality and Cajun cooking rockstar Jay Ducote and Alfie’s chef/owner Alex McCoy are joining forces for this event, with eats from Gov’t Taco and cocktails from Alfie’s. Food and drink are priced individually.

Love booze and barbecue? Head to Homestead on Friday for the American bar/restaurant’s one-year anniversary party in Petworth. The all-you-can-eat-and-drink bash runs from 6 to 10 PM with barbecue, Bulleit bourbon cocktails, music, swag, and more ($40 to $50 per person).

To celebrate the hardworking folks of the food truck industry, Roaming Hunger (a national network of more than 10,000 food trucks) is hosting the second annual National Eat At A Food Truck Day on Friday across the US. Participating DC food trucks are offering customers a free meal (with qualifying purchase) to those who bring their #FoodTruckFriend to lunch as a ‘thank you’ for the support.

On Friday, head to Art and Soul restaurant’s Rooftop Taco Pop-up from 5 to 10 PM at the Liaison Capitol Hill. There will be  tacos, margaritas, beer, music, and swimming while executive chef Douglas Alexander mans the grill. A $20 ticket gets guests three tacos, a Modelo Especial, and chips with salsa. Additional food and drinks are priced individually.

Starting this weekend, One Route Catering chef Victor Chizinga will be at Cotton & Reed Distillery every Saturday from 4 to 8 PM making an array of sandwiches. Subs include a classic meatball,  jerk chicken and pineapple, mushroom steak and cheese, and hot sausage and peppers (all $12). Bartender Lukas B. Smith will be serving up unique and delicious rum slushies all summer.

Heading into the week…

District Distilling’s “spirit of cooking” series kicks off on Monday from 7 to 9 PM with a focus on their newest launch, WildJune Western-style gin. Chef Justin Bittner will teach guests how to cook whole fish in various techniques, and attendees will learn how to create sauces and rubs. The evening is capped off by a dinner of three types of whole fish and accompaniments, paired with Wildjune-based cocktails. Tickets are $60 and available online.

Also, it’s The Brixton‘s five-year anniversary and they’re doing a fun promotion to celebrate: from Monday to Wednesday, every single item on their menu will be $5whether you desire frosé or a burger.

Shaw bar 1905 is hosting a free Tuesday Night Movie Night series this summer on the last Tuesday of each month. Movies are free of charge (this month it’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell) and start at 8:30 PM. Specialty themed cocktails, snacks, and other beverages will be available for purchase a la carte at the bar during the movie.

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.