Someone was bound to do it: a 50 Shades of Rosé party. The sultry soirée is on Friday at the French Embassy. Pay homage to Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey with culinary aphrodisiacs like oysters and chocolate, as well as unlimited samplings of over 100 wines. To keep things PG, there will be an artisan market, live music, and culinary demonstrations. Tickets are $69 to $99.
Each Friday night, Bluejacket Brewery offers tastings and a behind-the-scenes tour of its Navy Yard operation. You’ll have a Bluejacket brew before you take off for a guided walk through the production site, with stops along the way to sample various beers. The tour ends in the bottle shop, where you’ll get a beer flight paired with snacks from the spot’s chefs. Look out for their new line of fresh, canned beers. Tickets are $35.
Chinese New Year begins Friday, and if you want to celebrate the Year of the Dog, there are plenty of options. Hazel serves special dinner and brunch menus for the Lunar New Year all weekend, with dishes like pork-kimchi egg rolls, Szechuan fried chicken, and smoked tofu with sweet potatoes. And don’t forget to try its speciality cocktail, Year of the Underdog, created just for the holiday.
The celebrations continue on Saturday at Tiger Fork. Head to Blagden Alley that afternoon to see a performance by Chinese lion and dragon dancers, catch Kung Fu demonstrations, and sip complimentary tea. Stick around to try out the special prix-fixe menu – each of the six courses represents an element supposed to bring good luck in the new year.
Take advantage of the long weekend on Sunday at American Ice Co.’s pig roast. For $25, you’ll get all-you-can-eat pork, beans, cornbread, slaw, and mac ‘n’ cheese. To top it off, there’ll be live bluegrass, Jim Beam cocktails, and beer by Vanish Farmwoods Brewery, too.
Cork Wine Bar’s Sunday night fried chicken and Champagne event is just what it sounds like – crispy birds and bubbly. The high-low pairing is the perfect combo of effervescent and salty, and you can add on sides like collard greens, biscuits, pie, and potato gratin to round out the meal.
If you’re feeling like a Sunday funday, swanky Georgetown Italian spot Fiola Mare hosts an exclusive three-course dinner with The Whiskey Library. Each dish will be paired with a type of Balvenie whisky, starting with cocktails and canapes and wrapping up with a port nightcap.
And heading into the week…
Monday, dip your toe into the world of sour beer at The Partisan. All week, the spot will have 10 sour drafts on tap, and you can also sample flights of three or five. The tart beers pair well with The Partisan’s charcuterie offerings, which come along with the tasting flights.
Kapnos takes diners through a culinary tour of northern Greece at its five-course dinner on Tuesday. For $85 per person, you’ll get a menu highlighting Grecian mountain cuisine, and each dish will be paired with a Greek wine from corresponding regions.