12 Enjoyable Meals Occasions Round DC This Weekend – Washingtonian



On the menu: Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby, and Night time Out for Austin Tice.

Sip a julep in the course of the Kentucky Derby this weekend. Photograph courtesy of Jack Rose

Dine for a very good trigger on Thursday throughout Night time Out for Austin Tice. The Nationwide Press Membership and eating places throughout the nation have partnered to boost consciousness and funds for Tice, a journalist who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012 whereas masking the civil conflict. In April of final 12 months the FBI supplied a $1 million reward for data resulting in his protected return, and the objective is to match that quantity. Taking part eating places like Maydan, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Pizzeria Paradiso, and the Columbia Room have pledged proceeds from the night time’s gross sales in direction of the fundraising efforts so assist them out.

Belgian brewery Kapittel is ending their distribution to America, so catch tastes of 5 Kapittel Abbey-style beers—just like the tripel or the darkish ale—earlier than they’re gone at The Sovereign’s Kapittel goodbye get together on Thursday. Pours on the Belgian-bistro are petit (4 ounces every) however admission is free.

Valor Brewpub’s new beer program debuts this Friday at its location in Barracks Row on Capitol Hill. The brewery, which employs veterans and helps veterans’ causes, will characteristic 4 of its staple drinks—the laborious fruits of former Navy corpsman and brewmaster Greg Maddrey.

Maydan is among the many eating places taking part in Night time Out for Austin Tice. Photograph by Jennifer Chase

Help the visible and culinary arts on Friday at The Artwork League’s battle of the bands-style meals competitors—Artwork on the Rocks—in Alexandria. Bartenders from native spots like Hank’s Oyster Bar and Chadwicks face off to create essentially the most creative cocktail and meals pairings. A ticket, which runs you $55, will get you tastings of regardless of the winners and losers give you. A portion of the proceeds assist The Artwork League.

Alexandria’s Outdated City Farmers’ Market Spring Kickoff is that this Saturday at 7 AM with greater than 70 distributors in attendance. Search for locally-sourced meals and produce, soaps, potted crops, and extra.

Slather on some sunscreen below your race day hat and step onto Jack Rose Eating Saloon’s rooftop terrace for his or her Kentucky Derby get together on Saturday from three to 7 PM. Refresh your self with $9 mint juleps and complimentary cucumber sandwiches and sizzling browns. On the lookout for an alternate libation? Bartender Andy Bixby has his personal tackle the derby cocktail: the “Gardener’s Grove Julep.” 5 screens will present the 5:30 PM race. 

Watch the Kentucky Derby, put on a foolish hat, win a prize. All are within the realm of potentialities at Due South‘s derby watch get together on Saturday from three to 7 PM. Go for a la carte drinks or splurge on $40 bottomless frozen mint juleps (pad the abdomen with ham-and-cheese biscuits and sizzling browns with these). Two alternatives to win prizes are the Derby hat contest ($150 reward card for the winner) and a raffle with prizes from native companies.

Head to Jack Rose for a Derby Social gathering. Photograph courtesy of Jack Rose

Socialize sober on the alcohol-free Sans Bar DC pop-up on the Viva Heart. Entry to the Saturday shindig, which incorporates an open mocktail bar, goes for $35. Add one other $15 for a VIP ticket that features a a #MadeinDC goodie bag. Peruse food and drinks distributors like The Crimson Bandana Bakery, Goûter and Salacious Drinks. 

Is 5 hours sufficient to go to greater than two dozen wine and meals distributors in an all-you-can-eat-and-drink journey? Take the problem on the 11th Nationwide Wine and Meals Competition this Saturday (12AM to 6PM) and Sunday (11PM to 5PM) at Nationwide Harbor. Tickets, which purchase entry to both or each days and include an array of goodies and perks, span from $40 to $130.

Sunday is Cinco de Mayo and dozens of DC-area eating places and bars are celebrating with out of doors taco events, tequila tastings, and Mexican feasts (no low cost photographs or tacky sombreros required). Right here’s our information to the weekend’s festivities, a few of that are on Saturday.

Spend two hours at a chocolate truffle-making class lead by the chocolatiers at SPAGnVola on the Willard on Sunday. Whether or not or not your personal efforts to create one thing candy are profitable, there’ll be loads of samplings from the store’s personal inventory of merchandise—and a seminar with co-owner Eric Reid. Good luck transferring insights to your personal kitchen. Go alone for $65 or convey a pal for $100.

Catch waterfront views and put a dent in some crabs throughout this 2-hour all-you-can-eat crab cruise on Sunday. The ship will depart from Georgetown at 11:30 AM and wind previous a few of DC’s best monuments. Although the $80 ticket consists of all meals and there’s a money bar onboard for drinks. 

Heading into subsequent week…

Make a journey  to Italy on Tuesday with a decadent multi-course dinner centered across the wines of Northern Italy at Assaggi Osteria in McLean. The celebrities listed here are the vintages from Speri Viticoltori, a vineyard nestled within the hills of Valpolicella. Wines span from the sunshine and sparkly to the darkish and intense, matched with dishes like stuffed quail and duck ragu pasta to dry it up. Tickets go for $125.

Will Peischel

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