Dine-N-Dash Returns This Wednesday
Dine-N-Dash, the annual fundraiser for World Central Kitchen, returns from 6-10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7 with more than 30 participating restaurants.
In its fifth year, Dine-N-Dash aims to raise over $500,000 to support World Central Kitchen’s smart solutions to hunger and poverty, which include food safety and sanitation training, building school kitchens, clean cookstove conversion and job creation.
Originally located in Penn Quarter, the event is now split between the original neighborhood and the 14th Street corridor. Guests select a starting restaurant then from restaurant to restaurant at their own pace, with each offering a selection of 5-8 dishes and four drinks. There will be live music at many of the restaurants, and a selection of food trucks will ensure that even trips between restaurants will be delicious.
Restaurants in Penn Quarter include Bantam King, Del Campo, Oyamel, MGM National Harbor pop-up with Fish by José Andrés and Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse at 918 F St. NW and SEI, while 14th Street participants include B Too, Doi Moi, Estadio, Ghibellina, Lupo Verde, Pearl Dive and Policy. There is also a T Street block party with Taqueria Nacional, Colada Shop and Ice Cream Jubilee
Tickets are $125 for general admission and $400 for VIP, which includes a reception with Andrew Zimmern, Ted Allen and Bryan Voltaggio at the MGM pop-up from 5:30-7 p.m. as well as an afterparty from 9:30-11:30 pm at Studio Theatre with Zimmern and Allen, craft cocktails, dessert and live music.
Osteria Morini serves classic Italian sgroppino for summer
Osteria Morini, 301 Water St. NW, is now scooping a little sweetness on to its summer menu with classic Italian sgroppinos, a spritzy prosecco-based sorbetto float commonly sipped throughout the summer in Italy.
Seasonal sorbet flavors are mixed with bubbly prosecco to create the sippable summer cocktail. Each sgroppino is $13 and available during lunch and dinner service as well as brunch throughout the summer.
The fruit-based sorbet flavors will rotate monthly. The debut flavors feature house-made Granny Smith apple and raspberry.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon opens tiki bar for summer
The tiki bar at Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW, has returned for the summer with its Tiki Thursdays happy hour from 5-9 p.m. when the entire cocktail and food menu is half-price.
The hidden tiki bar, located just off the rooftop terrace, is open Thursdays through Saturdays with an expanded menu of tropical cocktails and beers, island-inspired fare and its Thursday happy hour. The seven tiki cocktails, all priced at $13, combine traditional fruit flavors of coconut, pineapple, banana and mango, with unique house ingredients like jerk spice syrup, black pepper amontillado sherry and a bittered blue curacao.
The rum and gin-heavy cocktail menu includes Banango Tango with Ron Zacapa rum, Banango cordial, black pepper Amontillado sherry, lime and charm City Meadworks’ Mango Comapeno mead; Bitter Blue Hawaiian with Cava Brava rum, bittered blue curacao infused with gentian root and dried bitter orange peel, pineapple, coconut cream and lime; the Velvet Dreamsicle with Cotton & Reed white rum, house creamsicle oleo, Velvet Falernum and lime; The Jerk, a punch with Hamilton Jamaican rum, a house jerk spice syrup and lime; Millionaire Cocktail with Hamilton Demerara rum, Hayman’s sloe gin and Giffard apricot and lime grenadine; a Singapore Sling with Tanqueray gin, Luxardo Sangue Morlacco, Copper & Kings American brandy, Benedictine, simple lime and soda; and Trader Vic’s Mai Tai with Rhum Damoiseau VSOP, Plantation OFTD rum, Pierre Ferrand dry curacao, lime and orgeat.
The special tiki beer list features fruit-infused brews price at $6 like the Avery Liliko’i Kepolo, a Witbier brewed with passion fruit; the Evil Twin Sour Bikini wild ale; Maui Bikini Blonde helles lager and Maui Big Swell IPA. Island-inspired bites from the terrace’s wood-fired grill include fried pig ears with a sweet chili glaze ($6), salmon poke with ginger, garlic and scallions ($8), fresh guacamole with avocado mousse and pico de gallo ($10) and grilled chicken wings with spiced papaya ($13).
The tiki bar is open Thursdays from 5 p.m.-close and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m.-close.
Frappé Hour returns to 2 Birds 1 Stone for summer
The Logan Circle cocktail bar 2 Birds 1 Stone, 1401 S St. NW, has brought back it’s summer frozen cocktail happy hour – “Frappé Hour” – Tuesdays through Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. The frozen, blended cocktails are $8 each.
The frozen blender drinks feature a different daily special such as the new El Diablo offered on Tuesdays and made with Reposado tequila, blackberry, lime and ginger beer; Wednesday’s Banana Street Blues with Irish whiskey, banana and coffee; Thursday’s Piña Colada with house spiced rum, coconut milk, fresh pineapple, lime, and brown and palm sugars; Friday’s Frosé with rosé wine, rosé vermouth, strawberry, lemon and mint; and Saturday’s Aperol Spritz with orange zest-infused Aperol, sparkling wine, vodka and orange juice blended with ice and served with a green and orange party straw.
Tico celebrates third anniversary
Tico, 1926 14th St. NW, turns 3 on Thursday, June 8.
To celebrate, there will be special $3 tacos and beer from 4-10:30 p.m. The anniversary tacos include two texture beef with morita chilis; edamame with tomatillo salsa and spiced yogurt; and fried chicken with fennel slaw and spicy buttermilk. Beer specials include Negra Modelo, Mahou and Tecate.
BLT Steak launches Wines Over Washington classes
BLT Steak, 1625 I St. NW, will host a new monthly Wines Over Washington series starting on Thursday, June 8, from 6-8 p.m. on its newly renovated rooftop for $65. Beverage director James Nelson and sommelier Jamie Stevens will take guests on a journey through different regions, varietals, spirits and more throughout the summer and into the fall.
The inaugural class’ theme will be A Duo of Bubbles, featuring a classic brut against a rose’ champagne from Moet Hennessey. Other classes will be held July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12. The ticket also includes passed hors d’ourves.
Brookland’s Finest celebrates three years
Brookland’s Finest, 3126 12th St. NW, will celebrate its third anniversary, officially on June 9, with a weekend-long barbecue.
From June 9-11, the restaurant will feature a smoker on its outdoor patio, which will be used to cook special items, including smoked wings, smoked mac and cheese, a smoked crab cake sandwich and a smoked chocolate brownie.
In addition, the restaurant will partner with D.C. Brau for the weekend to serve the brewery’s special Pride Pils German pilsner in honor of Capital Pride.
Eatwell D.C. restaurants celebrate Capital Pride
To kick-off this year’s Capital Pride, Eatwell D.C.’s The Bird, 1337 11th St. NW, will host Flamingo Friday, an evening under the stars from 9 p.m.-midnight on Friday, June 9.
There will be $5 food and cocktails including sangria, Pride Punch and draft beer along with free bites such as fried chicken bites, duck wonton, melon gazpacho and Peri-Peri skewers to get everyone ready to celebrate Pride and the Capital Pride Parade the following day.
In addition, Pride-themed food and drinks will be available all weekend long at all EatWell D.C. restaurants including Grillfish, The Pig, Commissary and Logan Tavern with a special Pride cocktail at each location benefitting SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders), an organization that supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in the DMV.
Toki Underground, Astro Doughnuts team up for pop-up
On Sunday, June 11, Toki Underground, 1234 H St. NE, will partner with Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken to host a one-day-only collaboration pop-up at the ramen shop.
The restaurant, which is normally closed on Sundays, will open for the pop-up from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The special menu will feature collaborative dishes, like a black sesame glazed doughnut, scallion biscuits and tonkotsu with kimchi cream cheese, and a Toki Monster doughnut, which is made with a bourbon and angostura glaze with cured and spiced bacon bits. The regular Toki Underground menu will not be available
Additionally, Astro Doughnuts will sell the Toki Monster doughnut for $4 each at its 1308 G St. NW location only on Sunday.
The menu includes scallion biscuits and tonkotsu ($5) available with kimchi cream cheese (+$1) or pork belly and Irish butter (+$2); black sesame glazed doughnut ($3); lime glaze doughnut with dragon fruit jam ($3); Toki Monster doughnut ($4); lemongrass doughnut pudding with milk cult Royal Tea ice cream and Monster caramel ($8). Drinks include Ceremony drip coffee ($4); the Toki Monster with Bulleit bourbon, Ardbeg scotch, Barenjager, Angnostura bitters and Benton’s pork belly Kushiyaki ($8); spiced bourbon coffee ($8) and GINgerade with gin, suze, ginger juice and orange juice ($8).
Bastille celebrates summer with a patio party
Bastille, 606 N. Fayette St., Alexandria, will host a neighborhood patio party on its patio from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 11.
The party will feature face painting, balloon art, corn hole games, raffles with prizes and more. Lawn chairs for courtyard seating are welcome.
Tickets — $1 each — for food and beverages will be available at the event. Food will include chorizo sliders; kefta chicken skewers; smoked duck sausage; hot dogs; merguez sandwiches; jumbo shrimp and veggie kabobs. Sides include quinoa tabbouleh; potato salad; duck fat popcorn; mint and melon and assorted cookies. Soft drinks, beer, wine and cocktails will also be available. The first 100 guests to arrive will receive a souvenir cup.
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