Here are some of this week's top bar and restaurant happenings around D.C., including a discount code for a great upcoming charity event:
Pig out with barbecue and craft beer
This Sunday features a Great American Pig Out at American Ice Company (917 V St. NW) from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and come with unlimited whole-roasted pig and sides. Cocktails and beer are available for purchase, and Jim Beam as well as Loudoun County's Vanish Farmwoods Brewery will be on hand pouring refreshments.
Year Of The Dog at the Fainting Goat
Welcome in the Chinese New Year with dinner at The Fainting Goat (1330 U St. NW) on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. The meal is part of the restaurant's "Goat Underground" series, an intimate evening with space for just eight guests. The menu features Hong Kong-inspired dishes from the team at Tiger Fork. Specifics will be revealed upon arrival. Tickets are $125 per person with drinks, and $95 per person without. Tables for two can be booked online.
Get schooled on making dumplings
For a more hands-on Chinese New Year experience, make plans with The Source (575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) next Saturday, Feb 24 for a dumpling class with executive chef Russell Smith. The experience runs from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and includes instruction on making potsickers, spring rolls, and accompanying sauces. Tickets are $100 all-inclusive, and include a family-style brunch.
An evening of cocktails and amaro
Grab a cocktail on Tuesday, February 20 with the gang from 2 Birds 1 Stone and Capitoline Vermouth, who will be releasing its new citrus amaro, Capitoline Timber. The fun starts at 6 p.m. at 1800 14th St. NW with special cocktails from Adam Bernbach and Lucy Dunning. Check the Facebook event for more information.
Chance for Life 2018
The Chance for Life charity gala is returning to the MGM National Harbor on Saturday, March 10. The blowout evening will feature food from chefs behind some of D.C.'s top restaurants, including The Salt Line, Chiko, Chloe, and All Purpose. If last year was any indication, there will also be copious amounts of craft beer, wine, and spirits. The tasting event starts at 6:30, and tickets are $257 each. Use promo code BOSS50 for 50% off! There's also a poker tournament, with a $515 entry fee. Find more information online.
(650 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
Fans of French baked goods have a new destination, straight from Paris. Maison Kayser is now open near the convention center with a boulangerie menu of baguettes, croissants, sandwiches, and sweets of all type. The shop also includes a café with more substantial lunch and dinner items like quiche and Beef Bourguignon.
(2609 24th St. NW)
Tacos, margaritas, and guacamole are highlights of this new Woodley Park Mexican spot. Options include beef tongue, mahi mahi, and beef brisket. Pair them with some guacamole, ceviche, and grilled corn "esquites."
(Photo by Maison Kayser)
Travis moved to D.C. in 2007 has written about the city's diverse food scene for a number of outlets over the years, including Eater DC, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian and DCist, where he was formerly the food editor.