Here are the D.C.-area food and drink events we're excited to share this week:
Swap cherries for sherries
There's a seemingly endless list of food and drink specials related to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Instead of pink drinks and cherry desserts, consider a stop at Estadio (1520 14th St. NW) for its Spanish-themed "Sherry Blossom Festival." The restaurant has planned a temporary menu including pours and pairings of some high quality sherries along with sherry-infused dishes from the kitchen. Drinks also include two sherry variations of Estadio's frozen "slushito."
Industry night at the W
End your week with a cocktail and one of the best views in Washington. Representatives of Colorado's Spring 44 distillery will be pouring drinks from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the POV Lounge rooftop atop the W Hotel (515 15th St. NW). Drinks start at $10.
Eat all the meats
The Partisan (709 D St. NW) has created its own March bracket. Instead of college hoops though, this one features 32 different types of charcuterie. The “Meat Madness” menu is organized into four flavor profiles, and each selection is priced at $4 each or eight for $30. Options range from tete de pho to a bourbon fit rilette. They will be available from March 13 through April 2.
Get a taste of D.C.'s own rosé
Tickets are now on sale for District Winery's (385 Water St. SE) rosé release party on Sunday, April 22. Admission is $75 and includes three drink tickets (a $95 option is available, and comes with a bottle of rosé). There will be two timeslots: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be unlimited food and music along with lots of wine for purchase.
Frida Beer Garden
4905 Fairmont Ave.
Bethesda's latest opening is this Latin-inspired beer garden and sister spot of TacoArepa restaurant. The space features a full bar of local and Latin beer along with some tropical cocktails. If you get hungry you can always bring over some food from the kitchen next door.
1330 19th St. NW
Chef Erik Bruner-Yang has taken his Paper Horse ramen and steamed buns concept to its first location outside of Whole Foods, for a month-long pop-up at Shop Made in DC. The menu also includes dumpling collaborations by Bruner-Yang and Peter Chang. Paper Horse will be in business through March 31.
3311 Connecticut Ave. NW
After a lighting-fast transition, Cleveland Park's Ardeo + Bardeo has been transformed into the Isareli Sababa. It's an entirely new concept from restaurateur Ashok Bajaj (Bindaas, Rasika, Bibiana) and promises to highlight a cuisine that's underrepresented around D.C. Expect dishes like roasted halumi cheese, wood-grilled kabobs, a vegetable tagine, and more.
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.