What’s Happening in Washington, DC: April 17, 2017

Crawfish boils, oyster fests, wine tastings, and neighborhood foodie feasts are what’s happening across the District this week

Battle for all-you-can-eat crawfish.

Judging from the many crawfish boils, oyster fests, food extravaganzas, and wine tastings hosted this week, District foodies are ready to don shorts and T-shirts and dine casually. There are real pros hosting the seafood stuff, so you can expect great food, and the opportunity to meet the people behind the great restaurants and bars in Shaw sounds like a blast. Be sure to enjoy the wine tastings too; we need to support our local wine industry. Now get out there and be sure to try something from our three favorite food groups: beer, wine, and cocktails.


Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery Hosts New Orleans-style Crawfish Boil

New Orleans native chef David Guas is hosting his annual Crawfish Boil series on Saturday, April 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington, Virginia. Go to suck the heads of some freshly boiled crawfish, stay for live music by N’awlins-born musician Nick Adde, and enjoy corn on the cob, spicy new potatoes, coleslaw, mini muffulettas, and cornbread. Or try jumbo Gulf shrimp with potatoes and corn sold by the pound. Abita beer specials include $15 pitchers and $5 drafts, and tickets are $35 at the door.


Brasserie Beck Shares a Taste of Brussels With an Oyster Fest

If you are a bivalve fan, you won’t want to miss chef Robert Wiedmaier’s bivalve bonanza on Saturday, April 22, from noon to 4 p.m. at Brasserie Beck. He celebrates the arrival of oyster season with all-you-can-eat oysters for $36 per person plus $20 bottles of rosé and $5 Funkwerks Fruition Saison drafts and live music. Reservations are required, so call 202-408-1717.

Eno Wine Bar Celebrating Paradise Springs Winery

Does the name Paradise Springs sound familiar? If not yet, it will soon. This bi-coastal winery (they source grapes from Virginia and California) will be the headliner at Eno Wine Bar in Georgetown, on Wednesday, April 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. On hand to share the winery’s story will be CEO Kirk Wiles. For the event, he will share a selection of red and white wines from both Paradise Springs estates and pair them with a variety of small bites. Tickets are $35 per person, and you may purchase tickets at Eno Wine Bar or by email.


Pinstripes in Georgetown to Host Crawfish for Cancer's DC Crawfish Boil
This Saturday, April 22, head to Pinstripes in Georgetown for a five-hour crawfish extravaganza featuring all-you-can-eat boiled crawfish, live music, cornhole, bocce, and an open bar that includes beer, wine, and signature cocktails. Buy a ticket, help a good cause, and join about 600 other guests to suck down a bunch of “mudbugs” and eat corn on the cob and potatoes. You’ll be helping raise funds for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). Tickets are $90 if purchased in advance, and $100 if purchased the day of the event.


Taste of Shaw Features 20 Local Bars and Restaurants


You have to be dead not to know that Shaw is hot thanks to its status as one of the city’s best neighborhoods for bars and restaurants. On April 25, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., join fellow food-lovers at the historic Howard Theater to celebrate A Taste of Shaw. Advance online tickets are $80, and prices go up to $100 the day of the event. For that price, guests can enjoy unlimited food and cocktail tastings, beer and wine, and complimentary valet parking. Look for neighborhood favorites like Convivial, Service Bar DC, Kyirisan, The Passenger, and others.