What’s Happening in Washington, DC: August 31, 2015

Gardening classes, celebrated winemaker dinners, and pick-your-own farm visits are hot this week in D.C.

Whiffletree Farm founder Jesse Straight feeding humanely raised chickens.

Goodbye summer! Hello fall!? Well, not exactly — looks like we still have some record-breaking heat in store for us in the District. We just can’t get the fabulous foods of summer off our minds this week, so we’re highlighting great gardening, farming, and wine growing events across the DMV. From legendary Barolos, to pick-your-own strawberries, to humanely raised poultry, and how-does-your-garden-grow, this is the week to get your hands dirty.

Elisa Scavino Winemaker Dinner at Fiola
The wines of the Paolo Scavino estate in Piedmont Italy are truly legendary, and on Friday, September 25, you can enjoy an incredible dinner at Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi that celebrates these single vineyard wines. On hand will be Elisa Scavino, the family’s famed third generation winemaker, as she shares her inimitable flagship wine, the 'Rocche dell'Annuziata' Barolo, as well as other bellissima wines from her family’s estate. The dinner begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. costs $250 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. The five-course tasting menu celebrates Piemontese cuisine and luxury is the by-word with dishes that include foie gras and white truffles. RSVP to guest relations director Courtney Allen or call (202) 538-4749.

Food in the Garden: How Does Your Garden Grow? At the American History Museum After Hours
If you dig gardening and want to get the scoop on plants, seeds, urban gardens, rooftop growing, and the past, present, and future of gardening and food, then attend this taste talk at the American History Victory Garden hosted by the Smithsonian. It’s part of the American History Museum’s third annual FOOD in the Garden series and is a geeky green thumb’s dream. The event will be held on Thursday, September 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. and for $40 per person your ticket (buy it online) includes garden fresh food and two drinks.

Pick Your Own at Homestead Farm
Take in the last hurrah of summer at Homestead Farm in Poolesville, Maryland. It’s your last chance to savor ripe fruit, buy honey and flowers, and bask summer’s bounty before it disappears. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, you can pick your own on this 230-acre farm including strawberries, sour cherries, peaches, and blackberries. And what you can’t pick yourself you can buy at their market.

Whiffletree Farm Celebrates New D.C. Delivery Service with a Free BBQ
Jesse Straight — farmer, Whiffletree Farm founder, and sustainable agriculture guru — is throwing a free barbecue on Wednesday, September 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The party kicks off Whiffletree’s new delivery service to D.C. of his organic, humanely raised pork, poultry, grass-fed beef, kombucha, and more. The party is being held at his new district drop off--his friend’s, Bill and Alexa Stevens’ back yard in D.C. So come try his tasty chicken wings and char grilled pork bratwurst. Be sure to RSVP with Jesse, and hey, place an order.


Summer Whitford is the D.C. City Guide Editor at The Daily Meal and the DC Wine Examiner. You can follow her on Twitter @FoodandWineDiva.