What’s Happening in Washington, DC: July 25, 2016

Attend a free high-end wine and food pairing event, attend a cool pop-up restaurant, and celebrate the summer solstice

Dean & DeLuca's event, Pairing on the Potomac, is open to the pubic this Thursday! Don't miss out.

For those of us left behind the annual beach exodus, finding cool things to do and fun things to eat and drink is still easy. There is a great restaurant hosting a Nordic-themed pop-up to help launch a new restaurant; a gourmet store is luring people to its threshold with tempting wine and food pairings; and a celebrated chef is observing the summer solstice by creating a special dining experience that includes delicious local products and things for vegans to enjoy too.

Art & Soul to Host an Icelandic Summer Pop-up
On Friday, July 29, Art & Soul is hosting another one of its popular pop-ups and this one is meant to showcase the forthcoming opening of chef Hamilton Johnson’s restaurant called Honeysuckle. Together with Douglas Alexander, Art & Soul’s talented chef, the duo will host an Icelandic Summer dinner on the patio. This pop-up is also a nod to Johnson’s participation in the Food and Fun Festival held in Reykjavik, Iceland. For $70 per person, guests can enjoy a four-course, Nordic inspired menu paired with four drinks; just be sure to get your tickets now because these pop-ups are a blast and sell out quickly.

Solstice Bites & Flights at Equinox
Sunday, July 31, chef Todd Gray of Equinox Restaurant, is hosting a seasonal food and beverage tasting he’s calling Solstice Bites & Flights featuring acclaimed local food and drink purveyors. Todd will be grilling on the patio, sample bites will be served in the atrium, and Wes Tucker & Skillets will be performing live music in the bar. The menu will include a variety of tasty foods, plant-based dishes vegans will love, regional seafood, and a sweet ending with sugary treats. Early bird tickets are $40 + tax and gratuity and are on sale through Monday, July $25 and include small plates, samples from craft producers, and a special gourmet goody bag, and regular tickets are on sale for $45 plus tax and gratuity after July 25. 

Pairing on the Potomac at Dean & DeLuca
Foodies in search of deliciously free things to drink and eat, get ready because Thursday, July 28, Dean & DeLuca in Georgetown will be hosting a fantastic event they’re calling Pairing on the Potomac. This free event is open to the public and is being held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It features three tasting areas that will showcase wines from three important importers paired with exquisite food provided by Dean & DeLuca’s catering, prepared foods, cheese, and charcuterie departments. The pairings include:

  • Country Vintner wines paired with Dean & DeLuca’s catering selections of tenderloin of beef on crostini with red onion marmalade and miniature crispy Thai chicken spring rolls with honey soy sauce.
  • Opici wines paired with Dean & DeLuca’s gourmet prepared food bites including spinach and feta stuffed chicken breast, petite crab cakes with Old Bay remoulade dip, and watermelon and feta salad.
  • Robins Cellars wines paired with Dean & DeLuca’s artisanal charcuterie selections including Bernina Bresaola, smoked Speck, Dry Molinari & Sons Salame, Grand Valley Manchego, Barber’s Cheddar, and Midnight Moon Goat Cheese.

For more Washington DC dining and travel news, click here. Summer Whitford is the D.C. Editor and a food, drink and travel writer at The Daily Meal. You can follow her on Twitter @FoodandWineDiva and on Instagram at thefoodandwinediva.