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