The summer: a time when life in general is meant to slow down, so that you have that warm, fuzzy feeling of relaxation that you enjoyed so much as a kid when school let out. But rather than slowing down, the food scene in DC is picking up in the month of July. Here’s our roundup on what’s happening for the remainder of this month. Get your forks ready.
PAUL’s Bastille Day Baguette Race
Saturday, July 14
Break out that French maid costume. PAUL Bakery in Penn Quarter is hosting their 2nd annual Baguette Relay Race where the baton is replaced by the baguette. Racers will be split into four teams of six people, each led by a PAUL employee. The kid’s race starts at 10:30 AM, and adults get to race starting at 11 AM. Be the first team to finish the race around the U.S. Navy Memorial and each member of your team will receive a $25 PAUL gift card. You can sign up for the race on PAUL’s Facebook page.
All-You-Can-Eat Oyster Festival at Pearl Dive
Saturday, July 14, 2 PM to 4 PM
Natalia says: It’s Bastille Day Saturday, and what better way to celebrate the French than slurping oysters and some bubbly? Lucky for you, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack are having an all-you-can-eat oyster festival. Priced at $65 per person (tax and gratuity not included), you can down unlimited oysters along with two varieties of beer and Argyle Sparkling Wine. Rappahannock Oysters and Stingray Oysters from Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC as well as Broadwater Oysters from Broadwater Oyster Company will be featured. If you need some visual motivation and want to become savvy on oyster farming, check out Marissa’s story on the Rappahannock River Oysters here.
Tickets to the oyster fest, starting at 2pm, are available at the door only. Shuck away.
Urbana’s Sixth Birthday
Friday, July 13 to Saturday, July 21
Happy sixth birthday to Urbana! You celebrate your birthday for a whole week, so why shouldn’t they? Starting with an oyster and beer happy hour on Friday, July 13th from 4 to 7 PM, you’ll get to hang out with chef John Critchley and slurp oysters for 50 cents each and drink Port City Revival Oyster stout for $4 per pint. After the happy hour, from July 14th through 21st you can get half a dozen War Shore oysters and a pint of the Port City oyster stout for $6 during happy hour from 4 to 7 PM, $10 glasses of Veuve Clicquot during dinner and at the bar during happy hour. And of course, a birthday wouldn’t be complete without something sweet: during the week all guests get a complimentary ice cream cone with dinner.
Addie’s Mid-Summer Crab Feast
Sunday, July 15
Don your finest bib and get ready to lay the smackdown on some crabs. Black Restaurant group owners/chefs Jeff and Barbara Black are hosting their mid-summer crab feast at Addie’s Restaurant. For $70 per person (tax and 7% service fee not included), you can spend two hours enjoying unlimited Maryland steamed crabs, a whole smoked pig and a selection of beers. You can buy tickets at the door or in advance online. There are six two-hour seating options: 12 PM and 12:30 PM; 2:30 PM and 3:00 PM; and 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM.
Belgian Restaurant Week
Saturday, July 14 to Saturday, July 21
So you want to indulge in Belgian beers, mussels and waffles (not all together, necessarily), but you can’t really shell out the money for the airfare to Brussels. No worries–Belgian Restaurant week is coming to DC at restaurants including Belga Café, Brabo, Brasserie Beck, Et Voila!, Granville Moore’s, Locolat, Le Pain Quotidien, Marcel’s, Marvin and Mussel Bar. You’ll get to take part in various specials including the frog legs and beer anti-Bastille day on July 14th, waffles and Genever brunch specials on Sunday, half-priced mussels and beer specials on July 17th and more. The week concludes with the annual mussel throw-down presented by Stella Artois at Capital Yards Park from 12 PM to 5 PM.
Eat Local First Week
Saturday, July 14 to Saturday, July 21
Feed your inner-locavore at this year’s Eat Local Farm-to-Table week. Restaurants including RIS, Ripple, Busboys & Poets, and more will be featuring special farm-to-table menus, as well as discounts on local dishes for the week. In addition to dining out and enjoying local produce, Eat Local First has a bunch of events going on during the week including a movie screening of the documentary “Fresh,” the femivore awards reception celebrating women leading the local food movement, an edible garden tour and a Live Green bash on the rooftop at Local 16. A full schedule of events can be found here.
Bethesda Restaurant Week
Monday, July 16 to Sunday, July 22
Bethesda might be in what my friends refer to as “the ‘burbs,” but they’ve got some good restaurants. The 2012 Bethesda Restaurant Week offers two and three-course lunches for $13 or $16 and dinner for $33. Participating restaurants include The Capital Grille, Lia’s, Jaleo-Bethesda, Food, Wine & Co. and more.