It’s the time of year for zombies, ghoulish pranks, copious amounts of candy corn and wondering how you can be the one sporting the best costume this year. So to keep building on that spirit, we’ve rounded up some of the places and events you should be checking out to get your trick or treat on. Click through for the full list after the jump.
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.
What are you doing Sunday? Watching a bunch of chefs in DC throw down and eating chicken fried steak, that’s what.
This coming Sunday, Barbara and Jeff Black, along with Nycci and David Nellis of Foodie & The Beast radio show, are hosting a chicken fried steak showdown at Black Jack. You’ll watch Jeff Black, Kyle Bailey of Birch & Barley, Scott Drewno of The Source, Adam Sobel of Bourbon Steak and Victor Albisu, formerly the executive chef of BLT Steak, all go head to head in the kitchen. Don’t arrive peckish–in addition to the chicken fried steak, you’ll also get a sampling of some of Pearl Dive’s brunch dishes, such as the eggs pontchartrain, po’ boys, pastries and cocktails from mixologist brothers, Ari and Micah Wilder. When all is said and done the judges panel of Tim Carman of The Washington Post, Jeff Dufour of Urban Daddy and David Hagedorn of The Washington Post/Washington Flyer, will declare a winner.
Tickets are $35 at the door, not including tax and gratuity. The chicken fried steak showdown goes from from 10:30 AM til 1:30 PM.