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Olympic Doughnut – Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken offers a special USA doughnut to celebrate the upcoming summer Olympics–a vanilla glazed doughnut with a raspberry drizzle, blueberries on top, and “USA” written in chocolate for $2.95. It’s available through August 21 at both the G Street and Falls Church locations (and it’s also available for pre-order). (1308 G St NW; 202.809.5565; astrodoughnuts.com)

Rio Specials — Brookland’s Finest will be running Rio-inspired food and drink specials like pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread, $8) through August 21. To wash it down, the bar will also be making caipirinhas, Brazil’s national cocktail (cachaça infused with sugar and fresh lime juice, $12). (3126 12 St NE; 202.636.0050; brooklandsfinest.com)

City Tap Specials – City Tap welcomes Washingtonians eager to catch the action. From August 5 to August 21, City Tap will show all the competition on their TVs and kick off happy hour early, with specials available from 3:00P.M. to 7:00P.M., including $5 select beers, $6 house wines, and a $7 shot and a beer special, on weekdays. As International Beer Day also falls on August 5, City Tap will offer $10 International beer flights for the first day of the games. (901 9 St NW; 202.733.5333; citytaphousedc.com)

Weekend of the World – Compass Rose shows the whole world its support with Weekend of the World—international cocktails and drink specials all day today and celebrations of Bolivian Independence Day all day Saturday. (1346 T St NW; 202.506.4765; compassrosedc.com)



Road to Rio — ENO Wine Bar will be supporting local Olympians with wine and cheese flights. In honor of the 28 Olympians hailing from D.C., Virginia and Maryland, ENO has created The Local Olympian wine flight and Road to Rio cheese flight that showcases local samplings from the area. Enjoy while watching a live stream of the Summer Olympic Games in ENO’s The Cellar. (2810 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.295.2826; enowinerooms.com/hotspots/georgetown-d.c)

Cachaça-Focused Cocktails – At Macon Bistro & Larder, they’re offering up three new cocktails through August 21. The $14-$15 themed cocktails feature popular Brazilian spirit, Cachaça, and include No Right Angles (Avua “Prata” Cachaça, basil, lime, absinthe, sparkling wine, and Peychaud bitters) and Blonde Mahogany (Avua “Amburana” Cachaça, Cointreau, Velvet Falernum, Lillet Blanc, muddled oranges and mint, honey, barrel aged orange bitters). (5520 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.248.7807; maconbistro.com)

Oyster Olympics — Through the course of the 2016 summer games, Oyster Recovery Partnership and Flying Dog Beer have partnered with Shell Recycling Alliance restaurants to bring you the Oyster Olympics. Through August 21, participating restaurants will feature an oyster special paired with Flying Dog beer in a commemorative pint glass. Participating restaurants in Alexandria, Annapolis, Baltimore, Columbia, and more include The Walrus Oyster & Ale House, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Boss Shepherd’s, Ivy City Tavern, Occidental Grill & Seafood, and Rappahannock Oyster Bar. Proceeds from the event will support oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay. (http://oysterrecovery.org/oystergames/)

Teddy’s Olympic Drink — Celebrate the Rio Olympic Games with Teddy & the Bully Bar’s take on the official cocktail of Brazil! Their version of the caipirinha is made with ginger syrup, lemon sour, cucumber, lime, mint, soda, Blue Curacao and Sao Paulo cachaça for $12 throughout the whole Games. (1200 19 St NW; 202.872.8700; teddyandthebullybar.com)

Listen to Nycci Nellis talk Olympic 2016 on WTOP here



Dog Days of Summer – Doggie ice cream plus your choice of three coupes—Bastille is getting in the summer spirit with café liégeois (espresso ice cream, espresso, chocolate crunch, creme Chantilly); Dame Blanche (vanilla bean ice cream, warm chocolate fudge sauce, creme Chantilly); and tropic (passion fruit sorbet, vanilla ice cream, toasted congolais and passion fruit caramel, creme Chantilly) for $9 each through the end of July. As for the doggies, a $3 Cloud Nine ice cream bowl includes banana, peanut butter, yogurt, and honey for your best pal. (606 N. Fayette St, Alexandria, VA; 703.519.3776; bastillerestaurant.com)

Fish and Chicken Fry Sundays — Brookland’s Finest features a family-style fish and chicken fry dinner every Sunday evening. Chef Shannan Troncoso has partnered with the District Fishwife’s Fiona Lewis to feature a local, sustainable fish, which will be served alongside her popular fried chicken Sunday dinners. The special is available every Sunday during dinner service and includes Adobo marinated fried chicken, beer battered fish, Fresno chili crab dipping sauce for the chicken, housemade tartar sauce for the fish, and two seasonal sides! Recent fish varieties featured have included invasive species like snakehead and blue catfish. (3126 12 St NE; 202.636.0050; brooklandsfinest.com)

Adorable Addition to 14 St — Le Diplomate’s executive pastry chef Fabrice Bendano is making a permanent fixture of Les Glacés de Diplomate, the vintage inspired tricycle Glacé and sorbet cart on the corner of 14 & Q. Each week, Bendano will present a new menu of flavors in the vintage inspired tricycle cart. Glacés and sorbets are $6 and include two flavors, presented on a dual cone. Flavors will be announced weekly on Le Diplomate’s Facebook page. (1601 14 St NW; 202.332.3333; lediplomatedc.com)

Little Washington’s First Farmer’s Market — The Inn at Little Washington has announced The Village Market, a Sunday farmers market continuing through October 30 in the garden of the Parsonage directly across the street from the Inn. Each week, a rotating roster of local vendors and artisans will be offering meats, cheeses, soups, produce, tea, jewelry, pottery and more; plus, The Inn’s kitchen will provide a selection of breads, pastries, jams and pickles, and pulled pork BBQ. The Inn’s creative in-house Floral Designer Andrew Gromek will have a selection of bouquets and floral arrangements for sale, and there will be live bluegrass music by the Plank Stompers. (309 Middle St, Washington, VA; 540.675.3800; theinnatlittlewashington.com/market)

Summer Tomatoes Return – Continuing the Knightsbridge Restaurant Group’s annual tradition, founder Ashok Bajaj is pleased to announce the third season of his Tomato Festival. Each of his eight restaurants–701 Restaurant, Ardeo + Bardeo, nopa Kitchen + Bar, Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, The Oval Room, The Bombay Club, Rasika, and Rasika and West End–will embrace the summer tomato. Tomato tasting menus include a three-course menu from Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, with dishes like pappa al pomodoro (warm Tuscan tomato and bread soup with stracciatella and focaccia crostini); polipo (grilled octopus with heirloom tomatoes, gigante beans, spiced arugula pesto, and olio primo); crostata di ricotta (house-made ricotta and green zebra tomato tart with watermelon “prosciutto” and guanciale jam); costoletta alla Milanese (breaded bone-in veal chop with Roma tomatoes, peppercress, and shaved parmigiano); risotto al pomodoro (roasted San Marzano tomato “stained” risotto with ‘nduja sausage and ricotta salata); and more. (701 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.393.0701; 701restaurant.com // 3311 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.244.6750; ardeobardeo.com // 800 F Street NW; 202.347.4667; nopadc.com // 1100 New York Ave NW; 202.216.9550; bibianadc.com // 800 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.463.8700; ovalroom.com // 815 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.659.3727; bombayclubdc.com // 633 D St NW; 202.637.1222; rasikarestaurant.com // 1190 New Hampshire Ave NW; 202.466.2500; rasikarestaurant.com)

Defending Wildlife – Through the end of the year, Lupo Verde lends its support to nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife. Visit Lupo Verde for dinner or weekend brunch and order the new, featured Pizza Capitano (tomatoes, eggplant, red peppers, smoked scamorza, nostralina, olives, oregano, $16) or new cocktail Lupo Alberto (Don Ciccio e figli fennel liquor, rye, fennel bitters, strong tonic), and $2 from the sale of each will be donated to help defend plants and animals native to North America. (1401 T St NW; 202.827.4726; lupoverdedc.com)

Taking a Lobster Break — Riggsby’s popular prime rib Sunday will take a break for the summer with a lighter alternative: the baked lobster dinner. Available every Sunday evening, the $49 prix fixe menu offers a first course of a seasonal soup or salad, a second course of one whole stuffed lobster served with French fries and seasonal vegetables, and a dessert of seasonal pie or cobbler. Prime Rib Sundays will return when the weather cools down later in the fall. (1731 New Hampshire Ave NW; 202.787.1500; theriggsby.com)

New Bar Tasting Menu — Scott Drewno, recently named Chef of the Year at this year’s RAMMY Awards, has added new dishes to the lounge and dining room menus at the Source by Wolfgang Puck. New to the District Chinese Kitchen (DCK) menu are Sichuan fish and chips; crispy calamari with spiced red curry and spring peas; tempura softshell crab; and cumin scented lamb stir fry. A new bar tasting option offers up fiver starters, an appetizer, and an entrée all for $35 per person. Dinner menu additions include a jumbo lump Maryland crab cake; garlic marinated lamb chops; and slow roasted beets. (575 Pennsylvania Ave; 202.637.6100; wolfgangpuck.com)

Creative Summer Bites – Vinoteca is switching up dinner and brunch menus with fresh bites like handmade burrata, grilled seafood, fruit-forward desserts, and other dishes that highlight tomato, cucumber, strawberry, and rhubarb. Try salmon mousse with pickled grape leaves; Singapore salad with ground duck breast; scallops with edamame succotash; and more. (1940 11 St NW; 202.588.7388; vinotecadc.com)



HH in Real Time — Bounce is now available in D.C.! The free mobile app lets you instantly search happy hour specials via your location. Integrate with Google Maps, find new friends by name or city, share your location and HH specials, and save favorites. (bounceitapp.com)



14K Sunday Brunch – The Hamilton Hotel’s 14K Sunday brunch includes both shareable tapas dishes and a la carte items. The menu highlights decadent American eats including salads, soups, sandwiches, and desserts, plus twists on your traditional Benedict—from an Oscar Benedict with Canadian bacon, jumbo lump crab meat, and Old Bay hollandaise to a short rib Benedict with red wine braised short rib. (1001 14 St NW; 202.218.7575; hamiltonhoteldc.com)

All Thai’d Up in Brunch – Asia Nine spices up the traditional brunch menu. Kapow on Rice, Bibimbap with a spicy sauce and a pan-fried egg skillet blend traditional American breakfast ingredients with Asian flavors to create unique and delicious brunch dishes. Mimosas by the glass include lychee, hibiscus, and OJ. (915 E St NW; 202.629.4355; asianine.com)

The People’s Brunch — Black’s Bar & Kitchen has launched its new Sunday brunch menu. The new menu offers a build-your-own-brunch option, aptly titled The People’s Brunch, and also features new items like the oysters benedict (cornmeal fried oysters, over-easy eggs, horseradish-choron hollandaise, English muffin, haricot verts, arugula salad). A selection of cocktails and mocktails rounds out the Black’s brunch menu, including a unique selection of Bloody Marys. (7750 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD; 301.652.5525; blacksbarandkitchen.com)

Bigger Boum — La Boum Brunch has outgrown its original digs and has moved to a larger and sexier play palace: Capitale. After five years and countless awards for best brunch, the epic brunch party is getting bigger, better, and boum-ier. The original team of servers, bartenders and performers and DJs will be moving to the new location, along with upgrades like VIP tables for purchase, birthday, bachelor and bachelorette party packages, and LED screens. (1301 K St NW; laboumbrunch.com)

Build Your Own Bloody Mary – On Saturdays and Sundays, build your own version of the salty, spicy brunch classic—the Bloody Mary—at Café Dupont. The café’s custom Bloody Mary bar includes spice mixes from America, Mexico, Thailand, and a special blend from Japan with red yuzu kosho oil. Rims include sea salt and black pepper, BBQ, and old bay seasoning. Top off your creation with garnishes like bacon or classic celery—all starting at $7. (1500 New Hampshire Ave; 202/797.0169; click here)

Three-Course Brunch — French-American bistro Central Michel Richard has launched a $27 three-course prix fixe brunch program. The already James Beard award-winning restaurant’s brunch menu includes new dishes such as yellow tomato gazpacho, cured salmon, and scallion omelet with duck confit in addition to longstanding favorites Eggs Benedict, chocolate and blueberry pancakes, and fried chicken & waffles. Dessert includes macarons, mousse, sorbet, and more, plus, choose from your classic mimosas, bellinis, and Bloodys. (1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.626.0015; centralmichelrichard.com)

Guilty Pleasure Menu – Panamanian-Caribbean restaurant, Esencias Panameñas, invites you to indulge in a guilty pleasure brunch and lunch menu (sábados de fritanga) of sampler platters, mains, desserts, and cocktails. Look forward to cheat-day-worthy dishes such as pa’ pica, a sampler platter with ground corn fritters, white cheese, yuca balls, twice fried green plantains, fried yuca, ground corn patties, fried chicken wingettes, and fried beef; and pa’ picá vegetarian, a vegetarian sampler platter with ground corn fritters, white cheese, yuca balls, twice fried green plantains, fried yuca, ground corn patties, and hickory BBQ riblets. (3322 Georgia Ave NW; 202.688.7250; esenciaspanamenas.com)

All-New Brunch — On Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00A.M. to 4:00P.M., chefs Ernesto Nuñez and Michael Bonk of Grillfish offer a brand new brunch menu focusing on high end, sustainable seafood and shellfish options. Choose a three-course selection and an original brunch cocktail for $35, including lobster croquettes, fried oysters with poached eggs, and chilled seafood platters; or, choose a la carte selections like hackleback and white caviars and twists on omelets and benedicts, plus Bullfrog Bagels with smoked salmon and whitefish. Pastry chef Audrey Valerio rounds brunch out with lemon meringue tarts, toffee pot de crème, and seasonal sorbets. (1200 New Hampshire Ave NW; 202.331.7310; grillfishdc.com)

Dosas and Mimosas – Indique has launched a spice-infused weekend brunch. The menu features Indian-inspired classics with creative twists, like breakfast kathi roll, chicken kabob eggs Benedict, appam waffle sundae, shreekandh parfait, and masala omelet, plus a mimosa, tamarind margarita, Indique Mary, or a rum lassi, among others. Indique will also offer a street food-inspired dosa station, including a cookie butter dosa, vegetable mini dosa, lamb dosa, and an egg dosa. Brunch is $20 per person; bottomless cocktails are an additional $10-$15 per person. (3512 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.244.6600; indique.com)

A Majestic Brunch – The Majestic recently went under an 8-week renovation, but they’re back in business and serving up Saturday and Sunday brunch. American staples with a Mediterranean influence include brûléed grapefruit with vanilla bean; housemade granola with Greek yogurt, berries, and honey; avocado toast with tomatoes, fresh herbs and poached egg; fried Chicken & waffles with cheddar-chive waffles and red chile-honey butter; Dutch baby with lemon, ricotta, and blueberries; and much more. Beverages include a blackberry herb royale cocktail and Life’s a Peach (Prosecco, mango, peach). (911 King St, Alexandria, VA; 703.837.9117; themajesticva.com)

Popping Bottles — Throughout August, the “King of Pop” sommelier Moez Ben Achour, will arrive with a corkscrew in hand to “pop” open any and as many bottles of wine at half-price during Marcel’s Sunday Brunch. From sparkling sips to delicate bouquets of rosés, clean, crisp whites or elegantly round Pinot Noirs, Marcel’s is opening their cellar. Pair with Belgian waffles, lobster pappardelle, or poached farm egg with duck prosciutto. (2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.296.1166; marcelsdc.com)

Ballston Brunch – Ballson’s Mussel Bar & Grille muscles (or mussels) its way onto the brunch scene with a new weekend brunch buffet from 11:00A.M. to 3:00P.M. The expansive $32 all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet includes a carving station with a choice of soy & ginger glazed roasted salmon, ale-brined turkey breast, and smoked beef brisket. The menu veers into lunch territory with a selection of entrées and accompaniments from buttermilk fried chicken to creamy garlic polenta, along with salads like the Mediterranean-style quinoa tabbouleh. (800 N Glebe Rd; 703.841.2337; musselbar.com)

Artful Brunch – Palette 22 in Shirlington serves up an artfully inspired brunch with unusual offerings like breakfast tacos and an apple Dutch Baby, plus sangria, bellinis, mimosas, and a create-your-own Bloody Mary bar featuring bacon-infused vodka and jalapeño-infused tequila. (4053 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA; 703.746.9007; palette22.com)

Brunch Bunch – PassionFish in Bethesda promises trendy brunch favorites and generous measures of alcohol in its new Saturday and Sunday brunch. Offering a skinny omelet, fried chicken & waffles, huevos rancheros, smoked Great Lakes whitefish hash, seafood crepe, and more, chefs Tunks and Clime get creative with eggs. Finish off with a Ruby Slipper (strawberry liqueur, Gosling ginger beer, strawberry purée, Prosecco) or a breakfast martini. (7187 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD; 301.358.6116; passionfishbethesda.com)

Dive into New Brunch Dishes – Pearl Dive Oyster Palace offers up a $20 bottomless mimosa alongside new dishes from chef Austin Ginsberg and pastry chef Brittney Gress. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday brunch includes Cajun sausage skillet ($23 housemade Boudin Blanc sausage, peppers, Cabot cheddar, cayenne grits, crispy fingerling potatoes, two eggs), chocolate-filled beignets ($10, dark chocolate, powdered sugar, crème Anglaise, coffee foam), and a rotating daily donut ($7 for three). (1612 14 St NW; 202.319.1612; PearlDiveDC.com)

Pinstripes Bottomless Brunch — Available every Sunday for $28 per person, head over to Pinstripes for bottomless mimosas, made-to-order omelet and waffle stations, and fresh-carved prime rib. The endless options continue at Pinstripes’ Bloody Mary bar, where you can decorate your drink with a range of toppings from blue cheese-stuffed olives, meat and cheese skewers, veggies, and shrimp. Polish off your afternoon with a game of bowling or bocce on Pinstripes’ lanes and courts. (1064 Wisconsin Ave NW; 202.625.6500; pinstripes.com/georgetown)

Bottomless French Press Brunch Cocktails — Provision no. 14 has upped the ante on D.C.’s brunch game with a new menu of bottomless French press cocktails—the longer the flavors seep in the press, the more they intensify. The new cocktails are joined by revived takes on brunch favorites like fried chicken and funnel cake. The bottomless brunch presses feature new recipes, including the basil lavender mimosa where hand muddled basil, fragrant French lavender, and lemon juice meet the effervesce of sparkling wine. (2100 14 St NW; 202.827.4530; provisiondc.com)

The Sovereign Brunch — Georgetown’s new Belgian bistro and bar has launched Saturday and Sunday brunch. The Sovereign combines both classic and playful interpretations of Belgian brunch fare–standout items include the Liege Waffle (caraway-juniper sauerkraut, braadworst, bacon lardon, poached egg, and mustard beer cream); Choucroute Benedict (pan roasted pork belly atop a toasted English muffin with brown beer onions, poached egg and hollandaise); and the Croque Madam (pressed Black Forrest Ham and gruyere, mustard fondue, fried egg). On the beverage side, beer pairings selected from Greg Engert’s list of over 350 Belgian-style beers will be at the ready, alongside mimosas and Bloody Marys, including the Mussel Mary (classic Bloody Mary, genever, and mussel liquor). (1206 Wisconsin Ave NW; 202.774.5875; thesovereigndc.com)



Rosé All Day – BLT Steak gets in the summer spirit with a series of monthly summer flights. The first flight of the series features rosé cocktails with creative ingredients like house made rosé syrup, rose water, house made lemon-lime soda, and Aperol. Each month’s flights with include three cocktails priced at $20, including August’s focus on summer fruits. (1625 I St NW; 202.689.8989; click here)

Latin American Summer Cocktails — Columbia Room celebrates summer with a new seasonal cocktail menu inspired by Central and South American flavors, cultures and countries. The new menu items are available through mid-September in the Tasting Room, Spirits Library, and Punch Garden. The Tasting Room’s signature three- or five-course tasting experience features five exciting new summer cocktails, including the Coctel de Tamayo (singani, scotch, dry curaçao, banana, passion fruit, orgeat, cane sugar, lime juice and black-lemon bitters). In the Spirits Library, cocktails include We Came for the Gold (miso-infused pisco, ginger-lime cordial, honey, maraschino liqueur and red shiso leaf). And in the Punch Garden, sip on the bottled Jote (Chilean wine, citrus oleo syrup, amaro ciociaro and sparkling mineral water topped with a lime wheel and seasonal berries).  (124 Blagden Alley NW; 202.316.9396; columbiaroomdc.com)

Summer at ENO — ENO Wine Bar has given its wine list a mid-summer makeover, including rare and organic vintage imports arriving just in time for the hottest days of the season. Sip a special mid-summer Riesling tasting flight, including Kunstler “Estate” Trocken, 2014 (dry, racy Riesling with hints of mineral and cox-orange apples), Darting “Ungsteiner Weilberg” Kabinett Trocken, 2014 (refined off-dry Riesling with citrus fruit, herbal tones and nuances of balsam), Minges “Pfalz” Kabinett, 2014 (spicy and zippy Riesling with hints of talc and eucalyptus that feints dry, but finishes with sweet pineapple notes), and more. Summer mini tarts are designed to accompany each wine, including a savory tomato tart, a peach tart, and a spicy crab tart. (2810 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.295.2826; enowinerooms.com)

A Barrel of Fun — Chef Robert Wiedmaier has created a bourbon to match the Belgian flavors that inspire his cuisine. Wiedmaier and Virginia’s Filibuster Distillery have put their minds and taste buds together to produce the first custom-bottled whiskey for the Robert Wiedmaier Restaurant Group. Hand selected by chef Wiedmaier and Ramon Narvaez, Corporate Beverage Director of the RWRG, the exclusive 90-proof straight bourbon whiskey is now available at Wiedmaier’s restaurants—Brasserie Beck and both Mussel Bar & Grille locations–neat, in a cocktail, or as part of a whiskey flight. (1101 K St NW; 202.408.1717; beckdc.com)

‘Til the Fireflies Come Out – Firefly celebrates longer days of sunshine with its themed happy hour drinks 4:00P.M. through sunset throughout summer. For $7, enjoy refreshments like High Noon (sparkling wine, house made grapefruit tonic, fresh garden basil); Settling Sun (bourbon, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, ginger beer, apple slice) and Royal Sky (blueberry-lavender shrub, vodka or gin). (1310 New Hampshire Ave NW; 202.861.1310; firefly-dc.com)

Modern Indian Happy Hour – Indique offers happy hour goers a selection of beers, wines, handcrafted spice-infused house cocktails, a punch of the day, and a playful selection of street food-inspired bites during happy hour, Monday to Friday from 4:30P.M. to 6:30P.M. Munch on complimentary masala naan chips and try bites like masala peanuts, vegetable samosa chaat, spiced beef appam, and paneer paratha tacos. (3512 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.244.6600; indique.com)

Redefining Chickpeas — Lebanese Taverna Restaurant Group introduces a new beverage made with—surprise!—chickpea milk. The Milk and Honey cocktail, a creamy and slightly sweet combination, is made with chickpea milk, honey, and Johny Walker Black Scotch. Chickpeas have been known for their high protein and fiber content; more recently aquafaba, the brine of whipped chickpeas, has become a hot trend in replacing dairy and eggs in meringue, mayonnaise, and the traditional sours and fizz cocktails. (7141 Arlington Rd; 301.951.8681; lebanesetaverna.com)

Yappy Hour – Humans and canines alike can beat the heat at Macon Bistro & Larder, where the restaurant is offering human and doggie popsicles and $6 happy hour drinks Saturdays on the front patio. Humans can enjoy Smooth Ambler Greenbrier gin, strawberry, blueberry, white peach, and orange juice popsicles for $7; doggies can enjoy chicken or beef broth, strawberry, and blueberry popsicles for $3. (5520 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.248.7807; maconbistro.com)

Turkish Drinks – Ottoman Taverna has debuted a creative drinks and craft cocktail menu featuring unique flavors of the Ottoman region. Post up at the bar and order beers by the bottle from international breweries, Greek and Turkish wines, and traditional Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese spirits priced from $8 to $13. Craft cocktails include Istanbul Nights (Smyrna black grape Raki, Dolin sweet vermouth, Aperol, and fresh lime juice); Sultans of Swing (Greenhook Ginsmiths beach plum gin, cold pressed ginger shrubs, and spices); and Turquaz (mezcal, beet extract, and fresh lime juice) all priced at $14 each. (425 I St NW, Suite 107; 202.847.0395; ottomantaverna.com)

Summery Sips and Bites – Pennsylvania 6 D.C. invites you to cool off with seasonal cocktails like its new Xalapa Ananas (pineapple-jalapeño infused tequila, orange liqueur, lime, $13), Southern Belle (Champagne, strawberry, peach, mint, $11), and Basil Sour (gin, lemon, basil honey, egg white, $13). Plus—summery bites include Louisiana fried oysters and roasted cauliflower with sweetcorn, English peas, and basil. (1350 I St NW; 202.796.1600; pennsylvania6dc.com)

For the Dogs — The last Sunday of every month through October (July 31, August 28, September 25, October 30), Republic in Takoma Park hosts Yappy Hour on their outdoor patio from 3:00P.M. to 5:00P.M. You’ll have full access to the happy hour menu and representatives from Pupstrut and The Big Bad Woof will be there to hand out giveaways. (6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD; 301.270.3000; republictakoma.com)

New HH Menu — Republic in Takoma Park also just debuted a new happy hour menu featuring $7 select wines, $7 Addie’s mussels and $1 Chesapeake Bay oysters. Republic’s happy hour additionally includes $5 mini pints—choose from a wide selection from Right Proper Brewing Company, RAR Brewing Company, and Hellbender Brewing Company. Plus, the menu features seven different cocktails all for $7, including a Sazerac, Dirty Martini, Moscow Mule, Tom or John Collins, Aperol Spritzer, and more. (6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD; 301.270.3000; republictakoma.com)

Shaved Ice Cocktails — As temperatures hit triple digits in D.C., The Royal in LeDroit Park has introduced a new menu of boozy shaved ice cocktails to help Washingtonians beat the heat: Four fruit-centric slushies churned from the bar’s vintage Guatemalan ice shaver. Other warm-weather cocktails include the island-inspired Captain’s Quarter’s (Hamilton Rum, allspice dram, falernum, lime, smoked lava salt); a cool Aguardiente Milk Punch (Antioqueno Aguardiente, quince, orange, honey); and the cold brew coffee-infused Café Torino (Cocchi di Torino, Counter Culture Coffee ‘Cold Hearted’ cold brew, orange bitters). (501 Florida Ave NW; 202.332.7777; theroyaldc.com)

Reliving Summer Camp – Southern Efficiency is spending the summer at “Camp Iwannawhiskey,” honoring memories of whiskey by the campfire with a nostalgic, adult camp-inspired cocktail menu. Available through September, nips include Wet Hot American Sazerac (rye, pineau des charentes, dark rum, pineapple gomme syrup, Peychaud’s bitters, absinthe) and Parents Weekend (bourbon, Strega, coffee liqueur, cane sugar, lemon, egg whites) for $12. (1841 7 St NW; 202.316.9396; whiskeyhome.com)

Tropical Flavors — TICO has revamped its beverage menu with new, seasonal cocktails for the end of summer. The bar team has incorporated tropical flavors into their offerings including the Caipirinha Do Ninja (Daiginjo, banana, lime), the Maracuya Sour (vodka, elderflower, passionfruit), as well as the Pineapple Under the Sea (spiced rum, Campari, and pineapple). Other new additions include the Chilcano Star (mint-infused Pisco, star anise, ginger, angostura) and the TICO Colada, a take on the classic Pina Colada. (1926 14 ST NW; 202.319.1400; ticodc.com)



Wine Decathlon — Get ready to compete in this summer’s (second) biggest sporting event, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House’s Wine Decathlon on August 6. The event will highlight at least two wines from 10 competing countries, selected for their distinctive qualities by wine director Kristy MacDonald, plus crowd-favorite bites from executive chef Scott Kroener. The tables vying for gold include the United States (cheesesteak eggrolls, petite crab cakes), Australia (Wagyu beef and cheddar sliders, Wagyu corndogs), and New Zealand (wild mushroom toast). Tickets are $125. (950 Eye St NW; 202.289.0201; delfriscos.com)

Bethesda Magazine Restaurant Week Bethesda Magazine Restaurant Week runs August 12 through 21. Participating restaurants will offer prix-fixe, two-course lunch menus for $16 and prix-fixe, three-course dinner menus for $36. Restaurants include Barrel & Crow, Grapeseed, Gringos & Mariachis, Mon Ami Gabi, PassionFish, Persimmon, Silver, and more. (bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Magazine-Restaurant-Week-2016)

Beer-B-Q – On August 28, join Hank’s on the Hill for its annual Beer-B-Q. For $70 per person, enjoy all you can eat and drink food and beer like fried chicken, raw oysters, mac ‘n’ cheese, grilled stuffed oysters, Old Bay corn on the cob, pimento grilled cheese bites, and beef sliders, plus beer from 3 Stars Brewing Company and other D.C. breweries. (633 Pennsylvania Ave SE; 202.733.1971; click here)

Locally Grown: Jersey’s Jewish Farms — A new installation has sprouted on the free-of-charge first floor of the National Museum of American Jewish History. Locally Grown: Jersey’s Jewish Farms is on view now through August 28. The show explores the story of Jewish agriculture in America through film, historic photographs, family stories, and an interactive farm-themed children’s nook. Artifacts in the show include everything from hand-made farm tools and land grants to a taxidermied chicken named Meg O’Day. (101 South Independence Mall East; 215.923.3811; NMAJH.org)

Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival – The seventh annual crab and beer festival at the National Harbor is August 27, with tickets ranging from designated driver/crab only ($59) to reserved platinum tent ($119). Enjoy live music, arts, crafts, crabs, beer, wine, and sides by the water. (800.830.3976; mdcrabfest.com)

Barley and Music Festival — Join the Carlyle Community on September 17 for a new music festival event at John Carlyle Square Park. The event will include craft brews from artisanal breweries, live entertainment, and food vendors. The event is free to attend. (300 John Carlyle St, Alexandria, VA; barleymusicfest.com)

Farm Aid 2016 — Farm Aid’s annual food and music festival–Farm Aid 2016–is on September 17 at Jiffy Lube Live. The festival will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews—with Tim Reynolds—as well as Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, and Insects vs Robots. Experience family farm-centered agriculture firsthand and enjoy family farm-identified, local, and organic foods, plus hands-on activities about soil, water, food, and farming. Farm Aid 2016 will feature composting, including compostable serviceware, throughout the venue, with a goal of zero waste. Ticket prices range from $49.50 to $189.50. (7800 Cellar Door Dr, Bristow, VA; 800.745.3000; livenation.com)

Snallygaster Returns – From the team behind ChurchKey, Birch & Barley, Bluejacket, Rustico, The Sovereign, and more, Snallygaster is D.C.’s largest beer festival. On September 17, no fewer than 350 unique craft beers from around the globe will be offered against a backdrop of food, live music, and entertainment at the Capital Riverfront. Food includes Big Cheese, Cajunator, Captain Cookie, DC Empanada, DC Slices, Dolcezza, Killer Tomato Pizza, Lemongrass, Mess Hall, Pork Barrel BBQ, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Red Apron, Tasty Kabob, and Westray’s Finest Ice Cream. Tickets range from $35 to $60 and proceeds benefit Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture. (Lot H/I on First St SE & N St SE; snallygasterdc.com)

Uncorked Wine Festival Debut – A decidedly D.C. festival makes its debut in Washington on September 24, 5:00P.M. to 9:00P.M. at the D.C. Armory. Featuring more than 75 wineries with 200 grape varieties, gourmet food trucks, a champagne bar, an international wine market, artisanal food vendors, a video DJ, and a photo booth, tickets cost $65 to $75 per person and cocktail attire is recommended. (2001 E Capitol St SE; uncorkedwinefestivals.com/uncorked-dc)

Pirates Invade Gaylord National Resort – Gaylord National Resort has partnered with Urban Pirates, a pirate ship cruise in the National Harbor, to bring pirate festivities, packages, and other summertime fun on weekends through Labor Day. Offerings include a Summerfest Pirates on the Potomac package, a Cap’n Bones buccaneer breakfast, a first mate’s treasure hunt, a pirates pool invasion, swashbuckler’s story time adventures, and more pirate-themed fun. Visit the Gaylord website for details or to purchase tickets. ( 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD; 301.965.4000; GaylordNational.com/SummerFest)

Crafty Bastards Returns — D.C.’s favorite art festival returns to Union Market for another year of shopping, noshing, and big, awesome fun on October 1 and October 2! More than 100 incredibly talented artists will be selling their jewelry, fashion, artwork, household goods, toys, prepared foods, furniture, and more. Tickets will be available in advance for $5 (single day) and $8 (weekend pass) via the website at craftybastards.com. Kids 12 and younger are free. (1309 5th Street NE; craftybastards.com)

James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner – Celebrity chefs—including Chef Victor Albisu of Del Campo (Washington, D.C.), Chef Ian Boden of The Shack (Staunton, VA), Chef Amy Brandwein of Centrolina (Washington, D.C.), Chef Greg Denton of Ox (Portland, OR), Chef Gabrielle Quiñonez Denton of Ox (Portland, OR), and many more—come together to create a globe-spanning five course spread on October 5 at Del Campo. Tickets are $210; proceeds from the dinner will benefit the James Beard Foundation. (777 I St NW; jamesbeard.org/events/washington-dc-9)

Fire, Flour & Fork  — Celebrate the culinary wonders of Richmond this November 17 through 20 for the third year of Fire, Flour & Fork! State fair-inspired events include Heirloom tomato tasting, a culinary spelling bee, a human chicken impression contest, food and drink by Rappahannock River Oysters, Boka Tako, Mama J’s, and many more, and stories and recipes from expert speakers and chefs. Tickets go on sale August 15. (Richmond, VA; fireflourandfork.com)



Nezzar Battle — 14K Restaurant and Lounge at The Hamilton Hotel has announced Nezzar Battle as its new executive chef. Battle brings more than a decade of top-flight culinary expertise to his new role at 14K. He enters the D.C. area food scene from Orlando, Florida, where his fresh approach to local flavor delighted diners at the Kessler Collection Bohemian Celebration Hotel. Prior to his tenure there, Battle oversaw kitchen operations at the 4-Diamond Squaw Creek Resort in Lake Tahoe, as well as at Silver Tree Hotel in Aspen, Colorado. (1001 14 St NW; 202.682.0111; click here)

Alvin Dela Cruz – Alvin Dela Cruz joins Westend Bistro of The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C. as chef de cuisine. Dela Cruz was previously restaurant chef at The Conservatory of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay where he fostered his passion for organic, locally grown produce and developed creative, seasonal dishes that showcased his culinary talent. (1150 22 St NW; 202.835.0500; ritzcarlton.com)

Ryan Collins – Early Mountain Vineyards isn’t just about the drinks—the vineyard has hired Ryan Collins as its new executive chef, offering new tasting room bites and a chef’s pairing menu. Collins was most recently with José Andrés’s ThinkFood Group, where he served in many capacities, ranging from cooking at Minibar and Oyamel to more operational roles. Through his role leading special events, Collins oversaw live cooking demonstrations for Chef Andrés at world-class culinary events, such as the Aspen Food & Wine Classic and Cayman Island Cookout. (6109 Wolftown-Hood Rd, Madison, VA; 540.948.9005; earlymountain.com)

Paride Guerra — Paride Guerra is the new director of food and beverage for The Hay-Adams. A native of Switzerland, Guerra most recently served as the director of food and beverage for COMO Hotels and Resorts five-star properties, Point Yamu in Phuket, Thailand, and The Treasury in Perth, Australia. Prior to that appointment, Guerra was the director of food and beverage for The Chedi Andermatt Hotel, Switzerland, a five-star property nestled in the Swiss Alps. Guerra previously worked in the United States; highlights include a year working at The Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills and Setai Hotel in Miami, Florida, where he was named Manager of the Year in 2010. A 2004 graduate of Economics University Lugano, Guerra also went on to earn a hotel management degree from the State Tourism and Hotel Management School in Bellinzona, Switzerland in 2008. (800 16 St NW; 202.638.6600; hayadams.com)

Kevin King – Rosewood Washington, D.C. welcomes Kevin King as its new food & beverage operations manager. King launched his hospitality career as an assistant banquet manager in his home country of the Bahamas at the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Exuma.  Five years later, he was tapped as the assistant banquet manager for the Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts in Beverly Hills, CA. King continued his training at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills as assistant director of banquets, and in 2013, was appointed to director of banquets at the Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts, Beverly Wilshire. King’s most recent position was general manager at The Blvd restaurant at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire. (1050 31 St NW; 202.617.2400; rosewoodhotels.com/washington-dc)

Derkje Steenblik — Derkje Steenblik is BOURBON STEAK’s new pastry chef. Steenblik grew up on a dairy farm in the Netherlands, and working with her hands made baking a natural calling. The new summer pastry menu underscores her signature style, weaving in European influence, a from-scratch approach, and farm-fresh fruits. (2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.944.2026; bourbonsteakdc.com)

Lonnie Zoeller –  Lonnie Zoeller is Policy’s new executive chef. Prior to joining the 14 St eatery, Zoeller served as the executive chef of Vinoteca for almost seven years. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY, Zoeller worked as sous chef under James Beard Award-winning Chef Sam Reda at Buffalo Chophouse in Buffalo, NY, and under Chef Jose Andres at Zaytinya. Zoeller brings Latin-American flair to the globally inspired restaurant. (1904 14 St NW; 202.387.7654; policydc.com)