This week, Perks is saucing you up with four courses of classic Italian dining and a couple glasses of wine at Ristorante Piccolo. Also: spend Labor Day weekend in Napa with Thomas Keller, hanging out at the French Laundry, and he’ll take you on a culinary whirlwind of catered meals and demonstrations. Save your appetite.
Things to do for July 15, 2010
Patio Drinking, Mussels and Pirates
The weekend’s poll numbers remain rock solid.
Half-Off Summer Gear at Rue 14
The sweltering heat has put you on notice: you could use a few more summer threads. The 14th Street second-floor hipster haven is discounting shirts, polos and tees from the likes of Gant and Penguin. Whatever gets you thinking of the South Pole these days.
Argonaut Open Again on H Street
Your favorite seafaring English pub on H has literally risen from the ashes. After a fire this spring, they’ve thrown open the doors (and their patio, which has no doors). Expect a few sandwiches and salads, and plenty of beer. And a new pirate flag. Not to worry; your boarding party is guaranteed safe passage.
Gratis Rare Wines for Dino’s Anniversary
For five years, you’ve let Dino scratch your itch for rustic Italian. To celebrate the anniversary, wine geek owner Dean Gold is venturing into his cellar to share some of his rare bottles from lists gone by. Just mention the anniversary and he’ll pony up a taste. We wonder how he’ll celebrate his 10th.
Half-Off Belgian Beers All Over Town
Your calendar is marked. Your flag is at the ready. Yes, Belgium’s National Day is just around the corner. And here are the fringe benefits: Belga Café, Brasserie Beck and Et Voila are all pouring half-price Belgian brews on tap. You love the North Sea in summertime.
Mussels Throwdown at Belga Café
Speaking of Belgium, three of DC’s top Belgian chefs—from Belga, Brasserie Beck and Et Voila—are coming to Belga Café for a throwdown to crown the city’s mussels champ. And you’re not one to miss a coronation, even if it means mussels for breakfast.