FYIDC: Best Bets

Plan ahead with this week’s picks for best food and drink.

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After a well-deserved break from the social swirl, we’re ready to get back in the saddle, and there’s no better time with Super Bowl Sunday and Restaurant Week just around the corner. In honor of these two glorious events, we rustled up a few more excuses — er ways — to get your food and drink on.

Sudsy Toasts

Second Anniversary Tap
Friday, February 1
7 p.m. live music
Port City Brewery
3950 Wheeler Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22304
703-797-2739

Start off Super Bowl weekend with a visit to Port City to sample Two, a smoked imperial porter created specially for the brewpub’s second anniversary. Then stick around for live music with duo The Waters.

RebuildRecover is a grassroots nonprofit started by Jersey Shore locals.

Winter Fundraiser

Potomac Groundswell: Hurricane Sandy Relief Fundraiser
Saturday, February 2
7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Malmaison Restaurant
3401 Water St. NW
Georgetown
202-555-1212
$20; tickets here

Eat, drink and be merry at this fundraiser for those affected by Sandy, the super storm that devastated homes in the northeast. Proceeds benefit RebuildRecover, a new nonprofit that grew out of the Jersey Shore by locals dedicated to putting Sandy victims back on their feet. Plus, three bands are scheduled to perform and Redskins cheerleaders are slated to provide some extra cheer.

Wine and tasty bites at Park Hyatt. (File photo)

Wined & Dined

Pop Up Winemaker Dinner with Greg LaFollette
Wednesday, February 6
7 p.m.
Park Hyatt’s Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th St. NW
202-419-6755, or email Marvina.Williams@hyatt.com
$165 per person, all inclusive

Tickle your palate with some of LaFollette’s best wines out of Northern California’s Russian River Valley, Sonoma and more. Veteran winemaker Greg LaFollette will be on hand to discuss each wine, which will be paired with a family-style tasting menu.

Rasika is one of 240 restaurants participating in next week’s Restaurant Week. (Courtesy photo)

Added Bonus – Restaurant Week!

Yes, it’s that time again. Washington’s week-long celebration of food and drink starts Monday, February 4 and ends Sunday, February 10. More than 240 restaurants are joining the fray this year, offering fixed-price lunches and dinners for $20.13 and $35.13, respectively.

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