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All the D.C. news that’s fit to eat (and drink). This week in BYT Food: Taste Tests, First Looks and More.

  • We went to Georgetown’s newest addition Bar a Vin and concluded that it’s the place to go to fulfill your “inescapable urge to get classy drunk.” Check out our First Look.

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  • Have you ever wondered what it’s like to flavor trip? If you haven’t, read this. Or if you have and just want to read about someone putting their experience into words, still read this.
  •  n case you haven’t come across our Fried Chicken Guide I’d suggest you stop what you’re doing and take a look at it. Cool?_LYX0810
  • We took a paella class at Jaleo to learn from the pros.Jaleo Paella Event Bethesda-27
  • Chinatown’s Bar Deco is still pretty new to D.C. According to our Taste Test it’s worth a visit.Bar Deco March 2016

Upcoming Food Events:

  • March 17 – 31 – The Belgian French bistro Et Voila! Is serving dishes from three regionally inspired menus. The first is from Alsace, the second from the Midi-Pyrénées, and the third from Brittany.
  • March 20 – April 17 – BLT Steak is offering a Japanese whiskey flight in the spirit of cherry blossom season.
  • March 29 – Toli Moli are hosting a snack time pop-up at Thip Khao from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. There will be falooda flights, Burmese tea, and coffee.
  • April 6 – The third and last part of the Crossroads Dinner Series will be transforming Ankara into a traditional Turkish Meyhane. There will be music as well as food and wine with tickets going for $80.
  • April 7 – 10Brookland’s Finest is celebrating the Nationals’ opening day with thir “Ivy City Pinch Hitter) menu which will include local beer and other special items from Chef Shannon Troncoso.
  • April 8 -Cuba Libre is celebrating National Empanada Day with a Dollar Empanada Happy Hour from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.April 15 – 16Justice of the Pies is a Chicago-based bakery (duh, pies) and it’s hosting a pop up at Brookland’s Finest. The name of this place isn’t just a clever play on words, they work with people in need of second chances and who have faced obstacles in finding employment.
  • April 17Cochon555’s Culinary Competition is coming back to DC and taking place at the Loews Madison.

  • April 22 – 29 Met Bethesda is offering three Passover inspired dishes. On the menu are the Kicked-Up Matzo Ball Soup, Glazed Corn Brisket, and the ‘Untraditional’ Kugel.
  • April 23The Park Hyatt is hosting its Spring 2016 Masters of Food & Wine event. The good news is that you don’t have to be a master of food or wine, just of eating and drinking it.
  • April 29 – May 1 – The Georgetown French Market is coming back this spring. The market features boutiques, antique stores, restaurants, galleries, and salons that are going to be displaying discounted items. The market is located in the Book Hill neighborhood on Wisconsin Avenue between P Street and Reservoir Road.

Other Food News:

  • April is National Grilled Cheese Month Station 4 AND Lupo Verde will be offering a Short Rib Grilled Cheese with onion marmalade and goat cheese, served on multi grain bread from Lyon Bakery.
  • More grilled cheese news. Lupo Verde is letting you enjoy an Italian style sampling of grilled cheeses for $18.
  • Tysons Corner Center’s La Sandia has just debuted a new lunch option called the Vámanos Express Lunch on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. It’s just $9.95 and it includes a starter soup (or half-portion size salad) with your choice of entrée.
  • Dangerously Delicious Pies on H Street has reopened with more seating and a new menu board (via Eater).
  • Compass Rose has a new executive chef. Angel Franco has worked at Minibar and Maketto and is expected to be bringing more Moroccan dishes to Compass Rose’s menu (via Eater).
  • In case you were wondering how many people would actually go to &pizza to get married on Pi Day the total was 13, 13 couples (via Eater).
  • Dupont Circle’s GBD is closing. BUT the company isn’t giving up the space – they’re going to be opening another restaurant in the near(ish) future (via Eater).
  • Austin-based restaurant Chuy’s is opening its next DMV location in Sterling, Virginia (via Eater).
  • DC bourbon distillery Jos. A. Magnus & Co. is extending its  hours. On Fridays they’ll be open from 4:30 p.m. – 12 a.m., on Saturdays 12 p.m. – 12 a.m., and on Sundays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Chef Michael Schlow is opening his third restaurant, Alta Strada. The modern Italian restaurant will be located at Mt. Vernon Triangle’s  City Vista.