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Weekend Bashes at Virtue, Jackie's; Dino Turns Seven; José Andrés' Diplomatic Sendoff For America Eats Tavern

OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA—In honor of Old Town Alexandria's Independence Day fireworks display, Virtue Feed & Grain is taking over that controversial Wales Alley all day tomorrow for a barbecue featuring ribs, chicken, potato salad, tomato salad, corn bread, corn on the cob, dipping sauces, watermelon, cake, iced tea and lemonade. Tickets are $21.95 per person and $12 for kids — and include snow cones. [EaterWire]

SILVER SPRING—Neighborhood favorite Jackie's Restaurant hosts a cookout and bake-off on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. in Silver Spring, this one offering all-you-can-eat ribs, brats, chicken, potato salad and Mexican corn on the cob. Tickets are $20 and $5 for kids, for whom there will be hot dogs. Pastry chef Carolyn Crow will judge a bake-off that gets underway at 1:30 p.m. For reservations call 301-565-9700. [EaterWire]

CLEVELAND PARK—Another neighborhood stalwart, Dino celebrates its seventh anniversary this month, beginning tonight with free booze and special menus all month long. Wish Dino a happy birthday or simply demand some free wine and ye shall receive along with your dinner. Further, now through July 17, they're offering a Venetian-style four-course menu, which switches to a four-course Montalcino menu from July 18 through the end of the month. More details available on the official site. [EaterWire]

JOSE ANDRES WIRE—Chef José Andrés and his team from America Eats Tavern designed a menu for the State Department's Chiefs of Protocol Conference this week as "the final act of America Eats," per a release. Among the dishes featured: the restaurant's shrimp in grapefruit cocktail, barbecue beef short ribs and the key lime pie. [EaterWire]

Video: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turns to food for diplomacy

· Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Turns to Food For Diplomacy [CBS News]

Virtue Feed & Grain [Photo: R. Lopez]

America Eats Tavern

1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA 22102

Jackie's Restaurant

8081 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 301 565 9700

Dino

3435 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC, DC 20008 Visit Website

Virtue Feed & Grain

106 S Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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