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Where to Savor Life Like Julia Child This Weekend

Area restaurants are making something special for Smithsonian’s annual celebration

Celebrity chef and bon vivant Jula Child.
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Smithsonian’s 3rd Annual Food History Weekend got underway October 26 with a private dinner honoring New York tastemaker Danny Meyer. The founder of Union Square Hospitality Group was given the 2017 Julia Child Award — previous recipients include fellow restaurateur Rick Bayless (2016) and celebrity chef Jacques Pepin (2015) — and was showered with praise by peers and media professionals alike.

The remainder of the festivities are more public facing, including a Dine Out event that challenges local restaurants to prepare something that Child might have made herself. Sales from the tribute items flow back through to the Smithsonian.

Here’s where to find the Child-like specials.

Friday, October 27


901 New York Avenue NW

The Lowcountry restaurant is serving beef Bourguignon with potato purée.


300 Tingey Street SE

The Navy Yard brewery and restaurant is serving a seasonally inspired white bean cassoulet with duck confit and Andouille sausage ($16).

Compass Rose

1346 T Street NW

The global kitchen just off 14th Street NW is serving duck a l’orange with bigarade sauce.


775 G Street NW

The 10-year-old Penn Quarter mainstay is serving apple walnut pie a la mode with vanilla ice cream ($10).

The Sovereign

1206 Wisconsin Avenue NW

The Georgetown beer bar is serving coq au vin.

Saturday, October 28

One Eight Distilling

1135 Okie Street NE

The local distillery and bar is serving an Upside Down Martini.

Compass Rose

1346 T Street Northwest, , DC 20009 (202) 506-4765 Visit Website


300 Tingey Street Southeast, , DC 20003 (202) 524-4862 Visit Website


300 12th Avenue South, , TN 37203

One Eight Distilling

1135 Okie Street Northeast, , DC 20002 (202) 636-6638 Visit Website

The Sovereign

1206 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, , DC 20007 (202) 774-5875 Visit Website


901 New York Avenue Northwest, , DC 20001 (202) 408-8848 Visit Website