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DUPONT CIRCLE—Sweetgreen’s large-scale annual Sweetlife Festival may be no more, but the custom salad giant still plans to party this summer. The Sweetlife Block Party, announced Tuesday, is scheduled to take place Saturday, July 15 behind the homegrown chain’s Dupont Circle locale — the same place the festival started seven years ago. Food will come from Sweetgreen, Maketto, and Dolcezza, drinks from Flying Dog Brewery and Compass Coffee, and music by All Things Go and Blood Orange. Tickets are still free, but donations are expected to flow through to D.C. nonprofit FreshFarm Markets.
U STREET—Chef Justin Bittner’s fried chicken biscuits at District Distilling Co. have been a hit since opening last year, so there’s now a happy hour to celebrate the dish. Starting this month from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., get one of the featured fried chicken sandwiches with Stoner Apiary honey, for $5 each.
CAPITOL HILL—Celebrity chef Robert Irvine provided D.C. politicos some much needed laughs on Tuesday, spinning around congressional staffers at an ice cream social at the Hart Senate Building, and instructing them to make huge sundaes while blindfolded. It didn’t go well. “I’d never have any of you in my kitchen,” joked the host of Restaurant: Impossible. He’s in town with reps from Walmart and Hire Heroes USA to raise awareness to Congress about hardships veterans face coming back to civilian careers.