If you are a tequila and mezcal afficionado, the Oyamel (401 7th St.NW, 202628-1005) annual festival in Washington, D.C. is underway. A variety of tequilas and mezcals will be tasted today, tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. The complimentary tastings are held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the restaurant’s butterfly bar area. Following the tastings, Oyamel will host an intimate dinner series with featured guests.
The post-tasting dinners start at 8:30 p.m. in the private dining room. Price per person is $90 and includes the chef’s featured dinner menu and a cocktail pairing. The schedule includes Raza Zaidi of Wahaka Mezcal on March 17; William Erickson of Fortaleza Tequila on the 18th; Fausto Zapata, founder of El Silencio Mezcal on the 19th; and Arik Torren of Fidencio Mezcal on the 20th.
Menu specials during the festival include oysters on the half shell topped with salsa piquin; pickled winter vegetables; pork skin and chicharrons dressed with lettuce, lime clantro and salsa; braised veal breast; and pickled jalapenos stuffed with dried beef. Prices for the special dishes range in price from $9 to $14.