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Coming up on your food calendar: Crabs, paella and a week of Belgian eats

Have you heard? There is finally an opening date for R.J. Cooper’s much-hyped Rogue 24. A new Galaxy Hut is opening in Falls Church this fall. And there’s more food news in the upcoming week: lots of can’t-miss food events.

Belgian Restaurant Week: Belga Cafe, Brabo, Brasserie Beck and Et Voila are among the 10 restaurants celebrating the week leading up to Belgian National Day with special menus and events. Starting Friday, participating restaurants will offer prix fixe menus and festivities, including a mussel throwdown at the Eastern Market hall on July 16, waffle brunches on July 17 and dinner at the Belgian ambassador's residence on July 19.

Paella Festival: On July18, the downtown Jaleo kicks off its ninth annual Paella Festival with a party from 6 to 8 p.m. and signature paellas from guest chef Rafael Vidal of Restaurante Levante in Valencia, Spain. Through Aug. 1, each Jaleo location offers daily paella specials priced between $34 and $50. Other festival specials include Spanish horchata (a Valencia region favorite made with tigernut milk), and the Valencia Fizz cocktail, made with Plymouth gin, benedictine and horchata.

Getting crabby at Pilar: Last summer, after Fritz wrote up Bar Pilar’s Tuesday night crab fests, the mid-week event became a Guru favorite. Executive chef and Baltimore native Justin Bittner is bringing them back starting July 19, and we couldn’t be happier. The deal — a heap of crabs and a pair of sides — costs $60 and serves two. The sides change every week: Options include steamed corn on the cob, shrimp with mussels, cornbread, house-made slaw and potato salad.


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