Happenings at Hank's
A Season For Giving Back
by Jamie Leeds
Summer has finally arrived in DC and with it comes the feeling of growth and leisure. These are the few months where we can take advantage of outdoor dining and rooftop relaxing. While it’s great to sit back, for me the summertime has always been a season for giving back. In my life, giving back has taken on many different forms.
It starts with giving back to the community that has helped Hank’s Oyster Bar become the success it is today. All three locations are planning events to bring the community together and as we mark our 10th Anniversary, it’s a special thing to look forward to. On August 16th, Hank’s On The Hill will host its 2nd Annual Beer-B-Q; September 26th marks the 3rd Hula Hank’s luau at Hank’s Dupont; And Hank’s Old Town is in the early planning staged for Oyster Fest on October 17th.
Summer is also a time for giving back to my staff. Just this past month, Chef Theary along with a group of staff members from Hank’s Dupont went on a field trip to tour Barren Island Oyster Company with Congressional Seafood. The Trip gave them a chance to hang out with fun people, learn about the products they work with and of course, sample some oysters! My employees work hard every day to make these restaurants run, and I always strive to give them opportunities to enjoy the fruits of their labor. The Hank’s family isn’t the only one gearing up to give back this year.
Lately I’ve been involved with my friends’ and peers’ charitable efforts as well. Whether it’s being a part of the Chef’s Best event for Food & Friends or cooking at the ArtWorks Chef’s Dinner to benefit accessible art programs, supporting my fellow industry leaders has always been important to me. Being able to participate in these events every year helps keep me grounded in my own life too. They are small, but powerful reminders to never take your success for granted. And in the midst of the DC humidity, I sit back and think about how grateful I am.
Hank’s Oyster Bar Hosts The Twisted Horn Pop-Up This July
Starting July 1st from 10PM to Close every Wednesday of the month, Hank’s Oyster Bar & Lounge in Dupont Circle will host The Twisted Horn Pop-Up in the Up Bar. The crew behind the latest venture just couldn’t wait any longer to start slinging craft drinks and small bites.
The pop-up will feature flavorful creations including the Louisiana Purchase, Cognac, Dry & Red Vermouth, Muddled Cucumber, Benedictine as well as variations of classics similar to the Saboteur Sling, a take on the Singapore Sling, using savory Jalapeno & Ramp Infused Gin to balance the sweetness of the original cocktail. Microlocal snacks such as Gordy’s Pickle Jar, alongside various cheeses and charcuterie from The Twisted Horn’s menu will also be available. Join us for a special preview of The Twisted Horn!
We’re Celebrating Catfish Day ALL WEEK LONG!
When we heard that June 25th was National Catfish Day, we thought we need more than just a day to celebrate the catfish…so we’re celebrating all week long. For lunch, Hank’s Dupont is offering a Grilled Spicy Blue Catfish Sandwich with Arugula, Tomato & Old Bay French Fries, while Hank’s Old Town will let you choose between having your catfish fried or blackened!