WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – For those of you who have found themselves pondering why, in the age of corporate holidays, there hasn’t been an entire week devoted to celebrating meat, you’re in luck. That’s right, it’s Meat Week 2013.

Starting Sunday, Jan. 27, and continuing through to Sunday, Feb. 3, Washington, D.C. and its surrounding areas will be inundated by barbecue.

All types of meat: beef, veal, pot roast, ribs, lamb, venison. You name it. You’ll find it during Meat Week.

The tradition began in Tallahassee, Fla., and since has spread to more than 25 cities throughout the land, including the District. And they take it pretty seriously.

David Gootzit, the ‘Captain’ of Meat Week D.C., along with his ‘First Mates,’ Mike Bober and Jenelle Dennis, will romp through eight-area meat establishments as the week unfolds, even mixing in a meat eating competition at Pork Barrel BBQ in Del Ray Thursday.

1/27 Urban Bar-B-Que Company
1/28 Hill Country
1/29 Epic Smokehouse
1/30 Rocklands
1/31 Pork Barrel BBQ
2/01 Barbecue Food Truck Face-Off
2/02 Kangaroo Boxing Club
2/03 Mr. P’s

But first, the history of this meatstravaganza.

From their website:

“It was a hot winter’s day in Tallahassee Florida. Two bored co-workers, Chris Cantey and Erni Walker, sat in an office pretending to edit video footage of an insurance seminar. To take a break from the monotony of escrow lectures, they decided to play with the random word generator on Chris’s website. It summoned the holy combination of Meat-Week. They decided it would be a holiday during which BBQ was eaten every night of the week. It was scheduled for two Sundays later (the day after Sorcerer Day), which happened to be the last Sunday in January.”

Three of the events require advanced sign-up, but for the rest, just show up and eat.

Enjoy the meat.


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